DC Municipal Regulations for Dentistry
The practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in the District is regulated by the DC Board of Dentistry. The Board issues licenses, receives and reviews complaints, requests investigations, conducts hearings, and issues an annual report.
OSHA, HIPAA, and the ACA
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) mandates that employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace by setting and enforcing standards. Employers must provide training, outreach, education, assistance and comply with all applicable OSHA standards. Employers must also comply with the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, which requires employers to keep their workplace free of serious recognized hazards.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, more commonly known as HIPAA, is a set of national standards for electronic health care transactions and electronic security. It was created to protect individually identifiable health information. Dentists are required to be HIPAA compliant.
HIPAA requires that all staff that come into contact with patient healthcare records are required to undergo “HIPAA” training. Though training is required the regulations offer suggestions without mandating specific timeframes. According to the Privacy Rule, HIPAA training is required for “each new member of the workforce within a reasonable period of time after the person joins the Covered Entity´s workforce” and also when “functions are affected by a material change in polies or procedures” – again within a reasonable period of time.
According to Security Rule, HIPAA training is required “periodically”. Many businesses interpret “periodically” as annually, which is not necessarily accurate. HIPAA training should be provided whenever there is a change in working practices or technology, or whenever new rules or guidelines are issued by the Department for Health and Human Services.
There have been no meaningful changes to HIPAA rules since 2013
ACA Section 1557
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to protect individuals from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping. Section 1557 is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights, the federal agency that enforces HIPAA.
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