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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HIPAA and state laws overlap in many areas, and compliance with the more restrictive element of overlapping laws is required. Your practice privacy policies and procedures should include information on California law that differs from HIPAA. Be aware that state law expands the applicability of information privacy and security standards to all who use or store patient health information. All dental practices, and not just those who store or transmit patient health information electronically, must comply with state privacy and security standards.    Read more >>
Here's a summary of Cal/OSHA citations and penalties assessed for dental offices from October 2012 through September 2013.   The table is ordered by the standard cited most frequently.  Not all cases included in this table are closed.  This means that citations may be added or deleted to open cases and final penalty amounts may change.    Read more >>
According to many IT consultants, if your information system is operating on Windows® XP  after April 8, 2014 you are in violation of HIPAA. My opinion in this situation is that IT consultants are giving advice that is short and easy for the consultants but expensive and stressful for healthcare providers. The HIPAA Security Rule does NOT specifically require the use of operating systems that are manufacturer-supported, so continuing to use Windows XP after April 8 is not in itself a HIPAA violation. What you do need to know is, when and under what circumstances does operating on Windows XP become a HIPAA violation?    Read more >>
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A current employee manual ensures your policies and procedures stay consistent and fair. Employment laws change frequently, be certain to review your policies at least once a year to ensure you're staying current with standards and new laws.