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The Compliance Divas Podcast

Our podcast covers current topics such as infection prevention and control, OSHA and HIPAA compliance for dentistry. We discuss the latest regulatory information, answer frequently asked questions and give suggestions for dental practices to make compliance easy and sustainable.The Compliance Divas are a trusted source for consistent, accurate information based upon current guidelines, standards, science, and recommendations.


#148 Tools for More Effective Safety Meetings
Preparing and conducting effective safety meetings is critical to maintaining a culture of safety in your dental practice.  Boring, ill-prepared meetings lead the team to believe their valuable time was wasted. This episode helps our listeners to prepare and conduct effective meetings that will contribute to your practice's safety and overall success. 12 Tips for Effective Safety Meetings: Steps for Structuring Successful Safety Meetings: Meetings 101: Requirements in OSHA Standards:
19:38 2/21/24
#147 5 Pillars of Health with Dr. Uche Odiatu
The Divas take a break from compliance to discuss the importance of being proactive about your health.  Our special guest, Dr. Uche Odiatu is beloved in the dental profession as a wellness expert.   Join us as he shares his 5 pillars of health.Resources:Dr. Uche's website:  www.druche.comDr. Uche Odiatu - When Less Exercise is More
64:48 2/14/24
#146 Independent Contractors or Employees? New Rule Finalized
Are you confused in making the determination of whether an individual is an independent contractor or an employee.  For example,  often a hygienist is misclassified as an independent contractor. The US Department of Labor announced its new final rule providing clarification on classification.  Tune into this episode to see if this rule changes the interpretation. Department of Labor:
18:04 2/7/24
#145 Special Episode: 2024 Updates to CAL-OSHA COVID-19 Prevention
On January 9, 2024, CAL-OSHA updated the non-emergency COVID-19 standard. Tune in to find out what employers and dental teams need to know about the changes, and what dental teams must do if they have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.Resources:CAL-OSHA Fact Sheet: Update:  COVID-19 Prevention - Non-Emergency Regulation What Employers Need to Know COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations FAQ Dept. of Public Health Isolation Q&A Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 Updated Sept. 23, 2022 of Local Health Departments Law Review - COVID in California in 2024?
29:27 1/31/24
#144 Dentistry and the Corporate Transparency Act
The Corporate Transparency Act, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2024 is meant to fight financial crimes, such as tax fraud and money laundering through shell corporations.  The Act requires businesses and beneficial owners of these businesses to file a report with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) by the end of 2024.   The Divas will discuss how to file the report and other helpful information about this new requirement.Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN): Small Business Resources: 2513 Corporate Transparency Act: Dept. of Treasury Fact Sheet  Actions to Prevent and Disrupt Corruption:
14:34 1/24/24
#143 Avoiding Health Care Fraud: Compliance Guidance from the DHHS Inspector General
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued an updated General Compliance Program Guidance.  This is an important area of compliance that all dental offices need to be aware of.  It includes fraud, waste and abuse as well as HIPAA. Tune into this episode to ensure your practice is up-to-date. OIG General Compliance Program Guidance: HIPAA Assessment Tool:
26:36 1/17/24
#142 Compliance and Your Practice Management Software: A Conversation with Novonee's Dayna Johnson
Join the Compliance Divas for a conversation with Dayna Johnson, Dentrix trainer extraordinaire and founder of Novonee.   Dayna shares her expertise with practice management software utilization related to HIPAA and OSHA compliance and data integration.Dayna Johnson's website:
26:05 1/10/24
#141 Preventing Backflow from Suction Lines and Ensuring Patient Safety
In recent months, there's been a keen interest in dental unit water lines and the quality of water used in patient care.  Another concerning area risk to patients in every dental practice is the back flow that occurs in the evacuation lines. In this episode, the Divas discuss the significance of this risk and offer practical tips and product solutions from our Sustaining Sponsor, HuFriedyGroup.Safe-Flow Request a Sample: Coming Clean on Infection Control in the Dental Office: Back Flow Through Proper Evacuation Line Maintenance: cleaner: cleaner:
22:29 1/1/24
#140 Year End Compliance Reminders
As we approach the end of the year and embark on the New Year, it's time to ensure we have accomplished key areas of compliance related to OSHA and HIPAA. In this episode, the Divas discuss the top 20 OSHA/HIPAA reminders to help you stay current in your dental practice. Resources:CDC Infection Prevention Checklist Top Ten Reminders Poster HIPAA Top Ten Reminders Poster
18:37 12/27/23
#139 2023 Year End Review of Our Podcast Sponsor-Partners
The Compliance Divas are committed to highlight only products and services that meet regulatory compliance and CDC Guidelines for Best Practices in Infection Control and Safety.  As we come to the end of the year,  The Divas want to thank our 2023 Sponsoring Partners by bringing  you a recap the products and services they offer to help Dental Practices provide safe dental care.
