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Monday, July 20, 2020

In Focus: Infections and Dentist Liability During the COVID-19 Pandemic


The coronavirus pandemic has raised concerns about the potential of the spread of infection in dental practices. The reality of the situation is that dental work, especially invasive procedures, has always carried the risk of infection. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge as it relates to dentists’ liability for the transmission of life-threatening infections.

Because lawmakers have yet to craft legislation that provides dentists and other medical professionals with safe harbor from negligence lawsuits, the best way to protect your practice from the potential of liability in the time of COVID-19 is to consult with Read more . . .


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

In Focus: Reopening Your Dental Practice in the COVID-19 Era


Dental practices forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic are gradually reopening. While dentists and oral surgeons have been handling emergency cases, dental practices have compelling reasons to open, from both an economic and general healthcare perspective.

Dentists need to resume providing preventive care and treatment to remain viable while patients run the risk of dental problems by continuing to put off care due to fears of contracting COVID-19. How can dental practice reopen in the face of unprecedented health risks and ensure the safety of their staff and their patients?

Given the potential liabilities dentists face due to the potential spread of COVID-19 in their offices, it is crucial to have informed representation from an attorney who Read more . . .


Friday, May 15, 2020

How TeleDentistry Can Help Your Practice Navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic


The COVID-19 crisis is having a dramatic impact on dentistry. In fact, the American Dental Association has recommended that dentists forego elective procedures on all patients and carefully consider performing non-emergency treatment on patients suspected of having COVID-19.

As states begin to reopen their economies, social distancing guidelines must continue to be followed, which means dental practices need to adapt. One effective tool that dental practices should consider utilizing during the novel coronavirus pandemic is teledentistry. The best way to determine the risks and rewards of relying on teledentistry is to Read more . . .


Thursday, April 30, 2020

Supply Coronavirus Test Kits to Dentists, Says ADA


The American Dental Association (ADA) has requested the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide dentists with coronavirus testing kits to protect patients and staff. The ADA has also requested that dentists be protected against liability associated with the administration or use of such tests by treating them as “covered persons” under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act.

The Backdrop

In a letter to the HHS, ADA president ADA President Chad Gehani wrote enabling dentists to test patients prior to receiving treatment will help lower the risk of dental personnel contracting the virus from asymptomatic patients. Dental staff are at an elevated risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus due to various workplace hazards, such as high-speed dental equipment that can hold germs for up to three hours.

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has advised dentists to use either a negative pressure room or high-input suction devices to reduce exposure to coronavirus once they reopen, many dental practice’s lack these tools.
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Monday, March 30, 2020

CDC Issues Covid-19 Prevention Guidelines for Dental Practices


Dentists and other healthcare professionals are on the front-lines of the battle against the novel coronavirus. The American Dental Association has recommended that dentists forgo elective procedures and to follow Read more . . .


Thursday, February 13, 2020

In Focus: Employee Misclassification in Dental Practices


Dental practices often classify dental associates and hygienists as independent contractors as a means of controlling costs: payroll taxes, workers’ compensation insurance, unemployment insurance withholdings. In addition, independent contractors are not entitled to the wage and hour protections under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which basically means they are not required to be paid overtime.

Because state and federal agencies have stepped up regulatory enforcement of employee misclassification across multiple industries, including the medical profession, it is crucial for dental practices to properly classify associates, hygienists and other employees.
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Dentistry Trends 2020: Improving the Patient Experience


As the dental community welcomes 2020, it’s a good time to look at the dental and in-office trends the upcoming year will bring. From technological advances (e.g. robotic dental) to improving business practices to optimizing the patient experience, the dental industry will be well-equipped to streamline operations and improve patient volume. The best way to achieve your objectives is to Read more . . .


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

What You Need to Know About Buying a Veterinary Practice


Whether you are a startup seeking access to the veterinary space or looking to grow an established practice, buying a veterinary practice may be an option. The best way to protect your rights and ensure that the transaction goes smoothly is to consult an attorney who provides legal services to veterinary professionals.

Key Challenges of Buying a Veterinary Practice

Let’s face it: identifying a veterinary practice, determining its value, and navigating the related legal, regulatory and tax issues can be complicated.
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Monday, November 11, 2019

In Focus: Dental Practice Transitions


If you are considering taking down your shingle or are looking to grow an existing dental practice, it is crucial to plan ahead for such transitions. Ultimately, selling or buying a dental practice requires the advice and guidance of a lawyer who serves dental professionals.

Selling a Dental Practice

If you are nearing retirement, you can either sell your dental practice or enter into an associateship.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Why Dentists Should Outsource Medical Billing


There are a number of challenges involved in running a dental practice, not the least of which is collecting dental bills. Patients who fail to pay their bills on a timely basis or not at all can wreak havoc on your books, and collection activities can be a drain on your administrative resources. For this reason, more and more dentists are choosing to outsource their medical billing. You can determine if this is the right option for you with the advice and guidance of an Read more . . .


Friday, September 13, 2019

In Focus: Environmental Sustainability in the Dental Industry


Today, environmental sustainability has become a hot button political issue as well as a key concern across multiple industries, including the practice of dentistry. To the extent that your environmental practices expose you to potential liabilities, it is best to consult an attorney who provides legal services to dental professionals. In the meantime, this article is a brief discussion of environmental sustainability and waste management in the dental industry.
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