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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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