Friday, August 29, 2014

American Academy of Periodontology Welcomes Dental Community, Media to 100th Annual Meeting Dental Publications and Professionals Invited to San Francisco for the Latest on Gum Health

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Here is the latest info on the upcoming AAP meeting in gorgeous San Francisco.  Some good courses are being offered, especially for those (like me) who have a great interest in the growing body of evidence connecting oral health with systemic health.  Read on for all the details!


CHICAGO – August 28, 2014 – The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) will hold its 100th Annual Meeting Sept. 19-22, 2014, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. A number of sessions pertinent to the dental media and industry will highlight advancements in the specialty, including hotbed topics such as the perio-systemic link, tissue engineering and periodontal regeneration, and the dental industry’s impact on the overall healthcare system.

“This year’s meeting has so much to offer to the dental community, including any dental patient or potential patient,” says
Dr. Stuart Froum, president of the AAP. “The 100th Anniversary meeting will offer a comprehensive look back at how far periodontics has come, while comprehensively addressing the changing dynamic of the specialty and its effect on patient outcomes, their overall health, and on global health care,” he says.

Event highlights include the following:

  • Pillars of the Past, Foundation for the Future | Saturday, Sept. 20 – 8 a.m. to 10 a.m
    Revered periodontal thought leaders discuss the evolving art and science of periodontal dentistry. Where have we come from, where are we today, and what are the challenges and opportunities for the future? Experts will discuss the impact implants and other technologies have had on periodontal therapies, and will share insights on how of periodontics’ shifting paradigms will affect on dentistry and healthcare as a whole.
  • The Periodontist in the Treatment of the Diabetic Patient | Sunday, Sept. 21 – 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.
    As a condition intimately linked with inflammatory periodontal disease, diabetes affects 26 million people in the United States. This session will assess the influence of periodontal disease in the management of blood sugar control for diabetic patients and the unique challenged presented to dental practitioners, physicians, and patients in the dual care of diabetes and gum disease.
  • Global Perspective on Periodontal Medicine | Sunday, Sept. 21 – 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Experts review the rapidly growing body of research that addresses the relationship between periodontal disease and systemic health. Attendees will understand the latest evidence supporting gum disease’s links to diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and pregnancy. 

The 2014 AAP Annual Meeting will feature a diverse selection of programming, including compelling general sessions,; corporate forums featuring presentations from leading product manufacturers and services; and interactive forums on groundbreaking periodontal techniques. This year’s meeting also features a dental hygiene symposium and a dental industry exhibition.


Registration fees for media representatives attending the AAP’s 100th Annual Meeting will be waived, granting access to all non-ticketed sessions and seminars. Presenters and AAP representatives will be available for one-site interviews, film, and photo shoots, which must be scheduled in advance with AAP Public Relations staff. For press credentials, contact the Academy’s Public Relations Department at 312-573-3243 or mame@perio.org.

To register for the 2014 Annual Meeting or for more information, visit http://www.perio.org/meetings/AM2014.htm, call
1-800-282-4867 ext. 3213, or email meetings@perio.org

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Take Aways from the Henry Schein Practice Solutions Summit

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For the past few days, I've been in Utah attending the Henry Schein Practice Solutions Summit.  The good people at Schein hold one of these events almost yearly.  They are a think tank top event where invitees are from several disciplines in the business of dentistry.
 
The idea is to put lots of smart people with a knowledge of dentistry together and see what ideas they can come up with.  It also allows the folks at Schein to update attendees on new projects the company is working on or considering and get their opinions on them.
 
While I can't tell you all the things I learned (some I was asked to keep confidential) I can bring you up to date on a couple of things.
 
Ascend
The Cloud based practice management software continues to be a big focus for the company.  They continue to roll out updates on a regular basis and are planning on some major upgrades this year that should please quite a few users.  I'm sorry to say that the really big development must remain confidential… for now.  My main takeaway from the discussions of Ascend is that it is very important to the company and has a strong future.
 
Viive
The Mac based practice management software has made good market penetration this year and continues to grow.  Schein bought this software from its original developers and has done a major rework on the coding.  It is being built as a native Mac software and the list of features it includes continues to grow.  With the computer market shifting as more and more people switch to Macs, Schein sees this program as something that will be a bigger piece of the pie as younger doctors, who grew up with Macs, want to run their offices on the platform as well.
 
