Taking A Bit of A Blogging Break

Hi everyone – just wanted to let you know that I will be slowing down on the blogging as my new website is being redone. You can still catch up with me on Twitter and on Facebook. I will still post updates there. When it all goes live again, I’ll shout it from the rooftops. Happy New Year to you all!

Dentures Require Careful Handling

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Dentures deserve careful handling and, in many ways, taking care of them is more work than caring for natural teeth. The November issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers tips to care for these precisely crafted and relatively delicate items.

Prevent breaks: Dentures can break if dropped only a few inches. Cleaning should be done over a folded towel in case they are accidentally dropped.

Clean gently: Dentures should be gently scrubbed every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush using a denture cleaner, mild soap or dishwashing liquid. Aggressive scrubbing can damage or bend metal clasps or other components.

Soak overnight: Most dentures need to remain moist to keep their shape. Soaking them in water or mild denture solution is usually fine. A dentist may offer specific recommendations for soaking.

Choose products wisely: Abrasive cleaners and harsh toothpastes such as whitening pastes are abrasive enough to damage dentures. Soaking dentures in bleach can cause the pink part of the denture to whiten. Placing dentures in hot or boiling water can cause the plastic to warp.

Avoid do-it-yourself repairs: All dentures need periodic adjustment by a dentist to ensure a comfortable fit and avoid problems. Repairs should not be undertaken at home because they will likely cause damage. Repairing a cracked denture with glue from the hardware store is a particularly bad idea, as glues contain harsh chemicals not suitable for the mouth.

Brush the mouth, too: Good oral hygiene helps avoid problems such as soreness, irritation and infection. Brushing the gums, tongue, palate and any remaining teeth helps remove bacteria and stimulate blood flow to these soft tissues.

Mayo Clinic Health Letter is an eight-page monthly newsletter of reliable, accurate and practical information on today’s health and medical news. To subscribe, please call 800-333-9037 (toll-free), extension 9771, or visit Mayo Clinic Health Letter Online.

About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of “the needs of the patient come first.” More than 3,700 physicians, scientists and researchers, and 50,100 allied health staff work at Mayo Clinic, which has campuses in Rochester, Minn; Jacksonville, Fla; and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.; and community-based providers in more than 70 locations in southern Minnesota., western Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. These locations treat more than half a million people each year. To obtain the latest news releases from Mayo Clinic, go to www.mayoclinic.org/news. For information about research and education, visit www.mayo.edu. MayoClinic.com (www.mayoclinic.com) is available as a resource for your health stories.

ADA’s 2013 Dental Code Check App Available for Apple, Android Mobile Devices

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012 – Dental codes are now available at the touch of a button with the 2013 Dental Code Check app. The app is available for $19.99 for Apple via the iTunes Store and Android mobile devices via Google Play.

The new CDT Code Check 2013 app contains all of the CDT Codes, and is an especially handy practice management tool for dentists and dental staff who travel between offices. It is also ideal for working on claim forms and looking up procedure codes when the CDT Manual is unavailable. The app was created from the American Dental Association’s CDT 2013: Dental Procedure Codes book. The CDT Code, which is another name for the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature, a standard for recording dental services in patient records, on paper claim forms, and on HIPAA standard electronic claim transactions.

The CDT Code Check 2013 app’s features include:

– A complete listing of 2013 CDT Codes including category of service, subcategory, procedure code, nomenclature, and descriptor.

– A list of new, revised and deleted codes with tracked changes so you can see exactly what was changed.

– Maximum portability. The codes go where you go without the need for a bulky book or an internet connection.

– Searchable by three categories: code number, keyword and category of service.

 

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.

NADL’s Thoughts on Medical Device Tax for Dental Offices

Dental offices have been waiting to hear if crowns, partials and dentures will be subject to the Medical Device Tax that takes effect in January 2013. The National Association of Dental Laboratories has an analysis that concludes that dental products that start out in the lab will likely not be subjected to the tax. Phew!

