Thursday, May 24, 2018

Academy of Laser Dentistry Installs New President & Officers During Annual Meeting in Orlando

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Raminta Mastis, DDS, to Preside as ALD President from May 2018 to May 2019

The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), the only independent and unbiased non-profit association dedicated to improving patient care with the proper use of laser technology, recently installed Raminta Mastis, DDS, as its president. The announcement was made during the ALD’s recent 25th Anniversary Meeting in Orlando.

Dr. Mastis graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1987. She maintains a private dental practice, Michigan Cosmetic and Laser Dentistry, in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. She previously served as Co-Chair of Certification and Education Committees, Chair of Laser Safety and Communications Committees, and was the 2014 General & Scientific Sessions Chair of the Annual Meeting. Dr. Mastis has been using lasers since 2000 and has 18 lasers of various wavelengths in her practice. She holds ALD Standard Proficiency certifications in Er:YAG, diode, Er,Cr:YSGG, and CO2 laser wavelengths, and has achieved ALD Advanced Proficiency in the Er:YAG wavelength. In addition to laser dentistry, her practice is focused on implant surgery and restoration, esthetic and cosmetic dentistry, and the integration of advanced technologies into practice. Dr. Mastis also holds ALD Mastership status.

Other Installed ALD Officers for 2018-2019:

The following, newly-installed ALD officers will serve a term that concludes with the installation of a new slate of officers during the ALD 2019 conference in Dallas that will take place April 4-6, 2019:

Mel Burchman, DDS, President-Elect: Dr. Burchman has maintained a private dental practice in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, for 38 years. He has been using lasers for more than 17 years and has 8 lasers in his office. He has served on the Board of Directors for one 3-year term, served as the 2015 General & Scientific Sessions Chairman for the Annual Meeting as well as volunteering his expertise as Certification Committee Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Dr. Burchman has volunteered as a mentor and examiner for more than 15 years. In 2012, he was the honored recipient of the ALD Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Burchman also holds ALD Mastership status.


Ed Kusek, DDS, Treasurer: Dr. Kusek graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 1984. He has served as ALD Communications Chair and Testing subcommittee Chair. He holds the titles of Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry and Academy of Laser Dentistry, and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Kusek is in private general practice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Arun Darbar, BDS, DGDP (UK), Secretary: Dr. Arun Darbar is at the forefront of laser dentistry in the United Kingdom and lectures on the subject worldwide. He has been a clinical laser user for nearly 25 years and provides cutting-edge dentistry to his patients. Dr. Darbar is an accredited member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Credentialing Committee. He holds ALD Mastership and Educator status and has served as co-chair of Education and Certification, and International Relations Committees. He is a published author, and some of his concepts in low-level laser therapy (LLLT) data have been published as proceedings of SPIE in 2006, 2007, and 2009/10; WALT 2008 South Africa and 2012 Australia; and in UK dental publications. Dr. Darbar is the first and only laser dentist in the UK to be invited to the House of Lords for a charity fundraiser organized by Lasers for Life. Dr. Darbar maintains a private practice in Leighton Buzzard, UK.

Charles R. Hoopingarner, DDS, Immediate Past President: Dr. Hoopingarner attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSCH) Dental Branch, graduating with a DDS in 1973. He has maintained a private practice in Houston, Texas, since 1973. He was an adjunct associate professor in anatomical sciences at UTHSCH Dental Branch for 12 years. Currently, he is a member of the adjunct clinical faculty in the Restorative Dentistry Department at UTHSCH and has been a clinical instructor at the Las Vegas Institute for reconstruction and laser dentistry. Dr. Hoopingarner has served on the ALD Board of Directors, has held chairman positions for Regulatory Affairs, Education and General Sessions for the 2013 Conference. He has used dental lasers of various wavelengths as integral parts of his patient care delivery system for the last 12 years. Dr. Hoopingarner holds Advanced and Standard Proficiency certifications in the Er:YAG laser wavelength from the ALD, ALD Mastership status, and has lectured internationally on the safety and use of laser technology in the dental practice.

About the Academy of Laser Dentistry: The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is the only independent and unbiased non-profit association devoted to laser dentistry and includes clinicians, academicians and researchers in all laser wavelengths. The Academy is devoted to clinical education, research, and the development of standards and guidelines for the safe and effective use of dental laser technology. ALD was founded in 1993, with the merging of the International Academy of Laser Dentistry, the North American Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Academy of Laser Dentistry. For more information, visit www.LaserDentistry.org.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SICAT Endo 3D Software for Improved Planning and Workflow in Endodontic Treatment.

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Dentsply Sirona is introducing another integrated solution to the dental market ‒ the new SICAT Endo 3D software for improved planning and workflow in endodontic treatment. SICAT Endo also enables you to order special surgical guides for guided endodontic treatment. Advantages of the software: enhanced diagnostics, improved certainty in planning, and optimized accuracy of treatment through the use of surgical guides.


SICAT Endo is the first and only fully integrated and complete 3D solution for the diagnosis and planning of endodontic treatment that also supports clinical implementation with surgical guides. Using the software, all root canals can be easily identified in 3D, and the working length and depth of the access cavity can be determined precisely. Even heavily curved and calcified canals can be diagnosed easily. This process considerably improves the endodontic workflow for practitioners. The user-friendly software has diagnostic advantages for optimal treatment planning ‒ efficient, reliable, with predictable outcomes.


Introducing fusion of 2D images with 3D Data
The combination of high-resolution intraoral 2D X-ray images and the depth information from 3D X-ray data facilitates diagnostics considerably. Thanks to the simultaneous navigation in 2D and 3D, dentists are easily oriented in all dimensions and can concentrate on the root canal to be diagnosed.


SICAT Endo is optimized for 2D and 3D X-ray units and CEREC by Dentsply Sirona. The software is fully integrated in Sidexis 4 with 3D data from Galileos and Orthophos SL units combined with 2D data; including Schick 33 and Schick Elite sensors. No export and manual import of data are required. The integration of optical impressions allows the occlusal surface to be visualized precisely, thus optimizing planning for the access cavity and the exact determination of the working lengths.


Jochen Kusch, Managing Director of SICAT GmbH & Co. KG: “With the SICAT Endo software, we have taken a major step towards the diagnostics, planning, and implementation of endodontic treatment. We developed surgical guides for the opening of the root canal, and this is innovative in the dental market. The specific endodontic tools in the software such as 360° visualization of the root canals, the integration of 2D and 3D views, and the integration of optical impressions for the precise visualization of the occlusal relief are crucial support for practitioners in diagnostics and treatment planning.”


Guided root canal treatment with surgical guides
After identifying and diagnosing all root canals in SICAT Endo, dentists can order a SICAT ACCESSGUIDE surgical guide. The use of the surgical guide for opening the root canal helps make endodontic treatment even more effective, safer, and more precise. The surgical guide enables minimally invasive and efficient preparation of cavity access. SICAT ACCESSGUIDE guides are available for orthograde root canal treatment.

ABOUT SICAT
As a leading innovator in dental industry, SICAT develops and markets 3D-based analysis and planning software, surgical guides, and therapeutic appliances for various dental disciplines, such as implantology, functional dentistry, sleep medicine or endodontology and is a partner for dental practices, clinics, and dental laboratories worldwide. With its wide range of product solutions, SICAT paves the ground for advanced digital dentistry. Multiple data sources like 3D X-ray, optical impressions, jaw movement data and 2D intraoral sensor images can be combined with each other – for increased efficiency and quality of treatment. SICAT was founded in 2004 as a Joint Venture between HICAT GmbH and Sirona Dental Systems GmbH and is based in Bonn, Germany.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Patterson Dental Strengthens Software Portfolio Through Distribution Agreement with SolutionReach

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I’ve been affiliated with SolutionReach as a customer for a few years now.  I’ve always been impressed with the company, their forward thinking philosophies, and their excellent products.  Now comes word from Patterson Dental that the company is partnering with SolutionReach to bring the products to even more offices.  If you are not a SolutionReach client, you owe it to your practice to give them a look.

 

Patterson Dental, a business unit of Patterson Companies (Nasdaq: PDCO), today announced a new agreement with Solutionreach, Inc. to distribute and support the company’s portfolio of software products for use in dental practices, starting June 1. Solutionreach’s cloud-based patient relationship management platform will be connected with Patterson Dental’s Eaglesoft and Fuse practice management systems.

