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Pharmacy Robberies and Burglaries on the Rise – Develop Emergency Policies & Procedures

Pharmacy Robberies and Burglaries on the Rise – Develop Emergency Policies & Procedures

Pharmacy Robberies and Burglaries on the Rise:

Pharmacies have always been a target for robberies and now, pharmacy robberies and burglaries on the rise. As Pharmacists ourselves we have realized that this is a possibility and a risk that everyone in our profession constantly faces. We may all do our best to put it out of our focus and concentrate on our day-to-day daily routines while at work. We sometimes think that although the possibility exists, this is something that happens frequently but not to us!

However many robberies and burglaries we hear about, sometimes there are particular ones that grab our attention. In Illinois last week there were two related robberies that can only be described as “bizarre”. In both cases the Pharmacy robberies involved a man and woman wielding hypodermic needles that they claimed were contaminated with HIV.

The initial robbery took place at a CVS Pharmacy in Niles, Illinois last Monday morning (11/14). The second case took place the following morning at a CVS store in Naperville, Illinois according to separate press releases issued by the police.

In the initial incident a man and woman entered the Niles pharmacy and stole OTC medications, concealing them inside backpacks. When a CVS employee approached them, the man threatened the employee with a syringe he claimed was contaminated with HIV. The suspects left the pharmacy and fled with about $600 worth of medications.

The next case occurred at the Naperville CVS Pharmacy. Once again a man and woman brandishing an HIV-contaminated syringe threatened store employees and stole numerous medications before fleeing.

Recently it seems that all the Pharmacy news we read is filled with an increase of stories regarding burglaries and robberies of Pharmacies. In the past month alone we all have seen almost daily reports of Pharmacy break-ins and burglaries. This dramatic increase of robbery and burglaries always seems to cycle come Holiday season!

Are you and your Pharmacy prepared to deal with situations like these? As I stated earlier, no-one thinks that these situations will happen to us or our Pharmacy businesses, but these are truly examples of the old cliche “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” being applicable. Do you have policies and procedures written for your business and employees to act on if such a crisis arises? Do you have inventory policies in place to help determine what was taken during a burglary? Do you have training in place to help your employees in these situations that will minimize your possible liabilities? If the answers are no, then contact HCC Pharmacy Staffing to see how we can help you.

Healthcare Consulting has been a full service Pharmacy staffing and consulting firm that has been in business for over 27 years. HCC has been helping Pharmacies plan, prepare and deal with such crisis situations since 1989. Just a few examples of our services include:

– Development of Policies and Procedures
– Employee Crisis Training
– Inventory Management
– Pharmacy Management Consultation

Although we all hope that we will never personally deal with such situations, I strongly urge you to be prepared. Contact us on line or call us today for a Free Consultation at 800-642-1652 to discuss how we can help you.

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Tennessee Pharmacist Indicted for Fraud

Tennessee Pharmacist Indicted for Fraud:

The recent case in Tennessee involving a Pharmacist indicted for fraud should make us all consider a thorough review of all our Pharmacy’s policies and procedures (or perhaps the lack of documentation that every Pharmacy is required to have). Although the purpose of this post is in no way intended to compare honest Pharmacy business owners with the Tennessee Pharmacist who was arrested and charged with TennCare fraud and selling fraudulent prescriptions, we at HCC have always believed in the old cliche “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This is more relevant today than ever in the evolving world of technology that makes having up to date policies, procedures, processes and documentation a mandatory necessity.

The case in Tennessee  involves a 76 year old Pharmacy owner charged with 25 counts of TennCare fraud. Following a six month investigation, it became clear that the Pharmacy was billing TennCare for drugs that were never dispensed to patients. As just one example, agents said that TennCare was billed 9 times for a total of $7,857.85 for Abilify (an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia). Followup during the investigation led the investigators to numerous other violations. Although this is obviously an extreme example of “one thing being looked at leading to another”, the investigators also uncovered controlled substance inventory discrepancies of roughly 195,000 controlled substance pills that were unaccounted for by inventory documentation.

The important conclusion to consider from this case is that when inspectors or investigators are focusing on one area of your business, the potential of uncovering deficiencies in other areas of your practice exists. Being Pharmacists ourselves, we at HCC know that the majority of all Pharmacy owners are extremely honest, hard working individuals who do the best job possible to adhere to all laws, standards and best practices. Yet each of us must ask ourselves: “Am I really doing this? Am I an expert on all the regulations, laws and standards that are constantly changing? Am I qualified to determine if my policies, procedures and documentation are adequate?”. If not, when was the last time that what you do have in place was reviewed by a qualified Compliance Expert or Pharmacy Consultant? If the answers to any of the questions was no, we strongly urge you to call HCC today for a free consultation at 800-642-1652. HCC is a full service Pharmacy Consulting firm that has been in business for over 27 years helping pharmacies plan, prepare and deal with issues before they become problems.

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Pharmacist Salaries in the Best and Worst States for Healthcare

Pharmacist Salaries in the Best and Worst States for Healthcare:

Pharmacist salaries by state is a topic that comes up almost daily at Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing. As a national leader in the Pharmacy staffing industry for over 27 years, we consult with both Pharmacists and employers on what the rate in each state warrants. In a previous post, we had discussed some statistics and in studying the latest wage releases from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2014, we once again find that variables such as geography, population density, type of Pharmacy job, years of experience, etc. make the task of salary comparison an almost impossible job to complete. To make the decision regarding Pharmacist salaries even more complicated is a study recently published by WalletHub analysts that compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 29 key metrics—including Healthcare professional’s salaries — to determine which states offer the most cost-effective and highest-quality care.

Based on those metrics, the states with the worst health care are: Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Arkansas, Georgia, West Virginia, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Alabama.
The states with the best health care include:
Minnesota, Maryland, South Dakota, Iowa, Utah, Kansas, Hawaii, Vermont,   District of Columbia and Nebraska.

So now the question of “Where Do I Want To Practice Pharmacy?” becomes even more complicated when choosing based on geographical considerations. Who wants to practice in a state known for both lower salaries and also known for a lower level of quality healthcare?
When deciding on where to practice, our professional and knowledgeable staff at HCC are a tremendous asset available to help guide you in making the right decision. We specialize in finding pharmacists the right job to meet their needs and skill sets. Known for being a full service pharmacy staffing agency, HCC has helped numerous pharmacists throughout the country find positions.

Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been known as a full service pharmacy staffing company since 1989. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it it sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the nation’s most successful and respected staffing and placement firms in the pharmacy employment area. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 27 years. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing deals with all aspects of matching pharmacists to jobs in every type of situation. This includes filling short term pharmacy positions and temporary jobs, as well as permanent and long term placements. We also can help with temp-to-permanent situations.
HCC can assist you in the process of finding the position that best suits your salary requirements, goals, personality and lifestyle. Call us today at 800-642-1652 for a free consultation and let us help you find the right job in the right setting and right state to achieve your goals as a Pharmacist!

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