Moving forward, statutes, regulations and guidelines will be collectively referred to as “restrictions” because let’s be honest, that is what they feel like sometimes. While occasionally one may find a restriction that seems purposeless, the majority are there for one main reason. Improved safety. Safety for the patient and healthcare provider/staff. A facility that follows these restrictions, will also improve safety for the facility as a by product of ensured patient and staff safety.
What are the risks of non-compliance to all the “restrictions”? Patient harm is the ultimate risk. There is also the risk of harm to staff and ultimately harm to the facility in the form of financial ramifications. The financial ramifications can come from fines imposed by regulatory agencies, lawsuits filed by injured parties, and loss of business due to a marred reputation. While ensuring the facility has a comprehensive compliance program in place can be costly, the cost is far greater for facilities that lack a program.
Our pharmacy consultants at Rxpert Solutions can help you review your risk and recommend solutions. Rxpert Solutions can also assist you in correcting deficiencies identified during a survey.