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Texas Dentists: TSBDE Is Trying To Send You A “Poison Pen” Letter

By Guest Expert: Jeanine Lehman, Attorney On May 9, 2014, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (Board) met, and proposed new Rule 108.15 on patient notifications for discontinuance of practice. Subsequently, after receiving public comment, the first version of the proposed rule was withdrawn in June…something which is extremely rare! On July 4, 2014, [..]

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Dentists, There’s A New Drug On The Schedule IV Horizon!

Let's talk drugs! Honestly, it can be hard to keep up with all the innovations in the pharmaceutical industry and frequently it's just easier to rely on either your Dental supply rep or pharmaceutical sales folks to keep you abreast of the "latest and greatest" in your prescribing options. But, let's face it…it's NOT in [..]

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No Background Checks? Dentists Could Be Check-mated!

Previously we discussed the implications of providing care under ANY government-subsized Dental program (especially, but not exclusively as a part of the ACA), and how the onus now falls on YOU, the provider, to ensure your on-going eligibility for those funds. In outlining the increasingly stringent oversight attached to this money, you could find yourself [..]

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If Birds Of A Feather Flock Together, Your “Flock” Could Cost You!

There are many uncertainties about the Affordable Care Act. Despite the uncertainties, there are some parts of Obamacare that are crystal clear…especially when it comes to MONEY. Let’s look at a one of them. Many states are expanding their Medicaid programs, which will extend eligibility to millions. Medicaid programs provide Dental care for children. This, [..]

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When Is Taking A Risk Too “Risky” For You?

Last time we discussed the "gray" areas and full color spectrum as visualizations of Compliance, Risk Management and Quality Assurance within your Dental practice. Each allowed for personal "comfort zones" to figure into your specific professional equation for daily operations. But, just as in more advanced math, it's not always simply a matter of one [..]

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Do You See Your Practice In Black & White Or Color?

As you might imagine, I frequently have opportunities to talk with Dentists and their staff on an "up-close-and-personal" level. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am to have earned the trust of the Dental community in general, and specifically those I am privileged enough to have those intimate conversations with. Those conversations [..]

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Will Turning A Blind Eye Land You On Government Radar?

Recently, we gave you a heads' up about the "new and improved" checklist being rolled out for Dental Board (TSBDE) investigators in Texas. If you missed it, now is a great opportunity to give the checklist a look and see how your practice stacks up. And, this provides you a great opportunity to evaluate the state of affairs [..]

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