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Dentistry Rules + Regulation Changes in Texas

Posted by Andrea Baysinger on

 Texas has rolled out some regulations and rule changes that dentists need to stay on top of. From controlled substance CE changes and equipment performance evaluations to medical emergency preparedness training and sedation inspections—we cover it all in this episode of Talking with the Toothcop. Don’t miss it!  Outline of This Episode [0:21] A trip down memory lane [4:41] Controlled Substance CE changes [13:57] Controlled Substances: EPCS + patient query [19:11] The Human Trafficking Course requirement [21:30] X-ray equipment performance evaluations [25:02] Step-wedge test + medical emergency preparedness training  [27:30] What dentists are getting busted for in sedation inspections [34:17]...

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

Posted by Andrea Baysinger on

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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A Deep-Dive into Infection Prevention and Control: Because Safety Never Takes a Holiday

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While it’s a phrase straight from the mouth of Paul Blart: Mall Cop, it holds true—Safety never takes a holiday. The safety of your staff and patients should be first and foremost in your mind. This means Dental professionals need to be educated on proper procedures for cleaning and sterilizing the tools that they’re using every day so they’re not exposing people to pathogens. Infection prevention and control is your friend. Over the course of this next quarter, I’m dispatching to different dental offices that we work with to conduct a series of experiments. The goal is to find out...

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