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Is Your Consent Process Full of BARF?

No matter where you in the U.S. you practice dentistry, there are laws or rules that require you to obtain written, informed consent for treatment from your patients....which is express permission to do what your patients hire you to do for them. Gone are the days when a patients’ voluntary presence in your dental office, in your dental chair, is sufficient as ‘consent’ for treatment.

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Is Your Practice Safe?

If the government and third-party payors know you maintain an effective compliance program and have your ducks in a row, you are less likely to get picked on in the first place! We have seen it happen.

If you are an administrator or compliance officer for a dental practice and you are looking for solutions to concerns that keep you up at night or you’re looking for an ally for support or an existing compliance program or you are looking to develop a compliance program, but don’t know what to do or how to go about it, we will love to have a chat with you.

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HIPAA Policies (a must read and a MUST have)

HIPAA Compliance means having written policies and enforcing them! You should have employee medical records, no not dental records, medical records. OSHA medical records include information about work-related exposures, illnesses, and injuries. These records also include hepatitis B vaccination records. These records are not protected under HIPAA and, as such, are not Protected Health Information. Another term you should know is ‘Workforce’. Your workforce is your employees, volunteers, trainees, and other persons whose conduct, in the performance of work for a covered entity, is under the direct control of such entity, whether or not they are paid by the covered entity....

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