Thursday, May 31, 2012

Policies and Procedures - California HMDR Facilities Must Have Them

Policies & Procedures For CA HMDR Facilities

California HMDR facilities shall have written policies and procedures.  Make sure you know how to write them, have them in place, and follow them. Your staff should be well-versed with them, and you want to make sure that they are following them.  You might want to consider taking:
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Section 111656.3 starts out with:  
"Each home medical device retail facility shall have written policies and procedures related to home medical device handling and, if authorized by the department pursuant to Section 111656.4, the dispensing of prescription devices. Those written policies and procedures shall be adequate to assure compliance with this article and shall include, but not be limited to . . . "  
Notice the phrase, " . . . shall have written policies and procedures . . . "
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

California Board of Pharmacy weighs in on RxTEC proposal

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More on potential e-Pedigree touchpoints . . .

SecuringPharma - California Board of Pharmacy weighs in on RxTEC proposal:

"The California Board of Pharmacy in the US has written an open letter to Representative Henry Waxman calling for a federal approach to pharmaceutical traceability that provides the same or greater protection to the public as its electronic pedigree system due to come into effect between 2015 and 2017.

The letter to Waxman - who serves as ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee - also takes a swipe at the Pharmaceutical Traceability Enhancement Code (RxTEC) system enshrined in the Securing Pharmaceutical Distribution Integrity Act of 2012, saying that it is a "less robust, and less secure, supply chain infrastructure.""

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cardinal Health ends DEA inquiry with settlement

The Associated Press: Cardinal Health ends DEA inquiry with settlement:

"Pharmaceutical wholesaler Cardinal Health Inc. said Tuesday one of its Florida facilities will be barred from shipping controlled substances for two years under a settlement with federal authorities over alleged ineffective controls.

The Lakeland, Fla., facility will remain open and other operations will continue under the agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Cardinal Health also intends to improve procedures that are designed to prevent prescription drugs from being abused.

The Dublin, Ohio, company said the DEA is not planning to take further actions against other Cardinal Health facilities."

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Monday, May 14, 2012

California Board of Pharmacy - License Renewal

Don't get caught scrambling!  Make sure you start the renewal process no later than 4 weeks before your license expires.

CA Board of Pharmacy:
"I did not receive my renewal notice and my license is coming up for renewal. What do I do? 
Approximately six weeks before the expiration date of your license, a renewal application will be mailed to your last known address of record. Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses even if they do not receive a renewal notice. The board does not send duplicate renewal applications.   
If you have not received the renewal notice within 4 weeks of expiration of the license, you may renew your license by submitting a Request for Renewal form. Do not submit a renewal request more than 60 days before the expiration date of the license. 
A renewal request form may be viewed and printed by clicking on the appropriate license type below: . . . "
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Medicare billing flagged at 4 percent of U.S. pharmacies

The HHS report singled out several areas of the country where pharmacies irregularly billed Medicare with extremely high amounts per beneficiary. For instance, in Miami, nearly one in five pharmacies had questionable billings in 2009.

Medicare billing flagged at 4 percent of U.S. pharmacies: government | Reuters:

"The Office of Inspector General (OIG) examined billing records from 2009, the most recent full-year data was available. Government inspectors used eight measures to review the pharmacies, including average amount billed per beneficiary, average amount billed per prescriber and percentage of prescriptions for painkillers and other controlled substances that have the potential to be abused.

In total, 2,637 retail pharmacies were found to have exceeded the threshold that indicated extremely high billing for at least one of the eight measures."

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Cardinal Health Set for DEA Showdown Over Pain Pill Sales

This is a lengthy and very detailed account.  It makes for a very interesting read and is a warning to anybody involved in the supply chain, distribution, and dispensing of these painkillers.

Cardinal will get to make its case at a hearing later this month, set to be scheduled by a DEA administrative law judge.

Cardinal Health Set for DEA Showdown Over Pain Pill Sales - Businessweek

"Last year, Cardinal shipped enough of the semi-synthetic opiate painkiller oxycodone to two CVS Caremark Corp. (CVS) (CVS) pharmacies in Sanford, Florida, to supply a population eight times the city’s size, according to the government. The DEA alleged in court filings that Cardinal didn’t question the orders or heed warnings to conduct on-site audits.

“These were not just high numbers,” Boggs said in an interview. “These numbers were off the chart.”"

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Medicare Fraud Bust Nets 107

Medical News: Medicare Fraud Bust Nets 107 - in Public Health and Policy, Medicare from MedPage Today:

"Schemes involved home health care, mental health services, psychotherapy, physical and occupational therapy, durable medical equipment (DME) and ambulance services.

A sampling of the busts:

In Miami, 59 people, including three nurses and two therapists, were charged with billing Medicare $137 million in false claims for home health care, mental health services, occupational and physical therapy, DME, and HIV infusion."

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

No Significant Difference - Compares distance education to face-to-face

This body of research supports distance education as neither better or worse than face-to-face education.  Once you factor in cost and convenience, it would seem that online training is the big winner.

No Significant Difference - Presented by WCET:

"Does taking a course via distance education lower a student's chances for success as compared to the same student taking the same course in a face-to-face format?

Mr. Russell collected research studies addressing this question from as far back as 1928. The studies included in his collection involve a wide array of distance delivery modes including correspondence (printed materials sent out to students), radio, television, video, and online. Mr. Russell found that an overwhelming number of studies showed that when the course materials and teaching methodology were held constant, there were no significant differences (NSD) between student outcomes in a distance delivery course as compared to a face to face course. In other words, student outcomes in distance delivery courses were neither worse nor better than those in face to face courses. Mr. Russell referred to this collection of results as the "No Significant Difference Phenomenon", thus coining the now-common identifier phrase for this body of literature."

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