Fuse is Patterson Dental’s new cloud practice management solution, designed to centralize all scheduling, patient information and practice data – accessible anywhere and in real time. Eaglesoft has been a premier, on-premise dental practice management solution for over 20 years.  

In this new agreement with Solutionreach, Eaglesoft and Fuse will provide customers with increased efficiency and improved patient communication tools for dental practices using the Solutionreach products.

“Patterson’s relationship with Solutionreach is another example of our continued focus on expanding software alliances that better meet the unique needs of our customers,” said Cecile Schauer, President, Strategic Accounts, Patterson Dental. “Solutionreach is a technology leader in delivering improved patient communication, engagement and satisfaction. We are excited about the opportunities this relationship will deliver to help our mutual customers succeed.” 

By combining the power of both systems, Solutionreach and Patterson Dental provide customers the opportunity to achieve even higher return on their technology investments.

"We're excited that our agreement with Patterson Dental is going to help practices improve patient experience. Practices will not only benefit from the technology, but also the knowledge and expertise from Patterson on how to use it effectively," said Jim Higgins, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Solutionreach.

For more information about Patterson’s Practice Management Services, visit https://www.pattersondental.com/Equipment-Technology/Practice-Management/Services.  

About Patterson Companies Inc.

Patterson Companies Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCO) is a value-added distributor serving the dental and animal health markets.

Dental Market
Patterson’s Dental segment provides a virtually complete range of consumable dental products, equipment and software, turnkey digital solutions and value-added services to dentists and dental laboratories throughout North America.

Animal Health Market
Patterson’s Animal Health segment is a leading distributor of products, services and technologies to both the production and companion animal health markets in North America and the U.K.

About Solutionreach

Solutionreach is revolutionizing the healthcare experience for providers and their patients. Through its market-leading patient relationship management platform, Solutionreach supports higher patient satisfaction and loyalty, greater efficiency, and ultimately, stronger healthcare organizations. Solutionreach partners with more than 25,000 provider organizations in numerous specialties. Learn more at www.solutionreach.com.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dentsply Sirona Lab Announces the Launch of inLab SW 18.0

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Dentsply Sirona Lab, the newly created business unit, has launched inLab SW 18.0 as of April 2018. This new software has optimized the functional scope and handling of the CAD and CAM software for an even wider range of applications and more efficient production procedures in the dental laboratory. All inLab software application modules benefit from the innovations.


Bensheim/Salzburg, 16 May 2018. The success of a CAD/CAM workflow in the dental laboratory is essentially a software question. The software should cover a wide spectrum of indications and functions and simultaneously work in a user-friendly way. These are the characteristics that will prove the value of the latest inLab SW 18.0 update across the board.


New uses – More design options
The previous model design has been improved, so that now full-arch models with removable dies and models with implant analogs can be constructed, including a separate gingival mask for any kind of model. Different articulator systems can be put in and the model can be marked individually. The completed model data for production can be provided with a 3D-printer or in central production via the optional STL interface.
In the area of implant restorative solutions, inLab is the first program to offer the option to design multilayer gingival bridges for the production of highly esthetic, directly attached implants with a gingival section. The structure with the gingival section can be separated from the veneer structure for production from different materials, and the veneer structure can be processed as one piece, split into individual crowns, or made from a combination of the two depending on the esthetic goal.
A special feature of the current inLab SW is the new “1:1 Copy Mode”. Using this additional copy function, all geometries of a restoration can be copied exactly in accordance with the original and transferred – ideally for large bridges and implants with a gingival section, when, for instance, any adjustments to long-term temporary solutions are transferred into the final restoration. This saves dental technicians an enormous amount of time and they can take over any attachment geometries 1:1.
“We have significantly expanded and upgraded the inLab SW 18.0 especially where it can efficiently support the dental laboratory and where it guarantees more ease of use,” summarizes Jörg Haselbauer, Product Manager for CAD/CAM Laboratory Software at Dentsply Sirona. “This pertains to gingival elements for bridges and for choosing original attachment geometries for slide attachments. Additionally, the revised administration phase now offers the user – in a clearly organized overview on a screen – an intelligent tool for quickly and accurately positioning and managing restorations and flexible adjustment options during the design phase.”


Lab-to-lab workflow with Dentsply Sirona
For the first time, an inLab laboratory can transfer scan or restoration data quickly and safely to another inLab laboratory and receive it back again via the Sirona Connect Portal to make optimal use of construction and production capacities, for example. This new function also simplifies access to the patient-specific solutions from Atlantis directly from the inLab SW – for the design and manufacture of implant abutments and suprastructures by Dentsply Sirona.


Inclusive inLab CAM software update
The inLab SW 18.0 update includes the inLab CAD SW 18 and the inLab CAM SW 18.0. The new CAM software supports the inLab MC X5 and inLab MC XL production units with optimized workflows. The new archiving function, the option to reuse material, a simplified pin tool, and other improvements in the details boost efficiency and safety when using machines on a daily basis. The new tool status display reliably informs the user about the status of the tool’s wear and tear when using validated materials. Additional materials from Dentsply Sirona and others are also integrated and validated in inLab CAM, such as Cercon ht, Cercon xt, Lucitone 199, Wax Disc, Multilayer PMMA, Shaded PMMA, Burnout PMMA Disc and Celtra Duo.


Digital Denture Milling
The Lab SBU is pleased to announce that the inLab MC X5 milling machine has been cleared for launch—supporting the milling of digital dentures. The inLab MC X5 has been a dependable solution for producing bonded dentures using the Lucitone 199 digital denture disc, Portrait IPN denture teeth, and HIPA as a bonding system. This unit is part of the Dentsply Sirona Digital Denture system (equipment and materials) and has been qualified to be compatible with denture workflows using the engineered by AvaDent design engine.

The inLab SW 18.0 update is available to currently inLab commercial dental lab customers by registering on the Software Downloads page at www.dentsplysirona.com/inlab.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Brasseler USA® Expands its Popular Feather Lite™ Family of Polishers

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New Shapes Added to the Dialite® LD
(Lithium Disilicate) and Dialite® ZR (Zirconia) Polishing Systems

SAVANNAH, GA (May 15, 2018) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to expand upon its popular Feather Lite™ family of polishers by adding all new shapes to its Dialite® LD (Lithium Disilicate) and Dialite® ZR (Zirconia) Polishing Systems.

These new shapes are the latest addition to both the Dialite LD and Dialite ZR intra-oral and extra-oral polishing lines. These all-inclusive polishing solutions expand the line to provide even more options when adding final touches to ceramic restorations.

Intended to be used as the final polish for all ceramic restorations, Dialite Feather Lite Polishing Systems are two-step systems that feature the latest in Brasseler USA instrumentation innovation. Flexible yet durable diamond-impregnated rubber polishing spirals easily adapt to any surface, leaving behind an enamel-like finish while preserving each unique surface differentiation on ceramic materials, including zirconia and lithium disilicate.

These unique flexible spirals are designed to separate and “feather” out on all ceramic restorations to polish hard-to-reach areas, such as posterior and occlusal regions, leaving behind a complete, finished surface area. Using Feather Lite polishers as a final polish will provide patients a well-polished restoration that will resist the formation of plaque, calculus and staining.


For more information about the entire Feather Lite family of polishers as well as all of Brasseler USA’s product and service solutions for dental, hygiene, and laboratory professionals, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522.

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CMS Rescinds Medicare Parts C, D Enrollment Requirements

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For those of you who tried (some in vain) to enroll in the CMS program that would have allowed dentists to write prescriptions to their Medicare patients (even though dentistry is NOT covered by Medicare) there is good news.  It is no longer a requirement to be enrolled.
 
Over a year ago I spent 90 minutes on the CMS website in a vain attempt to get myself enrolled.  Despite my best efforts, after 90 minutes of frustration and trying to figure out and navigate the site, I received a letter 6 weeks later informing me that I hadn’t filled out everything correctly.  Now, I’m a tech guy and I pride myself on knowing my way around tech and the Internet.  I figured that if I was incapable of figuring the process out, there would be lots of others in the same boat.  It turns out I was right.
 
So… celebrate!  Dentists do not have to register.  I want to give a big thank you to organized dentistry.  The ADA and the AGD lobbied hard to help legislators understand how crazy the whole concept was and that educational effort has paid off.
 
