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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 Johns Hopkins rescinded the offer, stating that there was no room within the department’s budget to make such an accommodation.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

Six Tips to Consider When Purchasing Patient Records

By Ali Oromchian Esq

When the time comes for a dentist to move, retire, or transition to another career, they will often choose to sell their patient records to another dentist in the area. When conducted correctly, this transaction proves beneficial for both parties. The transitioning dentist not only enjoys financial compensation, but they also help their patients continue to receive good care.

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Posted on 11/27/2019 at 11:00 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

5 Actionable Methods to Find New Patients For Your Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Winning new patients for your dental practice is not the same process as standard "online marketing" practices.  You're not trying to hawk retail from an e-commerce platform or build nation-wide brand recognition. A dental practice goes beyond brick-and-mortar, you are ultra-local for the simple fact that it's impossible to see to someone's teeth through the web or with mail-delivered packages. So naturally, you need marketing suggestions that go beyond the usual tips about being good to your customers and buying ads. You know that stuff already.

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Posted on 10/16/2019 at 12:42 PM

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

California Assembly Bill 5 Reverses the “ABC” Test (Sorta!)

By Ali Oromchian Esq

On September 18, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 5, essentially classifying all workers as employees instead of contractors.

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Posted on 09/19/2019 at 04:03 PM

Case Shows ADA Noncompliance Can Cost You

By Ali Oromchian Esq

As every good employer knows, the Americans with Disabilities Act prevents companies from discriminating against employees and applicants based upon their disabilities. But as a case demonstrates, repeated and/or company-wide failures to follow the ADA’s guidelines, including those which were part of the ADA Amendments Act passed a few years ago, can cost employers big money.

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Posted on 09/04/2019 at 10:58 AM

How Digital Marketing Can Increase Your Practice's Profits

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Regardless of whether you consider yourself or your practice to be "tech-savvy," everyone understands the importance of adequate marketing and advertising campaigns in the overall success of any business. In today's world, marketing your practice via digital platforms is more important than ever. And while the concept of digital marketing used to simply refer to annoying banner ads or spam email messages, the truth is that the newest digital marketing concepts can benefit your practice in a number of ways.

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Posted on 08/28/2019 at 11:59 AM

Beware of Scammers: Corporate Compliance and Trademark Registration Requirements

By Ali Oromchian Esq

When we think of scam artists, we usually think of them in terms of embezzlement but there are other forms of scam artists that are prevalent in the dental and medical world.  Two forms of scams have been brought to our attention by our clients nationwide so we will summarize them here so you don’t fall victim.

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Posted on 08/21/2019 at 10:00 AM

3 Interview Questions That You Should Be Asking

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Finding the right fit for your practice means more than finding a qualified candidate. While resumes can inform you as to an applicant's education and other qualifications, the interview is where you can determine whether someone is truly the right fit for your company. But how do you truly find the right person? Unfortunately, canned questions usually evoke canned responses, and do little to inform what, for many professionals, is a highly intricate question - are you the right choice for our practice?

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Posted on 07/31/2019 at 12:27 PM

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