Tip of the Week Archive
Childproof containers - 06.16.14
Childproof containers must be used when dispensing controlled substances.
Patient record - 06.09.14
Every dentist, dental health and other licensed health professionals who perform a service on a patient in a dental office shall date and sign his or her name, or use an ID number and initials, in the patient record next to the service performed.Facebook Guide".
Injury and illness prevention - 06.02.14
Be sure your practice has a written Injury and Illness Prevention Plan. A frequent Cal/OSHA citation for dental practices is the failure to have this plan.
Morning huddle - 05.26.14
Having a morning huddle helps to motivate the tem and starts the day off on a positive note. The Doctor who leads his team to be successful is like the quarterback who leads his team to the SuperBowl.
X-ray machine technique chart - 05.19.14

State law requires a technique chart for each x-ray machine. The chart establishes for each view commonly performed: patient size versus selectable exposure factors; source-to-image distance (if not fixed); grid data; film/screen combination; and patient shielding.

Facebook Guide - 05.12.14

Facebook reaches 71.2% of Americans every day.  If you haven’t yet set up a Facebook page, learn how relatively simple and easy it is to get started at "Facebook Guide".

Drugs to be dispensed must be stored in a secure area - 05.05.14

Drugs to be dispensed must be stored in a secure area, which means a locked storage area within the dentist’s office. The keys to the locked storage area shall be available only to staff authorized by the dentist.

Determining order of benefits for a dependent child of divorced parents - 04.28.14

When determining order of benefits for a dependent child of divorced parents:  1) custodial parent 2) spouse of custodial parent 3) Natural parent without custody  4)  Spouse of natural parent without custody (unless there is a court order).

Data breach notification requirements - 04.21.14

If a computer hard drive, laptop or other electronic media with patient information is stolen or lost, the dental practice does not need to comply with the state and HIPAA breach notification rule if those items are encrypted.

Twitter Guide - 04.14.14

If you’re seeking a way to implement a new marketing strategy that is efficient and effective, Twitter may be just the thing you’re looking for.  Get started today by reading "Twitter Guide". 

Treating a minor patient - 04.07.14

When treating a minor patient, ensure you are obtaining the health history update from a legal guardian at each appointment.  Obtain the legal guardian’s signature to document the update.  Ask the guardian in advance of the appointment if the minor will be accompanied by a non-legal caretaker and complete the "Authorization for a non-legal care-taker to accompany a minor" form. 

Considering billing electronically? - 03.31.14
Considering billing electronically?  Refer to www.ndedic.org to conduct a cost benefit analysis.
Use Pinterest to achieve greater visibility among search engines - 03.24.14

Pinterest helps people discover new products and brands (like your practice) and helps companies achieve greater visibility among search engines.  Have you figured out why Pinterest is one of the hottest new social networking sites? 

Use professional judgment when disclosing protected health information - 03.17.14

HIPAA allows the use of professional judgment when determining whether to disclose protected health information to a patient’s family or friends. It is not necessary to have the patient’s authorization to speak with those involved in the patient’s care or payment for that care.

Using glutaraldehyde in your practice? - 03.10.14

If using glutaraldehyde in your practice, be sure to provide proper room ventilation and personal protection equipment to reduce employee exposure to this airborne contaminant.

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