Read about it here: http://goo.gl/RbYHb

Patterson Dental Introduces Eaglesoft Clinician – an EHR Solution

 

Eaglesoft Clinician is fully certified for federal EHR incentive programs

 

 
 

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (November 1, 2012) – Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., introduces Eaglesoft Clinician, a fully certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution designed to help dental offices qualify for federal incentive payments. To develop Eaglesoft Clinician, Patterson has partnered with Emdeon, a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions. The program is available now to users of Eaglesoft Practice Management Software, and will be fully interfaced with the upcoming version of the software, Eaglesoft 17.

Eaglesoft Clinician has received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning complete EHR Ambulatory certification. The designation officially deems the electronic health record (EHR) software capable of enabling providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology—a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.

In addition to allowing offices to meet meaningful use criteria, Eaglesoft Clinician also gives dentists the ability to submit prescriptions electronically. These capabilities add to the list of efficiency-minded features included in Eaglesoft 16, the number one practice management software on the market. Eaglesoft 16 streamlines everyday tasks for every member of the dental team, helping the whole office run quickly and efficiently. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, Eaglesoft also offers advanced, customizable tools and features to help practices become more profitable and productive.

To join the list of Eaglesoft offices that are already using Eaglesoft Clinician and receiving incentive payments, dentists should contact Emdeon at 1.866.369.8805. Upon the release of Eaglesoft 17, Eaglesoft Clinician users will be transitioned to the fully integrated version of the software.

For more information, call the Patterson Technology Center at 1.800.294.8504, contact a local Patterson Technology Representative or visit www.eaglesoft.net.

This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department.

Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., Certified on Sept. 27, 2012, Eaglesoft Clinician 7.6, Certification ID number 09272012-3071-1,Complete Ambulatory.

 About Patterson Dental Supply, Inc.

Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. is a value-added distributor of a complete range of dental products, equipment and services for dentists, dental laboratories, institutions and other healthcare providers throughout North America. Patterson Dental has the largest direct sales force in the industry, totaling more than 1,400 sales representatives and equipment software specialists serving the United States and Canada.

About Drummond Group

Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com

So I Met the Father of Facebook at a Henry Schein Festival

 

Teresa Duncan Dr. Edward ZuckerbergLast week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Henry Schein Metro Fall Festival in Teaneck, NJ. Guess who was scheduled in the room after me? Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, father of Mark Zuckerberg. You know…that Facebook guy. So of course I had to ask for a picture! He was gracious – he confirmed that yes, he gets asked for pictures a lot now. Ahh fame.

On a business note, my class The Foundations of Dental Office Management (thank you to the American Association of Dental Office Managers for sponsoring me) had to be moved to a different room because of higher than expected attendance. A nice problem and I’m grateful for all the attendees coming out. It was a good class with lots of questions and discussions. I stuck around almost 40 minutes afterwards to talk with attendees. A big thank you to Henry Schein for putting this on – it was a very well run show!

DANB Releases 2012 Salary Survey Results

Dental Assistants Who Earn DANB Certification Receive Higher Pay, Demonstrate High Employer Loyalty,

DANB’s 2012 Salary Survey Shows

CHICAGO (October 30, 2012) — The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB)2012 Salary Survey reveals that dental assistants who have earned DANB certification receive a higher salary than non-certified dental assistants and demonstrate high employer loyalty. The findings are consistent with DANB’s previous salary surveys, which have been conducted since 2001.

DANB, which is recognized by the American Dental Association as the national certification board for dental assistants, offers not only the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) national certification exam but also the Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) and Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) exams. DANB surveyed thousands of dental assistants from around the country who hold DANB’s CDA certification about salary levels, types of work benefits, job satisfaction and other issues.

DANB’s 2012 Salary Survey shows that full-time dental assistants who hold the CDA certification earn a median salary of $18.60 an hour, $1.54 more than full-time dental assistants who do not. The survey also shows that the average CDA salary has climbed slightly since the 2010 salary survey, particularly notable during a time of economic difficulty and high unemployment rates.