Here are all the details from the Academy of General Dentistry:
 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized a rule rescinding the requirement that dentists enroll in or validly opt-out of Medicare in order for prescriptions written for their Medicare beneficiary patients to be covered. The rule also revised Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage plans, and repealed a provision requiring dentists to be enrolled in Medicare in order to provide supplemental services to patients enrolled in Part C.

AGD actively pursued the removal of these enrollment requirements and lobbied CMS to finalize the rule in an effort to minimize interruptions to patients’ access to needed care and medications and relieve dentists of unnecessary regulatory burden.

Impact on General Dentistry: AGD successfully lobbied the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS to change enrollment requirements under Medicare Parts C and D and continues to advocate for the interests of its members.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Google is Updating It's Storage Plans and Fees - Get Ready for Google 1

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For years now, those of needing Cloud storage have been renting space on Google’s servers.  Now as bandwidth becomes faster and faster along with high resolution photos and 4K video, more and more is being stored on these servers.  Because of that, Google is updating its storage plans and the fees for them.  The new product is being called Google 1.  Here is the latest price list with capacity:
 
  • 100 GB for 1.99/month
  • 200 GB for 2.99/month
  • 2TB for 9.99/month
  • 10 TB for 99.99/month
  • 20 TB for 199.99/month
  • 30 TB for 299.99/month

According to ZDNet:

In addition to the new pricing, Google One lets customers buy family plans. Customers can add up to five family members under one bill, with each family member still getting their own private storage space.

Google One also comes with "one-tap access" to Google experts for help with consumer products and services. Customers also get perks like credits on Google Play or deals on certain hotels found via Google Search.

Monday, May 14, 2018

DentaPure Water Filtration System

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About 4 years ago, I was fortunate enough to be contacted by the DentaPure folks to evaluate their water filtration system.  The system is simple, efficient, and quite literally applies “rocket science” to the problem of dental unit waterlines.
 
Those of us in clinical practice know how important clean water lines are.  The tiny diameter of dental unit waterlines (DUW)  allow for the growth of bacteria within them.  These bacteria have the potential to cause infection to patients.  This can occur when a highspeed handpiece is spraying coolant water into a surgical site.  Spraying contaminated coolant spray has the potential to inoculate the area with the DWU bacteria.  To prevent this potential, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend some type of process to prevent the bacterial growth.
 
There have been several ideas toward achieving the goal of low bacterial counts, but most were complicated and labor intensive.  As we all know, the simpler a system is, the more likely it is to be used and the better it works.  That’s where DentaPure comes in.
 
The system was developed to clean contaminated water on the space shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS).  Since water in outer space is a valuable commodity and expensive to provide, NASA needed to develop a way to send as little water as possible into space.  The result was a filtration system that allowed astronauts to take a small amount of water and continually purify it for reuse.  The resultant system was then cleared for use in the private sector, including healthcare.
 
In my office, the blue filter in the picture at the top of this post, is installed inside the water bottle in each operatory.  In order to decrease the chance of contamination, all seven of our treatment rooms are NOT connected to the municipal water supply.  Instead, each dental unit has water supplied by a 1 liter bottle that is filled daily from our in office water distiller.  The distillation process removes hard chemical deposits which keeps the water lines free from hard water buildup, but does not affect bacteria.  To prevent bacterial contamination, the water is filtered through the DentaPure cartridge prior to entering the dental unit.  The cartridge is actually installed inside the unit water bottle and purifies the water before it enters the system.  The cartridge lasts for 365 days and requires no maintenance other than being replaced once per year.
 
As readers of the blog know, I got a chance on April 2nd to visit the Kennedy Space Center to witness a SpaceX launch up close and personal.  I’ve always been a HUGE fan of NASA and part of the reason for that is the incredible amount of science that is created by them that trickles down to the rest of society.  When someone says to me “why are we spending all of this money with NASA?” I reply with a list of some of the things we use everyday that was developed by them.  DentaPure is one of those products.
 
Here is the story of DentaPure from the NASA Spinoff website.
 

Water, essential to sustaining life on Earth, is that much more highly prized in the unforgiving realm of space travel and habitation. Given a launch cost of $10,000 per pound for space shuttle cargo, however, each gallon of water at 8.33 pounds quickly makes Chanel No. 5 a bargain at $25,000 per gallon. Likewise, ample water reserves for drinking, food preparation, and bathing would take up an inordinate amount of storage space and infrastructure, which is always at a premium on a vessel or station.


The DentaPure waterline purification cartridge sees use in 40 percent of dental schools in the United States and is lauded for offering remarkable filtration and significant cost savings.
Water rationing and recycling are thus an essential part of daily life and operations on the space shuttles and International Space Station (ISS). In orbit, where Earth’s natural life support system is missing, the ISS itself has to provide abundant power, clean water, and breathable air at the right temperature and humidity for the duration of human habitation and with virtually no waste. The Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS), under continuing developmet at the Marshall Space Flight Center, helps astronauts use and reuse their precious supplies of water. Future work will explore air management, thermal control, and fire suppression—in short, all of the things that will make human habitation in space comfortable and safe.

The ECLSS Water Recycling System (WRS), developed at Marshall, reclaims wastewaters from humans and lab animals in the form of breath condensate, urine, hygiene and washing, and other wastewater streams. On Earth, biological wastewater is physically filtered by granular soil and purified as microbes in the soil break down urea, converting it to a form that plants can absorb and use to build new tissue. Wastewater also evaporates and returns as fresh rain water—a natural form of distillation. WRS water purification machines on the ISS mimic these processes, though without microbes or the scale of these processes.

Partnership

Umpqua Research Company, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, supplier of the bacterial filters used in the life support backpacks worn by space-walking astronauts, received a number of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts from the Johnson Space Center to develop air and water purification technologies for human missions in space. A natural choice for water purification research, Umpqua has also provided the only space-certified and approved-for-flight water purification system, which has flown on all shuttle missions since 1990.

To prevent back-contamination of a drinking water supply by microorganisms, Umpqua developed the microbial check valve, consisting of a flow-through cartridge containing iodinated ion exchange resin. In addition to the microbial contact kill, the resin was found to impart a biocidal residual elemental iodine concentration to the water. Umpqua’s valve and resin system was adopted by NASA as the preferred means of disinfecting drinking water aboard U.S. spacecraft, and canisters are now used on space shuttle missions, the ISS, and for ground-based testing of closed life support technology. Iodine was selected by NASA as the disinfectant of choice because of its lower vapor pressure and reduced propensity for formation of disinfection byproducts compared to chlorine or bromine.

Product Outcome


Long service intervals of up to a year and ease of installation make the DentaPure cartridge particularly user-friendly.
MRLB International Inc., of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, used Umpqua’s water purification technology in the design of the DentaPure waterline purification cartridge (Spinoff 1998). The cartridge incorporated a resin technology developed by private sector commercialization of Umpqua’s system developed under NASA contract. NASA “was an excellent resource,” stated Barry Hammarback, president and CEO of MRLB, “and greatly assisted our transition of the iodinated resin technology to the dental industry.” DentaPure was designed to clean and decontaminate water as a link between filter and high-speed dental tools and other instruments, and offers easy installation on all modern dental unit waterlines with weekly replacement cycles. The product, like its NASA forebear, furnished disinfected water and maintained water purity even with “suckback,” an effect caused by imperfect anti-retraction valves in dental instruments, which draws blood, saliva, and other materials from a patient’s mouth into the waterline.

Since its appearance in Spinoff 1998, MRLB has continued to use the research conducted by Umpqua to further develop and refine its DentaPure in-line filters. Various models now address a variety of needs, and are used in dental offices and schools across the country. MRLB has paid particular attention to extending the life in lower water usage units—products that before touted a service/replacement interval of 7 days now require changing once every 40 to 365 days. In addition, DentaPure offers remarkable filtration: registered to provide 200 CFU/ml purity (Colony Forming Unit/milliliter, a standard measure of microbial concentration)—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standard is 500 CFU, and untreated lines can harbor in excess of 1,000,000 CFU/ml.

Continued evolution and improvement has led to many unique certifications and commendations for DentaPure. Currently, the only waterline system recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medical device which meets all known standards, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an antimicrobial device, DentaPure has also been tested and utilized by the U.S. Air Force and dental schools in the United States and Europe, and was recognized by Clinical Research Associates as “Outstanding Product 2005.”

