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NYS has new requirements for Practitioner EPCS Registration

NYS changed the requirements for registration of EPCS (Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances) effective this week. Prior to this, doctors were required to complete and email a Practitioner EPCS Registration form to the NYS DOH. The new requirement eliminates that path for registration, and requires that all new registrations be completed online via the NYS Health Commerce System ( https://commerce.health.state.ny.us/public/hcs_login.html ).  Once logged on, you can find instructions for completing the registration through the HCS “ROPES” application. Do not begin ROPES until you have completed the EPCS identity-proofing, received your transaction ID, activated with your two-factor authentication, and have had … Read the rest

BRS Dental presented at New York Dental Forum meeting

BRS Dental was invited to join other presenters at the New York Dental Forum’s Clinical Treatment Planning continuing education seminar on February 10, 2015 ( http://nydentalforum.com/  ).  The New York Dental Forum seminar was held at New York University’s College of Dentistry Aesthetic Center.  Randy Smith, Senior VP of Consulting and Support, spoke on the New York State mandate requiring that all medical providers, including dentists, use only electronic prescriptions as of March 27, 2015. Over a year ago BRS Dental partnered with DrFirst to offer dentists an integrated solution incorporating Rcopia (see http://www.drfirst.com/products/rcopia/rcopia-eprescribing-physicians/ ).  By using an integrated solution, … Read the rest

BRS Dental is ready for electronic prescriptions

BRS Dental is at the forefront of the electronic prescription wave, with New York State requiring that all medical providers, including dentists, use only electronic prescriptions as of March 27, 2015. Over a year ago BRS Dental partnered with DrFirst to offer dentists an integrated solution incorporating Rcopia (see http://www.drfirst.com/products/rcopia/rcopia-eprescribing-physicians/ ).  By using an integrated solution, our clients avoid having to re-enter patient demographic information when adding or checking patient prescriptions, which includes the capability to check for appropriate dosage, view existing prescriptions from other medical providers, and screen for allergies and drug interactions.  Those providers that might need to … Read the rest

BRS Dental adds Microsoft Silver Data Platform Competency

By Randall Smith, BRS Dental Vice President, Systems Support

BRS Dental achieved a Microsoft Silver Data Platform Competency.   BRS demonstrated to Microsoft that our DOM Enterprise dental practice management applications pass stringent testing for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Platform Ready status.  The Data Platform Competency demonstrates our ability to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment.  BRS has also maintained an ISV/Application Development Silver-level Partner Competency with Microsoft for the last three years.   With these Microsoft competencies, you can be assured that BRS software will install and perform well on current Microsoft platforms.  “By … Read the rest

Ransomware Threat Escalates

By Randall Smith, BRS Dental Vice President, Systems Support

We have seen an increasing incidence of “ransomware” threats, both from client experience, and from published accounts.  “Ransomware” is a category of malware that encrypts files, and demands payment for a key allowing decryption of the files.  This type of ransomware, sometimes referred to as “Cryptoware”, originates with criminals that send malicious spam emails, or attach malware to websites.  In prior versions, the recipient typically had to do something, such as open an email attachment, or follow a link to a malicious website.  The latest version, called CryptoWall 2.0, adds … Read the rest

4Medapproved offering HIPAA training next week

By Randall Smith, BRS Dental Vice President, Systems Support

(Updated 11/5/2014)

HIPAA regulations require a trained workforce, including a Compliance Officer for every dental practice.  4Medapproved is presenting a live, online workshop starting Wed. Nov. 5, 2014:  Become a HIPAA Compliance Officer in 4 Days (only 1-hour per day)

This event will be offered live on November 5, 12, 19, and 26 at Noon EST, 11am CST, 10am MST, and 9am PST.  In addition to live training, the sessions are recorded for review, and the course includes supporting notes, documentation, and videos.   BRS is able to offer a $100 … Read the rest

Microsoft Patch Tuesday includes critical updates

By Randall Smith, BRS Dental Vice President, Systems Support

Microsoft released advance notification of several critical security updates as part of the standard Patch Tuesday release (Patch Tuesday is the second Tuesday of each month when Microsoft releases updates).   All users are urged to install the important Microsoft updates released today, which apply to all supported versions of Windows operating systems, both desktop and server. Installation of the important Microsoft updates will require a system or server restart.  BRS Dental clients using the hosted Software as a Service will have their cloud servers automatically updated.  For more information, … Read the rest

Are you still mailing copies of X-rays or perio charts to insurance companies?

By Randall Smith, BRS Dental Vice President, Systems Support

In our release of DOM version 9 in 2013, BRS included full integration with NEA FastAttach (electronic attachment service). NEA FastAttach allows the transmission of digital X-rays, scanned images, photos, periodontal charts, and narratives to a secure repository for viewing by insurance companies.  NEA partnered with BRS Dental to offer an integrated service.  The attachment information is included in the electronic claim sent via the BRS Dental DOM system.  If you have not yet registered for NEA FastAttach service, use the BRS promo code BRSRZ1M for extra savings (provides no-charge … Read the rest

BRS Dental is a Microsoft “Silver” Application Development Partner

By Randall Smith, BRS Dental Vice President, Systems Support

BRS Dental completed renewal of our partnership program with Microsoft Corporation.  As a Silver Application Development Partner (formerly called ISV – Independent Software Developer), BRS has demonstrated to Microsoft that our DOM for Windows and DOM Enterprise dental practice management applications pass stringent testing, and are certified to work with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8 operating systems.  BRS previously passed certification testing for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 operating systems, and the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 database platform.  With these Microsoft-certified competencies, you can be … Read the rest

HIPAA Training Requirements for the Dental Office

By Randall Smith, BRS Dental Vice President, Systems Support

HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996), the HITECH Act of 2009,  and the follow-up Omnibus Final Rule of 2013 state that annual training is required for the Compliance Officer and all staff that have access to Protected Health Information (PHI).  Each dental office should have a Certified HIPAA Security Professional, and all staff should obtain at minimum HIPAA Workforce Certificate for Professionals or equivalent.  BRS has partnered with 4Med to offer HIPAA training and compliance services, with the added incentive to save 20% on training purchases, … Read the rest