LearnSomething and NACDS Foundation Collaborate to Help Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse with Release of New Training Program

Jan 08, 2007, 00:00 ET from LearnSomething.com

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- LearnSomething, Inc., the
 leading provider of e-learning solutions for the retail pharmacy, food and
 healthcare industries, today announced the release of a new training
 program entitled Preventing Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA). The program is
 designed to help community pharmacies, healthcare and insurance companies,
 and grocery chains with pharmacies, to educate their employees to detect
 and prevent fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in government health care
 programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. FWA can be a significant source of
 liability for unwary retail chains and other company's who process plan
 claims, arising from unintentional or careless errors.
     LearnSomething and The National Association of Chain Drug Stores
 (NACDS) Foundation have jointly developed the program.
     The course content was drafted by Don Bell, General Counsel, and Mary
 Ellen Kleiman, Associate General Counsel, both of the National Association
 of Chain Drug Stores. They were assisted by contributing course reviewers:
      * NACDS Fraud, Waste and Abuse Workgroup
      * NHCAA - National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association
      * Gorman Health Group, LLC
      * John Bettac, Supervisory Special Agent, HHS OIG Office of
      * Sharon L.G. Donnelly, AHFI, CFE, Senior Manager, Corporate Compliance,
        Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida
      * Donna Hoffman, Senior Manager, Corporate Compliance, Health Care
        Service Corporation
     This new training program will provide community pharmacies and others
 with a valuable and thoroughly vetted anti-FWA training solution. The
 program has been designed to instruct employees on company policies and
 procedures intended to ensure compliance with FWA laws and regulations.
     After receiving this training, it is expected that employees should be
 able to:
      * Understand obligations for identifying FWA
      * Identify, prevent, and report FWA
      * Recognize the penalties for violating FWA laws and guidelines
      * Understand protections afforded employees when reporting suspected FWA
     "This training program can help pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and
 others detect and prevent fraud and abuse problems before they result in
 government investigations and fines," said Don Bell, General Counsel for
 NACDS. "The program is specifically tailored to help community pharmacy
 employees address new recommendations issued by CMS, as well as new fraud
 and abuse requirements that are being added to pharmacy network contracts
 by Medicare plans."
     The on-line training program is designed to be flexible enough to meet
 the specific training needs of individual companies. The program can be
 customized to include each individual company's policies and procedures.
     The program can be branded to fit within the look and feel of a
 company's own training programs, including company logos and customized
     One hour of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) credit is available to
 individuals who successfully complete the more comprehensive "Specialized"
 version of the training.
     For demonstrations of the program and more information, go to
     LearnSomething, Inc. is the leading provider of e-learning solutions
 for the food, drug, and healthcare industries. For more information, please
 visit www.learnsomething.com

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