January 10, 2022

Case Study: Flood-Damaged Dental Records Force Dentist to Settle

A longtime patient of a MLMIC-insured dentist underwent extensive dental work over a period of seven years. The patient filed a lawsuit shortly after the work was completed, alleging a negligent full-mouth restoration resulting in bone loss, extractions, and the need for re-treatment. The dentist being sued reported to MLMIC that he was unable to produce much of the patient’s record as there had been multiple floods in the building that affected his office dental records.

December 20, 2021

Dental Record Protocol: Before and After Disaster Strikes

It is challenging to handle dental record protocol in the event that paper or electronic records have been damaged or destroyed by floods, other types of storms or by a ransomware attack. When dental records have been damaged or lost by accident, natural disaster or criminal computer compromise, prompt and appropriate action must be taken to mitigate the damage and/or loss. Immediate remedial measures must be undertaken for the benefit of patients as well as the dentist and the practice, as these losses may involve records from many years of treatment.

December 1, 2021

MLMIC Mourns the Loss of NYSDA Executive Director Dr. Mark Feldman

It was with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of our colleague, Dr. Mark Feldman, after a long illness. For many years, Dr. Feldman led the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) as its executive director. He also served on the MLMIC Board of Directors. His colleagues remember him as a man of unfailing grace and charm who believed passionately in MLMIC’s mission.

October 27, 2021

A Dental Cavity-Free Future: What Will It Take?

Would it be possible to achieve a dental cavity-free future? A recent article says yes, if there are global collaborations and policy consensus. Caries and cavities are the world’s most prevalent non-communicable disease. Despite that, cavities are typically ignored in health policy. The authors of the article emphasize the severity of the issue and provide four recommendations for integrating oral health into overall wellness.

September 7, 2021

Risk of Spreading COVID-19 During Dental Procedures? Fairly Low, Study Finds

At the beginning of COVID-19, dental practices were initially seen as a particularly risky location to visit. After all, dentists work in patients’ mouths, patients can’t wear a mask during dental treatment and we’ve come to understand that SARS-CoV-2 is present in the mouth. However, recent research found that dental procedures during COVID-19 are not much riskier than taking a drink of water.

August 16, 2021

Selling Your Dental Practice: Tips From A Healthcare Law Attorney

At some point in time, every dentist who owns his or her practice will contemplate selling, whether as an exit strategy, pathway to retirement or, occasionally, by necessity. Planning and closing your sale will take time, and beginning the process early will serve you, your employees and your buyer’s future patients.

May 3, 2021

Study Shows Potential of Dental Practices for Public Health Surveillance

A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research marks the first COVID-19 testing survey of asymptomatic patients in a dental setting. The paper showed the potential for dental offices to be viable and powerful locations for public health surveillance. The authors of the study identified dental offices as a good location for research for several reasons.

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