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Pharmacy Can Now Temporarily Enroll as an Independent Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory with Medicare

  Attention CLIA Certified Pharmacies: Over ten thousand Pharmacies have a CLIA Certificate of Waiver.  Most of these Pharmacies have been providing CLIA waived testing as a cash service only, increasing revenue and helping to offset dropping reimbursements and DIRS. But earlier this month,  CMS issued an MLN Matters Article allowing Pharmacies with CLIA Certification already enrolled in Medicare to fast-track a temporary enrollment as an independent clinical diagnostic laboratory to help combat the spread of COVID-19 during the public

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HIPAA and the CARES Act

We wanted to write a short blog post today to cover the HIPAA and the CARES Act. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law by President Trump on 3/27/2020.  In this law, you will come across a reference to HIPAA.  As many of you may know, we have been expecting some updates to the HIPAA Regulations for a few years now.  Is this the HIPAA update we have been waiting to see?  No,

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COVID-19 and Pharmacy

COVID-19.  We all know what it is by now – no need to explain further.  For specific information about COVID-19 from the experts, please visit the CDC website, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In this blog, we will cover regulations and actions your Pharmacy can take to help your staff, patients, and community stay healthy.  We will also share links to various websites with relevant information for Pharmacy. COVID-19 and HIPAA For the most part, the HIPAA Rules remain the same,

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Common HIPAA Issues – Part 2: Breaches

The next area we want to discuss is breaches – the cause of most audits.  Almost all covered entities may at some point face a breach in the privacy of Protected Health Information (PHI). Ultimately, by ensuring you have enacted the appropriate policies and procedures, performed your risk analysis and management plan, developed appropriate technical and physical safeguards, and trained your employees, you are doing all you can to prevent these breaches from occurring and in turn preempt any HIPAA issue regarding

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Common HIPAA Issues for Pharmacies – Part 1: Training

Before we get into the HIPAA issues for pharmacies with regards to training, let’s just discuss HIPAA in general for a bit. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is a federal statute that includes national standards for data privacy and security provisions concerning patients’ medical information. Although it was no doubt introduced to protect sensitive patient health data, it wasn’t the only objective. HIPAA was established to fulfill multi-fold healthcare objectives, chief among which are medical

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Is Your Pharmacy Still Using Windows 7?

Is your pharmacy still using windows 7? Déjà vu! It was only 5 years ago that we saw the Windows XP’s “end of life” occur.  Now, it is time for the discontinuation of Windows 7. Also note that Windows 8’s “end of life” will occur in January 2023. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows 7. This means if you are currently running Windows 7 on any of your computers you will no longer receive software updates, technical support for

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USP <800> | The Independent Pharmacist’s Guide – Part 2: Does My Pharmacy Need to Comply?

If you own or manage a pharmacy, you’ve probably heard about USP <800>, the newest chapter issued by the United States Pharmacopoeial Convention. Although USP guidelines typically apply to compounding pharmacies and drug manufacturers, USP <800> guidelines apply to any facility which handles hazardous drugs; if you own or operate a pharmacy, that means YOU. However, there is a common misconception spreading through the independent pharmacy space when it comes to USP <800> compliance. In part 2 of the Independent

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