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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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 >>
Here's a summary of Cal/OSHA citations and penalties assessed for dental offices from October 2011 through September 2012. 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 >>
The state Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that Atlantic Associates (AAI) has implemented its online Direct Dispense reporting application for data submission to California's prescription monitoring program, CURES. This new application is primarily designed for direct dispensing practitioners but is also for those pharmacies and software vendors without the ability to create an electronic .txt file in ASAP format for submission of data to CURES. Effective immediately, DOJ will no longer accept paper data submissions.    Read more >>
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Now is the best time to contact patients who have dental benefits available to use toward diagnosed treatment before the benefits expire at the end of the year. Reference the Letter to Patients Regarding Dental Benefits.