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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 . . .

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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Monday, August 19, 2019

Dentists Expand Services to Elective Cosmetic Facial Procedures

Today, more and more dentists have expanded their practices beyond teeth-cleanings, crowns and cavity fillings, to offer light facial treatments such as dermal fillers, Botox injections, and small sutures to lift and tighten the skin. Whether this is the right option for your dental practice requires serious consideration, and the advice of an attorney who provides legal services to dental professionals.

The Applications of Non-Surgical Procedures

Regulatory boards began authorizing the use of Botox and other non-surgical cosmetic procedures over a decade ago.
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Why OSHA Training Matters to Your Dental Practice

People customarily associate OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) with workplace rules at construction sites, chemical plants, and factories, however, OSHA compliance is also critically important for dental practices. In the event of an OSHA inspection, dentists must have a detailed and robust safety program in place. Ultimately, the best way to avoid violations and protect your business is to consult an attorney who represents dental professionals.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Patient Satisfaction: What Your Dental Practice Needs to Know

As a dentist, you know that patient retention is key to having a successful dental practice. Surely, attracting new patients, purchasing another practice, or forming an association can serve to grow your dental practice. It all comes down to the patient experience, however, and a satisfied patient is one who will return -- and refer other patients. In fact, patient retention is a key component of dental reputation management, which was the topic of a previous blog post (here). This article is a brief discussion of what causes poor patient satisfaction levels.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Alternatives for Relieving Dental Pain

It was recently reported that a former Twin Cities dentist agreed to a financial settlement in connection with allegations that he illegally prescribed hundreds of opioid painkillers to numerous patients, as well as his son and an employee. In light of the nation’s ongoing opioid epidemic and the potential legal liabilities facing dental professionals, dentists should consider alternatives for relieving their patients’ pain.

How can dentists help to combat opioid addiction?
In 2018, the American Dental Association, released a policy on combating opioid addiction with the following 3 components:

  • Mandatory continuing education for dentists on the prescribing of opioids
  • Support of statutory limits on opioid doses and durations
  • Utilizing prescription drug monitoring programs to identify patients seeking treatment from multiple practitioners

The ADA also recommends that dentists move away from prescribing opioids as much as possible and provide patients with effective alternatives for pain relief.
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dental Service Organizations

According to the American Dental Association, more than 16 percent of all new dentists ages 21-34 are affiliated with dental service organizations (DSOs). By contrast, only 7.4 percent of dentists overall are affiliated with DSOs. In any event, more and more dentists today are giving the DSO model serious consideration.

For many new dentists, excessive student loan debt and start up costs pose significant challenges to launching a practice, which makes becoming part of a DSO an attractive option.
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