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How to Tell if N95 or KN95 Respirators are Fake
Fake N95 and KN95 Respirators in the United States This blog post details how to tell if N95 or KN95 respirators are fake. Many employees, especially in the healthcare and dental fields, are .  Unfortunately, employers need to be on the lookout for counterfeit N95s. Since the beginning of the...  Read More
Lack of Respirator Use and Respiratory Protection Program Continues to Put Dental Practices at Risk
I’m a little late this year in reviewing 2020 from a compliance standpoint. That doesn’t mean it was any less exciting than others. In reviewing OSHA’s enforcement database for 2020, it was surprisingly light considering we’re in the midst of a pandemic. Dental practices were on the receiving end...  Read More
HIPAA and Social Media: How to Avoid Breaches
Social Media Use: Employees and the Practice Let’s face it, most of your practice’s employees are on some form of social media. Even when they are not on the clock, there is a potential that the employee could violate  on social media. Your practice is probably using social media to market, too....  Read More
OSHA and COVID-19: Dentistry Update
OSHA, COVID-19, and Dentistry Smart Training's Vice President of Healthcare, Lee Slaton, is an expert in OSHA dentistry laws. Check out his recent webinar, hosted by the . Watch the video below, or keep scrolling for a textual transcription.  COVID-19 Dental Compliance Changes Texas dentists:...  Read More
HIPAA Privacy Officer: Your Ultimate Guide
HIPAA requires practices to designate a Privacy Officer.   HIPAA is the . HIPAA applies to your practice if you transmit or maintain protected health information (PHI).  If your practice is a covered entity, HIPAA applies to you. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has a  to help you...  Read More
OSHA Compliance Tips for your Dental Practice
Today, you're going to be learning some quick tips to reach  in your dental practice. This is not a definitive, all-inclusive list, but it will get you on the right path. Here are some of the inspection topics you'll learn about:                                         OSHA Written Programs      ...  Read More
Data Encryption: Avoid HIPAA Breaches
Data encryption is the most powerful tool your healthcare practice could use to avoid a HIPAA breach. Smart Training’s Certified HIPAA Professional, Jim Moore, said, “In the case of a theft or hack, data encryption is the only get-out-of-jail-free card you’ve got.” .  What is data encryption? Data...  Read More
Which Dental Procedures Spread COVID-19?
Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 is more than just avoiding an outbreak being traced back to your practice. It’s about keeping your dental employees safe at work. OSHA legally requires you to provide a safe workplace for your employees, and COVID-19 poses a threat. Dental Professionals: Highest...  Read More
829K Record Data Breach: Business Associate Agreement
Importance of HIPAA Business Associate Agreements  (HIPAA). This recent record-breaking breach proves the importance of business associate agreements. Who is at fault for a HIPAA breach? Of course, as a health care provider, you’re responsible for your patients’ protected health information (PHI)....  Read More
Dental Data Breach Affecting Over 1,000,000 Patients
Dental Data Breach Affects more than 1 Million Patients A dental data breach report submitted to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights shows that 1,004,304 patients have been affected by the Dental Care Alliance incident. Dental Care Alliance is a Sarasota,...  Read More
Are Respirators with Exhalation Valves Effective?
Respirators with Exhalation Valves With the , Smart Training’s Vice President of Healthcare, Lee Slaton, told Practice Owners not to use respirators with exhalation valves.  This blog post explains why your dental employees should not wear respirators with exhalation valves. What is the exhalation...  Read More
Difference Between a Fit Test and a User Seal Check
OSHA Respiratory Protection Program First: know that if you have any employees wearing respirators in your practice, OSHA requires that you comply with the respiratory protection standard. Both the respirator fit test and the user seal check are essential to be compliant with the OSHA respiratory...  Read More
Discontinue your Practice’s WiFi Network!
