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Dental Practice Hub offers resources on business associates, patient financing

What are business associates and how do they fit into a dental practice?

Find out at the Dental Practice Hub, www.dentalpracticehub.ada.org, which has updated topics and information useful to dentists.

Under the Business Associate section, www.ada.org/members/6213.aspx, dentists will learn that a business associate is a person or company who needs access to the dental practice’s protected health information to perform an activity on behalf of the practice. They can also receive guidance on whether they need a business associate agreement with their associate dentist or dental laboratory; what happens to patients’ protected health information when a business associate relationship ends; and information concerning performing due diligence when selecting and monitoring a business associate.

The Dental Practice Hub also offers a downloadable brochure that helps patients understand more about how financing works.

The brochure, available at www.ada.org/members/6169.aspx, also explains the difference between no interest and low interest credit plans, how to determine the right plan for their circumstances and how to use credit wisely. The brochure is available as a PDF in both English and Spanish and can be customized for an individual dental practice.