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Permanent link  Expand your network at the New Dentists Reception

01/17/2013

With 32,000 dental professionals expected to convene at McCormick Place next month, running into an old classmate is an unexpected surprise.

Unless, of course, you know where to look. Just ask Chicago dentist Lynse Briney.

She’s one of many who will be attending the New Dentist Reception at the Midwinter Meeting. The Happy Hour event brings together dentists who have been in practice for no more than 10 years for cocktails, conversation and camaraderie among contemporaries.

“We all seem to be so busy these days and since you’re already at the Midwinter Meeting it's an easy way to meet up,” Dr. Briney explained. “It gives new dentists the chance to network with other dentists that are in the same shoes!  We can catch up on the best practices that work in our offices, discuss how to juggle work-life balance, vent about the practice options before us and much, much more.  Best of all it gives us the opportunity to catch up with classmates we may have not seen in a while.

“And it gives us the chance to meet new dentists and expand our networks of friends and colleagues.”

Keyur Shah consistently made time for these kinds of networking events as he began his career, and said it paid off.

“We’re all like-minded and have similar goals, so it’s nice to interact,” live and in person, he said. “I always get tidbits of good information from these events – you can ask anyone about anything and the conversations are relevant and current.” His mentors encouraged him to start attending these events while he was still in dental school, and he’s so thankful that they did.

“It’s very valuable to interact with your colleagues and promote organized dentistry.”

Dr. Briney added that they’re just plain fun.

“I love catching up with people, seeing new friends and old.  It helps keep me in touch with reality and not get bogged down in the daily grind!”

To join Drs. Briney and Shah and others at the New Dentist Reception at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in 260 Restaurant at McCormick Place West, register for SE5 when you register for your Midwinter Meeting courses.

And if you’ve already registered, you can add the reception to your existing registration.

 

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Permanent link  Expand your network at the New Dentists Reception

01/17/2013

With 32,000 dental professionals expected to convene at McCormick Place next month, running into an old classmate is an unexpected surprise.

Unless, of course, you know where to look. Just ask Chicago dentist Lynse Briney.

She’s one of many who will be attending the New Dentist Reception at the Midwinter Meeting. The Happy Hour event brings together dentists who have been in practice for no more than 10 years for cocktails, conversation and camaraderie among contemporaries.

“We all seem to be so busy these days and since you’re already at the Midwinter Meeting it's an easy way to meet up,” Dr. Briney explained. “It gives new dentists the chance to network with other dentists that are in the same shoes!  We can catch up on the best practices that work in our offices, discuss how to juggle work-life balance, vent about the practice options before us and much, much more.  Best of all it gives us the opportunity to catch up with classmates we may have not seen in a while.

“And it gives us the chance to meet new dentists and expand our networks of friends and colleagues.”

Keyur Shah consistently made time for these kinds of networking events as he began his career, and said it paid off.

“We’re all like-minded and have similar goals, so it’s nice to interact,” live and in person, he said. “I always get tidbits of good information from these events – you can ask anyone about anything and the conversations are relevant and current.” His mentors encouraged him to start attending these events while he was still in dental school, and he’s so thankful that they did.

“It’s very valuable to interact with your colleagues and promote organized dentistry.”

Dr. Briney added that they’re just plain fun.

“I love catching up with people, seeing new friends and old.  It helps keep me in touch with reality and not get bogged down in the daily grind!”

To join Drs. Briney and Shah and others at the New Dentist Reception at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in 260 Restaurant at McCormick Place West, register for SE5 when you register for your Midwinter Meeting courses.

And if you’ve already registered, you can add the reception to your existing registration.

 

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Permanent link  ISDS Foundation supports dentists in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse

04/27/2012

ISDS Foundation offers a dentists support program for those battling alcohol and substance abuse. 

The program is run by volunteers and strictly confidential. Services include education, support and access to professional assistance. 

To find out more, download the ISDS Dentists Support Program brochure or call (800) 475-4737.

The program offers the following self-assessment.

Do You Need Help?

  • Do you experience mood swings, become easily depressed, angry, or abusive?
  • Has anyone become disturbed because of your behavior while you are drinking or using drugs?
  • Have you ever tried to cut down on your drinking or drug use?
  • Has anyone become annoyed about your drinking/drug use? (Prescription or illicit)
  • Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking/drug use or related behaviors?
  • Are you experiencing financial or legal problems, malpractice suit, or divorce, because of your drinking or drug use?
  • Have you been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs?

If you feel that you or a fellow member of the dental profession needs assistance, please call (800) 475-4737 for help. We will carefully and confidentially guide you or your colleague through the steps to wellness.

Does Someone You Love Need Help?

