Category Archives: Dentist Regulation

Terminating The Dentist-Patient Relationship

The majority of your patients are likely conscientious about honoring appointments, compliant with your treatment decisions, and pleasant with you and your staff.  However, every practice has its share of problem patients: those patients who repeatedly no-show to appointments or cancel at the last minute, who refuse to follow even simple instructions, or are just plain difficult to deal with..  Although it is always best to try to work through any issues with the patient, there may come a point when you conclude that it is simply better for everyone to terminate the treating relationship with the patient.

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PCI DSS Compliance: The Other Privacy Rules

In previous posts, we covered the ins and outs of HIPAA and its four general rules: Privacy, Security, Breach Notification and Enforcement.  In this post, we discuss the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”), an often overlooked privacy standard that, while overlapping somewhat with HIPAA, is a completely separate set of standards that govern security over your patient’s credit cards.

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 6 – HIPAA Enforcement

In our last two posts we’ve evaluated HIPAA’s Privacy Rule and the Security Rule/Breach Notification Rule, which outline your duties under HIPAA. In our final post in this series, we’re going to take a close look at what happens if you violate, those rules, whether intentionally or inadvertently.

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 5 – HIPAA Security and Breach Notification

In our last post we started our discussion of HIPAA, the federal law governing patient privacy, with a look at HIPAA’s Privacy Rule.  HIPAA is intended to impose nationwide standards on doctors in protecting patient privacy and pre-empts, or supersedes, any conflicting state laws.  Therefore, Arizona’s patient privacy laws largely defer to federal law on the issue.[1]

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 4 – HIPAA Privacy

In our recent posts we have looked at several regulatory systems that affect doctors: the disciplinary process, regulations related to the handling of prescription drugs, and OSHA regulations.  In the next three posts, we will look at a regulatory framework that has had a major impact on medical and dental practices, both in Arizona and throughout the country, over the last ten years: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  We will explain some of the most important components of HIPAA and walk you through the rules you must comply with to protect your patients’ privacy.

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 3 – OSHA

In our previous posts in this series, we looked at the discipline process as well as regulations surrounding the handling and prescribing of medication.  This post will focus on the workplace safety regulations applicable to doctors’ offices at both the state and federal level.

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 2 – Prescription Drugs

In our previous post, we looked at the disciplinary framework for dentists as a whole.  This post will look specifically at one topic that has increasingly resulted in discipline for both dentists and physicians alike over the last few years: narcotic pain medication prescriptions.

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 1 – Board Complaints

Title 32, Chapter 11 of the Arizona Revised Statutes and Title 4, Chapter 11 of the Arizona Administrative Code contain the laws, rules, and regulations that govern the practice of dentistry in the State of Arizona.  Understanding the scope of these laws and regulations, and how they affect both your clinical practice and business practices, is critical to building and growing a successful dental practice in Arizona.  We will provide a series of posts focusing on just a few of the most important statutes and regulations, beginning with the regulatory framework for disciplining doctors and the disciplinary process  administered through the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners.

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