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How to Stay ADA Compliant When Building or Updating a Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is a federal law that was enacted in 1990. The goal of the legislation is to prohibit discrimination against individuals who have disabilities. It applies to every aspect of life, including schools, transportation, employment, and more. It even applies to all public and private locations that are open to the public. That includes dental practices.

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Posted on 07/29/2020 at 11:35 AM

Legal Due Diligence When Purchasing a Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

If you are a recent dental school graduate or perhaps an associate dentist working for someone else and are thinking about purchasing a dental practice, there are some important factors to consider. Buying a dental practice instead of starting your own can be rewarding and provide you a waiting-room full of patients, the equipment you need, and reliable employees on your first day in the office.

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Posted on 07/15/2020 at 10:14 AM

Understanding the Stark Law

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

One of the many laws that are designed to protect consumers from healthcare fraud and abuse is known as the Stark Law. Originally entered into law in 1990 and amended in 1993, the Stark Law is named after the congressman who championed it, Pete Stark. Understanding this law is important for those operating a dental or medical service. In this post, we'll tell you what the Stark Law is and how it affects your practice so you can remain in compliance.

 

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Posted on 06/17/2020 at 10:00 AM

How to Ensure Remote Employees are Not Violating HIPAA

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

We are going through unprecedented times with the current COVID-19 pandemic and many dental practices have been forced to resort to working remotely as an option to keep their practices financially sustainable and, most importantly, to keep their patients and team members at home and practicing good social distancing to combat the spread of the virus.

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Posted on 04/23/2020 at 03:04 PM

The Importance of Annual Meeting Minutes for Dental Corporations and LLCs

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Like most dental practices, the benefits of operating as a corporation stand out clearly, with tax savings and liability protection as two of the many reasons dentists form those entities. Even though most practitioners working as a corporation are also appointed president, they consider themselves dentists not presidents of a corporation. Nonetheless, as any qualified and experienced dental attorney would tell you, it is crucial that the practice function as any other normal corporation would and abide by the rules and regulations as they apply to such entities.

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Posted on 02/12/2020 at 10:11 AM

How to Ensure the Partnership You Want Becomes the Partnership You Need

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Entering into a business partnership is a weighty decision that should not be taken lightly, nor executed without guidance for your protection. Much like choosing roommates, it can be risky to mix friendships or even family with a business arrangement – particularly if you don’t have the benefit of a knowledgeable professional to help you navigate the partnership agreement.

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Posted on 02/05/2020 at 10:51 AM

California Employment Law Update: How to Get Your Office HR Compliant for 2020

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Human resource compliance can be challenging. The requirements continue to get more complex every year as they are updated to address current issues regarding labor and employment.

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Posted on 01/29/2020 at 10:40 AM

ADA Ruling Against Hospital: High Cost Does Not Qualify As “Undue Hardship”

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

In this 2017 case study, Johns Hopkins Hospital had been issued a tough blow: In Searls v. Johns Hopkins Hospital, a deaf nurse accepted a job offer from the hospital, and then informed them that she would need an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter in order to perform her job functions. Johns Hopkins rescinded the offer, stating that there was no room within the department’s budget to make such an accommodation. Therefore, the hospital reasoned, they were under no obligation to provide the interpreter because the cost for the interpreter constituted an “undue hardship” and therefore was not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The nurse filed a discrimination suit, and the court found against Johns...

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Posted on 12/04/2019 at 09:38 AM

6 Tips on What to Do Upon Receiving a Demand Letter

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Have you ever received a letter from a dental insurance company, dental board or a disgruntled employee asking for something or asking you to respond? Did you know what to do? These letters can be intimidating and can create fear of litigation.

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Posted on 11/20/2019 at 10:47 AM

Understanding Dental Insurance Audits (How a Dental Attorney Can Help)

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Hearing the word dental insurance audit and your practice's name in the same sentence is not warmly welcomed. At some point or another, you may find your dental practice the focus of an audit. Preparation is your primary weapon against audits. This is your guide to understanding dental audits, how you can prepare for them, what to do if you receive an audit letter, utilizing the services of a reputable dental attorney, and how to prevent receiving one in the first place!

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Posted on 10/02/2019 at 08:39 AM

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