Better filtration, greater capacity, and longer service intervals have also led to great savings—the University of Maryland Dental School estimates it saves $274,000 per year courtesy of DentaPure. The DentaPure system has proven so effective that 40 percent of dental schools nationwide employ it. Dr. Louis DePaola of the University of Maryland affirms, “The biggest benefit is that we have a system that is efficacious and user-friendly, in that it allows us to consistently deliver water that meets or exceeds CDC standards with a minimum of staff interaction—attach the unit and except for periodic monitoring you don’t have to do anything for a year. It’s very cost-effective—for a large institution like ours with an excess of 300 units, a daily or weekly treatment isnot practical.”

DentaPure is currently the number one product for constant chemical treatment applications in dentistry, and was the first treatment to meet CFU standards without interim cleaning protocols—the primary means by which it saves money. Turning to the future, Hammarback sees DentaPure “looking at remote site water purification for continuous use, providing yet longer lasting devices, and increasing product recycling.” Ten years after Spinoff first profiled the many benefits of this technology it is utilized every day in myriad dental offices, schools, and labs, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for users such as the University of Maryland. The investment in water filtration for space missions continues to pay huge dividends to users and society, year after year, in technologies so woven into our lives that we use them without even thinking about them.

DentaPure® is a registered trademark of MRLB International Inc.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ultradent Introduces Jiffy® Natural Universal Composite Finishing & Polishing System

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I’m a big fan of Ultradent and use a wide variety of their products on a daily basis.  One of the many products that I’m a raving fan about is the line of Jiffy Polishers.  They have a series of Jiffys for porcelain or ceramic and both work incredibly well.  To this point, the Jiffy composite system has been composed of course, medium, and fine in the shapes of cup, disc, and point.  Adding to that is the Jiffy Brush which is a latch grip polisher that resembles a prophy brush.  However, the secret of the brush is that the bristles are impregnated with 50 micron diamond particles.  The bristles are incredibly flexible which allows them to get into very tight spaces and the diamond dust brings composite resins to a high sheen.

Now, Ultradent is going ever further to give doctors even more options when it comes to polishing their restorations.

Ultradent Products, Inc., is pleased to introduce the newest addition to its award-winning line Jiffy® Finishing line, the Jiffy® Natural Universal Composite finishing and polishing systems. For dentists who care about providing quality results for their patients, the new Jiffy Natural Universal Composite finishing system allows for the re-creation of an esthetic, natural finish on all composite surfaces that looks like enamel and is designed to last. The system is also designed to make the process efficient for clinicians without short-cut results.
 
The new Jiffy Natural Universal Composite finishing and polishing kits are complete procedural systems that consist of malleable spiral-shaped wheels which naturally conform to all tooth surfaces, and are ideal for finishing Mosaic® universal composite and all other composites. The original Jiffy Composite finishing and polishing system is excellent for contouring, finishing, and polishing any composite material. Each kit also includes everything clinicians need to beautifully finish and polish composite restorations, including a choice of diamond or carbide burs. The polishing cups in the system feature a flared, flexible thin-wall design for polishing near the gingiva. The regular and pointed brushes are impregnated with a diamond grit with gives a beautiful finish on any composite material. Kits available with or without autoclavable aluminum block.

To learn more or to purchase the Jiffy® Natural Universal Composite finishing and polishing system, call 800.552.5512, or visit ultradent.com.

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About Ultradent Products, Inc.
Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s vision is to improve oral health globally. Ultradent also works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit ultradent.com.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

DPR's List of OSHA Violations that You are Doing Every Day - And You don't even Realize

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I love my job at Dental Products Report.  I’ve been writing for the brand and its spectrum of dental  publications since 1999 (it sure doesn’t seem that long).
 
I LOVE how the publication has kept up with the times and now publishes multiple daily newsletters to keep the profession informed in addition to the monthly print publications.
 
Today, you can have access to an interesting story on the DPR website.  It’s written by a friend of mine, Robert Elsenpeter.  He’s a great writer and I know you’ll enjoy the article.
 
Healthcare has been using Universal Precautions since the mid-80s.  Because of that, most people that are involved with patient contact feel that they have the process down completely.  However, there’s a reason why we are required to receive OSHA re-training once a year.  Simply put, little things can be forgotten and fall through the cracks.
 
With that in mind, give Robert’s article a read.  It deals with things you may be doing everyday that are violations of OSHA  rules yet you may not even be aware of that.
 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Master the Art of Direct Resin Bonding at 
The Center for Esthetic Excellence in Downtown Chicago

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Dr. Dipesh Parmer is making an impact in the world of dentistry. He has been presenting sold out lectures at some of the major dental meetings in the US and Europe. His incredible eye for composite artistry has won him numerous prizes in the UK in Restorative, Prosthetic, Conservative and Aesthetic Dentistry. On September 14-15, Dr. Parmer is presenting “Excellence in Direct Anterior Restorations” at the Center for Esthetic Excellence in Chicago. Call now to reserve your spot at 800-837-2321 or visit us online at www.CeeChicago.com.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dentistry’s Social Media Expert Rita Zamora Launching New Book During CDA Anaheim

 

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While Supplies Last, Free Autographed Copies of “Get Found, Get Liked, Get Patients: Making the Most of Social Media” Will Be Available in the CareCredit Booth on Thursday May 17th from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Boulder, CO – May 1, 2018 – Rita Zamora, a social media marketing thought leader known for helping dentists and specialists shine online, will be introducing her new social media marketing book for dentists at CareCredit booth # 704 during the California Dental Association Meeting in Anaheim.

Entitled “Get Found, Get Liked, Get Patients: Making the Most of Social Media” this easy to read paperback book is intended to provide practical social media tips and advice that can be implemented immediately.

According to Zamora, “Despite the fact that social media has been recognized as a marketing must-have for almost a decade, many practice owners and some marketing professionals for that matter are still overwhelmed at the thought of starting and sustaining a social media program that will help them attract and retain patients. Surprisingly, this can apply to millennials as well. My goal was to write a social media guide, to help DIYers or inform those who need to delegate, that could be read in about 90 minutes.”

The book’s content is largely based on common questions Zamora has received over the years during many of her lectures. Here is an outline of the book’s contents:

• Why Some Dentists Don’t Leverage Social Media to Get New Patients
• With So Many Challenges to Using Social Media, Is It Worth the Trouble?
• The Benefits of Social Media
• Does Social Media Really Work for Attracting New Patients?
• Getting Found. Getting Liked. Getting Patients
• Next Steps to Reading “Get Found, Get Liked, and Get Patients: Making the Most of Social Media”

Zamora’s book includes a foreword written by dental marketing guru Fred Joyal, co-Founder of 1-800-Dentist and author of “Everything is Marketing” and “Becoming Remarkable,” in which he states: “There is no faster moving target in practice marketing than social media. It changes almost daily. Rita is exactly the guide we need. She is both thoughtful and experienced, and this book is her gift of truth and wisdom. Enjoy it, learn from it, and apply it, and your practice will thrive.”

Purchasers of the book will also be able to download special PDF supplements to keep abreast of significant or timely recommendations. During the California Dental Association Meeting in Anaheim, a limited number of signed copies of “Get Found, Get Liked, Get Patients - Making the Most of Social Media” will be available for free (while supplies last) at the CareCredit booth #704 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th.

Why in the CareCredit booth? “A study conducted by Rothstein Tauber on behalf of CareCredit revealed: Three of the five steps it takes to attract a new patient and have them accept and pay for treatment involves extensive research by the patient that can take an average of 76 days before they make a decision. It takes about 145 days for elective, cosmetic procedures,” explained Zamora. “This Consumers’ Path to Healthcare Purchases Study further validates the need for dental practices to value their online presence and utilize social media effectively to get found, get liked and get patients.”

The print edition of “Get Found, Get Liked, Get Patients - Making the Most of Social Media” is available for pre-sale online at RitaZamora.com/book for a special price of $16.95. The book will be available in the near future in digital format and also on Amazon.

About Rita Zamora:

Rita Zamora is the owner and founder of Rita Zamora Connections (https://RitaZamora.com) and an international speaker and published author on social media marketing and online reputation management. Her advice on managing your online reputation was published in the American Dental Association’s Practical Guide to Expert Business Strategies and she served as a Contributing Faculty Member on the topic of marketing for the 2015 American Dental Association's Center for Success Certificate Program.

