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Dental economy slowed in 2013

According to ADA News, government actuaries reported that the dental economy took a sharper hit from the Great Recession and is slower to recover than other sectors of the health care economy.

Dental spending will grow over the next decade albeit at a slower pace than hospital, physician and other health services measured by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and reported by the journal Health Affairs as a Web First article.

For 2013, national health spending growth overall is expected to remain low at 3.6 percent “as a result of the sluggish economic recovery,” the report said. But the projected growth in dental spending in 2013 is just 1.9 percent, the only health services sector projected to have less than a 2 percent growth rate in 2013 and less than the actual dental growth rate in 2012.

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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?

Plan to attend the New Dentist Reception at ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting

New Dentist Reception at the ADA's 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans.

New Dentist Reception at the ADA’s 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans.

New dentists seeking to connect with their peers and enjoy the big and bold Texas ambiance at the ADA 2014 — America’s Dental Meeting can attend the New Dentist Reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Lonesome Dove Room.

ADA 2014 logoDentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago and dental students are invited to attend.

“The New Dentist Reception affords a valuable opportunity for young dentists and dental students to interact at America’s dental meeting,” said Dr. Brian M. Schwab, New Dentist Committee chair. “This is a time and place where younger dentists and students can focus on networking, leadership idea exchange and engagement, and camaraderie during the annual meeting. This sell-out event is also a blast to attend because there is music, food, drinks and fun atmosphere.”

Tickets are required for entry (limit two tickets per person). Those who registered in advance can log back into their registration and print their tickets in the Registration Area in Hall A/B Lobby. Guests must be 21 years old or older. Tickets are $30 per person on-site and can be purchased at the door of the event, which includes food and drinks. The New Dentist Reception is provided by the generous support of Wells Fargo Practice Finance.

Visit ADA.org/meeting to register.

 

 

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.

Consumers’ top online searches on dental treatment

According to ADA News, the terms “adult cleaning” and “root canal on a molar tooth” were the top two most frequently searched terms about dental services on FAIR Health, a website that provides cost information on medical and dental treatment.

The top five dental services searched for in the first two quarters in 2014 were: 1.) adult cleaning (prophylaxis); 2.) root canal on a molar tooth; 3.) comprehensive oral evaluation, initial exam; 4.) periodic oral evaluation, six-month recall exam; and 5.) crown made of all porcelain/ceramic material. These were the same terms searched for in 2013 but ranked differently.

The top 15 most searched dental services in 2013 and 2014.

The top 15 most searched dental services in 2013 and 2014.

Consumers can access FAIR Health’s free database of billions of billed medical and dental services so they can estimate and plan their medical and dental expenditures. FAIR Health’s consumer website FH Consumer Cost Lookup also offers educational articles and videos about the health care insurance reimbursement system.

“This is great information for dentists looking to foster honest and open relationships with their patients,” said Dr. Andrew Vorassi, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs. “When we have some insight as to what is on our patients’ minds, we have the tools to educate them on how we can help them as dentists.”

For more information on FAIR Health, visit http://www.fairhealth.org.

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UMKC dental students relieve burden for local ER

According to a great piece from Action for Dental Health, which showcases local and state activity to increase access to dental care, students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City dental clinic and local community health centers are helping to relieve the burden a local hospital faces in treating people with severe dental pain.

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Emergency rooms across the country are visited frequently by patients seeking treatment for dental pain, and most hospitals are underequipped and not sufficiently staffed to provide comprehensive dental care.

The number of dental visits to hospital emergency rooms doubled from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.1 million in 2010, according to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. That upward trend of people visiting emergency rooms for treatment of dental pain taxes hospitals’ resources, with some patients visiting multiple times.

For the full story, click here.

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.

2014 ADA New Dentist Committee Awards

Congratulations to the dentists and new dentist committees honored July 19 at the 12th Annual New Dentist Committee Awards Luncheon in Kansas City, Missouri.

Recipients were chosen based on a demonstrated commitment to new dentists and dental students through their enthusiasm, volunteerism and dedication to the future of the profession. The 2014 awards and recipients were:

New dentist leader: Dr. Dustin Burleson, the 2014-15 president of the Greater Kansas City Dental Society, accepts the Golden Apple Award for New Dentist Leadership.

New dentist leader: Dr. Dustin Burleson, the 2014-15 president of the Greater Kansas City Dental Society, accepts the Golden Apple Award for New Dentist Leadership.

Outstanding program: Dr. Larry Dougherty, chair of the San Antonio District Dental Society Committee on the New Dentist, accepts the New Dentist Committee Outstanding Program Award of Excellence. The committee had formed a fantasy football league that provided a unique networking opportunity for practicing dentists, residents and corporate sponsor representatives.

Outstanding program: Dr. Larry Dougherty, chair of the San Antonio District Dental Society Committee on the New Dentist, accepts the New Dentist Committee Outstanding Program Award of Excellence. The committee had formed a fantasy football league that provided a unique networking opportunity for practicing dentists, residents and corporate sponsor representatives.

Outstanding committee: (From left) Ms. Kathy Ridley, Mr. Bryce Larson, Dr. Brenden Moon, Dr. Andy Wiers, Dr. Jill McMahon and Dr. Samantha Arnold, staff and members of the Illinois State Dental Society New Dentist Committee, hold up their plaque for the Outstanding New Dentist Committee.

Outstanding committee: (From left) Ms. Kathy Ridley, Mr. Bryce Larson, Dr. Brenden Moon, Dr. Andy Wiers, Dr. Jill McMahon and Dr. Samantha Arnold, staff and members of the Illinois State Dental Society New Dentist Committee, hold up their plaque for the Outstanding New Dentist Committee.

Legislative leader: Dr. Christopher Herzog of the Washington State Dental Association is the recipient of the Golden Apple Award for New Dentist Legislative Leadership. Dr. Dan Bruce, ADA New Dentist Committee 11th District representative, accepted the award on Dr. Herzog’s behalf.

Legislative leader: Dr. Christopher Herzog of the Washington State Dental Association is the recipient of the Golden Apple Award for New Dentist Legislative Leadership. Dr. Dan Bruce, ADA New Dentist Committee 11th District representative, accepted the award on Dr. Herzog’s behalf.

Dr. Christopher Herzog

Dr. Christopher Herzog