Mobile
As more and more people access their data from a mobile device, Schein is paying attention.  Since their dental software packages are doing more and more communication with patients, the company is committed to making those communications accessible on a mobile platform.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Henry Schein Practice Solutions Opens New Utah Headquarters Featuring "Center Of Excellence" Equipped With State-Of-The-Art Digital Dental Equipment & Technology

Since I'm attending the Henry Schein Practice Solutions Summit this week, I'm featuring several pieces of info about the company.  For those that don't know it, the company just opened a brand new 100,000 square foot Center of Excellence in American Fork, Utah.  Read on for all the details!

 

MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today the grand opening of a new headquarters building for its Practice Solutions business in American Fork, Utah, that will offer practitioners a state-of-the-art training facility on digital dentistry.

The 100,000-square-foot, environmentally friendly facility features a "Center of Excellence" equipped with high-quality digital dental equipment and technology from Henry Schein's valued supplier partners, including the Kavo Kerr Group, a Danaher company; Air Techniques; SciCan; and Planmeca, which provided its CAD CAM solutions. The new Center of Excellence will showcase innovative products to new dentists and provide local dental professionals a modern facility to offer free, high-quality oral care to the community's underserved population.

"The opening of our new Henry Schein Practice Solutions headquarters and Center of Excellence underscores our dedication to being a reliable source of the latest digital dental equipment and technology for practitioners," said Stanley Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc., who spoke at the August 6 grand opening ceremony. "This facility also underscores our long-term commitment to American Fork and to the people of Utah, including its underserved population who will benefit from access to free oral care that local dentists will provide at the Center of Excellence, in keeping with Henry Schein's philosophy of 'Doing Well by Doing Good'. We are excited to provide this beautiful new facility for our team members, dental professionals and the community."

Henry Schein has been a member of the American Fork, Utah community for nearly two decades. Joining Mr. Bergman at the grand opening ceremony were Kevin Bunker, President of Henry Schein North America Dental Practice Solutions, along with more than 450 additional members of the Practice Solutions team; and Larry Gibson and Kimball Wirig, co-founders of Dentrix Dental Systems, Inc., creators of Dentrix(R) and Easy Dental(R) practice management software systems, now offered through Henry Schein Practice Solutions. Additional honored guests at the ceremony were leaders from the dental industry, including the Utah Dental Association (UDA); Roseman University; state and local government officials, including Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox, and the Mayor of American Fork, James Hadfield, along with representatives from the American Fork Chamber of Commerce; Coldwell Bank and Coldwell Banker Commercial, CBRE Brokerage Services, PWAG architects and Robinson Brothers Partners, builders of the new facility.

"Henry Schein is a business leader in Utah, as well as an eager and active corporate citizen in the American Fork community," said Lt. Governor Cox. "We are delighted to help officially open this beautiful new facility because it underscores the long-term partnership between Henry Schein and the State of Utah. The new Center of Excellence in particular will be a wonderful oral health care resource for community members in need."

Dentists from Share a Smile, a dental nonprofit based in Provo, Utah, which provides free dental care to the poor and homeless, will work with Henry Schein Practice Solutions to offer dental care at the "Center of Excellence."

"With the Center of Excellence's fantastic array of advanced dental technology, we can help provide even more individuals than ever before with high-quality dental care to restore the function and esthetics of their teeth," said Dr. Eric Vogel, founder and President of Share a Smile. "Because of this wonderful facility, the lives of many Utahans will be immeasurably improved by giving them the health, happiness and confidence of a great, bright smile."

Attendees at the building's grand opening ceremony had an opportunity to tour the new facility and view a range of practice management software designed and developed by Henry Schein Practice Solutions, including:

   -- Dentrix(R), the leading practice management software in the dental 
market;

-- Dentrix Ascend(R), a web-based practice management system;

-- Dentrix(R) Enterprise, a scalable and customizable system designed to
meet community health care (CHC) organization needs;

-- Viive(R), a Mac-based practice management system;

-- Easy Dental(R), a low-cost, entry-level practice management system;

-- Specialty / OMSVision(R), PerioVision(R) and DentalVision(R) systems
designed for oral surgeons, periodontists and enterprises; and

-- eServices(R), powerful electronic services integrated with Dentrix and
Easy Dental.

