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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Pay Attention To The Version! – Florida Certified Designated Representative (CDR)

Beware! – There are multiple versions of forms and booklets for Florida Certified Designated Representative (CDR) license applicants

Florida state websites are getting reorganized and redesigned. As a result, an internet search for Florida Certified Designated Representative (CDR) application forms and candidate information booklets can lead you to outdated versions.

At the time of writing this post, there are CDR forms and publications that have an effective date of December 2017 or January 2018.  In my small sampling of search results, I was able to locate a form as old as 2014.

If you’re not sure you’ve got the latest forms or publications, here’s what the 2018 application form says, “If you have any questions or need assistance in completing this application, please contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics, at 850.717.1800.”


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California Designated Representative Training Programs

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Question:  Who offers California Designated Representative training courses?

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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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New – California Designated Representative-Reverse Distributor License

California Designated Representative-Reverse Distributor License Created – New!

Designated Representative Reverse Distributor License – CA Board of Rx website

About California Designated Representative Reverse Distributor Training

California Senate Bill – SB 752 (Chapter 598, Statutes of 2017, Stone) Designated Representative-Reverse Distributor has been “chaptered” by the Secretary of State (enacted October 8, 2017). It includes the creation of a designated representative-reverse distributor license. At a high level:

Section 4040.5 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
4040.5. “Reverse distributor” means every person who acts as an agent for pharmacies, drug wholesalers, third-party logistics providers, manufacturers, and other entities by receiving, inventorying, warehousing, and managing the disposition of outdated or nonsaleable dangerous drugs or dangerous devices.

Section 4022.6 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:
4022.6. “Designated representative-reverse distributor” means an individual to whom a license has been granted pursuant to Section 4053.2, who is responsible for supervision over a licensed wholesaler that only acts as a reverse distributor. A pharmacist fulfilling the duties of Section 4053.2 shall not be required to obtain a license as a designated representative-reverse distributor.


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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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