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Understanding Business Associate Agreements

A critical component of a dental office’s HIPAA compliance program is obtaining business associate agreements from their business associates. A business associate is a person or an entity that provides services for the covered entity (dental office) involving protected health information (PHI) and electronic protected health information (ePHI). Examples of business associates include electronic claims…
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How to Dispose of Dental Anesthetic Carpules

How to Dispose of Dental Anesthetic Carpules By Olivia Wann Modern Practice Solutions, LLC is receiving numerous calls regarding disposal of pharmaceutical waste, particularly dental anesthetic carpules. The American Dental Association recently published an article, “Stericycle Contracts: Read the Fine Print – Dentists Question Business Practices,” in the ADA News June 20, 2016 edition. Dentists…
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Handheld X-Ray Unit & Monitoring

It seems like a handheld X-ray unit is the way to go . . . is it? Maybe yes . . . probably no By Kevin Christian, LLC Airbex Nomad Handheld X-ray Units have many advantages, and many disadvantages. Let me start with the disadvantages. Cons: 1)   You must get the state’s approval for use prior to purchase. …
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Infection Control Breaches in a Dental Office by Olivia Wann

As consultants in the dental OSHA and infection control compliance world, we are keenly interested in the promotion of safe dental care and a safe working environment. There has been documented transmissions of infectious agents including patient-to-patient in dental settings between the years 2003 and 2015.  According to CDC, there have been reported breakdowns in…
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How to Pass the Bar the First Time!!!!

I graduated from the Nashville School of Law December 2011 and took the bar in February 2012. I was practicing law by May 2012. I attended law school at night for four years.  Recently I read that the Nashville School of Law had a mere 28% pass rate for the most recent bar exam. I…
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What Can Unlicensed Dental Assistants Do in Tennessee?

Our office receives numerous questions from dental offices inquiring about the scope of duties for dental assistants in Tennessee.  Dental Assistants must practice within the scope of duties outlined by Tennessee Rules governing the practice of dental assistants.  The dental assistant is required to stay up to date on these rules and maintain a current…
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Disposal of Hazardous Waste in a Dental Office

It was common years ago for health care facilities to flush unused pharmaceuticals down the toilet or dump it down the drain.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted studies and identified numerous pharmaceutical compounds in our nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and drinking waters. Despite the complexity of waste management, dental offices must evaluate the types…
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Tennessee – Dental Records Rule

We receive a great deal of calls to our office inquiring what to do with old paper records in storage.  Typically the dental office has long since transitioned to a computer and now fully digital. Old records are stored in dentist’s houses, basements, storage buildings or within the dental office. This is particularly a problem when…
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