Tip of the Week Archive
Fluoridation levels - 10.27.14
Before prescribing fluoride, check the state Department of Public Health website for fluoridation levels in your patients' communities. The link to the site can be found on the External Links/Clinical Resources page at cda.org/practicesupport.
Schedule II drugs - 10.20.14
A prescription for a Schedule II drug can be called into a pharmacy for an after-hours emergency. The prescriber then must send within seven days to the pharmacy a written prescription on a tamper resistant form that indicates the prescription was called in on a specified date.
Discussing dental benefits with patients - 10.13.14
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.
Update current job descriptions - 10.06.14
When hiring new staff for your practice it's a good idea to review and update current job descriptions to ensure that all duties and responsibilities in the practice are clear for each employee.
Current Employee Manual - 09.29.14
A current employee manual ensures your policies and procedures stay consistent and fair. Employment laws change frequently, be certain to review your policies at least once a year to ensure you're staying current with standards and new laws.
Written financial agreement - 09.22.14
Are patients arriving for treatment unprepared for providing a payment? If so, be sure to complete a written financial agreement at every treatment plan discussion. Provide a copy of the agreement to the patient, which states payment is due before or at time of service.
Documenting a refusal for medical evaluation - 09.15.14
If, after exposure to blood or saliva, an employee refuses to have a medical evaluation (offered by the employer at no cost to the employee), be sure to document the refusal.
Billing for multi-visit dental procedures - 09.08.14
Most dental benefit plan contracts require that multi-visit dental procedures be billed at the completion of the patient's treatment. Review your participating dental provider agreement to learn more.
Dispensing controlled substances - 09.01.14
If you dispense controlled substances to your patients, you must file regular reports with the state Department of Justice CURES program. "Dispensing" does not include the administration or prescribing of drugs.
Cost-effective in the office - 08.25.14
Understand how to be cost-effective and how to get the best results at the least possible investment. This can be different from going with the cheapest option. There have been many improvements over the years in different products that are much more efficient. Example: Temporary crown materials.
How to store compressed gas cylinders - 08.18.14
Cylinders of compressed gas must be stored away from heat sources, and in well-ventilated and well-protected locations. The cylinders shall be stored or transported in a manner to prevent them from creating a hazard by tipping, falling or rolling.
Block scheduling system - 08.11.14
Utilize a block scheduling system that books 80% of your daily goal before lunch. In doing this, you will have a much lighter afternoon schedule and less pressure to hit your goals late in the day.
Injury and Illness Prevention program - 08.04.14
Be sure to include in your practice's written Injury and Illness Prevention program procedures to screen patients for aerosol transmissible diseases, and to train employees on screening patients if you intend to be exempt from the Cal/OSHA ATD regulation.
Daily task tracking system - 07.28.14

Use a daily task tracking system to help keep your day organized. Make a list or utilize your office procedure manual to complete your daily tasks in order of priority. This will create fewer surprises at the end of the day and therefore lower the stress level of the office staff.

Use this housekeeping schedule to help get you started.

Refusing medical evaluation - 07.21.14

If, after exposure to blood or saliva, an employee refuses to have a medical evaluation (offered by the employer at no cost to the employee), be sure to document the refusal.

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