Category: Professional Development

Breaking News – President Elect Trump Says New I-9 Form Will Help Make America Great Again

The headline is a horrible rumor, but the new I-9 form is FINALLY here. My dad always said, “better late then never”. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ I-9 employment eligibility verification form officially expired March 31, 2016, but no replacement was issued – until now. Employers must use the new form beginning January 22, [..]

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Outliers and Auditors

Few people enjoy having someone look over their shoulders and mind their business. Now, more than ever, ‘outsiders’ will be minding your business. Insurance carriers, like Medicaid organizations, are watching dental insurance claims to identify ‘outliers’ or those who stick out as compared to their peers in the number and type of claims submitted for [..]

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Do You Offer Dental Services in TX? SOS Requires DSO Registration

Do you provide consulting or management services to Dentists in Texas? Texas has upped the ante for Dental Service Organizations. In the last legislative session, Texas passed the new DSO rule SB519. What does that mean to you? Do you provide the any of the following”Business Support Services” to Dentists? Office space, furnishings and equipment, [..]

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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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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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Are You Committing Professional Suicide?

What I suspect most healthcare professionals remember most about the Hippocratic Oath is the part that says, "I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone"…"to abstain from doing harm"…"first do no harm," depending upon which version you read. However, when [..]

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