State and federal privacy laws, including the state Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA), HIPAA Privacy and Security rules, and data breach notification requirements. Also includes information on how to comply with payment card industry data security standards (PCI DSS).

Abyde’s HIPAA eBook defines HIPAA and why it matters in the dental practice

Navigating the complexities of HIPAA compliance can be overwhelming, especially when you have numerous pressing concerns in your daily practice….

February 20, 2024 |Endorsed Services, News Articles, Privacy/HIPAA

Ensuring ethical dental care: Obtaining legal consent for nonverbal adults

Obtaining proper, legal consent for nonverbal adults is of paramount importance in the dental practice. By becoming familiar with local laws, employing effective communication strategies, involving caregivers and advocate, and maintaining documentation, dentists can provide ethical care for a vulnerable population. 

August 9, 2023 |News Articles, Patient Care, Patient Management, Privacy/HIPAA, Regulatory Compliance

Thinking of bringing on a virtual assistant in the dental practice? That’s an option, but proceed with caution

HIPAA does not prohibit the use of virtual assistants, including those who work outside of the U.S. However, as HIPAA-covered entities, dentists and the business associates they contract with are responsible for ensuring assistants are trained to safeguard patient information.

July 26, 2023 |Hiring, Firing & Performance, News Articles, Privacy/HIPAA

Hidden dangers: Ethical and legal risks of audio and video recording in the dental office

The recording of conversations between dentists and patients can pose significant risks to dental professionals, including potential HIPAA violations, loss of control over the use of the recording and legal issues related to consent. Dentists should take steps to protect patient privacy.

June 1, 2023 |News Articles, Patient Care, Practice Management, Privacy/HIPAA, Regulatory Compliance

Avoid HIPAA violations by using CDA resources and tools

Following recent settlements against providers who violated HIPAA Privacy Rule, CDA encourages its members to utilize an array of tools and resources to achieve compliance

January 26, 2023 |Endorsed Services, News Articles, Practice Management, Privacy/HIPAA, Regulatory Compliance

Utilize learning opportunities and CDA resources to maintain HIPAA compliance

Enforcement actions against providers by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights to uphold patient rights to access their health information are increasingly common. CDA members benefit from an array of resources to support compliance efforts.

September 28, 2022 |News Articles, Online Learning, Privacy/HIPAA, Regulatory Compliance

A software solution to achieve HIPAA compliance offered as a new CDA member benefit

Abyde software guides practices through mandatory HIPAA compliance requirements, making compliance programs easy and sustainable for dental practices of any size.

June 22, 2022 |Endorsed Services, Membership, News Articles, Practice Management, Privacy/HIPAA

Dentists held accountable in Office for Civil Rights’ HIPAA enforcement actions

A dentist in Maryland is among the latest group of providers to pay either a settlement fee or a civil monetary penalty and agree to take corrective actions for potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. 

April 19, 2022 |News Articles, Privacy/HIPAA, Regulatory Compliance

Dentists required to comply with new information blocking rule granting patients more access to health records

All health care providers, including dentists, will soon be required to comply with a new federal regulation that aims to enhance a patient’s right to access their health information. Under the new rule, patients will have greater and, at times, immediate access to health information.

September 29, 2021 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals, Privacy/HIPAA, Regulatory Compliance

White House urges businesses to protect against ransomware threats as disruptions across U.S. increase

The increase and severity of  ransomware attacks prompted the Biden administration on June 2 to issue an open letter to business leaders asking them to treat the threat of ransomware attacks with great urgency.

June 14, 2021 |News Articles, Privacy/HIPAA, Regulatory Compliance

Postcard disguised as OCR communication invites health care entities to participate in required risk assessment

Health care organizations are receiving postcards disguised as official communications from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, according to an alert the OCR issued yesterday. 

April 27, 2021 |News Articles, Privacy/HIPAA, Regulatory Compliance

OCR audits of 166 health care entities reveal most failed to comply with provisions of HIPAA rules

Recently completed audits of selected health care entities for compliance with HIPAA rules found that most of the entities met the timeliness requirements for providing breach notification to individuals but failed to comply with other provisions of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. 

January 14, 2021 |News Articles, Privacy/HIPAA