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Posted 1 day ago by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 6
Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams
Within the past few years, phishing emails have become increasingly difficult to detect. However, recognizing similar characteristics in phishing scams helps avoid becoming the victim. If you answer 'yes' to any of the questions below, you may be looking at a potential phishing scam.1. Does the...  Read More
Posted 2/13/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 8
Types of Phishing Scams
Phishing scams typically fall into one of these 5 categories:1. Deceptive PhishingDeceptive phishing occurs when scammers impersonate credible companies in order to steal personal information and login credentials. These emails typically create a sense of urgency for victims to rectify a problem...  Read More
Posted 2/6/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
Arbitration Agreements - The Employer's Weapon
Stuart J. Oberman, Esq. of Oberman Law Firm discusses Arbitration Agreements, or as he calls it, the “Employer Weapon.” If you own a dental practice and don't have arbitration agreements to protect yourself, reconsider. The absence of these important agreements could be...  Read More
Posted 1/23/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 28
Is Your Practice Prepared for 2018?
As we move in to 2018, now is the critical time to start planning for the year. Some of the most overlooked basics for a successful practice owner are estate planning and risk management.Statistically, a practice will lose 25% to 35% per month if the owner of the practice passes away. Without...  Read More
Posted 12/19/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 17
How to Correctly Respond to a Cyber Attack
As technological advancements increase daily, our dependence on technology continues to positively correlate with this trend. Practices implement technology to streamline administrative tasks, gather patient data, organize and store patient health records, manage finances, and other tasks to...  Read More
Posted 12/7/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 20
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.         Have...  Read More
Posted 12/6/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 22
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.         Conduct...  Read More
Posted 11/30/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
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 on...  Read More
Posted 11/28/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 72
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 upon...  Read More
Posted 11/16/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 33
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             Collection...  Read More
Posted 11/7/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 36
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    Handling emergencies      ...  Read More
Posted 11/2/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 18
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 you have...  Read More
Posted 10/31/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
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: 23
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: 30
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: 81
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         Was a rubber dam...  Read More
Posted 10/3/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 56
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 origin? ...  Read More
Posted 9/25/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 50
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: 29
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 applications,...  Read More
Posted 9/14/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 46
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 9/7/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 37
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 referralExamples of prohibited activities include:?Waiving a co-payment or deductible?Accepting payment that is different from fair market...  Read More
Posted 8/18/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 28
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 complete record...  Read More
Posted 8/15/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 22
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 8/8/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 91
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 performed...  Read More
Posted 8/1/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 45
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
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