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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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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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What Medicaid Dentists and DSOs Need to Know About Corporate Integrity Agreements

When a dentist or DSO (or any other healthcare entity) get busted for Fraud, Waste or Abuse (FWA) issues the government may decline criminal prosecution in favor of a civil settlement known as a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA). There is much to unpack about CIAs. Here is what I know: Corporate Integrity Agreements have become a favorite tool of the federal government. You can gain valuable insights on how to protect your practice by reading CIAs (and other government enforcement actions). Every CIA includes requirements that the organization incorporate the OIG’s seven core elements (8 if you're a New Yorker)...

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