Oftentimes it is the families, colleagues, and friends who first notice something is wrong and are in a position to help. Be aware of the signs of alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Disruption of the appointment schedule.
  • Hostile, withdrawn, or unreasonable behavior toward patients and staff.
  • Excessive ordering of drug supplies by mail or from local pharmacies.
  • Patient complaints regarding dentist’s behavior.
  • Unexplained absence from office or absence due to frequent illness.Inappropriate orders, prescriptions, or treatments.
  • Deterioration in appearance and dress habits.
  • Wearing long sleeves in warm weather.
  • Frequent or unusual accidents.
  • Isolated/withdrawn from community, dental society, and social activities.
  • Embarrasing behaviors at private clubs, parties or other social events.
  • Unpredictable or compulsive behavior.
  • Arrests for driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, etc.

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Permanent link  Red Flags Rules go into effect May 1

03/10/2009

After a six-month delay, the Red Flags Rules will now go into effect for all health care providers on May 1. Under these rules dentists, doctors and other health care providers are considered "creditors," and must ensure reasonable precautions are taken to protect patients from identity theft.

While it's not yet precisely clear what dentists will need to do to ensure their practices are compliant, the Federal Trade Commission, which enforces these regulations, says on their Web site:

Under the Red Flags Rules...creditors must develop a written program that identifies and detects the relevant warning signs - or "red flags" - of identity theft. These may include, for example, unusual account activity, fraud alerts on a consumer report, or attempted use of suspicious account application documents. The program must also describe appropriate responses that would prevent and mitigate the crime and detail a plan to update the program. The program must be managed by the Board of Directors or senior employees of the financial institution or creditor, include appropriate staff training, and provide for oversight of any service providers.
The American Dental Association has protested the new regulations. In an e-mail today to dental society staff, Dr. John Findley writes:
Speaking for the ADA, I urged the FTC staff not to apply the Red Flags Rule to dentists....

Fellow ADA representatives also explained the special problems that dentists and physicians will face under the Rule. In particular, they may have to report any suspected identity theft both to the patient whose identity is at issue and to law enforcement officials. Reporting of this nature could raise issues under the HIPAA privacy regulations. [emphasis mine] Determining how to harmonize the Red Flags Rule with HIPAA requirements in any given case could result in yet more costs for our members in terms both of their own time and in connection with obtaining legal advice.

In response, the FTC staff expressed its intention to enforce the Reg Flags Rule with "flexibility." It assured the ADA that it sought only "reasonable compliance."
Dr. Findley notes that the FTC demurred on the ADA's requests to exempt dentists from the rules, provide formal guidance on how dentists should incorporate the rules into their practices or delay enforcement until more information was available.

Additional reading:
An overview for business owners, from the FTC
The complete guidelines, from the FTC
News coverage from the ADA ( 1, 2)
The ADA's letter of complaint to the FTC
The FTC's response to the AMA's objections about treating doctors as creditors
A brief summation by Dental Blogs


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So, now what are we supposed to do?? Wait? Start working on the "written plan?"

Posted by: Anonymous (noreply@blogger.com) on 05/16/2011

Permanent link  If you provide care to a workers compensation patient

03/04/2009

Susan Piha, manager of research and education for the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, asked CDS to share the following news release with members.

The commission has an exhaustive FAQ that should help answer questions. For more information on the fee schedule, follow the links on the commission's home page. Otherwise, call the commission at (312) 814-6611 for more information.

By law, all medical treatment provided to a workers' compensation claimant on or after February 1, 2006 is subject to a fee schedule. A provider is still free to contract with payors for different payment terms but, in the absence of a contract, the provider will be paid according to fee schedule.

By law, a fee for each procedure was calculated for each three-digit zip code in Illinois....

When the IWCC lacked sufficient data to calculate a fee, the law provides that such bills shall be paid at 76% of the charged amount. Dental services that are billed with ADA codes, for example, are paid at 76%. Services that are billed with CPT or HCPCS codes may have fees. Refer to the online fee schedule.

The fee schedule amount is considered full payment. Providers may not seek to obtain the difference between the charged amount and the fee schedule amount from the injured worker or the employer. Balance billing for workers' compensation claims is now illegal pursuant to 820 ILCS 305/8.2(e).

The law also provides that the payor shall pay the medical provider within 60 days of the date the payor receives a bill that contains substantially all the required data elements necessary to adjudicate the bill. The provider may charge interest of 1% per month. If you cannot resolve disputes regarding payment with the payor, you should ask the patient/injured worker to request a hearing before an IWCC arbitrator regarding unpaid medical bills.

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission operates the court system that resolves disputes regarding workers' compensation. It does not pay the benefits. In most cases, insurance companies pay benefits on the employers' behalf.


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