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HHS Blog on Using HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool

On October 30, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology posted a blog about how to effectively use its free online security risk assessment tool for security of…

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New California Law Requires Adding 2 Words to Informed Consent Language

In January 2017, California Assembly Bill (AB) 2235 took effect, which added to the Dental Practice Act’s definition of unprofessional conduct the failure of dental practitioners to obtain the written informed consent using mandatory language from a minor patient’s parent or guardian prior to…

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Reminder: Dental Offices Must Report Formaldehyde Use in Chemiclaves

Cal/OSHA Standard Section 5203 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) mandates that all employers who use a regulated carcinogen must report that use in writing, by mail or email, to Cal/OSHA’s Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit. Cal/OSHA regulates ~30 regulated carcinogens under Title 8 CCR Sections…

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What is “Red-Bag” or “Biohazardous” Waste in a Dental Office? – CA Regulations

Most dental offices do not generate “red-bag” biohazardous waste, also known as regulated medical waste. Cal/OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard (Title 8 CCR Section 5193) and the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH’s) Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) each have a unique,…

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