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: 11
Office Policy Manuals
                        Your Office Policy Manual should include sections on:                                                                How to track work hours - no employee should be permitted to clock in or out for another employee                After-hours and overtime policy             ...  Read More
Posted 7/17/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 29
OSHA Investigations - Know the Process
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) dedicates itself to enforcing safety and health regulations in places of employment throughout the United States. OSHA typically conducts workplace investigations without notifying employers, and an unexpected knock on the door can leave...  Read More
Posted 7/5/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 29
Intellectual Property - Protecting Your Assets
Intellectual Property - Protecting Your Assets  Read More
Posted 6/26/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 28
Tips to Reduce Worker's Compensation Expenses
• Maintain a written safety policy.• Have ongoing safety and health training specific to each job, including whenever new substances, processes, procedures, or equipment are introduced to the workplace.• Use protective barriers to prevent skin and mucous membrane exposure when any contact with...  Read More
Posted 6/19/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 38
Top 10 Risk Areas Checklist
1. Do you have efficient check-in and check-out procedures, including guarding the patient's protected health information, greeting patients when they arrive, and recognizing them when they leave?2. Do you have comprehensive documentation on each interaction with the patient?3. Do you regularly use...  Read More
Posted 6/12/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 42
Avoiding Malpractice Claims
                        Minimize your risk for dental malpractice claims by following these patient interaction tips:                                                                Be selective when choosing to take on new patients. Exercise caution with potential patients who criticize and...  Read More
Posted 5/23/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 28
Steps to Reduce Data Security Breaches
    Install, maintain, and update security software and hardware.    Encrypt your emails, servers, and all portable devices.    Make sure you have the latest versions of your software programs.    Perform regular backups.    Don't open unsolicited web links.    Use caution when opening...  Read More
Posted 5/15/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 38
Avoiding Malpractice Claims Through Documentation
                                                            Follow these 5 documentation tips to avoid future malpractice allegations:                Always maintain thorough and detailed records of care, patient communication, and communication with additional providers.    Create a standardized...  Read More
Posted 5/10/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 30
Handling Patient Complaints
·        Identify one individual as the primary person to handle complaints.·        Conduct staff training.·        Be sure to convey concern and avoid being judgmental.·        Keep your written responses concise and simple.·        Maintain copies of correspondence and document conversations in...  Read More
Posted 5/2/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 74
Top 10 Mistakes that Dentists Make
Top 10 Mistakes that Dentists MakeIn this podcast, Stuart J. Oberman, Esq. of Oberman Law Firm breaks down the top 10 mistakes that he has seen dentists make over the course of their careers. Avoid these common legal pitfalls in the dental profession, and keep your dental practice running smoothly.  Read More
Posted 4/24/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 23
Employment Practices Liability Protection (EPL) Tips
Minimize your risk for employment practices liability claims by implementing the following policies and procedures in your practice:    Always keep an updated employee handbook, and regularly review the handbook with staff.    Always fairly and consistently enforce policies.    As an employer,...  Read More
Posted 4/17/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 61
2018 Employee Manual Updates
The beginning of a new year marks a new wave of change, so start the new year off fresh by reviewing your employee manual. A lot can change over the course of a year between practice growth, technological innovation, and new labor law regulations. Below is a list of some 2018 updates to consider...  Read More
Posted 4/10/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 43
The Department of Labor Audit Process
A U.S. Department of Labor audit may come as a shock to many employers. Knowing the audit process can better prepare your entity for an auditor's unexpected visit.AUDIT NOTIFICATION:The Office of the Inspector General usually provides a written announcement prior to the audit's scheduled start...  Read More
Posted 4/3/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
The Department of Labor Audit Selection
An audit is an in-depth review of an entity's performance to analyze the administration of funds and to examine the status of projects in terms of intent and expectations. The U.S. Department of Labor regularly conducts audits in three specific areas:                       compliance with laws and...  Read More
Posted 4/2/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 32
Employee Embezzlement: It Could Happen to You
Stuart J. Oberman, Esq. of Oberman Law Firm discusses Employee Embezzlement. Learn how to detect the red flags of employee embezzlement and what to do when you suspect an employee of embezzling money from your dental practice. Employee Embezzlement  Read More
Posted 3/27/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 50
Top 5 Mistakes Made by Practice Startups
Excitement surrounds the establishment of a new practice, and unfortunately, many legal aspects involved in starting a new practice become ignored as ideas build. The list below depicts 5 of the most common mistakes that we see entrepreneurs and start-ups make:1. Failure to establish a clear...  Read More
Posted 3/26/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 39
Forensic Hiring
Forensic Hiring with Jan KellerJanice Keller is an experienced dental practice management consultant who is recognized and respected by both peers and clients alike for her practical, down-to-earth, results-oriented consulting programs and services. She has 30-plus years of experience in dentistry,...  Read More
Posted 3/20/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
Social Media Policies
Technology's rapid advancement allows people to share, spread, and gather information at faster rates than ever before. Millions of individuals residing around the globe update statuses, tweet, and post to social media profiles every day. The rising influence of social media and the instantaneous...  Read More
Posted 3/13/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 33
Social Media: An Occasional HR Nightmare
Social Media provides practices with a cost-free method of distributing information. Practices use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus to highlight their expertise and to develop clear brand personalities. In recent years, the importance of maintaining a positive online reputation has...  Read More
Posted 3/6/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 34
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 3/1/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 23
Cyber Security: The Unknown Risk
Stuart J. Oberman, Esq. of Oberman Law Firm discusses Cyber Security, "the unknown risk." Learn how to protect yourself from damaging data breaches that could jeopardize patient information.Cyber Security - The Unknown Risk  Read More
Posted 2/20/2018 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 31
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: 37
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: 67
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: 56
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
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