Operating a dental practice in Massachusetts’ intense regulatory environment is tough. BORID rules cover almost every aspect of how your practice needs to be run; additionally, OSHA oversees the workplace safety, including exposure to potentially hazardous materials used in the course of dental treatment. Is your practice administrator the right person to ensure you’re in compliance?
Let’s take a look at the day of the typical practice administrator. Much of their workload centers on the direct oversight of your administrative staff and managing patient relationships. Working with insurance companies is a time-consuming and difficult task. Managing all of the insurances, associations and other needs of the dentists is another role many practice administrators are responsible for. Adding the complexities of compliance oversight to their workload may be an unrealistic expectation because they simply do not have the time to do the work.
The other concern is clinical expertise. Some Massachusetts dentists hire practice administrators who have an extensive clinical background, while others choose practice administrators who have never provided direct patient care. A certain level of familiarization with sterilization protocols and medication inventory management is essential for anyone who is in the compliance oversight role: a practice administrator without this knowledge will be working with a significant barrier to their success in place.
Consider an affordable, effective alternative. Dental Office Compliance of New England LLC comes in on an as-needed basis to perform thorough inspections and ensure your practice is indeed in compliance with all BORID and OSHA regulations. They’ll work with your practice administrator and clinical leaders to identify and address any potential issues. It’s a friendly, collaborative process designed to help your dental practice be the best it can be. The dental compliance consultant can serve as an additional resource for practice administrators or clinical leaders who are uncertain how to interpret or apply BORID regulations to your specific practice. Best of all, dental compliance consultants keep up to date with ever-changing regulations so you never have to worry about your practice being out of compliance due to recent rule changes!