OIG to CMS: Take stronger look at ‘place-of-service’ claims | HME News

“The report found:  For 72% of inappropriate claims, DME suppliers failed to correctly code the SNF as a facility. Instead, they coded the place of service as the beneficiary’s home, thus enabling the claims to bypass the edit that rejects separate payment for most DME provided at facilities. By definition, SNFs provide primarily skilled care and thus cannot be considered beneficiary homes.”

Read the full source article: OIG to CMS: Take stronger look at ‘place-of-service’ claims | HME News

Read the OIG report:  CMS Did Not Detect Some Inappropriate Claims for Durable Medical Equipment in Nursing Facilities


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Big Selection Of California Designated Representative Training Courses

Earn a training affidavit – We offer the largest selection of California Designated Representative training programs!

The California Board of Pharmacy oversees a wide range of Designated Representative licenses, including:

  • Designated Representative (for wholesalers)
  • Designated Representative 3PL (for third-party logistics providers), and
  • Designated Representative Reverse Distributor

Each of the three distinct license applications requires proof of training program completion. Specifically, license applicants must submit a training affidavit with their application submission. We offer three (3) different Designated Representative training courses because each license application “type” requires the coverage of different subjects and topics.

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Visit: California Board of Pharmacy – Designated Representative License Application Forms


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California Designated Representative Training Programs

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Where To Get Live Scan Fingerprinting

California Designated Representative license applicants who are California residents must only use Live Scan fingerprinting (refer to the various Designated Representative license applications for additional information).

Here’s the link to find Live Scan locations in California


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California HMDR Laws for 2018

California HMDR Laws for 2018

New CA Home Medical Device Retailer (HMDR) Legislation – Effective January 1, 2018

Read the full text of the bill:   AB 1387, Arambula. Home medical device retail facility business: licensing: inspections.

The Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law, among other things, prohibits a person from conducting a home medical device retail facility business in the state without a valid license from the State Department of Public Health. Existing law requires the department to inspect each place of business prior to issuing a license, and further requires the department to inspect each licensee at least annually.

This bill would modify, until January 1, 2023, the requirement for the department to inspect a licensed home medical device retail facility business if it is accredited, as specified, by an accreditation organization approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If so accredited, the bill would authorize the department to conduct an inspection only upon a complaint made to the department regarding the licensee. For a licensee that is not so accredited, the bill would continue to require the department to conduct an inspection at least annually.

Source: The legislation above is referenced on the CA HMDR Program website


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AmerisourceBergen snaps up independent wholesaler H. D. Smith for $815M | FiercePharma

“In the face of a tough pricing market that has weighed on generic drugmakers and their distributors, wholesaling giant AmerisourceBergen has decided to go out and snarf up a bigger share. It will pay $815 million in cash for H. D. Smith, the largest independent drug distributor left in the U.S.”

Source: AmerisourceBergen snaps up independent wholesaler H. D. Smith for $815M | FiercePharma


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Amazon Has Obtained Pharmaceutical Wholesaler Licenses In 12 States – Consumerist

“The Post-Dispatch was able to confirm through public records that Amazon has been approved as a pharmaceutical wholesaler in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, and Tennessee. An application in Maine is still pending.”

Source: Amazon Has Obtained Pharmaceutical Wholesaler Licenses In 12 States – Consumerist


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New ATA report takes a deep dive into the ongoing truck driver shortage – Logistics Management

“So, what about those future numbers? You may want to cover your eyes, as they are not pretty. According to the ATA, the driver shortage is projected to hit 50,000 by the end of 2017, with the possibility, if things remain the same, that the number could exceed 174,000 by 2026.”

Source: New ATA report takes a deep dive into the ongoing truck driver shortage – Logistics Management


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California wants to pull Cardinal Health license over ‘red flags’

“The state of California wants to revoke the wholesale license for a facility run by Cardinal Health, one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical distributors, for failing to note a series of unusual sales of an opioid painkiller and three other tightly regulated medicines to a pharmacy.”

Source: California wants to pull Cardinal Health license over ‘red flags’


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FDA Steps in to Regulate Microneedling Devices | RAPS

“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a draft guidance detailing when it considers “microneedling” products to be medical devices and subject to regulation.”

Read the full article – Source: FDA Steps in to Regulate Microneedling Devices | RAPS

Read the guidance:  Regulatory Considerations for Microneedling Devices – FDA (PDF)


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