DrBicuspid.com likes to keep you in the know on all things new and trending in practice management. In 2020, our readers were most interested in COVID-19 and the legal matters that dominated our Practice Management Community.
Check out our top five practice management stories of 2020:
- 2 things every dentist should do in the wake of ADA's unprecedented action
In March, the ADA called on dental practices across the U.S. to postpone nonemergency procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This article offers guidance on recommended actions for clinicians following the ADA's unprecedented move.
- Dentist sued, allegedly set girl's mouth on fire
The family of a 5-year-old girl filed a lawsuit against a Las Vegas dentist, claiming the clinician set the child's mouth on fire during a routine dental procedure that left her with injuries that may be permanent. The family is seeking $15,000 from Dr. Deep Karan Dhillon of Just for Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics for allegedly burning the girl's epiglottis, throat, tongue, mouth, lips, and nearby areas, according to news reports. Currently, no case updates are available.
- Dentist gets evicted, sets fire to masks, gowns at office
A dentist in Washington was arrested after dousing gowns and masks with an accelerant to start fires at his office in response to getting evicted for not paying his rent. Dr. Mohammad "Matt" Rafie, who operated A to Z Dental in a building in Bellevue that housed other dental and medical offices, was charged with first-degree arson, according to news reports.
- What dentists should know about qualifying for an SBA loan amid COVID-19
Mandated practice closures and canceled patient appointments during the pandemic continue to leave dentists concerned about the future. This article discusses how practices can qualify for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to cover operational costs and day-to-day expenses.
- Oral surgeon loses license to settle heart infection claims
A New Jersey oral surgeon agreed to a five-year license suspension to resolve allegations that lax infection control practices at his office led to 15 patients contracting the bacterial heart infection endocarditis, resulting in one patient's death. Dr. John Vecchione also agreed to pay $293,500 in penalties and costs to resolve allegations that his continued failure to follow infection control protocols exposed his patients to the risk of contracting endocarditis, according to a release issued by New Jersey's Office of the Attorney General.