Teresa Duncan, founder of Odyssey Management, has a great
blog post on health care reform and dentistry.
It's an even-handed look at the good and bad in the bill for the
dental community. She writes:
Education wise - it's looking good. Grant money will
become available (separate from the $60 million) to provide
sealants to children, conduct studies on caries disease management
and keep school-based clinics running.....
[Legislators] changed the requirement for Medicaid so more will be
eligible but no consideration was given to increasing Medicaid
reimbursement. Dentists that offer Medicaid limit the numbers
within their practice - for good reason. You can easily lose money
treating Medicaid patients. It's not a selfish, motivated by big
bucks reason - it's a business decision. Maintaining quality with
increased quantity can only happen when you can scale the business.
Since most dentists are solo practitioners this is impractical so
they have to limit the Medicaid quantity.
health care reform
Today's post is courtesy of Dr.
Adrian Codel, a CDS member and general dentist who practices on
Chicago's north side. Today Dr. Codel shares his opinions on the
value of CDS membership.
Today I received a $100 check from CDS and later this month expect
another $75. Why? Because I attended the Midwinter Meeting as a CDS
dentist. You can too.
Attending dental school in Chicago provided me with the unique
opportunity of attending the Midwinter Meeting annually. CDS would
hand out student tickets for lectures and provide opportunities to
meet respected lecturers as a Room Chair. I volunteered as a Room
Chair for several years. After graduating, I promoted myself to
Presiding Chairperson, and have volunteered for this position ever
since. I enjoy it so much, that I make sure to block off at least
one day dedicated to volunteering as a Presiding Chairperson.
On the first day of the 2010 Midwinter Meeting, I arrived in the
morning to pick up my Presiding Chairperson packet when I ran into
a friend and former professor. We attended the special VIP
breakfast together and had a nice conversation and found that we
never even spoke of dentistry. I then had the honor of introducing
a respected lecturer for an informative presentation whose lecture
topics I have already incorporated in my practice. I might add that
this was a fee-based lecture for those attending. After providing
the CE code to participants, I had time to visit the exhibit floor
and attend the CDS Meet Up before lunch. During the VIP lunch, I
ran into another colleague whom I had not seen in 10 years. We
caught up and, again, did not even fall into a discussion of
dentistry. By the end of the day I had earned 6 CE credits from a
fee based lecture and had 2 excellent meals where I re-acquainted
with my friends. As if this were not enough, CDS was generous
enough to pay me a per diem of $100. Talk about "membership has its
Oh, and as for the additional $75. By registering for the Midwinter
Meeting early, I got the $75
rebate for qualifying purchases from any exhibitor.
Details on how to volunteer as a presiding room chair for the 2011
Midwinter Meeting will be available on the CDS Web site soon. In the
interim, please contact Dr. Al
Kleszynski for details.
Alice Boghosian, DDS, introduces brushing and flossing products
on the exhibit floor at Midwinter Meeting and demonstrates the
proper way to brush. Find out which toothpaste and which toothbrush
is the right pick for you ...
midwinter meeting 2010