The Overlooked Basics
The Overlooked Basics
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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Informed Consent from Minors and the Mentally Disabled
                        Obtaining informed consent from a competent adult appears relatively easy. However, receiving informed consent from a minor or mentally impaired/ disabled individual can become a more difficult process.This type of patient population typically raises serious questions as to...  Read More
Ensuring the Patient's Consent is Valid
Informed consent grants patients the ability to make thoughtful and informed decisions regarding their dental treatment.This process includes providing information regarding the purpose, procedure, potential risks and benefits, as well as alternative options.                         Having an...  Read More
Dealing with Dental Malpractice
                        The most common malpractice claims occur after:                                    1. extraction procedures (extracting the wrong tooth, infections, etc.)            2. endodontic procedures (infections requiring hospitalization, instruments broken in canals, nerve...  Read More
Completing Due Diligence Before Burying a Dental Practice
                        When considering the purchase of a dental practice, the dentist must perform the required due diligence. The dentist, his/her accountant and lawyer should educate themselves doing due diligence before ever signing a letter of intent. The potential buyer should always ask for...  Read More
Preparing for Practice Ownership - Building a Strong Team of Advisors
                        Buying a dental practice is one of the most significant purchases that a dentist will make in their career. A potential buyer of a dental practice must assemble a team of strong advisors to facilitate the transition. Below is a list of members that are crucial to a...  Read More
Prepare for A Department of Labor Wage & Hour Audit
                        When preparing for a Department of Labor Wage & Hour Audit, business owners should:                                    • Gather, organize, and review payroll records before the auditor arrives (An auditor may inspect employer payroll records for the past two years, reviewing...  Read More
What is a Department of Labor Wage & Hour Audit?
The U. S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division ensures that employers comply with the Fair Labor and Standards Act. The Fair Labor and Standards Act states that all non- exempt employees should receive at least minimum wage compensation for all hours worked and overtime pay at a time and a...  Read More
The Department of Labor Audit - Documentation Requirements
When the Department of Labor comes knocking on the door, a business only has a certain time frame within which to turn over the requested documentation. Be aware of the types of documentation that the Department of Labor may require so that your business does not scramble to find the requested...  Read More
Employee Embezzlement - Reducing the Risk
                        Tips for Reducing the Risk of Embezzlement                                    The practice owner should always:                                    1. Be involved with the front office            2. Never use or have a signature stamp in the office            3. Review lab...  Read More
Employee Embezzlement - Account Auditing
                        Tips for Monitoring Your Bank Account                                    Your Monthly Bank Statement                                    Always have your monthly bank statements mailed to your home address, and check for the following items:                                 ...  Read More
Why Purchase an Existing Dental Practice
                        Purchasing a practice is a life-changing event.  Below is a list of the top 6 reasons to consider purchasing an existing dental practice:                                    1. Experienced Staff – High performance practices generally have hardworking and well-trained staff...  Read More
Creating an Emergency Management Plan
                        Most states dictate what your dental practice should include in their emergency management plan, including CPR certifications and external defibrillators. The first step to managing emergencies and adverse events is creating a written plan, designating staff members...  Read More
Emergency Management - Recognizing Risk
                        Recognize patient risks to prevent unexpected emergencies. Signs of patient risk include:                                                                Patients with complicated medical histories or who are medically compromised should have treatment plans reviewed by...  Read More
Hiring New Employees
                        Before making the decision to hire a candidate for employment, always:                Have the candidate sign an authorization form for obtaining a background check, including:                Criminal History Reports        Credit Reports            Speak with the potential...  Read More
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
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
Intellectual Property - Protecting Your Assets
Intellectual Property - Protecting Your Assets  Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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