The BRS Blog on Interesting Ideas in Dental Practice Management Software
and New Developments in Information Technology

Covid-19 Pandemic Statement and Remote Access Option

At BRS Dental Software, our commitment to the safety and well-being of our employees and customers is paramount.  We understand the role we play providing support and business continuity during this critical time.  Covid-19 represents an extraordinary situation in our 40 years of providing mission-critical support to the healthcare industry.

BRS has long had the ability to work from the cloud, meaning we can provide support to our clients from anywhere, at any time.  At this point in the progression of the pandemic, the most important advice we can give you is to prepare for remote access to your network.  … Read the rest

ADA CDT 2019 Code Changes

The American Dental Association has announced changes to the Current Dental Terminology (CDT) for 2019.

There are 15 new codes, and 4 deleted codes detailed below.  The CDT 2019 will become effective for most insurers on 1/1/2019.

Code    Description                                 (Version)
D0412 blood glucose level test – in-office using a glucose meter (New)
D1516 space maintainer – fixed – bilateral, maxillary (New)
D1517 space maintainer – fixed – bilateral, mandibular (New)
D1526 space maintainer – removable – bilateral, maxillary (New)
D1527 space maintainer – removable – bilateral, mandibular (New)
D5282 removable unilateral partial denture one piece cast metal (including clasps and … Read the rest

IBM Bans USB Sticks

IBM is instituting a company-wide, world-wide policy of banning the use of removable media, including USB memory sticks (“thumb drives”), SD cards, and similar storage devices.  There are two reasons for this:  misplaced or lost media could have proprietary files fall into the wrong hands, and some removable storage devices can be used as a vector for malware distribution.  IBM plans to encourage the use of secure cloud storage for files that need to be available across networks and users.

See this article from The Register (UK) for details on the IBM policy: IBM Bans Removable StorageRead the rest

Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities explained

Computer researchers have recently found out that the main chip in most modern computers—the CPU—has a hardware bug. It’s really a design flaw in the hardware that has been there for years. This is a big deal because it likely affects almost every computer on your network , including your workstations, and your server.  This hardware bug could allow malicious programs to steal data that is being processed in your computer memory. Normally, applications are not able to do that because they are isolated from each other and the operating system. This hardware bug can break that isolation.  So, if … Read the rest

ADA CDT 2018 Code Changes

Most insurance companies will require that claim submissions after January 1, 2018, use the ADA Current Dental Terminology (CDT) 2018 codes.  There are 18 new codes, and three deleted codes.  This article is intended as a summary of code changes.  Please consult the copyrighted ADA products and information at ADA CDT Resources for full CDT details.

New Codes:
D0411  HbA1c in-office point of service testing
D5511  Repair broken complete denture base, mandibular
D5512  Repair broken complete denture base, maxillary
D5611  Repair resin partial denture base, mandibular
D5612  Repair resin partial denture base, maxillary
D5621  Repair cast partial framework, mandibular
D5622  … Read the rest

New York State Requires Newer OS and Browsers for Health Commerce System

New York State announced that most Health Commerce System (HCS) functions will require supported operating systems and browsers as of June 1, 2017.  Specifically, as of June 1, Windows XP and/or Internet Explorer ver. 9 (and older) will no longer have access to the HCS.  The NYS HCS is used for the I-Stop and PMP (Prescription Monitoring Program), for which access is required when prescribing controlled substances.

Newer Microsoft Windows operating systems and Internet Explorer versions may be used after June 1, as can alternate operating systems and browsers (including Apple Mac OS, and Google Chrome).

For the complete NYS … Read the rest

ADA Board of Trustees vote to create a national dental licensure exam

The American Dental Association Board of Trustees voted this month to begin the process to create a national (USA) dental licensure exam.  In addition to the potential to have a single exam applicable for all states, the proposed exam would no longer include actual patient treatment.  Currently, in most cases dental licensure exams require that the applicant dentist recruit patients to be presented with actual treatment.

The ADA-proposed new Objective Structured Clinical Exam (“OSCE”) would be based on current testing and licensure methods used for other medical specialties, and in other parts of the world.  For example, an OSCE exam … Read the rest


A New Email Threat

Ransomware Joins Viruses and Phishing

80% of ALL data theft begins with ‘phishing’.
That happens when a person clicks on a link or
a file attachment in an email

A Common Thread in Malware
Social engineering is extensively used to distribute ransomware as well as malicious viruses and ‘phishing’ for information. Email is the most common vector – usually with malware sent as an attachment (typically zip, doc, or xls files). As criminals harvest email addresses from unknowing victims, it’s possible that the sender email on a ransomware attempt is someone you know, or a business … Read the rest

ADA CDT 2017 Code Changes

Most insurance companies will require that claim submissions after January 1, 2017, use the ADA CDT 2017 codes.  There are 11 new codes, and one deleted code (D0290).  This article is intended as a summary of code changes.  Please consult the copyrighted ADA resources at ADA CDT Resources .

New codes:

D0414 Laboratory processing of microbial specimen to include culture and sensitivity studies, preparation and transmission of written report
D0600 Non-ionizing diagnostic procedure capable of quantifying, monitoring, and recording changes in structure of enamel, dentin, and cementum
D1575 Distal shoe space maintainer – fixed – unilateral
D4346 Scaling in presence … Read the rest

Microsoft pushing Windows 10 upgrades

Microsoft has made upgrades from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 “free” for some time.  Microsoft has stated that free Windows 10 upgrades will end on July 29, 2016.  Previously, Microsoft has suggested that users upgrade to Windows 10, and has provided links and pop-ups on the Windows desktop and task bar suggesting that users upgrade.  In the past few weeks, Microsoft has taken a more aggressive tact, including the Windows 10 upgrade in the “Recommended” Windows update selections.  Some Windows users are surprised to find their computers in the midst of an unexpected Windows 10 upgrade, which … Read the rest