The new Henry Schein Practice solutions headquarters features a redesigned work environment created to optimize the Company's technology support function, and collaborative spaces for its development teams. 450 of the 800 Henry Schein Practice Solutions team members will work in the new building, which also includes "green" office features to reduce the facility's carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency. The building is currently pending LEED "Silver" Green Building Certification.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New product allows dental practices to see exactly how PPO plans are affecting their business and assists in decision-making

The smart minds at my magazine, Dental Products Report, put together this great article about the new Dentrix PPO Analyzer, give it a read!
 
 
New product allows dental practices to see exactly how PPO plans are affecting their business and assists in decision-making
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Thu, 2014-08-07 16:09 | Compiled by DPR Editorial Team
 

Great Minds, Inc., and Rae Dental Management have launched a new product for the dental practice that is looking for statistics to help make better decisions about their PPO dental plans. The PPO Analyzer is available for any dental practice that is currently using Dentrix G5.

"We have heard from dental teams that they want efficient and accurate systems for the front office to improve treatment planning, increase collections, and easily view net production," creators of the product said. "We have heard from doctors that they want all of this for their dental teams and they want to be able to track statistics such as write-off’s, patient demographics, and specific production information without having to sort through multiple reports. We have been listening. The PPO Analyzer brings all this information together on one report."

 

 

There are four main components to The PPO Analyzer.

PPO Production Summary – This will give you production by fee schedule and compare it to your UCR fee schedule and give you a net difference. This is your bottom line PPO write-off.

PPO Patient Demographics – This will give you total number of patients and percentage of active patient base by fee schedule. Also, it will break it down by male, female, and child.

PPO Claim Statistics – If you have ever wondered how long the average claim aging is by each PPO plan, you are in for a treat. These statistics will give you not only average claim aging, but also total number of resubmissions by fee schedule.

PPO Patient Visit Summary – These statistics break down the numbers a little farther and give you total number of doctor visits, hygiene visits, and average production per visit. Also, this section will show you total number of broken appointments by fee schedule.

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“There isn’t anything else like it on the market right now. The Dentrix users should be very excited about this report because they cannot pull these numbers onto one report,” said Aaron Cali with Great Minds, Inc.

According to the creators, these components can help you make better decisions about your PPO dental plans. They also say it might also help you to target market certain employers with good PPO plans or help you map out your schedule to increase production.

For more information or to purchase The PPO Analyzer, go towww.greatminds.com/products.

Business of Dentistry Conference recap: How one dentist built a successful group practice in Las Vegas [VIDEO]

 
We sit down with Dr. David Ting, the CEO of Boston Dental Group with 18 locations throughout Las Vegas and plans to expand to California, Arizona, and northern Nevada.
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Mon, 2014-08-11 19:24 | by Kevin Henry, Group Editorial Director
 

Through what he calls “trial and error,” Dr. David Ting has built Boston Dental Group into one of the most recognized dental entities in Las Vegas.

With 18 locations throughout Las Vegas and plans to expand to California, Arizona, and northern Nevada, Dr. Ting recently sat down with Dental Practice Management during theHenry Schein Business of Dentistry Conferenceto talk about his business model, why his practices are growing and prospering, and why he believes so strongly that dentists should be entrepreneurs.

“We started as a solo practitioner and started to recruit an associate doctor,” Dr. Ting explained. “We began incorporating technology and management systems and we’ve been growing ever since.”

Dr. Ting was one of more than 1,100 attendees at the Business of Dentistry and one of the panelists during the Dentalpreneur portion of the conference, explaining his beliefs in the dentist becoming a strong businessperson.

“For us, it’s a constant learning experience,” Dr. Ting said. “The number one thing for us to realize and always remember is that we don’t know what we don’t know. We learn a lot from new grads.”

RELATED ARTICLE:
PPO Analyzer for Dentrix launched at Business of Dentistry Conference

Dr. Ting has a simple piece of advice for his colleagues out there.

