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DEA imposes tighter restrictions on hydrocodone combination products

The Drug Enforcement Administration is reclassifying hydrocodone combination products and subjecting them to tighter restrictions.

Hydrocodone combination products, which include opioids such as Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab and Norco, will be reclassified as Schedule II substances, effective Oct. 6.

Center for Professional SuccessThe DEA says the reclassification will protect public health and safety by reducing the potential for abuse, dependence and diversion of the highly addictive substances, while still ensuring that they’re available to patients with a legitimate medical need and who have an ongoing consultation with their health care professional.

“Almost 7 million Americans abuse controlled substance prescription medications, including opioid painkillers, resulting in more deaths from prescription drug overdoses than auto accidents,” DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said in a news release. “(This) action recognizes that these products are some of the most addictive and potentially dangerous prescription medications available.”

Hydrocodone combination products are the most frequently prescribed drugs in the United States and more than 137 million prescriptions for hydrocodone combination products were written in 2013, according to the DEA.

The ADA Center for Dental Practice created a frequently asked questions on the new regulation, available here. The FAQ is only available to ADA members.

The FAQ includes:

  • What’s the difference between a Schedule II and a Schedule III classification?
  • Will I be able to phone in prescriptions to a pharmacy for a Schedule II HCP?
  • Are there other restrictions associated with writing prescriptions for Schedule II drugs?
  • How does the reclassification impact my patients?
  • Does the reclassification impact anyone besides prescribers and patients?

Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2014-15 class

Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2014-15 class

Class of 2014-15: From left to right (front row) Drs. Robin Nguyen, Trinity, Fla.; Carliza Marcos, San Carlos, Calif.; Xochitl Anderton, Lubbock, Texas; Amanda Hemmer, Phoenizville, Pa.; Christina Meiners, San Antonio; Zellisha Quam, Albuquerque, N.M.; (center row) Drs. Rico Short, Smyrma, Ga.; Mark Limosani, Weston, Fla.; Malieka Johnson, San Diego; Abe Abdulwaheed, Cambridge, Mass.; (back row) Drs. Inna Piskorska, San Antonio; Kevin Bolden, Waco, Texas; Deryck Pham, Mays Landing, N.J.; Darwin Hayes, Bronx, N.Y.; Paul Hsiao, Fresno, Calif.; Shane Murphy, Anchorage, Alaska.

The 16 members of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2014-15 class, which includes several new dentists, attended their first session at ADA Headquarters today.

The class members are Drs. Abdullaibrahim Abdulwaheed, Cambridge Massachusetts; Xochitl Anderson, Lubbock, Texas; Kevin Bolden, Waco, Texas; Darwin Hayes, Bronx, New York; Amanda Hemmer, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; Shih-Yen Hsiao, Fresno, California; Malieka Johnson, San Diego, California; Mark Limosani, Weston, Florida; Carliza Marcos, San Carlos, California; Christina Meiners, San Antonio, Texas; Shane Murphy, Anchorage, Alaska; Robin Nguyen, Trinity, Florida; Deryck Pham, Mays Landing, New Jersey; Inna Piskorska, San Antonio, Texas; Zellisha Quam, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Rico Short, Smyrna, Georgia.

The Institute provides a diverse group of dentists with education and experience to build a lifetime of relationships and set new leadership paths within the dental profession and their community. Core to the program’s philosophy is that lasting leadership learning is lifelong and based on experience.

As a key part of the leadership learning experience, each participant also designs and completes a personal leadership project for their community or the profession.

In addition to this week’s session, the 2014-15 class will attend two other sessions: Dec. 8-9 and Sept. 10-11, 2015. Students will work with leading educators from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business during three sessions. The ADA thanks Henry Schein and Procter & Gamble for their continued support of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

For more information on the Institute, visit ADA.org/diversityinstitute.

Curious about group practice models?

New dentists interested in learning more about the changing pattern of oral health care delivery systems should attend the panel discussion, “Understanding Group Practice Models: Each practice model can be a model practice,” at ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting.

ADA 2014 logoAttendees can get first-hand accounts about practice structure, processes and patient care from dentists whose organizations are at the leading edge of group practice. Moderated by Dr. Todd Marshall, Council on Dental Practice member, the panel includes representatives from different classifications of dental group practices as identified by the ADA.

The speakers are:

  • Dr. John E. Gulon, president, Park Dental (dentist-owned and -operated group)
  • Dr. Andrew Matta, founding partner, North American Dental Group; CEO, Professional Dental Alliance, LLC.; chief medical officer, Refresh Dental Management, LLC (dental service organization affiliated group).
  • Dr. Rick Workman, CEO, Heartland Dental Care (dental service organization affiliated group).
  • Dr. John J. Snyder, dental director and CEO, Permanente Dental Associates; board member, Kaiser Center for Health Research (insurer-provider group).
  • Dr. Thomas Veryser, CEO, Michigan Community Dental Clinics, Inc. (nonprofit).
  • Dr. Alan S. Douglas, director, Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Audie Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital (government agency group).

A Q&A session will follow the panel presentations.

To attend the course, register at ADA.org/meeting. Course code 6368. The course is free. However, all courses, including free ones, are ticketed. CE hours: 2.5.

Special savings for new dentists at ADA 2014

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New dentists can get extra bang for their buck at ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting, Oct. 9-14 in San Antonio. New dentists (those who graduated from dental school in 2005 or later) can take advantage of a 20 percent discount from course fees in the New Dentist Track — a special 11-course CE track with a mix of business, ergonomics and clinical topics designed to make transition into practice smoother.

Register for the meeting, courses and special events by Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. Central time, to save on fees and to receive your meeting badge and tickets in the mail before the meeting. (See the full story here.)ADA 2014 logo

ADA 2014 also features some great special events and networking opportunities:

• Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series, featuring President George W. Bush, Oct. 9, from 9-10:30 a.m., at the Alamodome. The program is free, but advance registration is required.

• Welcome Celebration, Oct. 9, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Historic Sunset Station. Cost is $65 for adults and $35 children under 12, and includes Texas-style tailgate food and drinks; live music; and round-trip transportation from ADA hotels.

• New Dentist Reception, Oct. 10, from 5:30-7 p.m., Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Lonesome Dove Room. Cost is $20 per person in advance, $30 after the September 5 deadline.

Visit ADA.org/meeting to register for these CE courses and special events.

UIC dental students seek ‘Success’ at ADA Headquarters

SuccessMore than 50 University of Illinois-Chicago first-year dental students visited the ADA Headquarters Monday, Aug. 18 for a Success Dental Student Program and a building tour.

The students received an overview on career opportunities, stress management and financial management from Dr. Tom Sullivan, ADA Success speaker. In addition, the Illinois State Dental Society provided an overview on the value of getting involved in organized dentistry.

Also that same day, third- and fourth-year students received an ADA Success program presentation from Dr. Eric Childs, New Dentist Committee member, at the UIC College of Dentistry.

The Success Dental Student Programs provide the next generation dentists with ethical and practice management information and valuable ADA resources for the transition from dental school to dental practice. For more information on the programs, click here.

New Dentist Conference being re-envisioned at ADA 2015 — America’s Dental Meeting

Dr. Chris Hasty, New Dentist Committee liaison to the Council on ADA Sessions

Dr. Chris Hasty, New Dentist Committee liaison to the Council on ADA Sessions

The latest ADA News reported that the New Dentist Committee is seeking input from dental students and new dentists on the re-envisioned New Dentist Conference set for 2015.

In an effort to reach more new dentists and optimize resources, the annual New Dentist Conference is trying something new — holding next year’s event in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the larger ADA 2015 — America’s Dental Meeting.

The New Dentist Committee (NDC) has formed a workgroup to develop a vision and mission for the new dentist programming at the annual meeting, beginning with 2015.

“It is my hope that through collaboration between the NDC and the Council on ADA Sessions (CAS), we will truly be able to give new dentists the benefits of two meetings in one,” said Dr. Chris Hasty, NDC liaison to the CAS.

“If we can succeed at this, the Association and the NDC will be able to reach more new dentists, and hopefully attract new dentists and future leaders to the ADA and America’s Dental Meeting.”

Dental students and new dentists should contact their NDC representative to provide feedback.

Check out the full story here.

“You set the direction for our profession”

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Proper negotiation: Dr. Waynerd Frederickson attempts to negotiate a higher salary during a how-to-negotiate activity in the Pathways To Leadership session at the 28th New Dentist Conference.

Great piece in ADA News about the 28th New Dentist Conference. The headline for this post comes from this speech delivered on Thursday:

“You set the direction for our profession. You decide what our polices are. You decided how we’re going to advocate for our profession,” Dr. Charles Norman, ADA president, said. “All you have to do is speak up, and offer your opinion and support.”

Looking forward to seeing all the great pics from Kansas City!

Building Trust with a New Patient

The 28th New Dentist Conference is in full swing right now in Kansas City, Missouri. A number of CE programs are taking place right now, including Take This Job and Love It! presented by Dr. Mark Hyman.

Earlier this year Dr. Hyman spoke with ADA New Dentist News about people skills new dentists can use in the practice. Here’s one suggestion that stood out for us:

Dr Mark Hyman

Dr. Mark Hyman

“Dentists don’t do themselves any favors by spending the first moments with a new patient asking about insurance coverage,” Dr. Hyman observes. Instead Dr. Hyman thanks the patient for choosing his practice, and asks about the patient’s goals for her smile, her teeth and her health. And, unless the patient is new to the community, he asks why she is no longer seeing her previous dentist.

“The answer might be, ‘He was always pushing me to get a crown.’ So I would reply, ‘do you think you need a crown?’ And I would follow with, ‘as I examine your mouth, if I find evidence of dental disease, do I have your permission to tell you?’ And that takes it out of the realm where I’m the expert here to diagnose and deliver bad news. My approach builds trust because it puts us on the same team working towards the same goals. Once you have truly heard the patient’s goals, the more quickly you can build trust.

You can find more of Dr. Hyman’s tips from ADA New Dentist News here.

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Dr. Hyman will be presenting Drill ‘Em, Fill “Em and Thrill ‘Em in one of the courses offered in the New Dentist Track of CE options at ADA 2014. New dentists (those who graduated from dental school in 2005 or later) receive a 20% discount off of the fee courses that focus on a mixture of business, ergonomic and clinical topics that have been curated by new dentists.

See the entire new dentist track and register for courses here.

Dentistry at a Crossroads

The 28th New Dentist Conference has kicked off with a full day of leadership programming.

ADA Chief Economist, Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., discussed the future dental care system and the key changes on the horizon due to the Affordable Care Act, increased consumerism, shifts in demand for dental care and other factors.

The presentation was informed by an environmental scan the ADA completed that identified these changes. You can read the full document here (PDF) or an executive summary here (PDF).

Take Action on Dental Student Debt

dental student infographicDid you know the average dental school graduate carries $221,000 in student loan debt? While this debt may not be the sole factor in determining whether a new dentist will choose a career of private practice over public service, 68 percent of graduating seniors say it does influence their decision.

The infographic uses data gathered by the American Dental Education Association.  Please take action now and contact your representative about this important issue, please visit ADA.org/Engage.