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The Problem With Using Templated Progress Notes

More practices today are use electronic dental records. There are certainly pros and cons of doing so, which is beyond the scope of this blog post. What is important is that the software used today allows providers to template their notes, which are often necessarily-detailed. The problem with using templates, especially those with pre-populated answers are whether the answers accurately reflect the patient presentation, diagnostic test results (i.e. x-rays), the dentist’s findings/recommendations, and (ultimately) treatments provided. If yes, great! If no, oh no!

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5 Day Employee Wins Unemployment Claim

One recent afternoon I received a call from a dentist (I’ll call him Dr. Bob) who had hired me to give compliance lectures for his group of fellow dentists. I had a tremendous amount of respect for Dr. Bob who always seemed to appreciate my expertise. I often wondered why he never hired me to ‘do my thing’ to help spiffy up his practice. That day Dr. Bob called for this exact reason, but under duress. He didn’t need a cover up, he needed a makeover and I was the man for the job.   The dentist hired an employee...

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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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Have You Completed Annual Medicare/ Medicaid Compliance Training for 2021?

Whether your practice/dental service organization participates with Medicaid or not you could be required to fulfill the following annual training requirements. Read on!

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Utility Gloves: Cumbersome Equipment that Can Save Your Life!

Each year there are approximately 384,000 sharps related injuries to health care workers. That amounts to about 1,000 injuries per day at an average cost of about $3042 per victim. $1 Billion is spent annually on lab fees, testing, counseling, and post exposure follow ups from sharps related injuries. That doesn’t include the emotional fallout associated with the injury. The anxiety, fear and the "what ifs" can be debilitating for some! With that being said, there is one tried and true way to protect yourself and prevent sharps injuries in the Dental Practice. That is by wearing utility gloves whenever...

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