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The 7 Elements of Dental Compliance Programs

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Years ago, the federal judiciary realized that federal judges needed sentencing guidelines for healthcare fraud. In the process, they issued compliance guidelines for different healthcare industries. Each incorporates the seven elements of compliance to combat healthcare fraud. The ramifications of violating the false claims act are tremendous. So what do you need to do to protect your dental practice? What are the seven elements that need to be incorporated into compliance programs? Listen to this episode of Talking with the Toothcop to find out! Outline of This Episode [10:22] The evolution of compliance programs [12:27] The 7 elements of compliance...

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The DEA and Dentistry [Need-to-Know Updates]

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 Did you know that October is the National Substance Abuse Prevention Month? In keeping with that theme, this episode of Talking with the Toothcop is all about drug regulatory issues and updates, schedule II drug monitoring, and substance abuse prevention. We share some helpful resources and DEA regulation updates—don’t miss it! Outline of This Episode [1:33] DEA drug regulatory changes [3:53] Medicare consolidating credentialing in TX [4:28] Electronic 222 forms for schedule II drugs [6:36] Why you NEED to keep inventory [9:34] The topic of background checks [12:27] Substance Abuse Prevention Month [13:32] Controlling patient information [14:42] Annual DEA CE...

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Sedation Inspections + EPCS + Continuing Education: What You Need to Know

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Every five years, Texas conducts inspections of any practice that uses sedation. Some practices have recently undergone their initial inspections. From what I’ve heard, most have gone pretty well. Some are getting busted for things they consider nit-picky—like missing information on their preoperative checklist—but that the state board takes seriously. So in this episode of Talking with the Toothcop, Andrea and I chat about preoperative checklist requirements, the  Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS), as well as continuing education requirements. These are things you NEED to stay on top of—so don’t miss it! Outline of This Episode [4:10] Texas: Updates...

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Dental Unit Waterlines: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly - Mike Rust + Kellie Thimmes

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  Water is the lifeline of your dental practice. If your dental unit waterlines are covered in biofilm, you’re in trouble. How do you test your water lines properly? How do you treat your systems? What do you do if you don’t have a closed system? With the heightened awareness of spreading germs due to the Coronavirus crisis, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of prevention in your practice. In this episode of Talking with the Toothcop, Dwight and I chat with Mike Rust and Kellie Thimmes from ProEdge Dental about what dentists can—and should be doing—to prevent...

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HIPAA Security Compliance: WHY it’s So Important

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  HIPAA security compliance isn’t talked about often in the dental community. But the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) can and are investigating dental offices. If you’re not properly or adequately protecting your patient’s protected health information (PHI) you’re at risk of a hefty fine. In this episode of Talking With The Toothcop, I talk about the HIPAA security rule, business associate agreements, and how a data breach can impact your practice.  Outline of This Episode [1:20] HIPAA Security Compliance [4:43] The HIPAA Security Rule [9:00] Consistently work toward compliance [10:13] The Business Associate agreement  [14:57] Have adequate cyber insurance...

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