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Podcast: Competitive Bid, What does that Mean to Me

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Dec 12, 2018 / by Becky Templeton posted in Pharmacy

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Did you hear that Competitive Bidding is being eliminated and everyone can start doing DME again?  While it’s not being totally eliminated, Competitive Bidding will be suspended nationwide from 1/1/2019-12/31-2020, while a new program is being prepared.  Many pharmacies will be able to start dispensing things previously deemed ineligible if the pharmacy was in one of those competitive bidding zones.
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How can a Pharmacy Compliance Program help secure insurance contracts?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Oct 26, 2018 / by Jenny Schell posted in Pharmacy

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2 - RKL How can apharmacy compliance program help secure insurance contract


How compliant is your pharmacy? Take our Pharmacy Compliance Assessment

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3 Elements to DEA Documentation

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Apr 30, 2018 / by Jenny Schell posted in Pharmacy

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graphicOur experts at R.J. Hedges & Associates have an all-new podcast for you! This podcast will highlight the three key elements to DEA Documentation from our very own Jeffery Hedges, and Carlos Aquino, a retired DEA Diversion Agent so that your pharmacy can better prepare for DEA inspections.

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Pharmacy Compliance Guide Part 1: Attestations

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Jan 22, 2018 / by Jenny Schell posted in Pharmacy

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blog-3.jpgPart of the Medicare Part D program involves ensuring pharmacies properly train their staff. Pharmacy Benefit Managers have the ability to manage the program, enforcing Fraud, Waste & Abuse Training, OIG Exclusion Verification, and HIPAA Compliance Training. Every fall the staff must verify that they accomplished these requirements. Unfortunately, many pharmacies sign the attestations even though they did not complete the training.

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Patient Safety Organizations - Pharmacy Compliance Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Dec 5, 2017 / by Jenny Schell posted in Pharmacy, Compounding

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blog-2.jpgQuality control, its something everyone in the pharmacy must be involved in. Quantity control helps to reduce mistakes, and improve Patient Safety. Errors do happen and it is imperative pharmacies are aware of how to protect themselves as well as their patients. The Fit Pharmacist partner and Pharmacy Podcast Network co-host Dr. Christina Tarantola joins Jeff Hedges, President of R.J. Hedges & Associates and Pharmacy Compliance Guide podcast host with Tara Modisett, Executive Director of Alliance for Patient Medication Safety in a podcast on Patient Safety Organizations recorded live at the NCPA 2017.
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All About APMS

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Oct 30, 2017 / by Jenny Schell posted in Pharmacy

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Capture-2.jpgAt R.J. Hedges, we firmly believe that working with a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) has numerous benefits. In fact, we enroll our clients with a PSO depending on what services they purchase. I want to share some great information about APMS the PSO that we collaborate with to provide exceptional service to our clients.

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A Survival Guide for Pharmacy Hurdles in 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Aug 4, 2017 / by Jenny Schell posted in Pharmacy

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blog pi.jpgWe are already more than halfway through 2017 and there is a lot going on in the pharmacy world. Independent pharmacy owners have seen a huge increase in what they need to have in place in terms of paperwork and trainings. It has all started with HIPAA- it never seems to go away. HIPAA has grown into a giant beast since it first went into effect in 2003. In the event that this giant beast attacks, this post will guide and prepare your pharmacy for its best chance of survival! 

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Understanding Pharmacy Compliance in 20 Minutes

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jan 19, 2017 / by Jenny Schell posted in Pharmacy

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image_blog_compliance_in_20_minutes_small.pngHis office is a cabin in the woods, he drives a truck, is an Eagle Scout, and is your guide to all things Pharmacy Compliance.  Jeff Hedges, President & CEO of R.J. Hedges & Associates, joins Pharmacy Podcast as the “Pharmacy Compliance Guide”.  Tune into this episode to meet Jeff, learn about the Good, Bad and New in Compliance and look at what is to come from this new segment in 2017.


Pharmacy Podcast - Episode 372: Pharmacy Compliance Guide - Session 1

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Common Adverse Events and What to Do About Them

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Sep 19, 2016 / by Jenny Schell posted in Pharmacy, Compounding

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image_blog_adverse_events.jpgNow that the Patient Safety Act is a mandatory requirement for all pharmacies throughout the nation, pharmacies for Medicare Part D must now record all adverse events, also known as quality related events (QRE), and properly document those outcomes.

What is an adverse event?

The most common cause of an adverse event for a pharmacy can be when a patient is given a wrong medication or wrong dosage, and either leaves the facility or the patient takes it. As part of the Patient Safety Act, the pharmacy is responsible for identifying the cause of the adverse event, documenting the adverse event and implementing a process so the event can be avoided in the future.

What are the top examples of adverse events in a pharmacy?

Here's a list of the most common examples of adverse event drug reactions found in a pharmacy. Print out this list and share it with your staff so you can better train your team to catch and avoid these outcomes.

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How to Make Sense of the Compliance Mayhem

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 6, 2016 / by Jenny Schell posted in Pharmacy

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image_blog_mayhem_speech.pngThis year, Jeff Hedges spoke with independent pharmacy owners at Pharmacy Development Services Super-Conference to share the current status of today's pharmacy compliance. Most importantly he covered how to take control of the mayhem of pharmacy rules and regulations and walk away confidently in compliance. Attending the PDS Conference can cost up to $1,500 or more but we're giving you the entire educational video for free below.

In less than 20 minutes, you'll learn...

  • The top pharmacy compliance tips for this year
  • The most important policies and procedures your pharmacy operations should have
  • What the Patient Safety Act  is and how to protect your pharmacy
  • What you really need to know about PSOs (Patient Safety Organizations), CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) and QREs (Quality Related Events)
  • How to understand Medication Adherence and Star Ratings in two minutes or less
  • A quick guide for what you need to know and do about pharmacy credentialing
  • Consequences of not being prepared in 2016
  • How to get more help to stay stress free and in compliance
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