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Are Scrubs Considered PPE?
That’s a question our Compliance Advisers are asked every week in the field. The short answer is “NO.” The long answer is a little more complex. Most scrub tops have short sleeves, which, for all practical purposes, makes them ill-suited for PPE, as PPE must cover the arms down to the wrists, to...  Read More
Are Your Posts Breaching Patient Privacy?
Many dentists and dental office employees don’t realize that any social media discussion of patient treatment – even posts that do not identify a patient by name – can violate HIPAA.Because social media is still evolving, most offices have no social media policy and haven’t given much thought to...  Read More
 HIPAA WARNING FROM ADA CHAIR IN WAKE OF DENTIST FINE
Until two years ago, dental offices had avoided fines for HIPAA noncompliance.  In 2015, Dr. Joseph Beck became the first dentist to be fined for a HIPAA violation, which sent a warning to dental offices nationwide about HIPAA compliance. Interestingly, the penalty Dr. Beck paid was not issued by...  Read More
OSHA fines dental practice over $61,000
OSHA cited MD Dental Center PC, doing business as Smile Center Dental, for 26 alleged serious violations – including exposing workers to bloodborne pathogens hazards at the company’s facility in Washington, D.C. The inspection, initiated in response to a complaint, resulted in $61,600 in proposed...  Read More
 How Adware Scams Work and How They Work
You’re at your desk, working away when you receive a message from a Facebook friend. You click on the link. Congratulations! You’ve just fallen for the latest social media adware scam.While little is known about the adware or those behind it, the adware uses Facebook Messenger to track your web...  Read More
How Secure is Your Office’s WiFi Network?
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.  Considering that nothing on the internet is really secret, this is a serious concern.You may provide a ‘splash page’ containing an acceptable...  Read More
Court orders dentist to pay $85K to employee fired for safety complaint
It began when a Massachusetts dentist changed his practice's procedure for disposing of contaminated needles. He told those in his Beverly-based office to first remove the protective caps before dropping them into sharps disposal containers, allegedly to fill the containers with more used needles...  Read More
OSHA increases fines by 78%
In the passage of last year’s Federal budget, a provision was included allowing OSHA to increase fines by approximately 78%, effective August 1, 2016. This dramatic increase in fines was described as a "catch-up" based upon the inflation rate from 1990, when they were last raised, to the present....  Read More
Smart Training Certifies Crown Healthcare Apparel Service for HIPAA, OSHA Compliance
Crown Healthcare Apparel Service has become the first company of its kind in North America to be Smart Training Safelock Certified® for HIPAA requirements. Each of Crown’s service and sales representativeshasalso completed Smart Training’s rigorous, ongoing training regimen on OSHA...  Read More
How To Protect Patient Data Part 3: HIPAA's Physical Safeguards
The HIPAA Security Rule defines physical safeguards as “physical measures,policiesand procedures to protect electronic information systems from natural and environmental hazards and unauthorized intrusion.”In 2012, when Hurricane Sandy breached lower Manhattan, officials estimated that...  Read More
How To Protect Patient Data Part 2: Social Media Posts
By responding to a patient review on social media recently, a Texas dentist found himself in hot water with HHS and the Office for Civil Rights. While the dentist wasn’t fined formisusingpatient information, he did have to spend money for specialized legalcounsel,and likely spent many...  Read More
How Much Can OSHA Cost You?
OSHA recently fined a dental practice for failing to protect employees from the risks of bloodborne pathogens. In all, OSHA issued 11 serious violations and four other-than-serious violations after conducting inspections at the practice’s two Illinois offices.A worker at one of the offices...  Read More
Get Ready--Cuz Here They Come: OSHA Inspectors Hot on New CDC Infection Control Guidelines for Dental Office Setting
IF SALIVA WERE RED VIDEO(click below to play)You've been in dentistry a long time, right? Undoubtedly you know what is considered "Right & Wrong" when it comes to Sterilization & Disinfection, correct? Don't be too sure...We've all sat through that Infection Control Class in Dental School...  Read More
Back Safety in Dental Practices: Three Keys
More than a million American workers suffer back injuries each year, and 70% of all workers will experience low back pain, so avoiding musculoskeletal disorders is a vital part of dental office operations.OSHA safety regulations require that dental offices establish a safety program, perform...  Read More
After the Disaster ...
Disaster recovery has been a staple of patient privacy law since 1996, and yet, many practices still operate without a viable data backup system in place. Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, experts estimated that nearly half of all healthcare offices in Manhattan had no functioning backup or...  Read More
Remember: Testing your office autoclave isn’t optional.
Is your office spore testing at least once per week?Untested autoclaves can lead to sick patients. They can also leave a practice owner open to stiff fines, lawsuits … even suspension of their license.The Challenge of ComplianceIn Texas, State Board Rule 108.24 states that...  Read More
 Is HIPAA Compliance Worth Your Attention?
Most Americans think of themselves as honest, law-abiding citizens. However, consider a familiar experience: You get into your car to drive to work and the first thing you do is buckle up. Why?Either you buckle up because it’s the law, or you buckle up because you are mindful of the reports...  Read More
The Dark Side of Social Media Posts
Did you know that by responding to a patient review on social media you could find yourself in hot water with HHS and the Office for Civil Rights? That’s exactly what happened to a practice in Texas recently. Even if the practice manages to come away without fines for misusing patient...  Read More
Protect Your Staff- Make them Wear Utility Gloves
by: Holly Garchek, OSHA & Infection Control SpecialistEach year there are approximately 384,000 . That amounts to about 1,000 injuries per day at an average cost of about $3042 per victim. $1 Billion is spent annually on lab fees, testing, counseling, and post exposure follow ups from sharps...  Read More
178 Avoid The Landmines with Robin Morrison : Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran
Stream Audio here: AUDIO - HSP #178 - Robin Morrison Watch Video here: VIDEO - HSP #178 - Robin Morrison Learn HIPAA/OSHA compliance, billing, dental and medical coding, and a lot...  Read More
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