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A Safety Checklist for Your Office

As a dentist, your responsibility for patient safety extends beyond the provision of care. You also have an ethical and legal duty to make your premises as safe as possible for all visitors. To protect your patients and yourself, it is necessary to establish an effective accident prevention and emergency preparedness program. Such a program involves identifying risks, preparing for possible emergencies and implementing appropriate practice policies. And, as even the best precautions cannot always prevent adverse events, it is also necessary to maintain adequate general liability insurance coverage.
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Be Cautious About Collection Actions

In an ideal world, every patient would pay his or her bill, in full, at the end of each appointment. In the real world of dentistry, however, some accounts go unpaid for a variety of reasons. Efforts to obtain outstanding receivables may result in disputes that destroy the dentist-patient relationship, especially if the dentist has forwarded the patient’s account for collection action. 
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Can You Be a Better Insurance “Patient”?

Every dental practice is familiar with the patient who gives an incomplete health history update, who doubts the need for regular bitewing or panoramic x-rays, who is too busy for six-month recalls and who wonders if the whole process is just about selling more dentistry. It’s usually the uninformed, non-compliant patient who develops oral health problems that could have been avoided or minimized. 
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Correcting and Amending Dental Records

Accurate and complete records are one of the most powerful risk management tools and a foundation for quality patient care. In the event that you do become a defendant in a malpractice action, a comprehensive dental record is your chief defense weapon. It is difficult for a plaintiff to challenge an accurate and organized dental record written at the time of treatment. 
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Creating an Emergency Plan

Creating an emergency response plan requires some time and effort. However, resources are available to assist you in your task. To get you started in the creation of an emergency response plan, we have outlined the essential steps below. 
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