The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has placed dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) in “high” and “very high” risk categories for exposure to SARS-CoV-2 based on dentistry work tasks. Dental settings have unique characteristics that warrant additional infection control considerations, according to the CDC.
Due to COVID-19, dental clinics must implement new precautions and protections that, until now, have not been part of standard OSHA/Infection Control procedures. View our FREE webinar on COVID-19 Dental Hot Topics.
Some of these new precautions include:
There is a lot of conflicting and incomplete information about what dentists need to do to reduce their occupational exposure to COVID-19 and to operate safely to protect both staff and patients. To help dentists and their staff better understand new guidelines, LayerCompliance has provided a FREE COVID-19 OSHA/Infection Control checklist for dental offices.
LayerCompliance has responded to the needs of our dental clients with a COVID-19 Response for Dental Settings module included in our HIPAA, OSHA and Infection Control compliance platform.
Most dental offices have multiple binders for OSHA, Infection Control, and HIPAA. And, the binders are usually in multiple places. Unfortunately, simply purchasing a "yearly binder update" does not mean an office has updated their compliance programs.
Dental offices need to show review dates and on-going documentation that demonstrates they are managing their compliance programs. That’s where LayerCompliance can help.
With the LayerCompliance platform, you receive tasks that allow you to see where your organization is in the program and what task items still need to be completed. Plus, with completion dates all in one convenient dashboard, there is no need to jump from binder to binder. It’s compliance made simple!
No need for multiple binders. Easily access your policies, task lists and training for OSHA, HIPAA, CPR Management and Health Care Billing compliance programs from one dashboard.
Stop searching through pages of regulations to determine which ones apply to your organization. With straightforward yes or no questions, the LayerCompliance platform generates tailored policies and procedures that fit your compliance program needs based on your answers.
Have more than one location? Perform different services at each? Not a problem. With LayerCompliance, you can manage multiple clinic locations from one dashboard and keep everyone on task.
Worried that you have missed a compliance deadline? Through the LayerCompliance dashboard, users receive automatic notifications of important tasks that need to be completed.
No need to rely on paper checklists. LayerCompliance generates simple, easy-to-follow digital checklists, which allow you to track what has been completed and what is still due for each compliance program– all at your own pace.
"I completed the two risk assessments for our orthodontic offices and frankly am shocked at what is being asked and required from a small practice with under 15 people. [Other organizations] have done a lousy job helping its members get into compliance. The workbook that [other organizations] charge us for is complete crap compared to your program."
All covered entities (including dentists) must follow the HIPAA Security Rule, which has over 60 different standards. A risk analysis is REQUIRED under the HIPAA Security Rule and is considered the foundation of any HIPAA compliance program.
According to the HIPAA Security Rule:
Covered entities must "Conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information held by the [organization]."
LayerCompliance will ask you a series of “yes” or “no” questions about your systems and processes, such as "Are all laptops with electronic protected health information encrypted?"
Based on your answers, LayerCompliance generates your HIPAA risk analysis and stores it in your digital binder. It's date and time stamped, so everything is documented.