Enforcement

Did You Know, You Are Responsible if an Employee Commits a Violation of HIPAA?

Over the past few weeks, we have been exploring HIPAA, which has made its way back into the news. We have talked about how computer viruses and malware can be dangerous to PHI on your network and what to do when you think you have a breach. We are going to continue on our HIPAA Readiness journey by discussing how you as a pharmacy owner are responsible for what your employees commit a violation of HIPAA. #3 Respondeat superior :…

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Reporting Breaches, Notifying Patients & Risk Assessment

Last week, I told you that HIPAA is back in the news. Didn’t get a chance to read why? Take a minute to read Part 1 of the HIPAA Readiness series — HIPAA Has Returned. So now that you know why HIPAA is such a hot topic, let’s continue on our HIPAA Readiness journey… #2 What to do when you have a HIPAA breach. Uh-oh! You believe there’s been a breach in your HIPAA security. Keep Calm & Do a…

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HIPAA Has Returned

Are you sure your pharmacy is HIPAA Compliant? Recently, HIPAA has made its way back into the news with new court rulings on regulations and enforcement. I was asked to write an article for the February issue of NCPA’s America’s Pharmacist explaining the impact of the rulings on the pharmacy industry. If you are an NCPA member, be sure to read Thin Ice Ahead: Four Rulings That Increase Your HIPAA Liability. If you aren’t a member, notify us via email…

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Seven Necessities for Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Compliance

Every company wants to operate free from fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA). It’s good for business. So, try to think of that as the silver lining to the fact that your pharmacy is required by CMS, and many states, to have a formal fraud, waste, and abuse compliance program. The Affordable Care Act spelled out seven elements you need in your fraud, waste, and abuse program: Written policies, procedures, and standards of conduct A designated compliance officer and compliance committee,…

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Compliance and Your Pharmacy

It’s not news that compliance issues are among the biggest worries a pharmacy owner faces today. With the scheduling of more and more government auditing, it is even more important to be organized and compliant with Fraud, Waste and Abuse, HIPAA, Quality Assurance, and Pseudoephedrine regulations. You must document your monthly check of the exclusion lists and keep all of your licenses and certifications up-to-date. With these audits come steep fines if the pharmacy is found to be out of…

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