Pharmacy Industry News

Pharmacy Can Now Temporarily Enroll as an Independent Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory with Medicare

Over ten thousand Pharmacies have a CLIA Certificate of Waiver.  Most of these Pharmacies have been providing CLIA waived testing as a cash service only, increasing revenue and helping to offset dropping reimbursements and DIRS. But earlier this month,  CMS issued an MLN Matters Article allowing Pharmacies with CLIA Certification already enrolled in Medicare to fast-track a temporary enrollment as an independent clinical diagnostic laboratory to help combat the spread of COVID-19 during the public health emergency. Pharmacies will need…

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COVID-19 and Pharmacy

COVID-19.  We all know what it is by now – no need to explain further.  For specific information about COVID-19 from the experts, please visit the CDC website, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In this blog, we will cover regulations and actions your Pharmacy can take to help your staff, patients, and community stay healthy.  We will also share links to various websites with relevant information for Pharmacy. COVID-19 and HIPAA For the most part, the HIPAA Rules remain the same,…

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FDA Issues Warning Letter to McKesson for Shipping ‘illegitimate’ Opiates

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has sent a warning letter to drug distributor McKessson for allegedly shipping “illegitimate” opioid products and failing to properly handle and investigate the incidents. Specifically, the FDA is accusing McKesson of failing to identify, quarantine and investigate drug shipments that had been tampered with. Some of the bad shipments were discovered at three Rite Aid pharmacies in Michigan. This is the first time the FDA has issued a warning letter under the…

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U.S. based United Investment Healthcare Group signs agreement on trust management of Uzbekistan’s Dori-Darmon

The State Assets Management Center under the State Committee of Uzbekistan on Assistance to Privatized Enterprises and Development of Competition and the American company United Investment Healthcare Group signed an agreement on the transfer of the Dori-Darmon pharmaceutical company to trust management for a period of five years. The document sets the legal basis for the new development strategy of the national pharmaceutical company Dori-Darmon to introduce modern management methods, exclusive information technologies, as well as an effective system for…

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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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