Rita Zamora Connections is an established dental consulting firm that specializes in social media marketing for dentists and specialists. Their agency provides highly customized solutions
and encourages genuine personal interaction between their dentist and specialist clients and their
patients. Since 2008, they’ve worked with hundreds of dental professionals, through speaking engagements and their agency, to train or assist them in authentic and valuable online interactions. Rita graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing and has over 20 years of experience working in the business of dentistry. Rita can be contacted at Rita@RitaZamora.com

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Lares Research ProStyle E Electric Handpiece System

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If you have never used electric handpieces, trust me when I say you are missing out.  Unlike air rotor systems, electric handpieces just do not still.
 
Powered by a brushless motor and gear driven, electrics have substantially more torque, even at low RPMs.  Air rotor systems are low torque which means they must spin up to a very high RPM which then drops as the bur touches the tooth.  Electrics allow you to work faster and with more precision.
 
Lares Research has now entered the electric handpiece market with their ProStyle E system.
 
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Lares is a family owned company with a factory in Chico, California.  They are definitely a company devoted to quality.  For all the info on the ProStye E, follow the link.  

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ultradent Introduces ChlorCid® Surf Canal Preparation Solution

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For those of you who perform endodontic therapy, here’s a new product for your armamentarium.  For years, Ultradent has sold Chorcid as a sodium hypochlorite irrigant.  Now, comes ChorCid Surf.

 

Ultradent Products, Inc., is pleased to introduce the newest addition to its award-winning line of endodontics products, ChlorCid® Surf sodium hypochlorite solution with surfactant.

ChlorCid Surf solution, a root canal preparation solution, features the added cleansing power of surfactant to break the surface tension and allow for better sodium hypochlorite penetration into difficult-to-reach places like isthmuses and lateral canals. The 3% sodium hypochlorite solution and surfactant allows for better wall contact, thanks to its unique formulation.

ChlorCid Surf solution comes in two types of delivery, IndiSpense syringes and 480 ml bottles, to cater to every clinician’s needs.

To learn more or to purchase ChlorCid Surf solution, call 800.552.5512, or visit ultradent.com.

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About Ultradent Products, Inc.
Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s vision is to improve oral health globally. Ultradent also works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit ultradent.com.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Henry Schein to Spin Off and Merge Animal Health Business with Vets First Choice

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Many are probably already aware of this fact, but Henry Schein has different divisions that serve different aspects of healthcare.  One of them is in the veterinary market.  Recently Schein announced that it will be merging its Animal Health business and merge it with Vets First Choice.  The resulting new company will be known as Vets First Corp.
 
Here is all the info that was made available through the US Government’s SEC:
 

MELVILLE, N.Y., and PORTLAND, ME, April 23, 2018 – Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) and Vets First Choice announced plans today for Henry Schein to spin off its Animal Health business and merge it with Vets First Choice, creating an innovative approach to advancing the delivery of animal health care designed to provide unique benefits to veterinarians, manufacturers, pet owners, and their pets.

The new company, to be called Vets First Corp., will harness insights and analytics to provide pro-active prescription management, and combined with Henry Schein’s leading global animal health solutions, will create a unique animal health service and technology platform dedicated to supporting the veterinary market. By bringing together the power of data analytics, digital communications, practice management software, and supply chain expertise into a multi-channel platform, Vets First Corp. is expected to improve health outcomes for the benefit of pets and their owners, while driving increased demand for products and services for the benefit of veterinary offices and manufacturers.

“We are excited about the merger of Henry Schein Animal Health with Vets First Choice. Over the years we have observed the impressive success of Vets First Choice and believe the combined management team is well positioned to capitalize on the significant opportunities created by the merger,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, Inc.

“We are similarly excited about the significant growth opportunities for Henry Schein’s dental and medical businesses as we implement our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan,” Mr. Bergman continued. “Building upon our long history of reinvention, the Company will continue to expand our offering of innovative solutions for our dental and medical customers. We see significant growth opportunities in both the dental and medical markets, such as advancing our position in practice management solutions, including those provided by our new Henry Schein One joint venture, and expanding our penetration with health care practitioners and specialists as well as large group practices and ambulatory care sites.”

A New Global Leader in Animal Health

“We are early in the lifecycle of rapid technological change in the animal health market,” said Ben Shaw, Founder and CEO of Vets First Choice, who will become CEO of the new company. “This merger creates an enhanced value chain that connects the veterinarian, the manufacturer, and the pet owner through insights and analytics that will support better clinical and financial outcomes. This new global animal health care company is focused on improving clinical compliance by facilitating the delivery of care how, when, and where the pet owner wants it.”

Vets First Choice, founded in 2010, has quickly become a leading provider of technology-enabled health care services, with a sole focus on animal health. The company is based in Portland, Maine, where the combined company will be headquartered.

Henry Schein Animal Health (HSAH) is the world’s largest and only global supply chain provider of animal health products and related services, with market-leading positions in North America, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand. HSAH has approximately 4,300 team members and active customers include approximately 75% of veterinarians in the U.S., and 70% of veterinarians in Europe and Australia/New Zealand. In addition, more than 50% of U.S. Animal Health practices currently utilize Henry Schein’s practice management software platform to drive office productivity and customer engagement. Vets First Choice has approximately 750 team members in the U.S., and more than 5,100 veterinary practices on its prescription management platform.

Immediately following a spin-off from Henry Schein, HSAH will combine with Vets First Choice to form a new publicly traded company that is expected to provide veterinarians with a powerful new platform to grow their practices, improve client engagement, and drive better health outcomes for pets. This transaction is expected to uniquely position the new company to pursue new revenue opportunities, greater operational efficiency, and accelerated growth, in an attractive end-market.

The company will have combined pro forma 2017 sales of approximately $3.6 billion. HSAH and Vets First Choice expect synergies to grow annually such that in year three, operating income synergies for the combined business will be in excess of $100 million, driven largely by accelerated revenue growth from the adoption of the Vets First Choice platform across the HSAH customer base.    

“By combining forces with HSAH, we anticipate accelerating the introduction of new and enhanced programs, services, and technology to veterinary teams so they can deepen their focus on doing the great work of caring for the animals in our lives,” said Mr. Shaw. “Manufacturers will benefit from a global platform to help drive category growth, improved client engagement, and enhanced medication and service compliance. At the same time, team members of the combined company will continue to contribute in a highly collaborative environment with the shared goal of supporting our customers’ success.”

Unlocking Henry Schein Shareholder Value

“For Henry Schein, we believe the transaction benefits our shareholders in two ways,” Mr. Bergman said. “We believe Vets First Corp., as an independent public company focused exclusively on animal health, will be well-positioned to achieve a premium valuation in the market. We believe the transaction positions Henry Schein shareholders to benefit from their investment in a more focused dental and medical growth company.

“Following the spin-off of HSAH as an independent company, Henry Schein will focus on our market-leading dental and medical businesses as we make continued investments for future growth,” Mr. Bergman said. “We are confident in our ability to build upon our track record of delivering solid internal and acquisition growth, as we have over our 23-year history as a public company. We believe our formula of serving the dental and medical markets with innovative products, solutions, and support will position us well to drive increased top and bottom line growth going forward.”

Following the close of the transaction, on a pro forma basis, Henry Schein’s total 2017 revenue for the remaining business will be approximately $9.0 billion with approximately $690 million in GAAP operating income, or $695 million on a non-GAAP basis (see Exhibit A for reconciliation of GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating income). Henry Schein expects to deliver EPS growth for the remaining consolidated business in the high-single digit to low-double digit range. Henry Schein expects to update full-year earnings guidance for the remaining business once the transaction closes by the end of 2018.

Management and Governance

Henry Schein will nominate six individuals to the board of directors and Vets First Choice will nominate five individuals to the board. Stanley Bergman will serve as a board member of Vets First Corp. and will continue as Henry Schein’s Chairman of the Board and CEO. Henry Schein, Inc. will nominate the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee of Vets First Corp., who will also serve as lead director. Ben Shaw, the CEO of Vets First Choice, will become the CEO of Vets First Corp., and David Shaw, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of Vets First Choice, as well as Founder of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., will serve as Chairman of Vets First Corp. The current management of HSAH and Vets First Choice will have senior roles in Vets First Corp.

