Are you wondering how to relocate your dental practice? There are quite a few factors to consider, and it's easy to overlook little details that are actually very important. The following three tips will give you a well-rounded look at these details and help your transition go as successfully as possible.Read More
While finding a good new location is certainly important for a successful dental practice, securing a lease with beneficial and reasonable terms is just as critical. These five tips will help you land the kind of lease that will ensure a thriving practice.Read More
Does your practice have an employee cell phone policy? If you don’t, perhaps you should. And if you do, then you are not alone. The proliferation of personal cell phone usage at the workplace has led to a high percentage of employers implementing cell phone policies to cut down on distractions due to personal calls, web-surfing and social media usage. Texts are an especially problematic issue, with employers citing texting at work as being to blame for 55% of productivity losses. What can, and should, you do to address cell phone usage in the workplace?Read More
Just as the rise of the television set impacted advertising in the mid-20th century, social media (and the internet in general) are changing the nature of the ad business in a variety of fields. Professionals such as dentists, doctors, and attorneys are beginning to take note of the ways in which the internet – and social media in particular - can be used to market their practices and even to communicate with their current patients and clients. Now is always a good time to examine your approach to advertising and making adjustments as necessary. But before you do, you should ensure that you are familiar with state laws and professional regulations which dictate which advertisements are permissible.Read More
From the day you hire your first employee, your practice has effectively opened itself up to potential labor disputes. From discrimination claims to unpaid wage allegations, wronged employees can use a variety of legal protections to protect themselves from unscrupulous employers. But what about unjustified allegations? Unfortunately, they do exist, making it advantageous for business owners to be proactive about protecting their practice from such claims.Read More
So, you’ve decided to purchase or restructure a dental practice. Congratulations! One of the very first steps that you will have to take as you start down this new path is to decide upon a legal entity for your business. If you will be working alone or in a small office with one or two other practitioners, then you may be inclined to choose a sole proprietorship or a partnership when structuring your business. These options, however, place you at risk of having your personal assets used for business debts. Therefore, to protect yourself, you should create a business entity for legal purposes.Read More
If you own a dental practice, you have a number of responsibilities to your employees, regardless of the size of your organization. One of those responsibilities is to ensure that employer health plans are administered properly – a task which may sound simple, but in practice can be anything but. That is because even the most informed and intelligent employers may be finding themselves confused by all of the requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Fortunately, the IRS has recognized the challenge that understanding the ACA can be, and in response it has released new guidelines intended to assist employers with questions they may have on a number of healthcare-related topics. IRS Notice 2015-87 provides guidance on...Read More
As an employer, there is perhaps nothing more stressful than facing potential litigation. Regardless of whether the conflict relates to an issue with a patient, an employee, or even a regulatory agency, and regardless of whether you are truly at fault, the bottom line is that the best approach to litigation is to avoid it in the first place.
Fortunately, a new law in California is helping employers to do just that when it comes to correcting employee wage statements. Assembly Bill 1506 (AB 1506) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 2, 2015 and took effect immediately. The law is an amendment to the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), and it provides employers with 33 days in which to "cure" certain commonly...Read More
The strength and success of a dental and medical practice depend upon a number of factors, ranging from the skill levels of its practitioners to the location of the office. But you may be surprised to hear that an office’s atmosphere is one of the most important determinants of a practice’s success. You can choose to hire only the most skilled employees, but those professionals are unlikely to remain with your practice if the work environment is unpleasant. Further, even if your practice offers the highest-quality dental and medical services, patients are unlikely to return to your office if the atmosphere is unprofessional or unwelcoming. Therefore, it is important to spend as much time and effort cultivating and maintainingRead More
The drafting and implementation of employment contracts may not be one of the most exciting parts of running a dental and medical practice, but these contracts have become a necessary component of most successful businesses. Employment contracts can cover everything from salary and bonus structures to parking policies and the office dress code. In other words, employment contracts are intended to be flexible, “living” documents which can be modified to address a wide array of employee rights and responsibilities.
One provision of employment contracts has come under fire: the confidentiality clause. More than simple reinforcement of the patient protections covered by HIPAA, for example, employers are finding that requiring emRead More