Blog Posts

Emergencies and Your Pets Who Are Home Alone

Monday, July 15th, 2024

As estate planners, we work closely with clients to provide a plan to protect the individuals’ assets and assure that personal and real property properly flow to the intended recipients.  We also emphasize the importance of having a General Durable Power of Attorney and include a provision for the care of pets.

Important Information on the Change HealthCare Cybersecurity Incident

Friday, June 14th, 2024

As you are aware, Change Healthcare experienced a cyberattack in early 2024.  Change Healthcare is owned by UnitedHealth Group.  Change Healthcare manages health care technology connected to processing insurance claims and billing. This includes Practice Works, SoftDent, Dentrix, EagleSoft, Open Dental and many more companies.  They serve basically as the business associate to the covered entity.  Please review your Business Associate Agreements in place with these companies

Where have all the employees gone?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2024

Recently I co-presented a course on how to do risk assessments for the Association of Dental Safety (formerly OSAP).  A top down strategy to assess risk is to evaluate the areas of strategic, technology, financial, operations, legal/regulatory and human capital.

Life Estates and Irrevocable Trusts: A Comprehensive Guide

Wednesday, May 29th, 2024

As trusted attornies at The Law Office of Olivia Wann & Associates, located in Dover, Tennessee, we focus on estate planning and elder law. In this blog, we will explore the concept of life estates, their advantages and disadvantages, and how they differ from irrevocable trusts. Additionally, we will discuss the benefits of irrevocable trusts, particularly when a Trust Protector is involved, compared to life estates.

Does it violate HIPAA to have security cameras in the dental office?

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

We’ve addressed this support question regularly over the years when dental offices inquire whether their surveillance system violates HIPAA compliance and patient privacy.

Can Associate Dentists Throw Away Non-Compete Contracts?

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

As many of you are aware, the Federal Trade Commission issued its final rule on April 23, 2024 banning the use of non-compete agreements.  Dentists fear that the provisions of their employment agreements with associate dentists will not be upheld. This means that potentially an associate could easily set up their own practice within minutes of where they associated and pull patients away from the practice where they were employed. How should we react to this ban on non-compete agreements? 

What Can I Do with a Gun Trust?

Friday, April 19th, 2024

Are you aware that in the year 2016, Stewart County, Tennessee, was rated number one in the top 20 most armed counties in the country? Yes- indeed! Stewart County, which includes the towns of Dover, Indian Mound, Bumpus Mills, and Cumberland City has the highest percentage of residents who keep firearms around their homes.

Are gel and acrylic nails safe and are they appropriate for clinical dental team members?

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

Gel nails and acrylic nails continue to be popular in today’s world. This article explores the safety of gel and acrylic nails and whether these trends are appropriate for clinical dental team members.

Employer Cited for Illegally Employing Children in Tennessee

Friday, April 5th, 2024

Recently a Tennessee parts supplier for John Deere and Yamaha were fined $296,951 after the Wage and Hour Division confirmed that as many as 10 children as young as 14 years old were working in the factory. According to Jessica Looman in a press release, she indicated that...

Are you being fair to pregnant employees in a dental office?

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024
Recently Walgreens was ordered to pay $205,000 in EEOC pregnancy and disability discrimination lawsuit. Evidently a Walgreens store located in Alexandria, Louisiana refused to let an employee take emergency leave to seek medical attention. The pregnant employee...

Can We Stop Using Lead Aprons & Thyroid Collars on Dental Patients?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

The ADA updated their recommendations for radiography safety in dentistry on February 1, 2024.  The use of lead abdominal aprons or thyroid collars on patients when taking x-rays is no longer recommended.  This decision was based on the ADA’s expert panel after reviewing published studies on radiography for dental patients.  This applies to all dental patients, including, quite surprisingly, pregnant patients.  According to them, the lead aprons and thyroid collars can block the primary x-ray beam diminishing the quality of the radiograph resulting in more exposures.

Defibrillators: Are Yours Ready and Set?

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024

We all work from day to day without thinking of the possibilities of a dire emergency happening. But in the offhand chance that someone needs to be revived, is your AED ready?

Imagine this scenario: a patient suddenly needs a defibrillator. The team gets it and brings it to the patient, and it’s covered in a thin layer of dust. The team tries to use it. It is not in working order, and the patient is lost.

Corporate Transparency Act

Thursday, January 11th, 2024

Individuals who own or control the company are referred to as “beneficial owners” and are required to report their beneficial ownership interest (BOI) to the federal government. In the words of the U. S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, this new law will make it harder for bad actors to hide or benefit from their ill-gotten gains through shell companies or other opaque ownership structures.

Corporate Transparency Act for Dental Offices

Thursday, January 11th, 2024

Are you a LLC, a PLLC or corporate entity?  Be aware that Congress passed the Corporate Transparency Act in 2021. The new federal reporting requirement for beneficial ownership information goes into effect beginning January 1, 2024. The goal of this new law is to prevent money laundering and other financial crimes, including terrorist financing.

The First Phishing Attack Settlement $480,000 Announced!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

The OCR settled with a medical group in Louisiana for a phishing attack that affected 35,000 patients for $480,000.

Phishing attacks can result in identity theft, financial loss, discrimination, stigma, mental anguish, negative consequences to reputation, health, or physical safety of the individuals, or to others identified in the individual’s protected health information, according to the Office of Civil Rights. 

ABC's of an Office Christmas Party

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023

Are you counting down the days until Christmas? With the holiday season fast approaching, questions arise for employers and their teams. Let’s talk about the ABC’s of Christmas in the workplace.

What's Going on with Radiation Protection Laws

Tuesday, November 7th, 2023

There has been some buzz in the dental field about laws changing that concern x-ray and radiation protection for patients. We’ve recently received questions and comments from clients saying that they’ve heard that lead aprons are soon going to be obsolete, and they are wondering if this is or isn’t true.

What Happens When You Disobey a HIPAA Rule?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

The Office of Civil Rights indicates that sanction policies can support HIPAA compliance. Your sanction policies can be an important tool for supporting accountability and improving cybersecurity and data protection. Employees are required to comply with written policies and procedures. If they violate these policies and procedures, sanctions are specifically required by HIPAA’s Privacy Rule and Security Rule. 

Last Quarter of the Year To Do List: HIPAA

Tuesday, October 24th, 2023

As we enter the last quarter of the year, there are important considerations to make in reviewing your regulatory compliance program. Let's look at HIPAA...

How can you avoid confusion with your Last Will and Testament

Tuesday, October 17th, 2023

After having practiced law in Tennessee the last 12 years and having drafted hundreds and hundreds of wills, I’ve come to fully appreciate the value of a Personal Property Memorandum. 

Tennessee law allows you to use a personal property memorandum as an extension of your will and even a trust for the purpose of devising tangible personal property. Examples of tangible personal property include vehicles, furniture, sporting goods, antiques and jewelry.