Blog Posts

New Overtime Rules – Time for Dentists to Get into Compliance

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The dilemma of whether an employee is salary or hourly continues to perplex employers.  Perhaps you have classified your office manager as salary exempt meaning no compensation for overtime because he or she is serving in a managerial capacity.  Maybe the hygienist was also classified as exempt “salary.” The hygienist on a daily rate never had to track hours worked and was paid a daily rate whether they worked 8-hours a day 4-days a week or the occasional 6-days a week.

Handheld X-Ray Unit & Monitoring

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

It seems like a handheld X-ray unit is the way to go . . . is it?

Maybe yes . . . probably no

By Kevin Christian, LLC

Infection Control Breaches in a Dental Office by Olivia Wann

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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 basic infection prevention procedures including unsafe injection practices, failure to heat sterilize dental handpieces between patients, and failure to monitor autoclaves.

How to Pass the Bar the First Time!!!!

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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 compiled the proceeding notes following my exam and shared them with a class.  I hope bar applicants surfing the Internet find this helpful.  You CAN pass the bar the first time!!!!

Radiation Requirements for Tennessee by Kevin Christian

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Navigating the myriad of regulations that govern a dental office can be daunting.  And the last thing anything wants is to be out of compliance without even knowing it.  My name is Kevin Christian, and I am the TDA endorsed private X-ray inspector in the State of Tennessee.  I want to take a second to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls that dentists often fall into when purchasing X-ray equipment.

OSHA’s New Pictogram Labels

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

As we move into the new year and implement our goals for our practices, don’t forget OSHA’s new requirements.

OSHA updated the requirements for labeling of hazardous chemicals under its Hazard Communication Standard. As of June 1, 2015, all labels will be required to have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier, and supplier identification.  Please see the picture provided.

Everything is Bigger in Texas: HB 300 & HIPAA

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Everything is bigger in Texas….even their version of HIPAA regarding medical records privacy.
Texas Legislature adopted House Bill 300 known as HB 300 effective September 2012 which amended the Texas Medical Records Privacy Act. HB 300 significantly expanded patient privacy protections compared to the federal counterpart outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 known as HIPAA.

OSHA Online Resource for Hospitals

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

OSHA Unveils Its New Online Resource for Hospitals and Health
Care Entities

Learn more visit here:  https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals/index.html

Lawyers and HIPAA

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

How Lawyers Who Serve As Business Associates to Covered Entities Align their Law Practices with HIPAA

HIPAA is certainly not new. Hospitals, medical and dental practices, and other covered entities have been grappling with HIPAA for years now. Ask any healthcare worker about the topic and likely you will receive negative feedback.   No doubt such a response relates to the ongoing challenges of HIPAA compliance which includes ongoing training, voluminous policies and procedures, never ending documentation, complicated risk assessments and convoluted risk management plans.

HIPAA: Risk Assessment & Risk Management Plan

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The woes of HIPAA compliance….

HIPAA requires a thorough and accurate risk assessment of your data’s security.  As HIPAA consultants, we collaborate with your Practice Administrator and your IT professionals to answer questions such as:

Dental Meeting Planners

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

It’s that time of year when meeting planners are planning content and speakers for dental societies, seminars, state meetings and workshops.

Modern Practice Solutions is pleased to offer a new course:  The CASH Course.  This class is designed to inspire you and your team members to “unflatten” your practice.

$150,000 Fine for Lost Thumb Drive

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Recently, an unencrypted USB drive (also known as a flash drive, thumb drive) resulted in a $150,000 fine for a dermatology practice.  The device contained protected health information for over 2,200 patients.  Evidently the device was stolen from the vehicle of one of its staff members.  The practice agreed on a settlement for the fine in addition to a corrective action plan to correct HIPAA compliance issues.

Do You Know How Long Hepatitis C can remain Infectious?

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Recent studies indicate that hepatitis C can remain infectious at room temperatures for up to 6-weeks.  Is your practice following the latest infection control guidelines for infection control? CDC also reveals that approximately 3-million adults in the U.S. are infected with hepatitis C virus, particularly the Baby Boomers (born from 1945 through 1965). Of the individuals who are infected, 3 out of 4 have no idea they have it. Once infected, 8 out of 10 people remain infected for life. These numbers are staggering.

Tennessee – Dental Records Rule

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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 a new dentist is taking over the practice and wonders what to do with records of patients he or she may never see as patients.  Selling dentists and dentists in practice for a long time should carefully review the regulations.

Disposal of Hazardous Waste in a Dental Office

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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 of wastes generated and dispose of such waste properly. According to Universal Waste and Hazardous management at Healthcare Facilities in Tennessee, “the lack of a viable environmental compliance program can obviously be used as evidence of a lack of intent to comply.

What Can Unlicensed Dental Assistants Do in Tennessee?

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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 license and certifications. You may renew at www.tennesseeanytime.org

The below information is a guideline adapted from RULES GOVERNING THE PRACTICE OF DENTAL ASSISTANTS as set forth by the Tennessee Board of Dentistry.  Please visit the website at http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/0460/0460-04.20120319.pdf

Train employees on the new label elements and SDS format

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Train employees on the new label elements and SDS format for the new changes made to the Hazard Communication Standard which brings into alignment the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Please note that this rule requires pictograms on labels as of June 1, 2015 to alert users of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed. Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and represents a distinct hazard(s).

The Tennessee Prescription Safety Act of 2012

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

The Tennessee Prescription Safety Act of 2012 is a significant effort to address prescription drug abuse. Please access this link provided by the state for further information:
http://health.state.tn.us/boards/Controlledsubstance/faq.shtml