21:24 12/20/23
#138 Special Edition - CDC Issues Respiratory Virus Alert
On Dec. 14, 2023, the CDC issued an alert about respiratory viruses that are rapidly increasing across the U.S., and that immunization for respiratory infections are very low for the 2023-2024 winter season.  Find out what dental teams can do to help stop the spread and protect themselves and patients during dental procedures.Resources:CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) homepage CDC HAN Alert Dec. 14, 2023 Respiratory Virus Updates page Protect Yourself and Others from Flu, COVID-19, and RSV
13:31 12/18/23
#137 Important Considerations for Your Office Party and Bonuses
Christmas time is fast approaching. This episode answers questions on whether or not to serve alcohol at your Christmas office party, how to compensate employees for the holidays and days the office is closed, and a discussion on how to create a Christmas or end-of-the year bonus. Olivia Wann, Esq. blog: and Overtime-Salary Compensation: and Compensation and work hours: News Daily - Small Business Guide to Paying Holiday Bonuses
17:01 12/13/23
#136 Sipify: Save Your Smile from Stain and Help Patients with Swallowing Issues
Whether you are looking for an easier way to enjoy hot coffee and not stain your teeth or helping patients with swallowing issue, Sipify is the creative invention that solves those dilemmas. Tune into this episode to meet Alice Stone the creator of Sipify and learn how it can benefit special needs patients as well as saving your smile from stain. Sipify website:
17:28 12/6/23
#135 Cross-Contamination via the CrossHands of Dental Workers
Have you ever thought about the non-patient care items you may touch during a procedure or even the possibility of contaminating yourself when removing contaminated PPE? You may unknowingly be spreading contamination throughout the office. Check out this episode for key reminders, tip, and resources for the entire team.Resources:CDC Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings - 2008, updated 2019 CDC Poster on Donning/Doffing PPE: for Infection Control in Dental Health-care Settings—2003 If Saliva Were Red Video
25:05 11/29/23
#134 "Tis the Season for Gratitude
Thanksgiving is around the corner!  In this episode, the Divas express their gratitude with special tips for our listeners along with  a Thanksgiving trivia question.  The trivia question is posed at the end of the podcast with directions to enter for a Divas surprise gift. Happy Thanksgiving!CDC Gratitude Works
12:08 11/22/23
#133 Chatting with a Cybersecurity Expert
This timely episode will familiarize you with cyber security in healthcare and how you can minimize your risk against online threats. It's hard to recover financially from a cyber attack.  The Divas interview cyber expert, Alex Berta. Tune in to learn how you can help protect your practice! Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)- Cybersecurity Best Practices Cyber Threats and Advisories Dept. of Health and Human Services - Cybersecurity Guidance
24:57 11/15/23
#132 Implementing the New I-9 Form for Employees
Compliance takes many forms. In this episode, the Divas discuss compliance with the requirement to complete an I-9 form on all new hires. Recently, this federal form was updated, so tune in to learn what you should be doing in your practice. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services I-9 Update Information: I-9 form download: Dept. of Homeland Security E-Verify
13:45 11/8/23
#131 The Next Generation of Disinfectant Products
The CDC states that multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) are continuing to develop and spread in healthcare settings throughout the U.S.   This can have a direct implication for your practice when it comes to the products you use to clean and disinfect patient appliances.   Tune into this episode to see how the Armis Biopharma company is creating the next generation of disinfectant products to address MDROs.Armis Biopharma - ArmiGuard Healthcare-Associated Infections
29:25 11/1/23
Episode #130 Dental Office Design from a Compliance Consultant's Perspective
Often when new offices are designed or older offices are remodeled, much of the emphasis is placed on the aesthetics of the building. This episode gleans the perspective of designing a compliant office from our Compliance Divas. Sterilization Area Supplies of Medical Supplies Area Privacy Concerns Safeguards for Privacy Shooter On-Campus Healthcare Facility
19:30 10/25/23
Episode #129 Catching Up with Our Good Friend Kevin Henry, Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Bicuspid
Dr. Bicuspid Assistant Nation Podcast
24:30 10/18/23
#128 What is Whistleblowing and Does it Apply to Dentistry?
