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 2013
This is a list of best management practices and information resources on managing amalgam waste.
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Going Paperless
By Teresa Pichay on 11/11/2009
Are you going paperless because you want to improve the systems in your office? Or are you going paperless because you heard it will be required in a few years, or you heard tax incentives are available? We've been hearing from dental offices, and it sounds like they are getting information from folks who either aren't telling the whole story or who don't know the whole story. Here's what we know.    Read more >>
I get this question a couple times a year on average, and it was asked again last week.The caller was the dentist's spouse. The pet, a dog, belonged to a patient who showed up with his pet for his appointment. The caller was looking for something she could use to tell the patient he can't bring a dog to the office. What do you think of pets in the office? Does your infection control alarm go off? Or, do you think a dog in the office is okay as long as no laws are broken?    Read more >>
One way to reduce payment disputes with plans: Go electronic.    Read more >>
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Are patients arriving for treatment unprepared for providing a payment? If so, be sure to complete a written financial agreement at every treatment plan discussion. Provide a copy of the agreement to the patient, which states payment is due before or at time of service.