Navigating DEA Guidelines as a Locum Tenens Physician: What to Know When Practicing Outside of Your Home State 

Traveling can be an exciting and rejuvenating experience. However, for healthcare providers, it can be challenging to maintain patient care while away from the practice. It’s essential to comply with the regulations set forth by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regarding the administration, dispensation, and prescription of controlled substances. It includes when you plan to be outside your home state for an extended period, such as two weeks or more. 

The DEA has outlined several acceptable approaches for registration compliance while practicing as a locum tenens physician. These approaches depend on the nature of the practice and the state(s) where the physician plans to work. 

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