Dec. 6, 2022


10:00am - 12:00pm




Pharmacy Conditions of Participation — Virtual Event


compliance officers, nurse leaders, patient safety employees, performance improvement personnel, pharmacists, physicians, risk management staff and quality improvement personnel


This session will provide information about the recent changes in Medicare’s Conditions of Participation, which require hospitals to establish a formalized antibiotic stewardship program. Participants also will review the existing CoPs and problematic pharmacy standards.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ interpretive guidelines address medication management and pharmacy-related standards. Similarly, medication management is being addressed by The Joint Commission as medication errors account for the largest number of medical errors in health care and are the most common reason for unnecessary hospital readmissions. For the first time, CMS mentions that nursing staff should be aware of pharmacy standards. This includes medication errors, adverse events, drug incompatibilities, self‐administered medication and required medication policies.


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • describe CMS requirements for pharmaceutical services
  • describe minimum security requirements
  • explain basic required policies and procedures
  • explain patient safety measures for medications


Nancy Ruzicka is a consultant for state and federal rules, regulations and interpretative guidelines. Ruzicka previously worked as director of integrity and compliance and privacy official at MercyOne Des Moines and director of regulatory compliance at UnityPoint Health-Des Moines. She also has more than 20 years of experience with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Ruzicka holds master’s degrees in health law and business administration and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, all from Drake University. She is certified in health care compliance and maintains her Iowa pharmacy license.

This educational activity is provided by MHA Health Institute.

MHA Health Institute

General Information


Register on or before Monday, Dec. 5, to ensure delivery of instructional materials.



  • $225 per person for an MHA member or dues-paying member of an MHA affiliated organization
  • $325 per person for nonmembers

This virtual event is eligible for use of the MHA Health Institute coupon. Note: Coupons were mailed to MHA-member hospital CEOs in December 2021.

This virtual event is being offered at a reduced registration fee to MHA-member hospitals thanks to a generous contribution from the MHA Management Services Corporation.

Event Contact

Karyn Bonney

Karyn Bonney

Education and Events Coordinator / Executive Assistant

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573-893-3700 | ext. 1384

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