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GPS Managing Regulatory


You already know that dental practices are subject to numerous regulations from multiple agencies at the federal, state and local levels. While they may seem onerous and never-ending, it’s important to keep in mind that regulations exist to ensure the safety of a broad community of stakeholders including your patients, the members of your team, you, and even the world around us.

Managing the Regulatory Environment

  • Managing Regulatory | Resources

    A compilation of all of the resources found in the Managing Regulatory module of Guidelines for Practice Success
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Overview

    One of the primary ways CDC protects public health and safety is through conducting research and providing health information to protect people against disease.
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  • Hand Hygiene

    Proper hand hygiene is an effective way to help prevent the spread of infection between patients and dental health care workers during both routine procedures and more invasive oral surgeries.
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  • Infection Control

    Many dental practices assign a clinical staff member, often a dental assistant or hygienist, to serve as the office’s compliance officer or compliance manager. Typically, the primary duties of this position are
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  • Medical Waste Dispoal

    Waste generated in oral health settings is usually broken down into different categories, such as: office waste or common refuse; recyclable waste; hazardous waste, which includes lead aprons and electronics; universal waste, which includes batteries and light bulbs; and medical waste, either infectious or non-infectious.
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  • Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette

    Respiratory hygiene is intended to build awareness of signs of illness that could indicate someone, either a patient or a member of the dental team, has a respiratory infection.
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  • Sharps Safety, Disposal, and Safe Injection Practices

    Exposure to used sharps in the dental practice can often be prevented by having, and following, policies and procedures that address sharps safety.
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  • Staff Immunizations

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has guidelines that specify which immunizations are recommended for healthcare workers, including those in dental practices.
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  • Staff Immunizations/Tuberculosis

    It’s a good idea for dental healthcare personnel who have contact with patients to periodically be tested for tuberculosis (TB) as part of an infection control plan.
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  • Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient Care Items and Devices

    Every dental practice should have procedures in place that detail how to handle and disinfect instruments and equipment that might be contaminated with blood or body fluids
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  • Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services: Overview

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and is responsible for the administration of several federal programs that provide health care to seniors through the Medicare program, those in need through Medicaid, and children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
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  • Medicare

    Medicare is a federal health insurance program overseen by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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  • Medicaid

    Medicaid is a health care program that helps low-income families or individuals pay for long-term medical and custodial care costs.
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  • Children's Health Insurance Program

    The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offers medical coverage to more than eight million children under age 19 whose parents’ income is high enough that they don’t qualify for Medicaid but not enough to pay for private insurance.
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  • Drug Enforcement Agency: Overview

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal agency under the purview of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
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  • Registering with the DEA and Prescribing Controlled Substances

    Any dentist who prescribes controlled substances in Schedules II, III, IV, or V must register with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) every three years.
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  • Environmental Protection Agency: Overview

    EPA writes regulations that implement environmental laws passed by the U.S. Congress, and the national standards established by the agency are often emulated in state laws.
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  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Overview

    OSHA sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards and provides information, training and assistance to workers and employers.
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  • Ergonomics

    Proper ergonomics can keep you and your team in good health.
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  • Office for Civil Rights: Overview

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is committed to protecting patients’
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