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DEA inspections: Know your rights

Anyone who prescribes, administers, or dispenses controlled substances must be registered with the DEA. This includes manufacturers as well as doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. The DEA is responsible for keeping track of what controlled substances are ordered and dispensed through its ARCOS database – an automated, drug reporting system that monitors the flow of controlled […]

FDA cracks down on hydrocodone combination drugs

Effective Oct. 6, 2014, hydrocodone combination products will be moved from a Schedule III to a more strict Schedule II drug. That means hydrocodone combination products in such common pain medications such as Vicodin hydrocodone-acetaminophen now join other drugs such as methamphetamine, codeine, morphine and Adderall. The scheduling action by the U.S. Food and Drug […]

CMS reverses decision on error data reporting

In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) stopped making public reports of eight different hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). However, a month later, CMS reversed its decision and now will resume public reporting of data on HACs on its Hospital Compare Data site. Data removed included information on foreign objects left in patients, air […]

New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule on Aug. 29 that allows healthcare providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. “By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate […]