Legal Issues: Page 2
Dental workers charged with COVID-19 unemployment fraud
Two employees at a dental practice in West Virginia have been indicted for allegedly fraudulently collecting about $30,000 in COVID-19-related unemployment benefits, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.
March 8, 2023
Week in Review: Dentistry's mental health crisis | U.S. Department of Labor whistleblower case | Price of a baby tooth
March 3, 2023
Dentsply Sirona's officers probed for fiduciary breach
A Louisiana law firm is investigating whether the officers and directors of dental equipment manufacturer Dentsply Sirona breached their fiduciary duties to its shareholders or otherwise violated state or federal laws.
March 2, 2023
Texas dentists must pay $15K in back pay in whistleblower case
A dental practice in Texas and its owners must pay $15,700 in back wages to workers who were illegally fired for raising COVID-19 safety concerns following a whistleblower investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor.
February 27, 2023
Week in Review: Chicago Midwinter Meeting highlights ǀ Tips for taking expert photos ǀ Discolored tooth
February 24, 2023
Endodontist ordered to repay $10M in COVID-19 relief funds
An endodontist in Oregon was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for his role in attempting to steal more than $170 million in U.S. COVID-19 relief funds, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
February 20, 2023
Should clinicians tell parents their child is pregnant?
If a minor questions the safety of dental x-rays because she may be pregnant and isn't yet ready to tell her parents, clinicians must consider the potential legalities. The commentary was published on February 13 in the
American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
February 15, 2023
Dental imaging firm ex-CEO indicted for role in $11M fraud scheme
The former CEO of a dental imaging system firm was indicted for allegedly defrauding investors out of nearly $11 million by claiming to have developed an ultrasound device that could replace dental x-rays but which never existed, according to U.S. court records.
February 9, 2023
OraPharma to pay $100K to settle false Medicare claim case
Oral health product firm OraPharma has agreed to pay $100,000 to resolve claims that incentive compensation it paid to account managers, who were also dental hygienists, resulted in the submission of false claims to Medicare, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
February 8, 2023
Oral surgeon who fought vaccine order continues battle in RI
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon who filed a complaint against Rhode Island after he was forced to stop practicing for refusing to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine compliance order is fighting to keep his legal battle alive.
February 2, 2023
What dentists need to know about HIPAA storage requirements
Patients expect privacy from their dentist, including compliance with HIPAA for their sensitive personal information. Senior Consultant for Information Governance Jerry Dilk breaks down the basics of HIPAA for dental professionals.
February 1, 2023
Dental hygienist responsibilities in coding dental claims
While most dental hygienists cannot legally diagnose dental disease, they still have a legal responsibility to properly code what they do. Coding expert Estela Vargas shares tips for coding common dental hygiene treatments.
January 31, 2023
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