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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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The Lowdown on Written HIPAA Policies and Procedures

To be HIPAA compliant Covered Entities (Dental Offices and DSOs) and Business Associates are required to have written policies and procedures, know them, follow them, and enforce them! Sadly this is something ALMOST every dental office fails to comply with. You may have a HIPAA manual, but has it been tailored to your practice setting. Have you and your employees read them, understood them, follow them, abide by them?    When it comes to HIPAA there are some terms you should know. For this post, the term of the day is ‘Workforce’.   Your workforce is your employees, volunteers, trainees, and other persons...

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