Monthly Archives: April 2012

17 Apr

HHS reaches $100,000 settlement with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery for Lack of HIPAA Safeguards

Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, P.C., of Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $100,000 settlement and take corrective action to implement policies and procedures to safeguard the protected health information of its patients. The settlement with the physician practice follows an extensive investigation by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. For assistance developing a HIPAA compliance program or responding to a HIPAA breach, contact Rafael A. Gaitan, Esq. Mr. Gaitan has over 15 years experience in the health care industry and regularly counsels physician practices on regulatory matters including HIPAA and the HITECH rules.

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17 Apr

Community Pharmacy Re-permitting Required Before July 1, 2012

Section 465.018, Florida Statutes was amended in 2011, by HB 7095 to require every community pharmacy that dispenses Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substances to be re-permitted by July 1, 2012. All owners, officers, and prescription department managers of the community pharmacy will need to submit fingerprints to the Department of Health as part of the permitting process; and the community pharmacy must implement written policies and procedures for preventing controlled substance dispensing based upon fraudulent representations or invalid practitioner-patient relationships. To avoid disruptions to a business, community pharmacies are advised to begin the permitting process immediately. For assistance and guidance with applying for a community pharmacy permit, developing policies and procedures for preventing controlled substance dispensing fraud and abuse, or to appeal a permit denial or revocation, contact Rafael A. Gaitan, Esq. Mr. Gaitan has over 15 years experience in the health care industry, regularly representing pharmacies and pharmacist before regulatory bodies like the Florida Department of Health, and the Board of Medicine. Mr. Gaitan can be reached via e-mail at rgaitan@gaitanmorales.com or via telephone at 305.329.1462.

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