Regulatory Compliance
The Dental Board and Cal/OSHA are not the only entities that regulate your practice. Find out about these other entities and how they can impact your practice. Start your Cal/OSHA compliance process by downloading our Regulatory Compliance Manual and customize it for use in your office. Also, download required documents, checklists, forms and more.
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Prescribing, dispensing, and administering controlled substances requires registration with the DEA and compliance with state and federal laws. Read this article to learn more about reporting lost/stolen drugs and prescription forms, disposing of controlled substances, and the state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
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This guide  includes excerpts from California Radiation Control Regulations Title 17. Dental practices with x-ray equipment are required to have a copy of this guide or a copy of Title 17. They also are required to have a written radiation safety program. A template for a radiation safety program is included in the guide, as well as information to provide pregnant employees. This guide is part of the CDA Regulatory Compliance Manual. Updated December 2014
This is a list of best management practices and information resources on managing amalgam waste.
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Here is a summary of Cal/OSHA citations and penalties for dental offices from October 2010 through September 2011.    Read more >>
Have you reviewed your privacy and security policies and procedures in the last year or two? If not, you should do so in order to ensure they are current. Why? First of all, a disgruntled patient may choose to file a complaint about you with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which is required to investigate all complaints within its jurisdiction. Second, OCR recently announced it is piloting an audit program that will begin this month and conclude by December 2012. At the end of the pilot program, OCR is expected to continue conducting periodic audits of covered entities as required by law.    Read more >>
We recently learned of another example where state law preempts federal law, this time in the area of patient privacy. The California Supreme Court has determined that patients can sue healthcare providers, debt collectors, and others who disclose their health information to credit agencies without authorization from the patients.    Read more >>
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When changing your practice address or tax identification number, be sure to update the Dental Board of California, the NPPES (NPI registry) and any dental plans you may be contracted with and/or bill on behalf of your patients.