Transaction Details and Conditions to Close

The transaction is structured as a “Reverse Morris Trust” transaction intended to be tax-free to Henry Schein shareholders for U.S. tax purposes. It is currently expected that shares of Vets First Corp. common stock will be distributed to Henry Schein stockholders in connection with the spin-off of the Henry Schein Animal Health business and to Vets First Choice stockholders in the subsequent merger. In addition, equity incentives held by Henry Schein Animal Health and Vets First Choice employees will be converted into equity incentives in respect of shares of Vets First Corp. and shares of Vets First Corp. may be issued to certain minority holders of Henry Schein Animal Health subsidiaries in exchange for their interests in those subsidiaries. It is expected that Henry Schein shareholders and the aforementioned Henry Schein Animal Health-related parties will own approximately 63% of Vets First Corp. common stock immediately following the transaction, while Vets First Choice investors will own approximately 37% of such stock. The precise ownership percentages are subject to adjustments as set forth in the transaction agreements, but in all cases Henry Schein shareholders will receive a majority of Vets First Corp. shares in the transaction.

Additionally, Henry Schein expects to receive between $1.0 billion and $1.25 billion in cash on a tax-free basis as part of the transaction. Henry Schein plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including share repurchases, repayment of indebtedness and acquisition opportunities.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of Henry Schein and Vets First Choice, and is expected to close by the end of 2018. It is also subject to customary closing conditions, including customary regulatory approvals, the receipt of tax opinions from counsel with respect to the transaction and the effectiveness of the registration statement on Form S-1/S-4 to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the transaction.

Advisors

Centerview Partners is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Henry Schein, Inc., and Cleary Gottlieb and Proskauer Rose are serving as its legal advisors. J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Vets First Choice and Morgan Lewis is serving as its legal advisor.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Miami Man Sentenced to More Than Eight Years in Prison for Role in $10 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

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It amazes me often, how brazen and yet how foolish law breakers can be.  I’m not talking about the guy who robs the gas station while wearing his name tag from work (although that applies as well).  No, talking about healthcare providers that brazenly ripoff the system, frequently to the tune of millions, and expect not to get caught.  As someone who is licensed to practice dentistry in two states, I expect my fellow healthcare providers to be the very best they can be.  That’s what is expected of us by our patients.  Unfortunately, not everyone who cares for others has that same interest as their personal guide.
 
Take for instance Vladimir Prado.  He owned a Miami medical clinic and a Miami rehabilitation clinic.  Through those two enterprises, he managed to fraudulently bill for approximately 10 million dollars of treatment. That’s right, 10,000,000 dollars.  Needless to say, when you are billing those kinds of numbers, the federal government pays close attention.  That’s why Vladimir Prado is going to be spending the next 8 years behind bars and paying of 4,000,000 dollars in restitution.
 
Here’s the full rundown, courtesy of the Department of Justice:
 

A Miami, Florida man was sentenced to 97 months in prison today for his role in an approximately $10 million health care fraud scheme involving a now-defunct home health clinic and two sham physical rehabilitation clinics located in Miami. 

Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg of the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Robert F. Lasky of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Shimon R. Richmond of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Miami Regional Office and Special Agent in Charge Brian Swain of the U.S. Secret Service’s (USSS) Miami Field Office made the announcement.

Vladimir Prado Sr., 52, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola of the Southern District of Florida.  Judge Scola also ordered Prado to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence and pay $4,001,499 in restitution, jointly and severally with his co-defendants.  Prado pleaded guilty on Feb. 2, to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud charged in an October 2017 superseding indictment and to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud charged in a November 2017 indictment. 

In connection with the October 2017 charges, Prado admitted that he owned a Miami medical clinic that submitted approximately $5 million in false and fraudulent claims to Blue Cross Blue Shield, resulting in payments to the clinic totaling approximately $2.6 million.   

In connection with the November 2017 charges, Prado admitted that he was a co-owner of a Miami rehabilitation clinic that submitted approximately $2.6 million in false and fraudulent claims to Blue Cross Blue Shield, resulting in payments to the clinic totaling approximately $1.4 million.  Prado further admitted that he also provided the money to purchase a fraudulent home health agency.  Prado also admitted that from December 2012 through April 2014, he and his co-conspirators submitted to the Medicare program, via interstate wires, approximately $2.2 million in claims for reimbursement, which falsely and fraudulently represented that various home health care benefits were medically necessary, prescribed by a doctor and provided to Medicare beneficiaries.  As a result of these false and fraudulent claims, Medicare made payments to the corporate bank accounts of the home health agency in the approximate amount of $3.9 million, Prado admitted. 

The cases were investigated by the FBI, HHS-OIG and USSS and were brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and by the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force.  Trial Attorney Adam G. Yoffie of the Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Clark of the Southern District of Florida are prosecuting the case.

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations are part of a joint initiative between the Department of Justice and HHS to focus their efforts to prevent and deter fraud and enforce current anti-fraud laws around the country.  The Medicare Fraud Strike Force operates in nine locations nationwide.  Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged over 3,500 defendants who collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for over $12.5 billion. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

University of Michigan Discovers Vaccine Suppresses Peanut Allergies in Mice

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As we all know, food allergies, especially to peanuts, is a huge concern to many parents who have children suffering from a severe allergy to them.  For some kids, even the airborne dust from opening a package of peanuts is enough to send them into potentially fatal anaphylaxis.
 
Now, comes information from the University of Michigan (co-funded by the U.S. Department of Defense) that a nasal mist vaccine is protecting mice from peanut allergies.  While usage on mice is a long way from the FDA approving it for humans, this is still incredible news.  It doesn’t look like peanut allergies will abate any time in the near future, so this kind of research could change lives for the better in the not too distant future.
 
Science Daily has a very good article on the work being done.  It states in part:
 

A vaccine delivered as an ultrafine nasal spray was found to limit or prevent peanut allergy symptoms in mice that had been sensitized to peanut, according to a study published today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and supported by Food Allergy Research & Education, the leading organization working on behalf of patients with food allergies and the largest source of private funding for food allergy research.

Researchers with the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center at the University of Michigan developed the vaccine as a new form of immunotherapy to treat allergies to peanut.

If you are interested in reading the full article on Science Daily, follow the link.  

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

FDA Working on Creating a Medical Device "Go-Team" for Device Cyber Security

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For anyone who has been following security in healthcare lately, the security of medical devices has become a hot topic.  There have been concerns regarding pacemakers that are updated via radio signal as well as lots of legacy systems providing all kinds of healthcare functions.
 
Now as we move forward with the IoT (Internet of Things), healthcare is seeing more and more devices that could be hacked or manipulated.  To help battle the potential for cyber threats affecting both point of care and patients using devices, the FDA is putting together ideas to help secure devices involved in healthcare.
 
Although we’ve seen a few instances of cyber threats in healthcare, we’ve not yet seen a full blown catastrophe… yet.  Kudos to the FDA for having the forward thinking to help prevent or at least minimize a future disaster.  The RansomWare disaster that affected Europe a while back caused some real problems for hospitals in Great Britain.  While it wasn’t a full blown disaster, I think it was enough of one that I’m relieved to see FDA trying to minimize these issues in the future.
 
Unfortunately cyber security is one of those things that, like my grandfather used to say “locks keep honest people honest, but they just slow crooks down”.  It’s impossible, by nature, to completely secure a system.  However, doing everything possible to slow crooks down is exactly the right thing to do for healthcare IT.
 
 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Dr. Chris Salierno Joins Cellerant Consulting Group and Best of Class Panel

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As a proud member of the Cellerant Consulting Group, I’m thrilled and honored to have Dr. Chris Salierno join us.  In addition to the rewards of hard work, Cellerant also offers me a chance to hang out and collaborate with some first class people… Chris is one of those.  Here is the press release announcing Dr. Salierno’s joining and a bit about Cellerant:

 

Cellerant Consulting Group is excited to announce that Dr. Chris Salierno has joined the company as the newest member of its esteemed Chief Development Officer (CDO) team. Dr. Salierno has also joined the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award panel of judges which is currently concluding deliberations for 2018 award winners that began in February at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting.

