Category: Federal Regulations

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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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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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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Dental Board Inspectors Are Taking Names & Kicking Tail…Is Yours Covered?

The SBDE has a new checklist spurred by the Tulsa Oral Surgeon embarrassment and a number of infection control issues in Texas and across the country. While the State’s checklist is not as detailed as our audit checklists the state’s checklist is still very relevant to you and your practice. You may say, "I’m running [..]

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Have You Left A “Window” Open For Deadly Infections?

By now, you have probably heard about Microsoft discontinuing security updates for Windows XP effective April 8, 2014. In fact, the first vulnerability for Internet Explorer has ALREADY been announced for computers running XP! This means you will need to upgrade your computers to a newer operating system (OS). Bottom line, your computers with Windows XP using any software or [..]

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