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What counts as a patient information breach?

Arizona saw nearly 80,000 patient records breached in the first half of 2019 alone. Despite everything health care professionals do to lock up patient information, some experts say data safety is in crisis. In the future, more people will likely get all the information they need when they need it. But more points of access …

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Salespeople sue drug companies for whistleblower retaliation

A federal jury in Seattle recently awarded $5.8 million to a Tacoma-based pharmaceutical sales representative. She said her employer fired her to retaliate for her refusing to push a product’s off-label uses and for filing an ethics complaint with the company. Also, in Arizona and Florida, two former employees of another drug company recently filed …

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Doctors and pharmacies face different malpractice tests

Physicians and pharmacists may share the same goal of helping people live longer and better lives. But two recent cases remind us that legal duties differ from role to role in the healthcare system. The results of the suits show how pharmacies and clinics may work hand in hand, according to a column at Pharmacy Today, …

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How can I avoid violating the anti-kickback statute?

The anti-kickback statute was passed in 1972 to prevent doctors or physicians from receiving and accepting a bribe to refer patients to certain facilities or programs. Congress also enacted this law to protect healthcare patients and government-run health programs and eliminate this type of abuse and fraud. Violating this law can have severe consequences and …

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Safe handling of hazardous drugs takes more than rules

Pharmacies and the rest of the health system are still meeting and adjusting to the changes brought by USP 800. Not meeting its standards for handling hazardous drugs can pose medical risks for patients and staff as well as professional and legal risks. But a recent review article in Pharmacy Practice News highlights the ways compliance can …

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Received notice of a complaint against your professional license?

If you are a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist or another medical professional, your license could be on the line if you are accused of drug abuse, misconduct, fraud or neglect that affects public safety or health. Yet an accusation is not proof. You need to carefully follow the steps in the letter you received …

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Regulations for pharmacies to watch in 2020

Health care companies often find it challenging to stay ahead of the various trends across their sector. As both third-party entities and the federal government look at making changes that could impact the drug industry, there are some updates the pharmaceutical industry may want to focus their attention on. Standards for new laws and policies These …

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How pharmacy benefit managers squeeze local pharmacists

Opening and operating a pharmacy is difficult enough on its own. In recent years, however, the grip of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) is making life even harder for independent pharmacists. PBMs act as a middleman, managing prescription drug benefit programs. PBMs argue they can lower prescription costs by negotiating discounts with large drug companies. What’s …

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Five tips for opening a private practice

After years of working for a someone else, you may be ready to open your own pharmacy or  medical/nurse practitioner practice. This is an exciting yet challenging thing to accomplish. To avoid mistakes, here are five tips for starting your private practice: Get your finances in order. You might need to take out a loan. Research …

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Telehealth services and medical malpractice issues in Arizona

In April 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that expanded insurance coverage to include telehealth services such as remote patient monitoring. Almost all large employers offer these services to their workers when they are available, but eliminating face-to-face meetings with doctors has raised concerns among doctors and medical malpractice insurers. Research …