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Nov 11 2022
A new Ohio law mandating e-prescribing went into effect Friday, Sept. 23. The law requires prescriptions for schedule II-controlled substances to be done electronically, however, those prescribers who write 50 or fewer schedule II prescriptions per year are exempted from the requirement. There are also exceptions in situations where it is ... [continue reading]
Nov 11 2022
Over the past few years it has become more common to see an animal in a dental office or in public places. During that time the ODA has received many calls with questions about animal owners’ “rights” to have an animal in the office or offices wishing to bring in their own animal. The answers to all of these questions depend on the liability ... [continue reading]
Oct 17 2022
A new Ohio law mandating e-prescribing went into effect Friday, Sept. 23. The law requires prescriptions for schedule II-controlled substances to be done electronically, however, those prescribers who write 50 or fewer schedule II prescriptions per year are exempted from the requirement. There are also exceptions in situations where it is ... [continue reading]
Sep 26 2022
A new Ohio law mandating e-prescribing went into effect Friday, Sept. 23. The law requires prescriptions for schedule II-controlled substances to be done electronically, however, those prescribers who write 50 or fewer schedule II prescriptions per year are exempted from the requirement. There are also exceptions in situations where it is ... [continue reading]
Sep 12 2022
If you have read my columns in the past, you know that a consistent point that I have brought up is that documentation is key in the dental office. If it isn’t documented, then in the eyes of most regulatory or legal entities it did not happen. It is great to have all this documentation, but how long should you or do you have to keep it? The ... [continue reading]
Aug 15 2022
Over the past few years I have received phone calls from many members asking about what to do when interacting with government or legal entities. These questions have involved entities such as The Ohio State Dental Board, Ohio Department of Health, DEA, Ohio Board of Pharmacy, Ohio Attorney General’s office, Ohio EPA, judges, small claims courts ... [continue reading]
Jul 14 2022
We regularly get telephone calls from member dentists inquiring about “in-office dental plans” that they have heard about. The most common questions are: How do in-office dental plans work? Are in-office dental plans legal? Are there resources available to assist with plan design and administration? Below is a brief answer to ... [continue reading]
Jun 15 2022
The American Dental Association’s Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct (Code) requires dentists to respect patients’ rights to self-determination and confidentiality. Section 1 – Principle: Patient Autonomy of the Code “expresses the concept that professionals have a duty to treat the patient according to the patient’s ... [continue reading]
May 4 2022
With a new crop of dental students graduating this spring and an increasing number of more mature dentists changing their practice modality by either joining group practices or leaving group practices to go out on their own, it seems like a good time to provide a brief primer on dental malpractice insurance. While malpractice lawsuits in ... [continue reading]
May 4 2022
A common question I receive at the ODA is how to terminate the dentist-patient relationship in a proper way.  I think this is the case because it is not something that a dentist does on a normal basis and they want to ensure they are doing it correctly. Terminating the dentist-patient relationship requires the dentist to exercise care to avoid ... [continue reading]
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