“Learn from the best. Surround yourself with the best,” Dr. Ting said. “Constantly look for things that you don’t know about and don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

Monday, August 25, 2014

athenahealth and Henry Schein, Inc. Expand Strategic Agreement



Jul 28, 2014

Integration of athenaNet® and Dentrix® Enterprise for Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community Health Centers to Streamline Reporting and Reduce Costs; Companies to Initiate Pilot Program to Ensure Seamless Integration
WATERTOWN, Mass. and MELVILLE, N.Y., July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination, and Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, today announced an expansion of their strategic agreement announced on May 21, 2014. Under the expanded agreement, athenahealth's athenaNet® platform and Henry Schein's Dentrix® Enterprise, the leading Electronic Dental Record (EDR) solution installed in Community Health Centers (CHCs) across the United States, will integrate to facilitate Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting, which is a requirement for CHCs, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

The collaboration is expected to strengthen athenahealth's and Henry Schein's efforts to serve CHCs and FQHCs by bringing the two companies' best-of-breed products and services together with increased integration, creating new value and efficiencies. The advanced integration of the athenaNet and Dentrix Enterprise platforms will automate the UDS reporting process, ensuring accurate, complete UDS reports, without the need for manual and time-consuming reconciliation between separate systems.

"Value-based care models, like the FQHC model, require substantial documentation and reporting; our goal is to automate these processes wherever possible to save valuable time and reduce cost for our clients," said Jonathan Bush, chairman and CEO, athenahealth. "By teaming up with Dentrix Enterprise, we are enabling our CHC and FQHC clients to work smarter and more efficiently as they pursue quality care, better health, and lower costs for their patients."

"Staff time is a limited, critical resource in CHCs and FQHCs, and finding ways to increase efficiency through system integration are essential," said Kevin Bunker, President, Henry Schein North America Dental Practice Solutions. "Dentrix Enterprise already integrates with many medical EHR vendors through HL7 Interface. Our integration with athenahealth will provide CHC and FQHC customers with significant value through a more seamless exchange of information for customers that use both systems."

Family First Health of Pennsylvania and Three Lower Counties Community Services, Inc. of Maryland will participate in a pilot program to create standard documentation and efficient processes. The companies plan to roll out the integrated offering to their broader client bases in 2015.

"Managing the reporting demands as an FQHC can be a complex and time-consuming process, so we are thrilled that athenahealth and Henry Schein have partnered to simplify UDS reporting," said Jenni Black, chief information officer, Family First Health. "This effort is not only going to result in a substantial cost savings for our practice, but also will enable us to put more of our valuable resources toward patient care, where we can truly make a difference in our community."

"The pairing of athenaNet and Dentrix Enterprise is a positive step for FQHCs like ours, that are looking to find ways to streamline processes and reduce unnecessary work," said Susanne Gray, RN, MSN, CEO and chief operations officer, Three Lower Countries Community Services. "We are pleased that athenahealth and Henry Schein have identified this important opportunity to deliver value to their clients, and we look forward to working alongside their talented teams to make this integration a success."


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Hall of Fame Jim Kelly is Recovering from Oral Cancer

Earlier this year, I blogged about quarterback Jim Kelly and his battle against oral cancer.

I'm very passionate about fighting this disease because it frequently is a debilitating and disfiguring disease.

The secret to beating it is to catch it in its earliest phases, but that is often difficult.

If your dental office is not routinely doing oral cancer screenings/exams at every cleaning, request that they do so. We also use a variety of high tech devices to hat help us locate areas of concern at the earliest stages. I highly recommend that doctors acquire and use at least one of these.

CNN had a chance to talk with Jim Kelly recently about his checkup where doctors declared him "cancer free". It's a powerful video and I highly recommend you give it a look.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Check Your Server!

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Surviving in a digital world is not just about plugging in some technology, hoping it works, and never looking at it again.
 
Unfortunately, this is what a lot of people do with their server.  They have someone bring it in, configure it, and then it sits there… humming away, doing whatever it is that servers do.
 
Unfortunately, that's not really what should happen.  A server, just like any computer, needs to be monitored and checked from time to time.  I'm surprised how many offices never check their server.  Many times it was installed by an IT professional and no one has touched it since that day.
 
Servers are just bigger more powerful computers and they require OS updates and program updates too.
 
I know I'm a little bit over the top when it comes to technology and I don't expect everyone who reads this to be like me (that's why you have me, for crying out loud).  However, it would behoove you to set aside a some time to check your server and make sure everything is up to snuff.  I would say probably something like once a week would be adequate. Maybe on your last day in the office for the week, before you leave for the day, just take a few minutes and have the server check for updates by running Windows update.  Check your logs & just overall make sure everything is OK.
 
