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Common HIPAA Issues – Part 3: Policies and Procedures

HIPAA Policies and Procedures are the foundation of your Pharmacy’s overall HIPAA Compliance and employee Training.  Policies and Procedures also happen to be one of the items most often found to be missing, incomplete, or not up-to-date during investigations conducted by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). What does HIPAA say about Policies and Procedures? HIPAA clearly states you need to have Policies and Procedures.  If we look at 45 C.F.R. § 164.530(i), we find that it states the following: “covered entity…

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Pharmacy Technician Immunization Administration

After our last blog on PRS Partners with NPTA to Expand Independent Pharmacies Role in Delivering COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing Services (12/14/2020), we wanted to go over the general requirements outlined in the Department of Health and Human Services Guidance. On October 20th, the Department of Health and Human Services released the Guidance for PREP Act Coverage for Qualified Pharmacy Technicians and State-Authorized Pharmacy Interns for Childhood Vaccines, COVID-19 Vaccines, and COVID-19 Testing.  As the title suggests, this guidance lays…

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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. In part 2 of the Independent…

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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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HIPAA Compliance Policies and Procedures

We have been talking HIPAA Readiness for a little over a month now and I hope that it is helping you to realize you can’t afford to ignore HIPAA Compliance, or put your program on a shelf.  Our final topic before we sum it all up is another HIPAA basic, policies and procedures. Mind your Ps and Qs, or in this case, your P and Ps. In the old days, many people had formal living rooms or parlors that were…

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