Don’t Mess with Uncle Sam! How the Stark Law and the False Claims Act Impact Pharmacists

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Overview / Abstract:

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.

At the conclusion of this program, the pharmacist and technician attendee will be able to:

• Describe the general purpose and key points of the federal False Claims Act.
• Describe the general purpose and key points of the federal “Stark” law and how it relates to the False Claims Act.
• List the penalties associated with the most common violations of each law.
• Identify three prohibited activities for which pharmacies are at the greatest risk of violating.


Sep 27, 2015


Pharmacy CPE


Online, Webinar / Webcast / Video


$25 - $70

Credits / Hours

1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs)


This lesson is a knowledge-based CE activity and is targeted to pharmacists and technicians.

The American College of Apothecaries (ACA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACA has accredited this program for 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs) of continuing education credit for pharmacists and technicians. ACPE UAN 0201-9999-12-075-H03-P, 0201-9999-12-075-H03-T.

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

David G. Miller, R.Ph.
IACP's Executive Vice President & CEO

David G. Miller, R.Ph. is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. IACP represents more than 2,100 practitioners and 160,000 consumers who recognize the value of customized medication solutions provided by the art and science of pharmacy – compounding.

After receiving his bachelor of science in pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1985, he joined the staff of the National Community Pharmacists Association (formerly NARD) as Director of Professional Affairs. In 1988, he accepted a position as Director of Professional Affairs for the Maryland Pharmacists Association and was promoted to serve as that organization’s Executive Director three years later.

Miller left the pharmacy association world in 1996 to become the Director of Pharmacy Affairs at Merck where he was responsible for corporate relations with the profession at the national and state level as well as with the academic community. During his tenure at Merck, he supported and participated in large scale demonstration projects that documented the value of pharmacists in improving adherence and compliance, developed innovative approaches for continuing education programs, and championed the public health role of pharmacists as immunizers and patient educators.

In 2010, he took over as CEO for IACP as it began its twentieth year. A passionate advocate for pharmacy, he has received numerous awards from national and state associations, served on committees and in advisory positions for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), and many others. Miller lectures frequently on leadership development, strategic planning for organizations, and on advancing the profession of pharmacy.

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Reimbursement / Coding / Billing, Regulatory / Compliance / Risk Mgt, Preceptor & Mentor Development/Training, Pharmacology, Law / Legal, Compounding of Medications

Keywords / Search Terms

IACP / International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), Third-party Reimbursement, Medicare, Medicaid, Law

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