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Data Backup versus the Data Backup Plan

Okay folks – we need to talk about your data backup.   Dental offices, as covered entities, must meet Implementation Standards to get in compliance with the HIPAA security rules. There are two types of implementation standards: required and addressable. Required means it must be done and there is only one right way to do it. Addressable means it must be done, but you have options. However, if you aren’t going to do it, you must document in writing why. Substantiate. Substantiate. Substantiate.   Backing up your data (the act/action) is an addressable implementation standard. You’ve got to do it,...

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N2O Safety & Compliance is not Laughing Matter

Some states require separate credentialing for dentists and auxiliary staff for nitrous oxide administration. Typically, dentists are required to have a permit for this. Many states also require dental assistants and hygienists to have a separate certificate to monitor a patient who on N2O.If N2O is used in a dental office, I highly recommend that hygienists and dental assistants obtain their N2O monitoring certification (if required). It affords the dentist the flexibility to step out of the operatory during a procedure. It also eliminates the potential for allegations that an auxiliary practice outside their scope.For auxiliary staff, practicing outside their...

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What Do You Do?

I put out a lot of TOP NOTCH compliance content from this blog to the podcast, "Talking with the ToothCop." I know a lot of you benefit from this content, but some of you might not know what we do....cause let's face it, writing blogs and yakking on a podcast, don't pay the bills. So here's a short synopsis of what we do for our clients and how we keep the lights on here at DCS.  1. Who do we work with at Dental Compliance Specialists? We work with dentists young and old. We work with small solo-dentist practices, dental group...

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Will Emergency Drugs Bite You in the Butt?

Many states require that Dentists (and even staff members) maintain current BLS, ACLS and/or PALS. Additionally, there are requirements that Dentists have and maintain suitable emergency oxygen and have emergency drugs "as a reasonable Dentist with your training and experience."As a State Board Investigator, I investigated patient deaths and hospitalizations. I saw the real life consequences for Dentists who were not prepared for Medical Emergencies in their practice. Not only do you have the legal and administrative hassles, the worst consequence is that you have to live with yourself. Medical Emergencies are real and being prepared is vital. It starts...

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Are You Ready for a Medical Emergency in Your Dental Practice?

911, What's Your Emergency? It is not a matter of ‘if’, but which (and how severe) a medical emergency will occur in your dental office. People, your patients, are sick as they have every been. Even without sedation in the equation you never know when it will be someone’s time to have an emergency. When it occurs in your office you have to be able to competently deal with it to ensure the best patient outcome. In many states, dentists are required to have a written medical emergency plan, written medical emergency policies/procedures/protocols, and medical emergency training for their staff. This...

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