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03-5631-19008: Patient Records: HIPPA & HITECH Best Practices in Dentistry

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits (3 CEs).
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Published: January 2013
Revised: February 2020
Expires: February 2023
Pages: 41
Health Science Editor: Megan Wright, RDH, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe SOAP notes.
  • Describe laws relating to patient's rights regarding records access.
  • Describe patients' rights to amend their records and learn how to do so correctly.
  • Describe who (other than the patient) may access a patient's records and under what circumstances these entities may have access.
  • Describe a disclosure log.
  • Describe patient notification requirements when a suspected breach of personal health or financial information has occurred.
  • Describe state and federal mandates for records retention and disposal.
  • Describe best practices for transferring records in a dental practice.

No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Course Description

This revised course has more content and offers two additional credit hours. It is a concentrated overview of best practices for Patient Records with a review HIPAA and HiTech legal implications. In today's world of electronic records, the dental team needs to know precisely about privacy, access, methodology for records, security breach notices, and many other concepts.

Both state and federal law regulate the management of patient records and the information contained therein. Federal laws include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its amendments, the most recent of which is the Health Information Technology for Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009. Other state laws address patient access to health records, security breach notice requirements, and use of health information for marketing purposes. Information and resources for complying with HIPAA and HITECH are available online through The ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Compliance: Privacy and Security (2010).

About the Author

Ms. Wright is a continuing education editor and writer as well as a Temp PRN with agencies in the Washington State area. Ms. Wright earned her MS at the UNM and Pierce College of Washington State in 1997 and certification in Utilization of the 970 Diode Laser and Safety in Dentistry in February of 2015. Ms. Wright works to implement Dental Education seminars as a Hospital-Dental Liaison building collaborative, mutual efforts to promote patient wellness between medical practitioners and dentists while prioritizing care for untreated, medially compromised patients.

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