Billion-Dollar Medicare Fraud Bust – FBI.gov

Read the full article:  Billion-Dollar Medicare Fraud Bust – FBI Announces Results of Operation Brace Yourself – FBI.gov

The FBI & DOJ targeted alleged schemes involving the payment of illegal kickbacks and bribes by DME companies in exchange for the referral of Medicare beneficiaries by medical professionals working with fraudulent telemedicine companies for back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces that were medically unnecessary. Some of the defendants allegedly controlled an international telemarketing network that lured over hundreds of thousands of elderly and/or disabled patients into a criminal scheme that crossed borders, involving call centers in the Philippines and throughout Latin America.

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Pharmacists must sign, receive drugs delivered to pharmacy by wholesaler – The Script

To be in full compliance with pharmacy law, refer to Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 4059.5(a), which states:

“Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, dangerous drugs or dangerous devices may only be ordered by an entity licensed by the board and shall be delivered to the licensed premises and signed for and received by a pharmacist.” (Emphasis added.)

Read the full article:  Pharmacists must sign, receive drugs delivered to pharmacy by wholesaler – The Script (March 2019 page 9)


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California Designated Representative Training Online – Available 24 x 7

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Here’s why you should take California Designated Representative training courses by SkillsPlus International Inc.:

  • We offer the largest selection of courses approved by the California Board of Pharmacy (wholesaler, 3PL, and reverse distributor). Earns you a training affidavit.
  • You don’t have to wait to take a seminar. Simply buy an online course, then enter our online classroom. Come and go at your convenience.
  • We’ve got experience. Since 2002, we’ve trained nearly 6,000 students in our Designated Representative and Exemptee courses.

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Budget neutrality dampens certain oxygen reimbursement | HME News

Budget neutrality dampens certain oxygen reimbursement | HME News

“These additional cuts for home oxygen therapy are certain to impact providers and patients in rural and other non-CBA areas,” stated AAHomecare in a bulletin. “Since CMS has repeatedly made it clear that they do not believe they have the statutory authority to address the budget neutrality offset, the HME community needs to make this a priority for advocacy efforts in the 116th Congress.”

Read the source article: Budget neutrality dampens certain oxygen reimbursement | HME News


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Plan Ahead: Board Office Move – Application Processing Times



Updated January 25, 2019:

The California Board of Pharmacy provided this latest update:

“Board staff were advised there have been significant delays in approvals necessary to begin construction within the office space. Based on these delays it is currently anticipated the move will occur in May or June 2019. Board staff continues to work with DCA and the Department of General Services and will continue to provide updates to the Organizational Development committee.”

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Plan ahead if you’re thinking about submitting a California Board of Pharmacy individual license application (e.g., California Designated Representative license).

As of this writing, here’s why:

  • The holiday season is here
  • Year-end business processes and activities could get in the way
  • California Designated Representative license application (wholesaler, 3PL)  processing times can take some time.  Based on September/October 2018 data, processing times could take anywhere between 13-39 days. If there are application deficiencies, it could add an additional 10-30 days of processing time.
  • The California Board of Pharmacy office relocation move was originally planned for February 2019, and could be delayed.

In a nutshell, plan ahead if you’re planning to submit a California Designated Representative license application.

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McKesson announces Hammergen’s retirement, chooses successor – Drug Store News



“McKesson has announced the retirement of its chairman and CEO John Hammergen, effective March 31, 2019. The company’s board has unanimously elected Brian Tyler, who currently is president and COO of the San Francisco-based company, to succeed him as CEO, effective April 1, 2019. Edward Mueller, McKesson’s lead independent director, will become chairman, also effective April 1, 2019.”

Read the full source article: McKesson announces Hammergen’s retirement, chooses successor – Drug Store News


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California Designated Representative Training – Required Topics



“Question: I need to take a California Designated Representative training course. What kind of topics will be covered in an approved training program?

Answer: It depends on the kind of California Designated Representative license type you are applying for. In other words, the required topics are different for the wholesaler, third-party logistics provider (3PL), and reverse distributor.  . . .”

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Fort Lauderdale to host state’s biotech conference this month – Sun Sentinel


It’s happening here in Florida!  More than 400 scientists, entrepreneurs, investors and biotech industry experts are expected to gather in Fort Lauderdale this month for the annual BioFlorida conference.

“It is designed “to showcase the business and scientific achievements in the industry and encourage collaborations and partnerships,” said Nancy Bryan, CEO and president of the West Palm Beach-based BioFlorida.  Those in the industry have much to celebrate, as Florida’s biotech industry grew in companies and incubators by nearly 15 percent in 2017, one of the strongest results since 2008, according to BioFlorida.”

Read the full source article:  Fort Lauderdale to host state’s biotech conference this month – Sun Sentinel


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License Details About California Designated Representative | mySkills myFuture


What is a California Designated Representative?

“A designated representative is an individual who performs clerical, inventory control, housekeeping, delivery, maintenance, or similar functions related to the distribution or dispensing of dangerous drugs or dangerous devices. To work as a designated representative, you must possess and keep a current certificate as a designated representative.”

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How DSCSA Changes the Licensing Landscape | Pharmaceutical Executive


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The impact of new 3PL licensing

The big license aftershock following the DSCSA earthquake came when the FDA redefined the parameters of 3PL companies. Before the passage of DSCSA, 3PL companies could be licensed as a wholesaler. Now, that’s no longer the case.”

Read the entire article to learn how the DSCSA impacts third-party logistics providers (3PLs).

Read the complete article (source): How DSCSA Changes the Licensing Landscape | Pharmaceutical Executive


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