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GPS Managing the Regulatory Environment


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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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).

  • Medicare Eligibility and Enrollment

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

  • Medicaid

    Medicaid is a health care program that helps low-income families or individuals pay for long-term medical and custodial care costs.

  • 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.

  • Drug Enforcement Agency: Overview

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal agency under the purview of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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