Fraud, Waste, & Abuse and HIPAA Compliance Updates for 2021

PAAS National® continuously keeps close tabs on legislative and regulatory changes that may impact our members’ Fraud, Waste & Abuse and HIPAA Compliance Program. Monitoring enforcement from the Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) also allows us to be aware of interpretative standards as well.

Furthermore, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) are continuously adding and changing requirements to their credentialing process. Pharmacies need to be certain they are ready for these changes. The PAAS National® FWA/HIPAA Compliance Program has implemented changes to ensure pharmacies with our program will continue to have robust policies in place.

Does your pharmacy have a policy for Timely Submission of Claims? PAAS has increasingly become aware of this credentialing requirement. Having written policies in place will assist you with credentialing responses. PAAS FWA/HIPAA compliance members can now find this in Section 4.1.8 of their Policy and Procedure  Manual.

It is also important for pharmacies to be aware of OCR’s stepped-up enforcement for Pharmacies who are not providing timely access to patient records – fines for violations have exceeded $200,000. PAAS FWA/HIPAA compliance members should review Section of their Policy and Procedure Manual and review our January 2020 Newsline article First Two Settlements for HIPAA Right of Access Initiative by OCR.

PAAS FWA/HIPAA compliance members can login to the member portal to view the full memo of 2021 FWAC and HIPAA Updates.

With our 24/7 web-based Portal, extensive customization, and ease of use, it’s easy to see why most PAAS members use our FWA/HIPAA compliance program.

Dana Westberg, CPhT