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Are You Using Your Personal Email to Send Patient Records? You’re Breaking the Law

By Robert McDermott
From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association
 
Electronic messaging is quickly becoming the standard for transmitting electronic patient health information (EPHI). But in a digital era when technology is ever-evolving, are you and your staff doing everything you can to legally comply with Health Information Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA) laws? If you’re not, you’re jeopardizing not only your patients’ privacy but also your practice and your license.

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Tapping into Colorado’s Latest News on Fluoride

From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Community water fluoridation has continued as a hot topic across Colorado this past summer. From Denver to Snowmass and Montrose to Hayden, fluoridated drinking water was debated and reviewed by cities and water providers—and proponents worked to make their case that community water fluoridation is one of our state’s top public health benefits.

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Avoiding Pitfalls in Your Next Office Lease Negotiation

By Stephen Strecker and Ryan Nolan
From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Most dental practices in Colorado lease their office space. The location and impression that their office makes on patients is a huge determining factor in patient referrals and return visits, especially in a competitive marketplace. Additionally, the cost of rent is typically a practice’s second-highest fixed expense after payroll. For these reasons, it is imperative that dentists achieve the best possible lease terms on an ideal location for the office to maximize the practice’s productivity and profitability during the next office lease or renewal negotiation.

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New Chips on Credit Cards and Your Practice

By Jennifer Nieto
From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

To panic or not to panic? That is the question. You may have heard that credit cards should contain an encrypted chip in addition to a magnetic swipe stripe by October 2015. If your office doesn’t have a terminal with this enhancement yet, there is no need to panic; however, you should start looking into a new terminal to avoid liability should a fraudulent card be presented at your office. This is a new technology to heighten security on the way credit card information is stored and processed in order to prevent fraud. If your office processes credit cards, you will need a terminal that has EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) chip-reading ability for credit card processing.

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A Colorado Story

By James H. Pearce, Jr., D.D.S.
From the Fall 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

The year was 1901 when a young dentist from Massachusetts, with a recent diploma in hand, arrived in Colorado Springs to begin his career in dentistry. His name was Dr. Frederick S. McKay and he would become one of the most celebrated and honored dentists in history—receiving awards, citations and honorary degrees from professional and scientific organizations and universities from coast to coast.

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