The Dental Quality Assurance Commission is looking to fill several positions with actively practicing dentists. At the end of June, three of the 12 dentists on the Commission will be completing their terms.
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The Office of Radiation Protection at the Washington State Department of Health recently updated their Notice to Employees. Updated versions in both English and Spanish are now available. Click here to download an updated notice. Please note that this notice must be posted in a visible location in your office, such as a break room. The updates to this notice are minimal and it is not mandatory that you post the updated version. The updated version is simply more legible, can be used as a “fillable form” and contains a DOH publication number.
Over the years there have been significant changes with the transition to electronic health records (EHRs). In an effort to offset the initial costs and to incentivize providers to make the transition to EHRs, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was authorized by federal legislation to create the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. These programs provide eligible professionals and hospitals with incentive payments for using EHRs in ways that positively impact patient care. Since Medicare does not typically have a dental benefit, the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will be most applicable to dental offices.
You may have heard rumors about a federal mandate that requires dentists to begin utilizing electronic health records (EHRs) or have "paperless" offices by 2014. These rumors are not accurate. There are no mandates that require electronic health records in 2014. However, dentists who accept Medicare patients and are eligible for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will face a payment reduction in their Medicare reimbursement for failure to implement “meaningful use” of EHRs starting in 2015.