Why am I making this post now?  Because I lost a hard drive in my server last week.  Now, I check my server every night before I head home.  I know that's a little in the overkill department, but that's what makes me, me.  Anyway, as I did my check, I noticed that I had a warning message that one of my server's hard drives had failed.  My server has 4 hard drives and RAID configuration.  While I won't go into all the boring details, suffice it to say that the hard drives basically back each other up.  So, losing one hard drive is not that big of a deal.  However, losing two can be, so knowing that a drive has failed ASAP is a good thing.  If it went unnoticed and then a second one failed, disaster could be in the wings, so checking frequently is just a good idea.
 
When I noticed the failure, I was on the phone with the IT people at Goetze Dental.  They sent a tech out, replaced the hard drive, and we were up and functioning at full speed again in no time.
 
Just because I'm a tech-head and a gear-head doesn't mean I'm immune to the same problems that plague everyone else.  My attitude is "I make mistakes, tell you about them, and hopefully you learn & don't make the same mistakes that I make".  In this case, I didn't make a mistake, but if I hadn't found the problem when I did, it would have been a major mistake.
 
Check your server!  You'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Data Breach by Chinese Hackers Exposes 4.5 Million Health Care Records

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I learned recently that the most valuable piece of data on the illegal market is not a Social Security Number or a credit card number, it's a health care record.  I was told that currently SSN's or CC's are worth about fifty cents while a medical record is worth about eleven dollars.  That's right, it takes 22 SSN's to equal ONE health care record.
 
With all of that being said, I saw a story today that Community Health  Systems (CHS) filed an 8-K regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in which it disclosed that somewhere between April and June 2014 the company suffered a data breach that affected roughly 4.5 million individuals.  The company that CHS hired to investigate the breach, stated that "In this instance the data transferred was non-medical patient identification data related to the Company's physician practice operations and affected approximately 4.5 million individuals who, in the last 5 years, were referred for or received services from physician affiliated with the Company".  However, CHS states that credit card data was not included in the stolen data.
 
Now that doesn't sound so bad… I mean no medial info & no credit card info was stolen.  However, sometimes it's telling what they are not saying.  I'm willing to bet that what WAS taken could easily be: name, address, phone numbers (including mobile, which opens up another whole can of worms), medical insurance info, perhaps next of kin info, perhaps mother's maiden name, among other things.  Also, while the medical info not released may be health history, they do say the patients were referred and if the referral info is included, that could certainly tell you a lot about a person's health… for instance a referral to a diabetic counseling service would allow one to make some basic assumptions about a person's health status...
 
This is one more reason to make sure that YOUR office data is secure.  A good dental IT provider such as Goetze Dental or Solution Start  can go a long way to make sure that your office is as secure as possible.  Add to that using a secure email system such as Aspida to help protect patient data between other providers can help as well.
 

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Big Thank You to the Academy of LDS Dentists!!!

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You probably noticed the lack of posts last Thursday and Friday.  Well, that's because I've been in Provo, Utah at the Academy of LDS Dentists annual meeting.
 
Last year I was honored to receive a phone call from Dr. Gordon Christensen.  He asked me if I would be available to speak at the meeting in August 2014.  Needless to say, I was absolutely stunned that a guy like me, from Kansas,  who began his speaking career taking stuff apart, was being asked by Gordon Christensen to come and present to an elite group of my peers.
 
The meeting was held in Provo on the campus of Brigham Young University.  The campus is a beautiful place, nestled at the base of the mountains with incredible views in all directions.  I'd been to Provo before, but I'd never really had the chance to be there for a long enough amount of time to really appreciate the beauty.
 
The meeting itself was incredibly well run.  The staff had spent a lot of time prior to the meeting organizing and making sure that everything was planned out well in advance.  This served to make things easy on someone like me.  I was assigned a student (thanks Max!) who made sure that I was in the right place at the right time and he even bought me some Gatorade to keep me hydrated during my Saturday lectures.
 
On Saturday morning,  Dr. Christensen was kind of enough to pick up the 3 of us who were speaking at the hotel and personally drive us to the lecture building at BYU.  How many people of his stature would be chauffeuring speakers around on a Saturday morning?  That's just the kind of person he is and it really shows the kind of meeting this is.
 
