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Patient Record Release Authorization Elements
                        Many patient record release forms do not follow the strict guidelines required for HIPAA compliance. Dentists using these forms face the risk of an alleged privacy breach. A HIPAA compliant patient record release form should contain the following elements:                   ...  Read More
When You Should Update Your Will
                        You should update your Will and Estate Planning where the following occurs:                                    • Your Will is older than three years old            • You get married or divorced            • A baby (or grandchild) is born or adopted            • A beneficiary...  Read More
Top 9 Reasons to Have an Employee Handbook
                        Many business owners become bogged down by paperwork and put off implementing (or even having) an employee handbook. However, an employee handbook is a vital tool in the smooth day-to-day operation of a business. The following list illustrates the importance of an employee...  Read More
Recording a Comprehensive Medical History
                        Before any procedure, a dentist should always review the patient’s file and medical history. The medical history allows the dentist to move in a safe direction towards treatment. A patient’s medical history holds great importance in the informed consent process as the...  Read More
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
Practice Transition Issues with Attorney Cecilia Chen, Esq. and Dr. Robin , Podcast Episode #21
Practice Transition IssuesAttorney Cecilia Chen, Esq. and Dr. Robin Podcast Episode #21In this episode, you'll learn about practice purchase and sale issues that occur commonly between buyers and sellers, and what Ms. Chen thinks is the best way to handle a transition that benefits both...  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
Contracts 101
What makes a contract a contract? Joe explains five basic principles that make contracts bindingContracts 101  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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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