Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Videos Coming Soon!

 



A short post today, but hopefully an exciting one.  As we all know, the pandemic has changed a lot of things for us.  One of those things is frequently getting an opportunity to see and experience new products or techniques.

I miss lecturing and teaching, but I really do not miss airports.  However, we all still need a chance to experience and interact with things.

To help with that, I'm working on setting up a video studio to create videos that will help acquaint you with things I'm testing or working on/with.  For a while now, I've had a YouTube channel.  but up to this point it has mainly consisted of videos I've been in for DPR or company sponsored shoots.  There are the occasional drone videos as I fly my Phantom 4 Pro around.  However, in addition to those (which will continue), I'm also going to start posting some videos of products and things I think those in the profession will be interested in.

So start checking my channel on a regular basis... or you can subscribe as well, which I'd be honored by.

I'm not going to put publishing videos on a schedule because they take time to shoot, but hopefully you'll enjoy what I come up with.

As always, I'm grateful for those of you who read, watch, comment, and find what I do useful.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards Now Open for 2021 Submissions

 


 

It's time again!  My gang at Cellerant Consulting is starting to put together nominations for the Annual Best of Class Awards.  We are always on the lookout for the newest, latest, and greatest products, techniques, and companies to honor.  If you've got what it takes (or know a company that does), submit your nomination below. 

Be a Part of the Cellerant Best of Class Awards

Cellerant Consulting group is pleased to open the submissions window for the 2021 Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards. Companies are invited to self-nominate innovative products and services up until the March 31, 2021 deadline.


The Best of Class Technology Awards were launched in 2009 to provide an unbiased, non-profit assessment of available technologies in the dental space. The award recipients are selected by a panel of the most prominent technology leaders in dentistry: Paul Feuerstein, DMD, John Flucke, DDS, Marty Jablow, DMD, Pam Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, Chris Salierno, DDS, and Lou Shuman, DMD. The winning technologies will be announced in early August and celebrated with a live awards presentation ceremony at the 2021 ADA annual meeting, Smilecon™.


“Without the benefit of in-person meetings this last year, the self-nomination process is more important than ever” said Dr. Lou Shuman, CEO of Cellerant and founder of the Best of Class Technology Awards. “Our panel strives to be comprehensive in their review so we encourage dental companies to take full advantage of the open submissions avenue.”


Learn more about the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award submit your product for consideration in 2021 by clicking here or below.

 


Thursday, February 18, 2021

CATCH THE COMPOSITE WAVE AND SURF ITS POTENTIAL LIVE VIRTUAL CE-COURSE 2021

 



On April 29-30, Drs. Bud Mopper and Dennis Hartlieb present this beginner’s level class using composite to seamlessly repair a large Class IV fracture. This two-day live-virtual course with one-on-one time will cover beveling, layering, contouring and polishing to create a completely invisible composite restoration. Participants will also become familiar with the different composite materials and where they are used to create an esthetic result. Course fee is $1,900.00, and includes a materials bundle used in the hands-on. Attendance includes access to post-course instruction videos and a technical support group.


For more information, please contact Erika at 800-837-2321 or sign-up online at www.cosmedent.com.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Academy of Chairside Assisting Announces New Course


 


Shannon Pace-Brinker is a friend and also a first class dental assistant.  She has a long and distinguished career of sharing her impressive skills with others to help elevate them to a higher level.  She's announcing  a new course that I think many can benefit from.  Check this out!



THE ART OF EXQUISITE ANTERIOR, POSTERIOR, SINGLE, AND MULTIPLE UNIT PROVISIONALS



The role of dental restorations used for provisional and indirect restorative procedures has changed dramatically in the past several years. These restorations are no longer regarded as temporary restorations but rather as provisional restorations with distinct functions and purposes.

 

This course will teach dental professionals.

Understand the differences between carbamide vs. hydrogen peroxide and the factors that help determine which type will give the patient the best results.  

Techniques for in-office, custom trays, and pre-filled trays.

How to conduct a whitening consultation and take the proper records for documentation. 

How to market whitening in your practice and increase case acceptance.


AMD LASERS STARTS TO SHIP WORLD FIRST HANDHELD REVOLUTIONARY LASER CURING LIGHT – MONET LASER CURING LIGHT

 



SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 16th, 2021) – AMD Lasers, Inc. (AMD) begins shipment of the world’s first revolutionary handheld laser dental curing light, branded as Monet TM laser curing light, for faster and reliable dental curing.

Detailed features and virtual demos for Monet laser curing light can be found at www.amdlasers.com or call +1-866-999-2635.

Light curing is an essential procedure in daily dental practices. LED curing light has been widely adopted into dental practices since its introduction in 2001. However, the LED curing light has certain limitations including an uncollimated light beam, light intensity decreasing dramatically from the emitting orifice, inefficient curing, etc.

AMD Lasers has been leading the development of diode laser systems in dentistry. Its PicassoTM diode lasers are widely used for daily dental procedures over the past decade. Building on diode laser technology, the Monet laser curing light features.

1) Curing depth of 8mm in composites in 3 seconds.
2) Rotatable head.
3) Coherent collimated beam with a beam diameter up to 12mm.
4) Beam intensity does not decrease with distance.
5) Different aperture attachments for different beam size and applications. 6) Handheld and cordless operation.
7) Easy battery attachment for uninterrupted operations.
8) Convenient charging station with a light meter.

