No Longer Business as Usual for Long-Term Care Pharmacies

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Trasco Management President Alan Traster warns the recent Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) action against a number of long-term care pharmacies in several states is merely just a sign of things to come. He notes we can expect the government to take a steadfast approach in citing pharmacies for common practices that have evolved in long-term care.

This situation is real. In fact, over the past month the number of state audits of pharmacies has been increasing. Combined with increase in DEA audits, it is imperative that pharmacies protect their practices now by implementing continuous quality improvement and compliance policies.

Trasco Management President Alan Traster warns the recent Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) action against a number of long-term care pharmacies in several states is merely just a sign of things to come. He notes we can expect the government to take a steadfast approach in citing pharmacies for common practices that have evolved in long-term care.

"The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) recent action against a number of long-term care pharmacies in several states is merely just a sign of things to come," says Trasco Management President Alan Traster. In fact, Traster notes, we can expect the government to take a steadfast approach in citing pharmacies for common practices that have evolved in long-term care.

His comments come on the heels of the recent MHA Business Summit in Las Vegas, NV, where Traster spoke to delegates about how to plan and prepare should a pharmacy be audited. In his remarks, Traster noted that "This situation is real. In fact, over the past month the number of state audits of pharmacies has been increasing. Combined with increase in DEA audits, it is imperative that pharmacies protect their practices now by implementing continuous quality improvement and compliance policies."

Traster was recently elected as co-chair of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacies (ASCP) Long-Term Care DEA Drug Administration Task Force.

"The DEA's interpretation of the Controlled Substance Act is very finite and when they believe there are violations to this Act, they will strictly enforce the law. What this ultimately means to long-term care providers is that it cannot be business as usual. Strict compliance means a change in the policies and procedures that pharmacies have followed for years. While these changes may appear to be overwhelming to implement, it is important to remember that many pharmacies are facing millions of dollars in fines because they did not initiate or address correct standard operating procedures."

Traster suggests seeking outside assistance in fulfilling these compliance procedures. He notes that "Each and every business is unique. And, all policies and procedures should be individualized so that they reflect exactly what your business is doing."

Trasco Management is a national consulting firm specializing in assisting health care business owners in finding and implementing approaches to service that improve quality, drive compliance and assure financial success.

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