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A Case for Auditing Your Dental Records

Physician practices and hospitals routinely audit for compliance, risk management, revenue cycle and quality of care issues.  They don’t necessarily like it, but they’ve settled into the routine of doing it to minimize their losses in the ever-increasing fight for dollars between providers and payors. Sadly, few dental practices audit patient records. A lot can be learned from auditing including identification of incomplete or inadequate documentation and/or paperwork, missed billing opportunities, issues that can result in recoupments (even criminal prosecution), and a host of other issues.   A dentist’s work is only as good as his records. It is said...

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Dentists as Drug Dealers?

There’s a rumor going around town. A new drug dealer has moved in. You soon find out… the rumor is about you. You are the new drug dealer in town. How? Let’s find out. It is important that dentists know and understand that issues related to controlled substances can be quite devastating. I will demonstrate. First, a few questions: Are your prescription pads and sedation drugs maintained under lock and key at all times? Who has access to them? If you print prescriptions using your dental software what safeguards do you have to prevent your employees from printing forged prescriptions?...

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Dentists’ Attitudes About HIPAA- Is It a Problem?

I talk with numerous dentists and staff about HIPAA compliance in their offices as I travel and lecture on HIPAA compliance. I am deeply concerned about dentist and staff members’ attitudes about HIPAA compliance. I’d like to share them with you to help you understand the attitudes I regularly encounter. You will see why I am concerned that the Office for Civil Rights (HIPAA police) is giving dentistry some special attention the next year or so. These are listed in no particular order: HIPAA Schmipaa – This is the bah-humbug of compliance with HIPAA and other government regulations. This is...

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Sometimes You've Got To Be Your Own Snitch

Sometimes when you mess up – and that mess up involves Medicare, Medicaid, or funds from another government healthcare program – not only do you have to fix the mess, but you may also have to go back and make amends to limit your liability and hedge against civil and/or criminal prosecution later. Hospitals do it. Physician groups do it. Ambulance providers do it. Home health does it. What? Get busted for coding, documentation, and billing problems. The federal government developed the Self-Disclosure Protocol (“SDP”) for healthcare providers to be able to bring themselves forward to the government in a...

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GUEST POST: Website Disclosures Pursuant to the Board’s Business Promotion Rules - By Laura Diamond, Attorney

In today’s environment, a practice website is a nearly essential element to a well-rounded marketing strategy. A strong website is an effective and cost-efficient way to promote a dental practice. It also can provide information to current and prospective patients. Practice websites are considered business promotion by Texas State Board of Dental Examiners and must comply with the Board’s rules regarding advertising.       Overall, the Board’s business promotion rules require dentists to communicate truthfully to the public. To that end, Rule 108.59 delineates the four essential disclosures required by dental practice websites. These components represent the minimum information...

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