The associate dentist must report each place of practice within 30 days of commencing practice at the location.
Ensure the associate dentist has a Type 1 NPI number for use on prescription forms and claims.
Determine if the associate dentist will have his or her own prescription form or if all dentists’ names will be on one prescription form. Be aware that when the associate leaves the practice, the associate’s name should be marked off the forms or the forms should be destroyed.
If the associate dentist has a DEA number, state law requires that he or she register to access CURES, the state’s prescription drug monitoring database, oag.ca.gov/cures. CURES 2.0 is a database of patient controlled substance history information and can assist prescribers in identifying situations that may be prescription drug abuse.
If working as an independent contractor, the associate dentist may be required to obtain a business license. The associate, whether an employee or independent contractor, may be required to pay a professional business tax. Check the website of the respective city finance department for more information.
If the associate dentist is an independent contractor, the employer is not obligated to offer the Hepatitis B vaccination or pay for post-exposure testing.
An independent contractor associate dentist may be considered part of the workforce and must be provided information privacy and security training similar to other employees.
To avoid problems in obtaining payment from dental benefit plans for treatment rendered by the associate, it is best to contact the plans and ask questions about their respective payment and contracting policies. As a best practice, contact a plan’s professional relations and/or contracting department directly as frontline customer service staff are not as familiar with intricate plan contracting policies.