Compliance

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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HIPAA Training for Employees

If you have been following along with my latest blog posts, you saw that when the OCR performed their Pilot Program for HIPAA audits, one of the areas where providers tend to be the most non-compliant is in the area of employee training. You may be thinking, well that’s easy; I will just have my employees go on-line and complete a training course. Unfortunately, although your employees may learn something, purchasing a “canned” HIPAA training program will not make you…

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Omnibus HIPAA and How it Impacts You – Part 3

We have discussed the facts about the changes to the HIPAA laws and tackled some  of the specific changes and issues that you, as pharmacy owners, need to review within your current HIPAA Compliance Program.  However, you may be still asking yourself, “In all the years I’ve been in business, no one has ever come to review my HIPAA policies or look at my Disaster Recovery Plan, so why should I worry about the Omnibus HIPAA Final Rule?” Here’s why.…

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Omnibus HIPAA and How it Impacts You – Part 2

In my last blog post, I informed you of changes to HIPAA and how it will be enforced. Here are some of the specific changes in the Omnibus HIPAA Final Rule and how that impacts you as a pharmacy owner: Security Rule—You must now make sure your business associates, anyone with whom you legally share individually identifiable PHI, are compliant with the Security Rule and have policies and procedures in place to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic…

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Omnibus HIPAA Compliance and How it Impacts You

In case you haven’t heard, substantial changes to HIPAA regulations, enforcement, and penalties—with the catchy name of HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule—went into effect last March. September 23, 2013, is the day your pharmacy must be compliant with the new regulations. But, don’t panic, and don’t listen to consultants who try to scare you. The amendments to the regulations should be easy for currently compliant pharmacies to implement. However, it is imperative that you update your HIPAA program because the enforcement,…

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