Whistleblowing occurs in many different industries across the globe and most definitely occurs dentistry as well. It's something not to be taken lightly. In this episode, the Divas discuss what it is and what can trigger whistleblowing. And most importantly, identify steps to prevent whistleblowing in your office or organization. Dental Whistleblower Case: Protections
14:39 10/11/23
Episode #127 Could Your Compliance Systems Use More Efficiency?
Whether you are the office manager or the infection control coordinator, it is challenging to keep up with regulatory information and maintain the documentation required to be in compliance with OSHA regulations and CDC guidelines.  Creating systems is a key to greater efficiency and consistence in dental practices.  This episode will explore the options for creating greater efficiency and enhanced compliance.HuFriedyGroup GreenLight Compliance Center Group GreenLight Compliance Center Brochure 5 Reasons for GreenLight - YouTube video Dental Services Eliminates Sharps Injuries - Case Study Lean! Principles for Making Sure your Compliance is...Compliant - Dental Economics
24:22 10/1/23
#126 Infectious Disease Updates September 2023
Dental practices and team members must always be vigilant about the potential for transmission of respiratory and other infectious diseases while caring for patients. This episode will update listeners on the September updates from the CDC on COVID-19, RSV and Influenza.  Stay in the know with The Compliance Divas!CDC Respiratory Virus Updates COVID-19 Vaccines for 2023-2024 Respiratory Syncytial Virus - Abrysvo RSV Vaccine Seasonal Flu Vaccines
15:19 9/27/23
#125 Celebrating DICAM with Michelle Lee, OSAP Executive Director
Join the Divas as they discuss Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (DICAM) with Michelle Lee, Executive Director of the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP).  Learn more about DICAM and the amazing resources of OSAP. And take advantage of a 50% off for you first year's membership with the code: OSAPgo50.
15:04 9/20/23
#124 ICIP Stands for Infection Control in Practice - Interview with Nancy Dewhirst, Editor
When dental professionals need practical information on dental infection control and safety, they turn to OSAP.  Members can download checklists, tool kits and access FAQs. In this episode, the Divas interview Nancy Dewhirst, RDH the editor of OSAP's publication titled ICIP to learn why this is a MUST HAVE/MUST READ newsletter. Resources:Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) https://www.osap.orgOSAP Infection Control in Practice (ICIP)
30:59 9/13/23
#123 DANB Turns 75 Years!
In the episode, the Divas welcome special guests from the Dental Assisting National Board to celebrate their 75th year along with DICAM. Learn about all the exciting courses and events with DANB and the DALE Foundation. This is one episode everyone in your office will want to hear!DANB: https://www.danb.orgDALE Foundation:
31:00 9/6/23
# 122 One Item You Aren't Sterilizing After Each Patient but Should Be
What is the one item you aren't sterilizing after each patient and should be? The is one item that you use for every patient that really should be sterilized and not just wiped or sprayed to disinfect. The Divas celebrate Dental Infection Control Awareness Month with Crystal Genics to discuss autoclavable air/water syringes.Resources:FDA - letter to dentists on handpiece sterilization - 1992 Statement on Reprocessing of Dental Handpieces - 2018 Genics
26:20 9/1/23
#121 Are You Maintaining Your X-ray Aprons Properly?
The X-ray Apron in your Dental Practice is subject to wear and tear. Do you know how to inspect your apron for internal compromise? Do you store the apron properly, to prevent damage? This episode will provide do's and don'ts and tips to extend the life and usefulness of your apron.  Resources:Kerr Total Care - Wall mount X-ray Apron Hanger Medical - X-Ray Protective Apron Care:  9 Do's and Dont's Medical Protective Garment Guide Technologies Ultimate Guide to Sanitizing and Cleaning Lead Aprons
13:09 8/30/23
#120 Be Prepared for Your Practice's Radiation Safety Inspection
All dental practices are subject to safety inspections of their radiography equipment.  Each state determines the frequency of the inspections, and the safety requirements.  Learn how to access your state's requirements, and be prepared when the inspector walks in the office and feel confident that your equipment will pass inspection.EPA Radiation Protection Programs Map: Ionizing Radiation: College of Radiology Technical Standard for Diagnostic Medical Physics Performance Monitoring of Radiographic Equipment:
16:58 8/23/23
#119 Courageous Conversations for the OSHA-Infection Control Coordinator!
How do you lead your team on OSHA and Infection Control when no one wants to follow? Even if most team members buy in, one non compliant or defiant employee can jeopardize safety for patients and rest of the team. The right message delivered the right way can turn even the most resistant  team member into an OSHA and Infection Control Super Star. Courageous Conversations, Katherine Eitel-Belt: and Infection Control Resources: CDC Dental Infection Control Resources:
41:08 8/16/23