What you need to know before you sign

June 29, 2015
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Things to consider before you sign the dotted line

Your hiring plans have all worked out. That’s good news. But now you need to make sure your new dental employee is ready and able to work. Before you sign on the dotted line, your new dentist has to satisfy some prerequisites.

Here’s our top 10 requirements checklist:
  1. A current license in your state.
  2. A Medicaid provider number (each provider must have his/her own number).
  3. An insurance provider number for each dental plan the office accepts.
  4. An NPI number.
  5. A DEA number.
  6. Malpractice insurance. An occurrence policy will include the tail coverage. You’ll want your employee to obtain coverage of no less than $1M/$3M.
  7. Disability insurance. You can employ an associate without disability insurance, but as their mentor you should recommend that your employees are adequately protected.
  8. State mandated courses. Your new dental associate should complete any courses, such as jurisprudence, child abuse training and infection control training. Check with your state agency for specific requirements.
  9. Continuing education credits. A continuing tally should be provided to you.
  10. A few last precautions. You should also check with the National Practitioner Data Bank
    and your state licensing department to see if there are any claims or actions against your prospective employee. And make sure to check social media – people post all kinds of tidbits you might find to be of interest!


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