Compliance

USP <800> | The Independent Pharmacist’s Guide – Part 1

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. In this blog series, we will be conducting a brief review of USP<800> and discussing what it means to independent community Pharmacies. In this first…

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Medicare Compliance for Refills

Are you Billing Medicare Part B for Blood Glucose Testing Supplies and other items that are refilled on a recurring basis? If you are, Medicare has some new rules and clarified some older ones. These apply to ALL suppliers, whether accredited or not. Pharmacies are required to contact the beneficiary or designee regarding refills. This must take place no sooner than 14 calendar days prior to the refill due date and you  may not dispense the item to the beneficiary…

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HIPAA Readiness Wrap-Up

So, just a few months ago, I let you all know that HIPAA was back in the news with new court rulings, enforcement activities and how future HIPAA Audits would be occurring proactively (instead of reacting to breaches and complaints). Since then we have taken a long journey together to go over some of the items that need to be in place and happen on a daily basis, so that your pharmacy is HIPAA ready. We also looked at what…

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HIPAA Compliance Policies and Procedures

We have been talking HIPAA Readiness for a little over a month now and I hope that it is helping you to realize you can’t afford to ignore HIPAA Compliance, or put your program on a shelf.  Our final topic before we sum it all up is another HIPAA basic, policies and procedures. Mind your Ps and Qs, or in this case, your P and Ps. In the old days, many people had formal living rooms or parlors that were…

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Notice of Privacy Practices

We have taken a long journey in this HIPAA Readiness series, so let’s not forget the basics. Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One: Notice of Privacy Practices Communication is the key to success. Or so read a poster on the wall in my high school English class. Communication is also the key to HIPAA compliance. You need to give every patient a Notice of Privacy the first time you provide any health service. The Notice of Privacy Practices must…

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