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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The state Radiological Health Branch (RHB) is sending postcard notices to dental offices in advance of inspecting their x-ray equipment. The inspections will be conducted by mail.    Read more >>
Your patient wants to discuss his or treatment via email, but you don't use encryption and cannot assure the security of the patient's information during transmission. Can you proceed? Yes you can, according to a recent statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency that enforces HIPAA. Unencrypted emails may be sent to patients who have been advised of risks and have consented to receive unencrypted emails.    Read more >>
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 >>
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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.