Friday, March 27, 2020

More Information from the Academy of General Dentistry

AGD Special Alert
Special AGD Update: COVID-19 Relief and Resources
Dear Member,
 
I hope this note finds you safe. These are trying times for us as general dentists but also as family and community members. Our profession and the world around us are changing so rapidly. I encourage you to continue to connect with your AGD colleagues. We are all in this together, and we will get through this together. 

Today I want to remind you that AGD remains available to support you during this tumultuous time. Here are a few updates:

Economic Relief Legislation
The economic stimulus legislation being finalized in Congress will serve as a lifeline for most dental practices. Our team has broken down some highlights to help you understand how to access the financial relief opportunities. We are also monitoring the U.S. Small Business Administration for loan opportunities that might be beneficial to members. We ask that you watch for AGD requests to communicate with legislators to ensure that the needs of general dentists are not forgotten. 
 
Center for Disease Control Guidelines Updated
The CDC has released Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings during COVID-19 Response. Check out the update.
 
AGD Webinar Series: Staying Connected During COVID-19 
We are launching a free webinar series to help answer questions about how COVID-19 is impacting general dentists. All programs are scheduled from 7:30 to 9 p.m. CDT. The first three in the series are below:
Don't forget the Tuesday, March 31 free webinar: Patients Judge Your Practice by Your Online Reputation. Watch for additional webinars in the series.  Many other events are being added or made available free of charge. Visit our website to see the full list of offerings.

AGD2020
We are preparing for any influence this pandemic may have on AGD's upcoming meetings, including our scientific session scheduled for July 15–18 in Las Vegas. We want you to assure you that if AGD2020 is cancelled as a result of COVID-19, all registered attendees will receive a full refund, including conference registration and course fees.

Help for your practice now
Addressing your business operations and staying in front of your patients and communities are as important as ever. We have contacted several of AGDs Exclusive Benefit providers to ask them to help you now.
  • Stay in Touch with Your Patients: AGD's new Exclusive Benefit provider Optio Publishing has generously offered to provide all AGD Members with free social media content to help you communicate with your patients about COVID-19. Check out the free content. Watch for more news about other offers from this new Exclusive Benefits provider.
  • Cash Flow Help: A new Exclusive Benefit provider, U.S. Bank is now offering temporarily reduced pricing on its Quick Loan and Cash Flow Manager products. For more information, contact Jeramie Eimers or 651.681.7371. Please note that they do not cover all states.
  • Payment Deferrals: Hagan Insurance Group employees are available to answer coverage questions. If these hard times are causing issues with paying your insurance premiums please do not hesitate to contact their office at 877.280.6487 to see what payment options may be available to help you through this difficult time.  
  • Keep Your Dental Team Sharp: All-Star Dental Academy is making its Survival Kit: Resources for Dentists including a video on "Training While Your Office is Closed" available to all AGD members free of charge. It outlines issues to address during this crisis and steps to ensure that your practice can continue to grow.
PPE Supplies
AGD is encouraging members to donate surplus personal protection equipment (PPE) to your local public health offices or first responders. Please retain the supplies you need to cover emergencies and to re-open your office when the time comes, but also consider how you can support the safety of healthcare professions on the frontlines. AGD has been reminding the public to avoid hospital emergency rooms if they have a dental need during this time. We want to reduce the burden those dental visits would have on sites that are focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Our website, agd.org, has special COVID-19 updates. Events, news, analysis and other links to helpful resources are being added regularly, so please check in periodically for updates.

On behalf of the AGD family, I want you to know that we stand ready to help you through this unprecedented time. Please let us know how we can help.
 
Sincerely,

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Connie L. White, DDS, FAGD
President, Academy of General Dentistry

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