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2015 ADHA Annual Session and CLL
- Nashville, TN -
June 17 - 23, 2015
Dallas Component in 2012-13 was awarded The Healthy Start for Texas Teeth Community Service Grant from the ADHA Institute Community Service Grant Committee
ADA: Dental-Related ER Visits Rising in the US
Oral Infections Causing More Hospitalizations
Keeping Dental Problems Out of the Emergency Room
White Paper: Expanding the Dental Safety Net
2013 ADHA Leg Forum Q&A Recap
Recap of Legislative Forum
Legislative Update 2013
Texas Legislative Associates Monthly Update
Low-Cost Mandatory HIPAA training available!
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Dallas Dental Hygienist's Society
On October 15th 2013 the Dallas Dental Hygienist's Society held their second annual joint meeting with the Dallas County Dental Society. The two components were excited to announce at the meeting their plans on partnering together in numerous community projects planned through Spring 2015.
TEXAS LAW ON HYGIENISTS AS CONTRACT LABOR
Under Texas law, a dental hygienist has to be under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. That clearly shows “direction and control” by the dentist, which means the dental hygienist has to be an employee of the dentist under state and federal law. The dentist cannot treat the hygienist as an independent contractor for state unemployment tax purposes in Texas. This Commission has a large amount of information on the legal differences between employees and independent contractors on our web site that you may want to share with the dentist ...
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS / CONTRACT LABOR
"Contract labor" may be the most widely used misnomer in business today. The issue is really whether a given worker is an employee or an independent contractor. In basic terms, an employee is someone over whose work an employer exercises direction or control and for whom there is extensive wage reporting and tax responsibility. An independent contractor is self-employed, bears responsibility for his or her own taxes and expenses, and is not subject to an employer's direction and control. The distinction depends upon much more than what the parties call themselves.
ATTENTION! HIPAA COMPLIANCE EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
House Bill 300(HB300) was passed during the 82nd regular session of the Texas Legislature, and amends the Texas Medical Privacy Act (TMPA)-Chapter 181 of the Health and Safety Code. The legislation addresses the privacy of protected health care information by establishing guidelines for the storage, transmission and security of protected healthcare information.
* On both HIPAA and TMPA within 60 days of hiring new employees and/or within 60 days after the effective date of September 1, 2012 for existing employees.
* Training must be updated once every 2 yrs.
There is a course presented by Duane Tinker, Former Investigator for the SBDE and CEO of Dental Compliance Specialists, LLC that can be done online.
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Contact the TSBDE Phone: (512) 463-6400 for more information
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Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Access to Oral Health Care Issues Recently the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held a hearing entitled “Dental Crisis in America: the Need to Expand Access” in which ADHA member Christy Fogarty, RDH, MSOHP, one of Minnesota’s new oral health practitioners testified about her experiences.
Water Fluoridation Continues in Austin!
Water District 17 decided to continue its water fluoridation program. This victory is on the heels of the December 15 victory in which Austin City Council decided to continue its water fluoridation program. These successes taken together mean that 752,172 residents in the Austin area that have been receiving the benefits of community water fluoridation will continue to do so!!
A special thanks goes out to all Capital Area members that spoke last night as well as, AGD members, Texas Dental Hygienist Association members, and Tom Napier.
Their voices were critical at conveying the importance of community water fluoridation and helped achieve these great victories!!!
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