Category: Dental Compliance

A Tour of e-Prescribe Programs for Dentists

In recent years the federal government has pushed providers to go electronic with their patient records. Heck, they even developed the EHR incentive program to encourage (bribe) qualified providers to go electronic. The day is coming when this will be required for all healthcare providers. Fortunately, this date keeps being pushed back. I frequently hear [..]

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Now Is The Time For You to Have an Independent Dental Chart Audit

Sometimes we don’t want to do the things that are good for us. Dentist delay, thinking “I just don’t have the time,” or “it’s too expensive” or “I haven’t had a problem so far, why bother?” Why wait until a crisis occurs and you scramble to find the right attorney and resources to help you [..]

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Federal Government Made $100 Billion in Improper Payments in 2013

Guest Post by: Robert Saltaformaggio, Esq. of  Liles Parker, Attorneys & Counselors at Law According to a new report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Federal Government made over $100 billion in improper payments in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013.  What is troubling, however, is that this figure could be even higher.  And the largest sources for improper [..]

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There Are TWO Sides To The Dental Compliance Coin

I recently read an article by another compliance professional about the very idea compliance professionals spend too much time emphasizing our grasp of the obvious (you mess up…you pay big…you might go to prison) and we spend too little time communicating about the other (often intangible and even positive) benefits of compliance. Please forgive me [..]

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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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