The Overlooked Basics
The Overlooked Basics
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A summary of what every dental practice owner should know and implement in the day to day operations of their practice.

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Posted 3 days ago by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 6
How to Reduce Workers' Compensation Expenses
Operating a dental practice is very expensive. Many times, the expenses are associated with workers' compensation. Below are a list of guidelines and procedures that may help a practice owner reduce workers' compensation costs and claim exposure:     Maintain a written safety policy.        ...  Read More
Posted 4 days ago by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 7
Preventing Embezzlement
    There are many opportunities for employee embezzlement to occur in a dental practice. There are, however, certain steps you can take to help prevent employee embezzlement. You must be diligent.               Make smart hiring decisions.           Screen all potential employees.    ...  Read More
Posted 11/30/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 19
Risk Management in Endodontic Clinical Practice
Endodontics is an area of dentistry which gives rise to an increasing amount of dental board complaints and litigation. Endodontic procedures can be very challenging and technically demanding. The endodontic quality guidelines provide a statement of good practices for dentists about to embark...  Read More
Posted 11/28/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 40
Practice Procedures Manual: Practice Forms
Before you open your dental practice (or purchase a dental practice), you must have detailed office procedures in place.  There are a variety of practice and patient forms you need to include in your office procedures manual along with an explanation of how the forms should be used and handled...  Read More
Posted 11/16/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 21
Practice Procedures Manual: Topics to Include
Before you open your dental practice (or purchase a dental practice), you must have detailed office procedures in place.  The following are some possible topics to include:             Introduction             Telephone techniques             Patient appointments are scheduling   ...  Read More
Posted 11/7/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 24
Practice Procedures Manual
Before you open your dental practice (or purchase a dental practice), you must have detailed office procedures in place.  Office procedures should address administrative tasks such as:     Opening and closing the office     Booking appointments     Billing patients  ...  Read More
Posted 11/2/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 13
Risk Management Process (continued)
Involving staff members in the risk identification process will give you a comprehensive picture of the risks based on different people's involvement in different areas of your practice. You may also wish to engage the services and opinions of an accountant or a lawyer. Assess the risks: If...  Read More
Posted 10/31/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 23
Dental New Hire Check List
The single most important task that contributes to the success of a dental practice is hiring the right employee which is a process. If this is done correctly, your practice will certainly have a competitive edge. According to dental statistics on a national level, the average dental practice...  Read More
Posted 10/24/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 16
The Risk Management Process
Risk management is a cycle. That means that it is not something that gets checked off a "to do" list but it is a continuous activity. Having a risk management process means that your practice knows and understands the risks. It also means that your practice has deliberately evaluated the risks and...  Read More
Posted 10/19/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 23
Applying Risk Management to HR
When developing a risk management plan for your practice, there are a number of areas to focus on. This general list will get you started, but it is very important that you identify and evaluate the risks unique to your own practice. HR Activity ...  Read More
Posted 10/5/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 60
Legal Issues in Endodontics
The following questions should be discussed as potential areas of litigation in endodontic treatment:     Was there a misdiagnosis or treatment on the wrong tooth           Did the tooth develop pulpitis and who was responsible?           Did good radiographic technique occur        ...  Read More
Posted 10/3/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 52
Employee Interviewing Dos and Don'ts
  There are numerous state and federal anti-discrimination laws designed to assure that employers hire based upon skill, rather than stereotypes. Below is a list of questions that employers should avoid when conducting a new employee interview:     What's your race?     What is your national...  Read More
Posted 9/25/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
The 72 Hour Bombshell
In this exciting excerpt from the 2017 Hinman, Stuart J. Oberman, Esq. of Oberman Law Firm discusses the importance of understanding the 72 Hour Rule, or as he call it, the 72 Hour "Bombshell." 72 Hour Bombshell ...  Read More
Posted 9/21/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 26
Risk Management
Below is a list of items that every practice owner should be aware of.     1. Prepare a new comprehensive employee manual (including a social media policy, cell phone and Internet policy), which also includes new overtime regulations.   2. Prepare a new employee package [documents for...  Read More
Posted 9/14/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 34
The Steps Involved in a Practice Transition
The process of a dental practice transition involves several different contracts. Typically, after the practice owner has selected a potential buyer, that buyer will want to obtain financial or operational information about the practice. Before providing a buyer with confidential practice...  Read More
Posted 9/12/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 20
Managing and Supervising Licensed Staff
  Most dental practices employ additional licensed professionals other than their associates. These licensed dental professionals must be managed by a licensed dentist in a structured manner.    Before hiring licensed staff members, it is vital to confirm that their license is current within the...  Read More
Posted 9/7/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 30
Anti-Kickback Laws
The Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law are Federal laws that prohibit someone from knowingly or willfully offering, paying or receiving anything of value for a referral Examples of prohibited activities include: ?Waiving a co-payment or deductible ?Accepting payment that is different from...  Read More
Posted 8/18/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 22
Electronic Record Keeping
Use of electronic dental records is expanding and eventually will become standard. There are considerable risk management benefits to electronic records. Some benefits include:     Standardized organization and format           Avoids handwritten, illegible entries           Facilitates...  Read More
Posted 8/15/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 20
What to Consider When Performing a Cyber Security Assessment
A cyber security assessment of your dental practice is much more than a review of your practice software. It's vital to analyze both technical and non-technical components of your practice on each of the three pillars of cyber security: people, policies, and technology. Here are some important...  Read More
Posted 8/10/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 49
Practical Guide to Creating an Employee Manual
In the last few weeks, we have received more and more questions as to what additional provisions should be included in an Employee Manual, over and above the "standard" provisions. As a result, outlined below are certain provisions which should be included in every Employee Manual. Employee...  Read More
Posted 8/8/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 76
Signed Informed Consent Forms: A Must
Informed consent is critical to clear and comprehensive patient communication. Dental patients should be well informed on the results of examinations, problems or potential problems. State laws guide the implementation of formal, written informed consent. All dental procedures should be...  Read More
Posted 8/1/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 37
Dental Records: Documentation and Maintenance
Patient dental records are critical in documenting a patient's care and treatment. The information contained in patient charts should be maintained in an organized, standardized fashion with clear, complete entries. Dental records must be maintained on a concurrent basis immediately after care is...  Read More
Posted 7/28/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 36
HR Audit Checklist - Discrimination and Harassment (A Messy Matter)
This section outlines some of the most important items on your HR audit checklist. Even the appearance of discrimination can cause a large mess for a practice. By staying on top of your HR policy and procedures, you can ensure that your practice is in compliance with state and federal law. Items...  Read More
Posted 7/24/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 44
HR Audit Checklist - Communications
Vital to the daily operations of a practice, no matter the size, is a clear communications policy that allows employees to access concise information regarding their rights and responsibilities both under practice policy and the law. Documents to Review: Employee Handbook ...  Read More
Posted 7/20/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 47
HR Audit Checklist - The Hiring Process
You can begin your audit with a deep look into your practice's hiring process. After all, this is the first interaction that employees will have with your practice, and when it runs smoothly, it sets the foundation for the rest of their time there. You also need to make sure that you are not using...  Read More
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