Congressional oversight on DMSOs; new oropharyngeal cancer research; Sheri's Solutions

Dear DrBicuspid Members:

Oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) patients treated with combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy reported a decrease in their voice and speech quality for up to one year after completing treatment, according to research presented at the recent Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium in Arizona. Read more about this important research here.

On February 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will survey up to 1,200 covered entities and business associates to determine suitability for its HIPAA Audit Program. Small group practices need to take action and ensure they are in compliance or risk serious consequences. Read this Second Opinion here.

A congressional oversight committee expressed impatience that little has been done to rein in scofflaw dental management service companies (DMSOs), according to a recent letter to the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG subsequently excluded the owners of the Small Smiles dental chain from federal healthcare programs for multiple breaches to a compliance. You can continue reading here.

In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger uses a "case history" of a woman who waited years for treatment as an example of how to defuse the all-too-common question of "This is going to cost how much?" Find out how she handles this scenario here.

With the recent news about the Office of the Inspector General taking action in the Small Smiles situation, you feel for those children and the practitioners who were legitimately dedicated to serving their pediatric patients. How do we prevent a situation like this from happening again? I'm interested in your thoughts. Email me or comment in our Forums.

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