Over the years I've gotten to know Gordon and I am always impressed with how gracious he is.
 
If you are looking for a meeting with good education in a beautiful location, you really should check this one out.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

At RDH Under One Roof: Charles Whitney MD Launching New Company and Program for Oral-Systemic Specialists

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Here is some interesting info from Dr. Charles Whitney.  It's about time we see our medical colleagues helping us by understanding that the mouth & the rest of the body are connected.  A brief history lesson… 

 

In the Middle Ages, barbers were the healthcare specialists of their day.  The traditional barber pole of red, white, & blue was done to represent the colors of fluids in the human body.  Sometime in the Middle Ages, there was a split.  Physicians & surgeons (at this time, surgeons were lower on the totem pole.  Physicians would stand near & tell the surgeons what to do but the physician did not get their hands dirty) split away from barbers & became their own group.  Barbers were no longer doing things like blood letting, leeches, etc.

 

However, barbers continued to "draw teeth" meaning they performed extractions.  So, as the medical profession split from barbers, dentistry did not.

 

Later, dentistry, like medicine, did indeed split from barbers.  However, because of physicians & surgeons leaving first, the 2 professions continued to operate as different entities.   This has always struck me as a weird part of history.  Here are 2 groups, both dealing with problems, diseases, and healing of the human body, but neither wanted to combine with the other.  Because of that, to this day we have physicians treating almost the entire body and dentists dealing with the head & neck.  If there were truly any logic in the world, dentistry would be a sub-speciality of medicine just like dermatology, endocrinology, etc.

 

However, because of the Middle Ages split, dentistry became a totally different profession.  This means that frequently patients can get caught in a merry-go-round of trying to run down problems from the 2 sides not communicating as well as they would if we were all one big happy family.

 

It's nice to see a MD colleague that "gets it" and wants to work with the DDS's & DMD's to help patients.  I mean, helping patients is what we are all responsible for.

 

 


Doylestown, PA – August 12, 2014 – Charles Whitney, MD who has become well known in the dental industry as a physician who understands the oral-systemic connection, and for being a strong advocate for improved collaboration between dentistry and medicine, will be launching a new company, 3rd Era Dentistry and The Oral-Systemic Specialist Empowerment Program for Dental Hygienists at exhibit #1 at Under One Roof 2014.

 

3rd Era Dentistry is a division of Dr. Whitney’s newly-formed parent company, 3rd Era Health Inc., which was formed to be a catalyst for integrating patient care across all healthcare disciplines in an effort to create health and prevent illness. 

 

The long-term plan is to form additional divisions for forward-thinking professionals in other healthcare specialties, but according to Dr. Whitney, “The integration of medicine and dentistry is sadly lacking. That’s why 3rd Era Dentistry was where we needed to start - especially among hygienists who are on the front lines of periodontal therapy and patient education.”

 

At RDH Under One Roof, Dr. Whitney and his director of operations, hygiene thought leader Lisa Wadsworth, RDH will be unveiling The Oral-Systemic Specialist Empowerment Program for Dental Hygienists, a comprehensive package of tools designed to empower dental hygienists to achieve the following goals:

 


 

  • Become Oral-Systemic Specialists
  • Evolve into Integrated Care Managers
  • Enhance Patient Education Skills Regarding Oral-Systemic Links
  • Improve Case Acceptance for Perio Treatment
  • Learn Approaches to Collaborate with Physicians
  • Maximize the Professional Value of the RDH 

“The hygiene community is very fortunate to have a physician advocate like Dr. Whitney who truly appreciates what they do every day to contribute to the overall health of a patient,” explained Wadsworth. “The collaboration between a physician and a hygienist has resulted in a unique and powerful program”.

