Up to date information in the field of Independent Pharmacy written by the PRS Pharmacy Consulting Experts and Pharmacists for Pharmacy Owners. Experience Matters.
You cannot go more than a day or two without hearing about another cyber attack in the United States. More importantly for pharmacy owners, Health Care has become a frequent target for phishing and ransomware attacks. These can devastate an organization, so protecting your pharmacy infrastructure is critical, but have you ever stopped to think about what that protection encompasses? In this blog, we want to cover some essential areas that need to be addressed to ensure your compliance with
Pharmacies need to be looking at some of their options for becoming a Medicare Part B Provider/Supplier as a large part of the United States population are becoming Medicare Beneficiaries. This blog will discuss four practice areas payable by Medicare Part B that Pharmacies need to consider to diversify and increase profits. These areas are: Drugs and Biologics (Application: CMS-855S or PECOS) DMEPOS (Application: CMS-855S or PECOS) Immunization (Application: CMS-855B or PECOS) Point of Care Testing (Application: CMS-855B or PECOS)
Here are the ten basic steps in the selling process and the estimated completion time and documents needed for each step. Step 1: Pharmacy Valuation Process Accurately determine the value of the pharmacy. A valuation is just another word for appraisal. Documents: Two to three years of accurate financial statements, which are then recast, or normalized, to remove the expenses a new owner will not have. Two to three years of tax returns Recent inventory Estimated value of equipment, fixtures
In this blog, we will discuss one of the “rights” that HIPAA gives individuals concerning their medical records. HIPAA provides the individual with the right to access their records in a “timely” fashion. While not the most cumbersome act in many Pharmacies, the request from patients to access their records is something Pharmacies must respond to in a quick and timely fashion. The Officer of Civil Rights (OCR), the agency responsible for the enforcement of HIPAA, believes that a Patient
“Point-of-care testing services are anticipated to surpass immunizations to drive revenue. Pressure from payers to detect high-cost diseases early will help speed up the growth of pharmacy-based diagnostic screening services. (https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/risk/us-risk-deloitte-retail-health-and-wellness.pdf)” Over the past decade (and even the last year), we have seen many changes in Community Pharmacy, especially in the clinical arena. Many National Pharmacy Organizations are promoting Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) in Pharmacy, and many Pharmacies have started to add POCT to their clinical and collaborative practice offerings. This
How do you prevent a PBM auditor from clawing back monies? Pharmacies deal with the threat of PBMs clawing back money daily. Fortunately, many audits resulting in the clawback of monies can be prevented by proactive activities, training, and overall employee understanding. These activities start before the prescription is filled and dispensed and continue after the patient walks out the door. These activities mean more work, but it is work that you and your employees need to be considering as
HIPAA Policies and Procedures are the foundation of your Pharmacy’s overall HIPAA Compliance and employee Training. Policies and Procedures also happen to be one of the items most often found to be missing, incomplete, or not up-to-date during investigations conducted by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). What does HIPAA say about Policies and Procedures? HIPAA clearly states you need to have Policies and Procedures. If we look at 45 C.F.R. § 164.530(i), we find that it states the following: “covered entity