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  • New guidance on patient access to medical information

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    4/15/2016
    ODA Today

    The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) recently released new guidance regarding patient access to medical information.

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  • Ohio's charitable immunity laws

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    3/17/2016
    ODA Today

    Dentists often volunteer their time delivering free or significantly discounted dental treatment to patients who might otherwise not receive care. While the vast majority of such patients are grateful for the services they receive, charitable intentions do not negate potential liability.

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  • Complying with Ohio's unclaimed property law

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    2/2/2016
    ODA Today

    All states including Ohio have some type of unclaimed property law that declares money, property or other assets to be abandoned after a period of inactivity.

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  • In-office dental plans

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    1/13/2016
    ODA Today

    An article recently published by "The Associated Press" reports that more dentists are marketing in-office dental plans (commonly referred to as "membership plans" or "discount clubs") as a way of making care more affordable and encouraging people to get routine cleanings and check-ups.

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  • Treatment of minors with separated, unmarried or divorced parents

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    12/11/2015
    ODA Today

    One issue that frequently arises for dental practices is the release of a child's records when the child's parents are unmarried, divorced or separated. Fortunately, Ohio law provides guidance on this delicate issue.

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  • Handling negative online reviews about your practice

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    11/10/2015
    ODA Today

    Today, many patients investigate your office prior to an initial appointment using Internet ratings sites such as Yelp, Healthgrades, Bestdentists, Angie's List, and RateaDentist.

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  • Recent FCC ruling may impact the way your practice communicates with patients

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    10/12/2015
    ODA Today

    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is a federal law that was adopted to address the growing problem of unwanted telemarketing communications by regulating how businesses communicate with consumers through residential telephones, cell phones, text messages and faxes.

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  • Does your practice have a records retention policy?

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    9/3/2015
    ODA Today

    Due to the growing volume of information that is being transferred and stored away each day, businesses are beginning to realize the importance of adopting a records retention policy.

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  • Treating patients who refuse radiographs

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    8/11/2015
    ODA Today

    Dental radiographs provide information critical to the identification and treatment of oral health problems.

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  • Independent contractor vs. employee status

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    7/8/2015
    ODA Today

    Dental offices are often tempted to classify temporary workers such as dental hygienists, associate dentists and in-house lab technicians as independent contractors rather than employees as a way to reduce costs.

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The views expressed in the monthly columns of the “ODA Today” are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the view of the Ohio Dental Association (ODA). The columns are intended to offer opinions, information and general guidance and should not be construed as legal advice or as an endorsement by the ODA. Dentists should always seek the advice of their own legal counsel regarding specific circumstances.