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Continuing Education
Published through an educational grant from WYETH-AYERST LABORATORIES
TRENDS IN PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL CARE

An ongoing CE program of The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and DRUG TOPICS

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. Accredited in every state requiring CE. ® ACPE # 032-999-01-001-H03

This lesson is no longer valid for CE credit after 12/31/03.

CREDIT:

This lesson provides two hours of CE credit and requires a passing grade of 70%.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this article, the pharmacist should be able to:

Describe the government's current fight in combating health-care fraud
Understand the Anti-kickback Statute as it relates to pharmacy practice
Explain what is meant by safe harbor and qui tam
Determine whether a pharmacy's "usual and customary" prescription charge violates the False Claims Act
Identify and utilize prevention techniques when dealing with fraudulent prescriptions
GOAL:

To highlight current regulations and cases while providing examples to aid the pharmacist in recognizing health-care fraud in pharmacy practice
Fraud, pharmacy, and the law

Jump to: Choose article section...Government's actions to combat fraudThe Anti-kickback StatuteThe False Claims ActQui Tam actionsFraudulent prescriptions and the pharmacistConclusion



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The art of parking...

? In a parking garage, choose a space close to the elevator on an upper floor rather than choose a lower floor away from the elevator. There's usually plenty of space on the top floor.

? When parking at a fast food restaurant, don't park where you may later be blocked in by vehicles in the drive-through lane.

? You will save a few steps if you park close to the mall entrance. But is it worth fighting for a close spot? After all, you'll be walking much inside the mall.

? Rather than choose a parking space close to the entrance, choose a space where there are fewer vehicles, preferring a lone spot on the end of a row. Your car will suffer fewer dings and the added distance to the door will allow you to burn a few extra calories.

? Park where its easy to get out.

? When possible, select the end slot in parking lot. Only one vehicle can park next to you. The result will be 50 percent fewer dings in the side of your car.

? Visiting? When safe and convenient, choose to park on the street rather than in the driveway. There's less chance you'll get blocked in by a late arriving vehicle.

? Before you get out of your vehicle with the engine running, roll down the window part way, leaving enough space for your arm. You'll never lock the keys in the vehicle while the engine is running.

? Turn the engine off BEFORE shifting to PARK. This will save wear and tear on your transmission.

? When backing into a parking space, use both mirrors, but focus on only one. You'll drive in a straighter line.

? If you get parking ticket, make a copy before mailing a check with the fine. Send the copy and keep the original. Then, just for the fun of it, place the original under the pastor's windshield wiper next Sunday.

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