The Oral-Systemic Specialist Empowerment Program for Dental Hygienists consists of the following components:

  • Copy of the best-selling book “Beat the Heart Attack Gene” by Dr. Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen ARNP
  • 8x a year oral-systemic newsletter 
  • Quarterly CE webinars presented or hosted by Dr. Whitney and Lisa
  • Discounted products from strategic partners
  • 8x a year, interactive conference calls hosted by Lisa Wadsworth RDH with industry experts, including Dr. Whitney
  • 50% discount on  from INeedCE.com
  • Copy of the mini-book by RDH thought leader Patti DiGangi, RDH “DentalCodeology: JumpStart Diagnostic Coding”
  • Guidelines on how to build MNR (medical necessity rationale) to increase treatment acceptance and insurance reimbursement

 

The cost to join 3rd Era Dentistry’s Empowerment Program for Dental Hygienists is only $399.00 for the first year and $199.00 for annual renewal to benefit from continued access to 

 


 

the phone consultations, CE webinars, discounted CE and newsletters. Hygienists who sign up during RDH Under One Roof 2014 will receive the first year membership for $299.00 and save $100.00!  For more information, visit www.3rdEraDentistry.com , call 215-359-6627, or email info@3rdEraDentistry.com.

 

About Third Era Dentistry

 

Based in Doylestown, PA,3rd Era Dentistry is a division of 3rd Era Health, which was founded by practicing physician and healthcare industry thought leader Charles Whitney MD, to be a catalyst for integrating patient care across all healthcare disciplines in an effort to create health and prevent illness. 3rd Era Dentistry is specifically-focused on the links between oral disease and overall health as well encouraging increased collaboration between dentistry and medicine. The ultimate goal of 3rd Era Dentistry is to create optimal health and prevent systemic diseases that originate from or are exacerbated by periodontal or endodontic infections. These preventable or manageable diseases include heart disease, stroke, pregnancy complications, arthritis, diabetes and dementia. For more information, visit www.3rdEraDentistry.com , call 215-359-6627 or email info@3rdEraDentistry.com.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

File This Post Under "Life"

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Since it says "life" at the top of this blog, every once in a while you get something that deals with life… or in this case death.
 
Unless you've been in a coma for the past 20 hours or so, comedian and actor Robin Williams died yesterday… an apparent suicide.
 
I've been a fan of his most of my life.  I was in high school when I first saw him as the character Mork in that one weird episode of Happy Days that was so well received it gave birth to Mork & Mindy.
 
Williams always had that manic part that would just take over scenes, interviews, you name it.  When you would see it you would wonder "how can he do that?  How can he make those connections, remember those points?"  It never appeared rehearsed and frequently wasn't.  He just had a mind that worked differently than most.  Unfortunately talented artists frequently do… and that can mean that for all of that creativity, there is a dark side.
 
It turns out he was sort of known for also battling depression, which seems odd until you really think about it.  Someone that can be so manic has to balance that out somehow.  Unfortunately, the depression could be severe.  His people say he had been battling severe depression for a while and yesterday it must have just become too much.  That's sad.
 
I've lost some friends to this type of situation & the one thing I can say is "ask for help.  Tell someone how you are feeling".  For all the good he gave us, perhaps learning not to give in might be the best gift he leaves us...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Protecting Yourself from the Russian Hackers...

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A short post today because all you need is in the link.
 
Last week I told you about Russian hackers stealing 1.2 billion passwords.
 
The New York Daily News has a nice article on how you can best protect yourself.  I highly recommend reading it here.  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Russian Hackers Steal 1.2 Billion Internet Credentials

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Wow, security just seems so vulnerable these days...
 
The company Hold Security has said that a Russian gang they are calling CyberVor stole the Internet credentials of users from over 420,000 websites.
 
Amazing?
 
The whole thing is very well documented at Yahoo.com.  For the whole story, click here.
 
Here is a snippet from the Yahoo article:
 

Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion Internet credentials from major US companies and others around the world in what is likely the biggest data breach ever, security researchers said Tuesday.


"As long as your data is somewhere on the World Wide Web, you may be affected by this breach," Hold said in a statement on its website.The US firm Hold Security said the gang which it dubbed "CyberVor" collected confidential user names and passwords were stolen from some 420,000 websites, ranging from household names to small Internet sites.

"Your data has not necessarily been stolen from you directly. It could have been stolen from the service or goods providers to whom you entrust your personal information, from your employers, even from your friends and family."

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

HyLife, LLC Seeks Compassionate Hygienists to Expand its Oral Care Program for Dependent Elders

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“Because Nobody Should Die From Dirty Teeth”

 

Edgerton, WI – August 5th, 2014 – HyLife, LLC, (www.HyLifeLLC.com) an RDH-owned company that provides compassionate oral care services to dependent elders and empowers dental hygienists, is launching an ambitious RDH recruitment initiative during to expand its network of independent oral care specialists. 

