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New Opportunities for Dental Practices and Dental Support Organizations

Effective July 23, 2017, a new law (Substitute Senate Bill 5322) resolves many long-running conflicts between licensed dentists and dental support organizations, which are typically not owned by licensed dentists.  The bill brings clarity to a number of issues, though some issues remain unaddressed. Dental support organizations have used creative methods to make inroads within Washington’s dental industry. Creativity is … Continue reading »

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Yelp Adding Medicare and Other Healthcare Data

A recent article in The Washington Post highlighted that Yelp is adding government information on hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis clinics to its popular review site.  Patients can now look up  an emergency room’s average wait time, fines paid by a nursing home and other information.  Yelp is partnering with ProPublica, which has deeply mined government data to create surgeon … Continue reading »

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Updated National Practitioner Data Bank Guidebook Expands Reporting Requirements

Most physicians probably recognize that a hospital must report certain professional review actions adversely affecting a physician’s clinical privileges to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), which can have serious career consequences for a physician.  Physicians may not, however, realize that the recently updated Guidebook for the NPDB sometimes requires such a report be submitted merely because a physician is … Continue reading »