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This article series is shared online and in select dental publications. Each article explores a single developing topic in risk management.

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Before Recording, Protect Private Patient Information

Surveillance cameras are becoming more common in dental offices. Be aware of the HIPAA and privacy regulations surrounding their use, as well as basic recording guidelines for practice owners.

Workers’ Compensation: Your Obligations as an Employer

As employers, dentists must follow workers’ compensation laws and state-specific obligations like compliance postings and injury-reporting requirements. Get answers to common questions about workplace injuries and illnesses, leaves of absence, accommodations and termination.

To Treat or Not To Treat? Unvaccinated Patients Create Ethical Dilemmas

The return of measles raises questions about the ethical and legal obligation to treat patients who may put others at risk. Learn whether dental practices can and should refuse to treat unvaccinated patients.

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Workers’ Compensation: Your Obligations as an Employer

As employers, dentists must follow workers’ compensation laws and state-specific obligations like compliance postings and injury-reporting requirements. Get answers to common questions about workplace injuries and illnesses, leaves of absence, accommodations and termination.

Keep Holidays Happy with Guidelines for Office Parties

Participation, employee dynamics and labor laws all come into play when planning an office party. It’s important that practice owners establish clear guidelines when organizing any office event.

Safe and Sober: Managing Employees Who Are Under the Influence

From a detailed drug-free workplace policy to dealing with reasonable suspicion of intoxication, there are essential steps that can be taken to protect a safe and productive practice.

Hiring Done Right: License Verification and Background Checks

For practice owners, hiring competent, qualified and properly licensed staff can help lower the risk of negligent hiring and employment-related claims.

Winning Strategies for a Team Approach to Risk Management

Encouraging staff to watch for potential problems in a dental practice means difficulties are identified and diffused more efficiently.

Dentists and the Virtual Dental Home: What You Should Know

The Virtual Dental Home model demands the use of specific protocols and is subject to the same regulations as traditional practice models.

When Casual Behavior Crosses the Professional Line

A relaxed, family-like environment is a good thing, but it is important to remember that dentists set the standard for appropriate conduct.

Accounting Controls Can Prevent Dishonest Behavior

Internal theft is an unfortunate reality, but dentists can avoid becoming a victim by implementing a few simple preventative measures.

Report Employee Injuries Immediately to Avoid Complications

When faced with a Worker’s Compensation claim, dentists should follow a few basic guidelines to help the process go smoothly.

Straight-Ahead Facts on Wage and Hour Rules

Keeping current on laws concerning minimum wage, overtime, meals, breaks and paid sick leave is essential for any practice owner.

Minimizing Vicarious Liability for Employee Actions

A methodical hiring process and clearly defined roles and expectations can help protect dentists from negligent behavior from staff.

Dating a patient? Refer First

You can’t always avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can avoid potential liability by referring the patient to another practice first.

Addressing Interoffice Dating

Clearly defined policies on office romance can help ward off claims of sexual harassment and favoritism, while keeping morale high.

Address Harassment Complaints Immediately to Avoid Liability

Dentists have a legal obligation to maintain a safe workplace, and can be held liable if a harassment situation is not addressed.

FMLA and Other Triggers for Leaves of Absence

As business owners, dentists are required to understand the ins and outs of laws that provide leave of absence rights to workers.

What's the Deal with EPL?

Employment Practices Liability insurance protects dentists from employment-related claims, including discrimination and harassment.

OMG! Txting @ work is not gr8

Mobile devices have revolutionized the way we communicate, but their use has many liability implications for dental practices.

Follow a Post-Exposure Plan After Needlestick Injury

As the No. 1 Worker’s Compensation Claim in dentistry, needlestick injuries require a thorough and immediate plan to document exposure.

Employee Needlestick Injuries are Prevalent and Preventable

There is often a pattern of behavior related to needlestick injuries, so implementing precautions and an exposure control plan is crucial.


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Surveillance cameras are becoming more common in dental offices. Be aware of the HIPAA and privacy regulations surrounding their use, as well as basic recording guidelines for practice owners.

Liability Lifeline
Summer 2019

When it comes to referrals, here’s what you need to know. Learn best practices for communication, documentation and follow-up when referring patients and vouching for outside dentists or healthcare providers. Also in this issue, liability considerations when using your website to promote your practice.

 

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