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Increasing MassHealth Rates

The MDS recently worked with State Rep. James Cantwell (D-Marshfield) on a letter to MassHealth urging the increase of reimbursement rates. The most recent MassHealth fee schedule is now available. 
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Spot the Signs of Abuse

In Massachusetts, dentists are mandated reporters of abuse and neglect. The AAPD and AAP offer a new guide to help you identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect in patients. 
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Strike Out Cancer

The MDS Women in Dentistry Committee is hosting a bowling fundraiser on August 24 at Jillian’s in Boston. Ticket price includes shoe rental and appetizers. Proceeds go to the MDS Miles and Smiles team.

Dental Insights

The MDS Dental Insights tip entitled “Staff Emergency Management” that was published on August 7, 2017, erroneously stated the required contents of the staff emergency kit practices should keep on site in the event that an employee is injured on the job. (Note: The staff emergency kit is not to be confused with the medical kit that BORID requires all practices to keep on site for injuries/emergencies involving patients or the public.) While the original Dental Insights email was correct in that dental offices need to have a staff emergency kit, there is no one-size-fits-all kit for dental offices, which the email suggested. Instead, the contents of your dental office’s staff emergency kit should reflect the degree of hazards, practice location and size, amount of staff training, and availability of professional medical services related to your specific practice. The MDS Dental Practice Committee apologizes for this confusion.

According the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard, which OSHA references, first aid kits should provide a basic range of supplies to handle most types of injuries encountered in workplaces, including dental practices. In addition, an employer must ensure prompt first aid treatment for injured employees, either by providing for the availability of a trained first aid provider at the workplace or by ensuring that emergency treatment services are within reasonable proximity of the workplace.

The MDS Dental Practice Committee recommends that dental offices assess their own practice and procedures to determine whether additional supplies or kits are needed, based on the size and complexity of your practice. In order to meet ANSI standards, your staff emergency kit should provide a basic range of supplies to handle most types of injuries encountered in workplaces such as the dental practice.

ANSI provides suggestions for other optional supplies to include in a first aid kit. Based on your own hazards assessment in the dental practice.

The MDS Dental Practice Committee stresses that you should take the time to inform your entire staff on the location of this emergency kit and discuss their roles during an emergency. Advance preparation can go a long way in keeping your staff calm during an emergency and potentially avoiding a tragedy in your office.
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