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Hydrocodone Combinations Reclassified as Schedule II

Due to widespread abuse of Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs) such as Lorcet, Lortab, Norco and Vicoprofen the DEA has been on a mission to reclassify all dosage concentrations as schedule II controlled substances. Currently (and prior to this change) straight hydrocodone and dose concentrations greater than 15 mg we already assigned to schedule II, which [..]

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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 Subsequently, after receiving public comment, the first version of the proposed rule was withdrawn in June…something which is extremely rare!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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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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Jeanine Lehman- CareCredit Ordered to Refund Millions

On December 10, 2013, the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a Consent Order against GE Capital Retail Bank and its affiliate CareCredit LLC (collectively, “CareCredit”) relating to the health care credit card program operating under the CareCredit name. Deceptive Credit Card Enrollment CareCredit was ordered to refund up to $34.1 million to consumers, [..]

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Affordable Care Act for Dentists (part 1)- Deadline

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed in to law March 23, 2010. Everyone is still sorting through the possible impacts and regulations that affect the Dental Office. Priority number 1: Send out the "New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and your Health Coverage" Notice   Deadline: October 1, 2013   You are required to [..]

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Sarah Wirskye- Upcoding, Unbundling and Fraud and How to Prevent It

Tooth Cop (AKA Duane Tinker) interviews Sarah Wirskye, attorney in Dallas, Texas. They want to share their knowledge of compliance and legal troubles dentists can find themselves in if they are not careful. Ms. Sarah Wirskye's practice concentrates on white collar crime such as tax, securities, health care, and mortgage fraud. She has also defended [..]

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Amarillo Doctor Ordered to Prison for Health Care Fraud Following State and Federal Probe

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BY The Texas Attorney General's Office April 10, 2013 www.texasattorneygeneral.gov  Subscribe to E-News CONTACT Press Office at (512) 463-2050   Amarillo Doctor Ordered to Prison for Health Care Fraud Following State and Federal Probe   The following news release was issued by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas [..]

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The Toothcop Weighs In On the Tulsa Dentist Story- A Must Read for Every Dentist!

v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} I waited to write about this story for a long time. I didn't want to jump on the hype band wagon. Every dental blogger out there is writing about this story. Then I realized, I have a different take. This is the real story that needs to [..]

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