Compliance

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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HIPAA Cautionary Tales

Knowing what is happening in the world of HIPAA “mistakes” can be beneficial to you as a pharmacy owner. HHS press releases tell the following stories: Mobile devices, full of unencrypted records, are being stolen. A USB drive was taken from the car of an Alaska Department of Health and Social Services employee. Thieves took a laptop from a Concentra Health Services facility in Missouri and from a QCA Health Plan employee’s car in Arkansas. “’Covered entities and business associates…

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HIPAA Compliance: You’ve Got to Be More Careful

Are you taking your pharmacy’s HIPAA Compliance seriously? I’m sure you’ve heard about the million-dollar settlements that Rite Aid and CVS paid for HIPAA violations. Here’s a January 2, 2013 headline you may have missed: HHS announces first HIPAA breach settlement involving less than 500 patients. The Hospice of North Idaho agreed to pay $50,000 for a breach of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI). The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) doesn’t just investigate the big pharmacy players, it…

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Pharmacy Compliance Shouldn’t be a Nightmare

Pharmacy Compliance regulations are all around us. And, just when you’re sure you’ve addressed every requirement and best practice suggestion in your pharmacy operations, some government entity or state pharmacy board changes the rules a little bit. It can be overwhelming, but myself and my Director of Compliance wrote an article for the October 2014 America’s Pharmacist that summarizes the latest changes and the most important issues with pharmacy compliance. NCPA members can click here to visit the archives and…

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