Why is my practice’s WiFi a risk? If you offer patients a WiFi network to access when they are in your office waiting room, your practice is liable for any criminal activity that transpires. Since nothing on the internet is really secret, this is a serious concern. Acceptable use policies are...  Read More
Saliva Ejector: Is one Patient’s Junk Ending up in Another’s Mouth?
Two questions from our compliance inspection checklist often draw blank stares from clinical staff.                         Do you flush your air/water syringes at least 20 seconds between patients?                         Do you ask your patients to close their lips around the saliva ejector? ...  Read More
Does HIPAA Require a Notice of Privacy Practices?
Does HIPAA require my practice to have a Notice of Privacy Practices? Yes. The Notice of Privacy Practices is a  is not optional for practices handling patient protected health information (PHI). Noncompliance can lead to costly fines.  The Notice of Privacy Practices includes the privacy rights of...  Read More
Texas Dentists: Title 22 Extended, Requires Respirators
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Extends Rule Texas dentists: Title 22 was extended. The .  There are many requirements of Title 22, which is why you should read it yourself. However, one of the main aspects of Title 22 is that dental and healthcare employees are required to wear...  Read More
COVID-19 OSHA Citations and How to Avoid Them
Most Common OSHA COVID-19 Citations The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for upholding workplace standards. OSHA cites and fines employers who are not adequately protecting their employees from hazards in the workplace. COVID-19 is a new hazard. When employers...  Read More
What’s the Difference Between HIPAA Business Associates and Visitors?
Your Privacy Officer should be noting visitors to your office and ensuring that Visitor Privacy Policies are signed and retained. Business Associate Agreements are not the same thing as Visitor Privacy Policies, although many offices seem to use them interchangeably.  By reading this blog post, you...  Read More
Are Scrubs Considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?
Do scrubs count as personal protective equipment (PPE)? This is a common question for our Compliance Advisers. The short answer: no. The long answer is a little more complex. Why is PPE Important?  come in many forms. Irritants can be environmental, chemical, radiological, or mechanical. When...  Read More
Is an Employee Privacy Policy (EPP) Required by HIPAA?
Is an Employee Privacy Policy (EPP) required? Yes. An Employee Privacy Policy is a HIPAA-required document. Lee Slaton, Smart Training’s Vice President of Healthcare,  that signed Employee Privacy Policies “can be get-out-of-jail-free cards in worst-case scenarios.” An Employee Privacy Policy...  Read More
OSHA Guidance on the Respirator Shortage
This blog post covers OSHA guidance for handling the respirator shortage. Here’s what you will learn by reading:             OSHA’s enforcement discretion of the respiratory standard during the COVID-19 pandemic             Respirator shortage guidance from OSHA             Extended use of...  Read More
OSHA Recording and Reporting Occupational Exposure to COVID-19
COVID-19 is a  requirements. Employers must record or report occupational exposure to COVID-19 in certain cases. Here’s what you’ll learn by reading this article:             The difference between OSHA recording and reporting             When you should record COVID-19 illnesses to OSHA        ...  Read More
HIPAA Data Breaches: 2019 Case Studies
HIPAA is the . A HIPAA breach is when PHI is accessible to someone who shouldn’t have access to it. Some HIPAA breaches happen because an employee was curious. Other HIPAA breaches are simply an innocent mistake, such as when an employee is fooled by a phishing email. But other HIPAA breaches...  Read More
Sobering Findings Regarding COVID-19 and Aerosols
A recent review and study provide more information on the effectiveness of pre-procedural rinses in reducing bacterial and viral loads emitted by dental patients—and the care needed in reducing chances of infection in operatories. The Review The review, published July 13, 2020,...  Read More
Dental Respiratory Protection Program Webinar
This blog post features a webinar with Smart Training’s Vice President of Healthcare, Lee Slaton. This webinar was hosted by , and it covers dental respiratory protection programs (RPPs). Lee Slaton wrote, Here’s what you’ll learn about in this webinar:                                            ...  Read More
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