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Capitol Connections Article [Stark Law] [03/7/2014]
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From the IACP AdvanCE Self-Paced Library: Don't Mess with Uncle Sam! How the Stark Law and the False Claims Act Impact Pharmacists 

Glaxo Smith Kline -- $3 billion. Abbott -- $1.6 billion. J&J -- $2 billion. Those are the penalties just three drug companies have paid for violating the federal False Claims Act. Did you know that what got them into trouble was making claims about their drugs to prescribers for unapproved uses? But when many pharmacists hear the word “claims,” they believe the False Claims Act has to do with marketing. It doesn’t. It covers every single transaction between a provider of goods and services paid for by the federal government. That’s “claims” as in filing a claim for money. So, if you bill Medicaid or Medicare, the VA, or the Federal Employees Prescription Benefit Program, you are just as liable for violations of the False Claims Act as a major manufacturer. Unless you have a billion dollars or so just lying around, this is a must-attend webinar to protect yourself and your business from making costly mistakes.

Because any allegation of potential overbilling to a federal funded prescription or health benefit program – Medicaid, Medicare, TriCare, the Veterans Administration, the Federal Employees Health Plan – can be gravely serious, IACP offers members a self-paced webinar, Don’t Mess with Uncle Sam! How the Stark Law and the False Claims Act Impact Pharmacists. The Stark Law (also called the Anti-Kickback Law) and the False Claims Act impact every pharmacy that fills a prescription and bills a federally funded program and also any pharmacy who has a sales or marketing person generating compounded prescriptions which also result in a billing for physician services to those programs. To view this invaluable self-paced webinar, please click here.

 

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