 “Chris is an important addition to the Cellerant CDO team,” said Dr. Lou Shuman CEO and founder of Cellerant Consulting Group. Chris joins fellow CDOs Marty Jablow DMD, Paul Feuerstein DMD, and John Flucke DDS. Chief Development officers play a critical role to Cellerant’s corporate clients by providing early stage product design input, hands-on evaluation, and high quality post-launch clinical education to the dental community.  “Chris has rapidly emerged as one of the most respected voices in the dental community combining expert clinical knowledge with tremendous insights on the products and technology that will make modern dental practices successful for the future.”
In addition to practicing dentistry, Dr. Salierno is the Chief Editor of Dental Economics.  He lectures internationally on clinical dentistry, practice management, and leadership development.  He has served as the National President of the American Student Dental Association and Chair of the ADA New Dentist Committee.  He is currently a general dentist in his Long Island, New York based practice and graduated from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 2005.

“Dr. Shuman and the Cellerant team fill a unique position in accelerating the development and market growth of important new products and services for dental manufacturers” said Dr. Salierno.  “It’s clear from Cellerant’s client portfolio that they continue to attract the innovators of next generation dental technologies,” Salierno goes on.  “It’s an honor to join this team and work with this dynamic group of clients.”

“We have been fortunate that Cellerant has grown rapidly since its launch two years ago,” said Dr. Shuman.  “It’s the perfect time and opportunity to add someone of Chris’s caliber to the team as a CDO.  As a member of the Best of Class panel Chris also brings great perspective to judging the best technologies from a practice growth perspective,” said Dr. Shuman.

About Cellerant Consulting Group

Founded and led by CEO Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS Cellerant provides strategic dental market insights, clinical expertise, and implementation resources to accelerate growth for client dental companies.  Cellerant services include product development, accelerated market awareness due to intimate relationships with the media community, new concept incubation, clinical product evaluation, manufacturing, seed funding, continuing education program development and CE sponsorship, 510k support, strategic branding and marketing, corporate social media, website development and online marketing resources, lead generation and dental media relations management.  As an orthodontist and former owner of a 10-doctor multi-specialty private group practice, Dr. Shuman guides clients to develop offerings that connect with and engage dental customers on a relationship level that provides sustained differentiation.  Cellerant operates under a unique model that merges leading voices in clinical product evaluation and strategic partner companies to provide a menu of services from one easily accessible network.

About the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award

Since the inaugural presentation in 2009, the “Best of Class” Technology Awards have grown to occupy a unique space in dentistry, by creating awareness in the community of manufacturers that are driving the discussion as to how practices will operate now and in the future.

The selection process relies on an expert panel of dentists recognized as thought leaders and educators that includes Dr. Paul Feuerstein, Dr. John Flucke, Dr. Marty Jablow, Dr. Chris Salierno and Dr. Lou Shuman. Over the course of each year, the panel members seek out and conduct research on potentially practice-changing technologies, with official deliberations beginning at the Chicago Midwinter and final selection concluding in May.  Panelists are precluded from voting in any category where they have consulting relationships.  The entire selection process is conducted rigorously and managed on an unbiased not-for-profit basis.

For more information on the Cellerant Best of Class Awards go to www.cellerantconsulting.com​/BestofClass.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Brasseler USA® Introduces C-Series Carbide Burs

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Innovative Single-Piece Carbide Construction Improves Strength and Durability

SAVANNAH, GA (April 17, 2018) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to expand upon its extensive family of operative carbide burs with its new C-Series Carbides. The latest addition to the classic Peter Brasseler Series, C-Series Carbides, are designed to address the #1 problem clinicians experience while using carbide burs, breakage.

“Carbide burs have traditionally been designed with a two-piece construction. Our new single-piece design enhances head integrity, a major advance in the marketplace,” explains Larry Rose, Director of Innovations for Brasseler USA.

The unique and durable single-piece construction of the C-Series Carbides can enhance patient care and minimizes unforeseen handpiece repairs, improving clinicians’ daily practice flow. In addition to its innovative single-piece solid carbide construction, C-Series Carbides feature improved blade geometry for extremely rapid and precise cutting, consistent with the superior performance and quality that dental professionals have come to expect from the Peter Brasseler Series.

Now available in head sizes less than 1.6mm, C-Series Carbides offer a wide selection of the most popular operative carbide shapes, including 330, 557, 245, and Rounds.

For more information about Brasseler USA’s extensive offering of operative carbide burs as well as the company’s full roster of comprehensive product and service solutions for all dental, hygiene and laboratory professionals, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 
800-841-4522.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

National Oral Health Report: A State of Decay

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Oral Health America has just released their latest report on older Americans and oral health services.  The OHA’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to drive access to care, increase health literacy and advocate for policies that improve overall health through better oral health for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable.  That’s a very noble endeavor.  They have been releasing these reports since 2003 and the data continues to expand.  As we all know, the population of America continues to grow and along with that comes the expansion of older Americans.  OHA is on the front lines of making sure that these folks are looked after and some of the data included with the report is fascinating.
 
Here is what the OHA has to say about their report:

Today, Oral Health America (OHA) releases A State of Decay, Vol. IV – a state by state analysis examining the state and national variables impacting the oral health of older adults as a key factor to their overall health and wellness. Did you know – by 2029 the baby boomer generation will include older adults ranging from ages 65 to 83 years old? While the 65+ population will fall under the same Medicare system, the needs of the oldest and youngest baby boomers will look very different. A State of Decay, Vol. IV illustrates states’ progress in some areas and the need for continued action and long-term systems change solutions. OHA has created supplemental resources, including key messages and guidelines on how to talk about state scores, for stakeholders to use while advocating locally and engaging in conversation about what they are doing in their state to advance the oral health of older adults.

As advocates for oral health equity for all, we urge you to use A State of Decay to tackle the unaddressed issues in your state and work toward changing the lives of seniors. We know it’s not about a pretty smile – it’s about whole body health, and it starts with us. 

If you’d like to download the report and take a look at this fascinating data, here is the link.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Problems with the Internet of Things

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We are now becoming surrounded with devices in the “Internet of Things” (IoT) such as CCTV cameras, thermostats, light switches, and almost anything else that connects to our networks.
 
Having smart devices is an amazing thing and definitely makes life easier.  Adjusting your thermostat from your phone on the way home is just one way these devices are changing the world.  It’s only going to expand as more and more “smart” devices hit the market.
 
However, as with all things digital, there is the security issue side of it.  Unfortunately the hackers are now learning to exploit these devices and can actually use them to wreak havoc, including stealing data.
 
 
Needless to say, if you are reading this and you are in healthcare, this could be a potential issue for you.  It would behoove you to make sure you have as much network security as possible.  The days are over where you didn’t need professional IT help.  Today data and network security are just part of doing business.  I highly recommend getting a security assessment and following the recommended adjustments to your data security protocols.
 
Even with security vigilance attacks can happen.  The best defense is to prepare as much as possible…

Monday, April 16, 2018

Dental Recycling North America is *Giving Away* Amalgam Separators!!!

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In case you haven’t heard… the EPA has required all dental offices to install amalgam separators.  The rule has been on the books since last July 14 (2017) and will require compliance by July 14, 2020.  While that seems like it might be a ways away, it’s never a bad thing to prepare early.  As the deadline looms ever more close, costs will probably go up and supply could very well go down.  That could mean you might be scrambling to get your office in compliance.  More info from the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations can be seen with this link.  
 
However, how would you like to get in compliance and not have to pay for the amalgam separator?  You heard me right.  I’m talking about FREE.
 
I had an amalgam separator installed a few years ago.  To me it just seemed to be the right thing to do.  I installed a unit that I purchased from Dental Recycling North America (DRNA).  Over the years, I’ve learned to trust them for providing a turn-key solution that I can count on.
 
Now, the good people at DRNA are offering an *incredible* deal for you.  You can get a unit valued at $850 dollars that meets the EPA rule for FREE!!!  This offer is for the fist 1000 customers and is good through December 2018.  Interested?  I thought so.  Call 1-800-360-1001 extension 2 and ask for David Picone to receive the special offer.
 
For those of you unfamiliar with how these devices work, here is the rundown.  The separator size is based on the number of practice treatment facilities.  It is installed as part of the vacuum system and removes all amalgam pieces and residue before the waste water enters back into the city drain.  About once per year the filter must be replaced.  DRNA will ship you one when it’s time for maintenance.  Simply call your local service tech and they can perform the switch quickly and easily.  I love the fact that DRNA ships the new filter every year so that the office doesn’t need to keep track of anything.
 
