Why are Consent Forms Important in Dentistry?

Apr 12, 2017

A dental practice, like any business, must have procedures in place that will enable it to be protected from a legal standpoint should the need arise. One such procedure is the process of how a practice handles consents. It’s an important, although sometimes overlooked aspect that should be reviewed from time to time. Having written documentation on file has become a necessary step not only for practice liability, but for the safety of their patients as well. Here are a few thoughts to[...]



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Dentist Patient Intake Forms

Painless Dentistry – Including the Paperwork!

Aug 23, 2017

It’s a proven fact that regular dental cleanings are critical to a patient’s overall health, including a reduced risk of stroke and heart attacks. Despite this knowledge, going to see the dentist still ranks low on the “to do” list for many people. While the treatment aspect is probably the biggest cause for dental wariness, one area that has improved often takes place before the patient enters the treatment area. For many years, the only option for patients was to arrive early for t[...]



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Dental – Patient Intake Form: Past the PDF

Apr 12, 2017

We all know routine visits to the Dentist do much more than help you keep your teeth squeaky clean. In recent years research has indicated that people who get their teeth cleaned may have a reduced risk of both stroke and heart attack. But also all too often a visit to the dentist office doesn’t typically rank high on the majority of people’s excited to do list. While it may be difficult to fight off the public perception of what going to the dentist means, we can help out with an improved i[...]



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New Patient Intake Forms

New Patient Intake Forms Evolved

Apr 12, 2017

How much is a new patient worth to your practice as well as you? Depending on the lifecycle of the patient within your practice each one could represent thousands of dollars. The key is to be in a position of being able to keep track of patient history form efficiently. How do you contact them, what have they been in for? Each piece of information that you can compile about them better helps you connect with them and keep them as a long time patient benefiting both you and the patient. T[...]



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Consent & HIPAA Forms

Apr 12, 2017

Collecting full and thorough information about your patients is essential to providing quality care. Managing all that information can also be an enormous obligation. A patient's privacy could be in peril with improperly managed or filed medical intake form, health care form and authorization forms. Thus the creation of HIPAA in 1996 to be certain practices would be held to a high level of accountability with patient information, and conforming to these high levels of accountability can be a dau[...]



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A simpler Patient History

A Simpler Patient Health History Form

Apr 12, 2017

Keeping track of patient record release form is important not only for your own sanity but also for the security of your patients. Each patient's health history can vary greatly and being able to easily recognize any potential risks associated with each patient is important. As paper records grow they become increasingly cumbersome, time to process new intake forms increases and the likelihood for misfiling or misplacing patient records or info grows. Research has shown that up to 30% of a he[...]



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HIPAA release Form – A Better Option

Apr 12, 2017

HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, continues to alter the way medical info is stored and transmitted in hopes of delivering privacy to patients as well as an increased standard of care in the future. Some regard it as troublesome or unnecessary but one thing is clear, it is here to stay. Just as clear are the penalties for a HIPAA violation, ranging from a hefty fine for the practice all the way up to criminal penalties in which jail time may not be out of the q[...]



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Three Ways to Automate Your Front Office Operations

Nov 23, 2016

Your front office operations are the first point of contact between your patients and your office. All too often, however, delays caused by paperwork problems result in grouchy patients. Take a look at some simple ways that automating your front office can help speed up patient care and leave everyone feeling happy and confident. 1. Have Patients Complete Their Paperwork at Home. You can ask them to fill the patient check in form early to fill out paperwork, but how often does that really hap[...]



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5 Quick Tips to Reduce the Risk of HIPAA Violations at Front Office

Jul 04, 2016

For medical professions across all fields, HIPAA, or the Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is of the utmost importance. Designed to safeguard confidential patient information, ensure the portability of insurance, maintain consistent standards, and prevent healthcare abuse and fraud, HIPAA is one of the most critical patient safeguards in the United States. While vital for patient protection, failing to uphold hipaa compliance forms can also be extremely costly for health[...]



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1 crucial step to protect your practice from potential legal risks (HIPAA).

Jun 21, 2016

The chances of your practice being audited for its HIPAA compliance are increasing. This isn't being driven by government agencies wanting to poke into your practice, but rather by an increasing number of patient complaints around the U.S. In fact, such complaints are the number one reason for a HIPAA audit. The most vulnerable spot in most practices and clinics is the front desk, where your staff gathers sensitive information from new and existing patients. HIPAA compliance is often an issue fr[...]



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How iPads changing the dentist work today!

Aug 24, 2016

Owing to the ubiquitous proliferation of smart technology, it is surprising to note their appearance in environments where there was little prevalence as little as five years ago.As a case in point, mobile technologies have transformed the way healthcare is delivered in this country, and Apple products are in the vanguard of those transformations. The fact remains however, Apple iPads are changing how dentists work today and safeguard their patient's files. To gain an understanding, here[...]



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