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Department of Labor Audits - Why Am I Being Investigated?
                        After receiving correspondence from the Department of Labor notifying the practice owner of an audit, practice owners often ask, "Why am I being investigated?" The following list includes reasons and complaints that may instigate a Department of Labor audit investigation:   ...  Read More
Terminating the Dentist/ Patient Relationship
                        Many dentists struggle to terminate the dentist/ patient relationship. Relationship termination can be crucial to practice risk management, but improper relationship termination can lead to legal trouble. The list below contains legal justifications for terminating the...  Read More
Cyber Security in the Dental Industry
                        Top 5 Current Cybersecurity Threats Include:                                                                Email phishing attacks - an attempt to trick the email recipient into giving out information over email                                    appears to come from a...  Read More
Provisions to Include in an Associate Contract
                        All dental associate contracts should include the following items:                                                                Restrictive Covenants - protects confidential information including: patient source lists, referral source lists, non-competition within a...  Read More
HR Audit Checklist
                        The Hiring Process                                                                Accurate job description developed for all positions                Job application submitted with required forms (background check, reference check, credit check release)                     ...  Read More
Cybersecurity Program Development
                        Cybersecurity Program Basics                                    An effective cybersecurity program will:                            assign responsibility                identify information assets                conduct periodic risk assessments                implement...  Read More
Top 10 Cyber Risks Facing Your Business
                        Within the past several years, technological advances have swept the business industry. The dramatic increase of technology used daily has drastically increased the importance of cybersecurity measures to protect private data. The following list outlines some of the greatest...  Read More
Checklist for Opening a New Dental Practice
                        10-12 Months Before Opening                            Create a thorough business plan                Develop your practice philosophy                Determine all major expenditures and establish a budget                Hire a dental specific attorney, CPA, and a broker   ...  Read More
Purchasing a Dental Practice - Legal Issues
                        In addition to financial issues and considerations, there are numerous legal issues involved in a dental transition. An attorney experienced in the nuances of dental practice transitions should always assist the buying dentist in the following issues:                     ...  Read More
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
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
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