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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We have a new term in the regulatory lexicon. It is CERS, which stands for California Environmental Reporting System. Many, but not all, dental practices received letters from their local environmental enforcement agencies (known as CUPAs) notifying businesses that starting this year reports must be filed electronically as paper reports are no longer accepted. The change from paper to electronic reports is mandated by state law.    Read more >>
If you received an economic census form from the U.S. Census Bureau, you have until February 12 to return it. Federal law requires recipients complete the six-page form in its entirety. Responses are kept confidential.    Read more >>
Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a settlement with a healthcare provider over potential violations of the HIPAA Security Rule. The $50,000 settlement involving Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) is the first settlement involving a breach of unprotected electronic protected health information (ePHI) affecting fewer than 500 individuals. It was the fifth HIPAA case HHS settled in 2012. Four other cases settled for $1.5 million, $100,000, $1.7 million, and another $1.5 million respectively.    Read more >>
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Tongue-tied when discussing dental benefit plans with your patients? Review Chapter 4 of the Dental Benefit Plan Handbook for sample scripts you and your team can customize for your practice.