Employer loyalty

CDA certificants also show high employer loyalty, averaging eight years in their current position. Many see the survey as a valuable resource for employers seeking new employees. “I recently changed jobs,” mentioned one respondent, “and several of the dentists I interviewed with utilized DANB’s salary survey for establishing salary.” Echoed another CDA: “I think this survey is a wonderful tool for prospective employees as well as for potential employers.”

Other benefits

CDAs also credited DANB certification for a number of benefits outside higher pay. Among them were pride (82%), self-improvement (72%), employer recognition (60%), elevation of the profession (51%), patient respect for credentials (45%), career mobility (45%), recognition by the dental community (45%) and the potential to perform additional dental assisting duties (45%). “Since obtaining my credentials through DANB,” said one respondent, “I have more confidence and I am more appreciated in my job.” Said another, “Being DANB certified reminds me that compared to other co-workers, I have gone the extra mile in my education and it shows in the work environment.”

To see the median salary by state and other results of the DANB 2012 Salary Survey, please go to www.danb.org/PDFs/Salary_Survey/2012SalarySurvey.pdf

Nov. 15th: P.A.U.L. Study Club Presentation: Accounts Receivables

If you’re near the southern Pennsylvania area, come on out on November 15th for the P.A.U.L. Study Club for Office Managers! I’ll be presenting Successful Systems for Accounts Receivables and Insurance Management. Won’t you join us for not only education but quality networking with other managers in your field? Here is the event page with the study club contact information:

 

American Dental Association Installs President and President-elect

2012-2013 President Dr. Robert A. Faiella, President-Elect Dr. Charles H. Norman III

CHICAGO, Oct. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Dental Association (ADA) today installed Robert A. Faiella, D.M.D., M.M.SC., of Osterville, Mass., as president and Charles H. Norman III, D.D.S., of Greensboro, N.C., as president-elect. The installations took place during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in San Francisco.

Dr. Robert A. Faiella

As the ADA’s new president, Dr. Faiella will lead the 157,000-member organization, America’s leading advocate for oral health, for one year. Prior to becoming president, Dr. Faiella served as the ADA’s president-elect from 2011-2012.

Dr. Faiella’s prior roles with the ADA includes serving for four years on the ADA Board as the trustee from the 1st District, which represents Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. He has served on various councils and committees, including terms as chair of the Compensation Committee and the ADA Electronic Health Record Workgroup. In addition, Dr. Faiella served from 2009 to 2011 as chairman and sole director of ADA Business Enterprises, Inc., (ADABEI), a wholly owned subsidiary of the ADA.

Dr. Faiella is a former president of the Massachusetts Dental Society. He earned his pre-doctoral education from Villanova University, receiving two Bachelor of Science degrees and a D.M.D. degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University School of Dental Medicine. He earned his graduate training in periodontology as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, as well as a Masters of Medical Science degree from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Charles H. Norman III

In balloting at the House of Delegates Monday, Oct. 22, Dr. Norman was voted the ADA’s president-elect. After serving a one-year term as president-elect, Dr. Norman will be slated to succeed Dr. Faiella as ADA president when the ADA’s House of Delegates reconvenes in New Orleans in 2013.

An ADA member for 35 years, Dr. Norman is immediate past trustee of the ADA’s 16th District, which represents Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. As trustee, he served on several Board committees, including Administrative Review, Strategic Planning and ADABEI Structure/Governance. Dr. Norman chaired the Budget and Finance Committee and served as a Board liaison to the Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs, as well as the Council on Dental Education and Licensure. He is a past chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and has chaired the ADA Well-Being and Dental Practice
Indicators committees.

A 1977 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Dr. Norman is a past president of the university’s Foundation Board. He also is a past president of the North Carolina Dental Society and its 3rd District Dental Society.

Dr. Norman is a member of the North Carolina State Healthcare Commission, Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.