The system has performed exactly as it should for as long as I’ve had it.  I highly recommend DRNA.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

SpaceX CRS-14 NASA Launch



On April 2nd I got the chance of a lifetime.  I was invited to witness the SpaceX CRS-14 NASA Launch during a behind the scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  I got to stand pretty much right where this video was taken, in the media area for launch.

It was an incredible day.  In addition to the launch, I toured and stood on the launch pad where the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions were launched, toured part of NASA's lab, and also toured the Vehicle Assembly Building which, I learned, is the largest one story building on the planet.

I've been really fortunate to get to do some incredible things in my life and this one might have just moved into the #1 slot on my list of 10 Best Things I got to Do.

How did I get this lucky you may ask?  Well, my advice is to go to Twitter and follow @NASASocial.  Believe it or not, they have these gatherings on a regular basis and I simply applied when a social gathering was announced.  I figured that I had as good a chance to make it as anyone, and by some small miracle, I was one of 40 people chosen for the event.

This was truly a nerd's dream come true and I'm keeping my ID badge from the event forever!

I big thank you to NASA and to their social media team for giving me a day I'll never forget.  Walking where heros and geniuses have walked is a rare and amazing feeling.  I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ultradent Announces Dr. Bertice Berry as Keynote Speaker for Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women

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South Jordan, UT April 5, 2018 – Ultradent is pleased to announce Dr. Bertice Berry as the keynote speaker for the upcoming event Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women.

Dr. Berry is a best-selling author of 11 fiction and non-fiction books, award-winning lecturer, and doctor of sociology. She has also been named Comedian-of-the Year, Lecturer-of-the-Year, and Entertainer-of-the Year by various organizations.

Dr. Bertice Berry has hosted her own nationally syndicated television show, and appeared on The Tonight Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Crossfire, 20/20, NPR, PBS, Comedy Central, and CNN. Dr. Berry has also been a featured speaker at TEDx.

Dr. Berry’s literary work covers a wide range of topics, including healthcare, humor, health and wellness, relationships, servant leadership, diversity, love, and finding your purpose. Berry has also led parades, had classrooms named after her, and been awarded ten honorary doctorates. She earned her own doctoral degree from Kent State University at the age of 26. Dr. Berry firmly believes that every person has a unique purpose and that it is everyone’s obligation to find it and use it to improve one’s own life and the lives of others.

Dr. Berry is the adoptive mother to five children, which she considers her greatest accomplishment.

About Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women

The Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women event will take place June 22–23, 2018 at Ultradent’s international headquarters in South Jordan, UT. It will feature iconic women in the field of dentistry teaching classes and workshops on everything from work/life balance, practice building and management, esthetic dentistry, lasers, and more.

Attendees will be treated to a special dinner in an orchard at the home of Dr. Dan Fischer, founder and CEO of Ultradent, as well as a cocktail social where attendees can mingle with each other and the event’s speakers. Additionally, all other meals, including another special dinner event, will be included in the price of the workshop.

By attending Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women, clinicians will earn 16 continuing education credits. Registration begins March 8, 2018, with 100 spots available. The early bird ticket rate is $99, and is available until April 20, 2018. After that, tickets are $199.

Ultradent has reserved hotel rooms for rates ranging from $109/night to $129/night at the Courtyard Marriott, the Hampton Inn, and the Residence Inn in Sandy, Utah. More hotel information is available at www.iconsofdentistry.com.

To register for, or learn more about Icons of Dentistry: A Workshop for Women, please call 800.520.6640 or visit www.iconsofdentistry.com.

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About Ultradent Products, Inc.
Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer of high-tech dental materials, devices and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s mission is to improve the level of dental health care and to make dental procedures more predictable and hassle free. Consistent with its mission, Ultradent works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit ultradent.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Comedian Jim Gaffigan set to perform at Dentsply Sirona World

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One of the country’s most popular and widespread appealing comedians, Gaffigan will perform in an intimate entertainment experience for DSW18 attendees on opening night of the 3-day educational festival 
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 6, 2018) – Dentsply Sirona Inc., The Dental Solutions CompanyTM, announced today that three-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer and two-time New York Times best-selling author Jim Gaffigan will perform a private standup act for Dentsply Sirona World attendees in Orlando, Florida on Thursday evening, Sept. 13. 
 

Known around the world for his unique brand of humor, Gaffigan's standup revolves around his observations on life, including being lazy, bad eating habits and being a husband and father to five children.
“We’re very excited to have Jim Gaffigan performing at Dentsply Sirona World,” said Vice President of Marketing Ingo Zimmer. “Our goal is to bring the best of everything to our attendees and bringing our attendees together in laughter is a great way to kick-off the first evening of DSW18.”

Gaffigan has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for comedy albums, “Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe,” “Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed” and “Cinco.“ Additionally, he also won a Daytime Emmy in 2016 for his humor commentaries for CBS Sunday Morning. He has 10 films slated to release or start production in 2018, hitting almost every genre including comedy, drama, thriller, fantasy and animated features. His new standup special “Noble Ape” will release worldwide July 17 on multiple platforms, a first for a major comedian.


In 2013, Jim’s first book ‘Dad is Fat’ was released by Crown Publishing and debuted at #5 on the New York Time’s Bestseller’s List and remained on the list for 17 weeks after. His second book, “Food: A Love Story” was released in the fall of 2014 and debuted at #3 on the New York Time’s Bestseller’s List.


Gaffigan is currently on his new Fixer Upper international arena and theater comedy tour, with dates in China, Japan, England, Ireland, Belgium, Amsterdam, Canada, Paris, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland, in addition to his special appearance at Dentsply Sirona World in September.

A three-day educational extravaganza, Dentsply Sirona World offers groundbreaking general sessions, innovative and informative breakout sessions, copious networking opportunities and amazing entertainment for all who attend the event at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

Lock in your spot in the audience for Gaffigan’s performance and all other DSW18 events by registering now to attend. Act quickly, as Early Bird registration rates are available for Dentsply Sirona World through May 31. Doctor registration is offered for only $1,795 (regular $1,995). Staff/spouse/guest/technician registration is only $1,095 (regularly $1,195) and is buy three get one FREE! Register now at www.dentsplysironaworld.com or contact the DSW18 hotline at 1-844-462-7476 or email events@dentsplysironaworld.com.

ABOUT DENTSPLY SIRONA:
Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. As
The Dental Solutions Company TM, Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dentistry. Dentsply Sirona’s global headquarters is located in York, Pennsylvania, and the international headquarters is based in Salzburg, Austria. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. Visit www.dentsplysirona.com for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.

Monday, April 9, 2018

DEA Warns Public of Extortion Scam by DEA Special Agent Impersonators

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It’s getting harder and harder to know who to trust these days.  Now crooks are calling ordinary citizens and identifying themselves as DEA agents…

 

The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA Special Agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme.

The criminals call the victims (who in most cases previously purchased drugs over the internet or by telephone) and identify themselves as DEA agents or law enforcement officials from other agencies. The impersonators inform their victims that purchasing drugs over the internet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. In most cases, the impersonators instruct their victims to pay the "fine" via wire transfer to a designated location, usually overseas. If victims refuse to send money, the impersonators often threaten to arrest them or search their property. Some victims who purchased their drugs using a credit card also reported fraudulent use of their credit cards.

Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law. The public should be aware that no DEA agent will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment.

The DEA reminds the public to use caution when purchasing controlled substance pharmaceuticals by telephone or through the Internet. It is illegal to purchase controlled substance pharmaceuticals online or by telephone unless very stringent requirements are met. And, all pharmacies that dispense controlled substance pharmaceuticals by means of the internet must be registered with DEA. By ordering any pharmaceutical medications online or by telephone from unknown entities, members of the public risk receiving unsafe, counterfeit, and/or ineffective drugs from criminals who operate outside the law. In addition, personal and financial information could be compromised.

Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be a DEA special agent or other law enforcement official seeking money should refuse the demand and report the threat using the online form below. Please include all fields, including, most importantly, a call back number so that a DEA investigator can contact you for additional information. Online reporting will greatly assist DEA in investigating and stopping this criminal activity.