Introduction to dental practice Accreditation -using SmartDentist

Dental accreditation needs to be meaningful, and sustainable. Technology can make a real difference to the workload of all staff members and hence communication. Check out how Smartdentist can work with your ADA QIP policies.

New Staff induction

New Staff induction – made really really convenient.
SmartDentist now enables you to set which policies are relevant for each occupation at your practice. We have set them initially and you have the flexibility to change them. (Set once and you don’t need to worry about New staff induction next time)

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iphone friendly staff accreditation and training

Your staff can’t easily get to a computer at work? What about an iPad or even their own iphone. SmartDentist has re-launched it’s site to be iphone friendly.
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Staff training goals and accreditation

Set your staff training goals or your own goals now on SmartDentist. Especially handy for those practices doing ADA QIP accreditation against the ACSQHC National Healthcare Standards.
In the very first ADA|QIP policy on governance, practices are asked to commit to staff training, including accreditation training. Now dental practices have an easy way of managing staff training.

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CDP tax deduction changes are coming?

From Craig Lyon
Craig Lyon & Associates Pty Ltd
Suite 3, 1st Floor, 136 Canterbury Road (PO Box 805)
HEATHMONT   VIC   3135
Ph: (03) 9729 7592

Contained in last week’s budget papers was confirmation that the government intends to introduce a $2000 cap on tax deduction claims for work-related self education expenses. The proposed commencement date for this measure is 1 July 2014.

In the Treasurer’s 13 April 2013 announcement of this measure, Mr Swan defended the move on the basis that without a cap, “it is possible to make large claims for expenses such as first-class airfares, five-star accommodation and expensive courses”. Continue reading

Quality and Accreditation – Dental introduction to accreditation

I recently attended a meeting talking about the new “ADA Introductory Dental Practice Accreditation Scheme“. Quite early in the meeting one of the dentists who had completed the accreditation said, “I think you should removed the word “Quality” from your publications if you want dentists to understand them”!

Wow! Get rid of quality!

Absolutely no – that was NOT what he meant. What he was trying to say was that for Dentists QUALITY means:

  • We do a fantastic colour-matched filling or crown with beautifully finished margins.

Because this is NOT the type of quality referred to with accreditation confusion occurs. Many dentists have signed up for accreditation without understanding the National standards (ACSQHC) and have been bitterly disappointed and surprised.

The ADA Introductory Dental Practice Accreditation Scheme would be better described as an introduction to dental practice safety processes “Accreditation Scheme”. There are many benefits in checking over the way your practice undertakes staff and patient safety procedures.e.g.

  • When did you last update or complete at your staff’s immunisation records?
  • What sort of new staff induction do you run?
  • Have your staff been kept up-to-date with confidentiality requirements (e.g. social media)?
  • Are you sure you are recording your sterilising processes correctly?

At SmartDentist we have started the “try before you buy” accreditation page so you can work through the accreditation requirements BEFORE you pay out for the “Introduction to accreditation” certificate. We believe that if the requirements for accreditation are a good idea – then dental practices should be encouraged to do them whether they pay for a certificate or not.
Isn’t the aim to encourage safe practice?
Let’s make it easy and transparent.