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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Is a dental practice required to encrypt emails? Why doesn’t the patient authorization for unencrypted email allow a dental practice to send the patient’s information via unencrypted email to specialists?  Understanding specific requirements of both the HIPAA Security and Privacy rules will give you the answers to these questions.


Since the announcement that hydrocodone combination products, such as Vicodin and Norco, would be Schedule II drugs, we received inquiries on how to prescribe these drugs electronically.  Dentists can no longer call or fax prescriptions for these drugs to pharmacies because Schedule II drugs have more restrictions. E-prescribing software is not widely used in dentistry so doing a little research was in order.

I am not an IT expert by any definition, but I do regularly read online articles and forums that discuss technology and health care with a focus on HIPAA and data security.  Members have shown increasing interest in cloud computing so I am providing this short list of articles, published in the last couple years.    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.