Compliance

Is Your Pharmacy Still Using Windows 7?

Déjà vu?  It was only 5 years ago that we saw the Windows XP “End of Life” occur.  Now, it is time for Windows 7. 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 security updates from Microsoft.  These security updates and patches address vulnerabilities that if exposed could…

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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.  Some consulting entities and individuals are…

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USP <800> | The Independent Pharmacist’s Guide – Part 1: What Is USP <800>?

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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