 

According to company founder Angie Stone, RDH, BS, “Dependent elders in nursing homes have the worst oral health compared to any subset of the U.S. population. They are losing their teeth, are at increased risk of heart attacks and strokes and are dying at alarming rates from aspiration pneumonia, which can be caused by bacteria from the mouth being aspirated into the lungs. This not only unacceptable for America’s Greatest Generation, it can be prevented with proper oral hygiene.”

 

Stone became aware of the deplorable conditions of America’s dependent elders a few years ago, when her 90 year old grandmother was admitted to a nursing home due to her failing mobility and inability to care for herself. “My grandmother was admitted to the nursing home with 22 of her natural teeth. Within two years, she had 60% of her teeth extracted due to 

rampant tooth decay that remained untreated. See Angie tell her story on video.

 

 

Soon afterwards, Stone created an on-site oral care service program that visits nursing home clients on an average of once a week to provide a thorough brushing of natural dentition as well as prosthetics such as bridges and partial dentures, in addition to interdental cleaning with dental floss or other over- the-counter interdental aids.

 

“Many nursing home residents have limited mobility and dementia which prevent them from following an adequate oral hygiene protocol. We provide a vital service that most nursing home caregivers do not,” says Stone. “Plus, a hygienist’s trained eye can detect changes that may require treatment from a dentist.”  

 

HyLife’s Independent Oral Care Specialists also provide their clients with a monthly supply of xylitol-based mints/gum, toothpaste, and a tooth brush. Xylitol is natural sugar substitute that helps reduce acid causing bacteria in the mouth. “When a HyLife client uses xylitol daily, they can effectively control plaque build-up between visits from the Oral Care Specialist – Even if they have limited mobility or cognitive impairments,” explains Stone. The average cost for a HyLife, LLC client is $100 per month and is paid by the client or client’s family.  

 

In order to become an authorized HyLife Independent Oral Care Specialist, dental hygienists must follow a two-step qualification process. First, interested RDHs must sign up for a 5-part web-based orientation and training course that includes the following:

  • Intro: The HyLife, LLC History and Mission
  • CE Module 1: The Sad State of Oral Health Among Dependent Elders
  • CE Module 2: Navigating the Landscape of the Care Facility
  • CE Module 3: The Role of Xylitol in Improving the Oral Health of Dependent Elders
  • CE Module 4: The HyLife, LLC Service Model 

Cost of this first step of qualification is $149.00 and provides 3 CEUs. “We’re looking for highly-qualified candidates to become our Independent Oral Care Specialists,” explains Stone. “Even if those signing up for the first qualification phase go no further, they will have earned 3 CEUs and can apply much of this information to the elderly patients in their practices.” Hygienists who complete the first qualification phase and earn the 3 CEUs, may continue with the HyLife 

 

qualification process anytime within 90 days of CEU completion, by paying a one-time fee of $499.00 in return for all the tools they need to become an authorized HyLife Independent Oral Care Specialist:

  • Mandatory resume review and background check* 
  • Mandatory caregiver certification through the American Caregiver Association
  • Business development tools and instruction manual
  • Monthly individual coaching calls
  • Monthly team calls
  • Monthly newsletter

* If resume review and background check do not meet the standards of HyLife, LLC, the $499 fee will be refunded minus the cost to conduct the background check.

Exclusive territories are assigned by zip code on a first-come, first-served basis. After the first year, renewal is $19.99/month (payable each quarter) to continue affiliation with HyLife, LLC, monthly coaching calls, monthly team calls, newsletter, updated business development tools and manuals.   

For additional information, visit www.HylifeLLC.com , call 608-884-0038 or e-mail to info@HyLifeLLC.com.

About HyLife, LLC

Founded by registered dental hygienist Angie Stone in 2013, HyLife, LLC provides compassionate oral care to dependent elders and empowers dental hygienists to become more autonomous. HyLife LLC’s rapidly-growing network of Independent Oral Care Specialists are provided the networking, coaching and marketing tools needed to develop an additional source of income while serving the elders in their local communities. For more information, visit www.HylifeLLC.com, call 608-884-0038 or send an e-mail to Info@HyLifeLLC.com.