Monet curing light has been evaluated by independent third parties and proved for the features and benefits as stated.

“We invented the first LED curing lights 20 years ago and it benefited dentistry greatly. We have considered all the key requirements for a curing light and implemented the requirements in this new development. Monet laser curing light resolves critical issues that existed in LED curing lights. It is a revolutionary change for dental curing.” said, Dr. Densen Cao, PhD, President of AMD. “Monet laser curing light will make dental curing easier, faster, and better. The Monet curing light units are manufactured in our West Jordan, Utah facility and our operations teams have been working diligently to meet the high demand from the customers for this revolutionary product.”

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About AMD Lasers, Inc.

The AMD Lasers, Inc. (AMD), a subsidiary of the CAO Group, Inc. is a world leading company in diode laser technology in dentistry. Innovations of AMD has contributed to widely use of diode lasers in dentistry. For more details, visit www.amdlasers.com.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Dr. Fauci States that Public Needs to Continue Wearing Masks for "Several, Several Months".

 



A quick statement before today's post.  I'm dealing with some issues in my life that are requiring a good deal of my focus at the present time.  When these types of things rear their ugly heads, I've got to find time to deal with them.  That means that some of my "extracurriculars" like this blog need to take a backseat to more important issues.  With that in mind, please understand that the next couple of weeks or so may keep me from providing my normal schedule of blog updates.  Rest assured that once my life returns to normal, I'll be right back providing the info that many of you are gracious enough to read on a regular basis.  You folks make the work I put into this worth it and I appreciate you!

Now on to today's post!


In the last year, the global pandemic caused by Covid-19 has created an environment of safety that we really haven't seen since the HIV epidemic of the late 80s and before that, we probably have to go back to the Spainish Influenza 100 years ago.

People have adapted pretty well with the idea of masks... at least after they became less of a political statement.  However, I think many people harbored the secret hope that once the vaccine started to roll out that masks would rapidly become a thing of the past.  Unfortunately that isn't looking like a possibility any time soon.

Friday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci was interviewed on "Good Morning America" with the announcement that masks will be around for the foreseeable future.  Fauci stated that once 75% to 80% of the population is vaccinated it may be possible to "start pulling back a bit on what are stringent public health measures."

The thing is that achieving that level of vaccine distribution is going to take a good while.  Plus it will then be up to authorities to decide on when their mask mandates will begin to scale back.  In the meantime, all of us should continue to mask up.  In fact the science is now beginning to show that wearing 2 masks just might be better than 1, but their has been no recommendation to begin wearing 2... at least at this point in time.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

SprintRay 3D Announces the $2 Crown

 



For the past several years... in fact almost since the invention of 3D printing, people have asked, "When will the 3D printed crown be here?"

3D printing has been around for quite a while now.  It began to show up in dentistry (in very limited applications) about 10 years ago and has continued to make inroads in the industry since that time.

We got involved with the technology about 3 or 4 years ago.  We loved the idea of taking digital scans with our iTero system and then using our SprintRay 3D printer to create the models.  The process was faster, more accurate, and more streamlined than impressions, stone, and trimming.

Over the time that we have been doing 3D printing, we've found it to be an incredible benefit to our practice.  We went from printing models, to making surgical guides, alingers, occlusal guards, almost anything that we were previously creating with analog workflows.  It's amazing to compare the analog lab to the digital one.  The analog lab is dusty and messy.  Dealing with bags of dental stone that are a light, fluffy powder which gets easily airborne, it's easy to see how our lab is routinely covered with a thin layer of "moon dust".  Combine that with mixing that powder with water, shaking it into impressions, and then trimming the resulting models, the analog process has "mess" written all over it.

It's fairly easy to see that 3D printing is a much easier and much less messy option that we have fallen in love with.  Yet for all of its benefits, there has been one elusive piece of the 3D printing equation and THAT has been creating permanent restorations.  There are lots of materials available to create with, but none have had the durability to be classified as permanent restorations.  Now for the first time we are seeing a truly "permanent" material.

The material is called Bego VarseoSmile Crown Plus.  It is a resin that exhibits strong flexural strength, wear resistance, and polish ability.  It is NOT a porcelain or Zirconia, but the material does show that it is resilient enough to be in the oral environment long term.

In my mind (this opinion is mine and mine alone) it appears to be a material that is similar to heat cured composite materials we have seen in the past which are used for permanent prostheses.

You can get more info from this link.

One thing is for sure at this point.  The dam has broken in the market.  We will now see a tremendous amount of research and development in this area of the profession.  Usually when we reach this magic point, we see a "gold rush" of companies bringing similar. products to market.  The next year or so is going to be interesting!


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

MouthWatch Names Five Winners of its 2020 “Teledentistry Innovation Awards” During a Virtual Event


 


MouthWatch, LLC a leader in dentist-managed, patient-friendly teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, recently recognized five teledentistry pioneers during its third annual Teledentistry Innovation Awards, affectionately known as the “Tellies”. The 2020 Tellie Awards were presented on Friday, February 5th, during a well-attended virtual event. 

According to MouthWatch, LLC CEO and founder Brant Herman, “2020 presented significant challenges to dentistry and the world at large, but the year also marked a time of unprecedented growth and innovation in the teledentistry field.  We weren’t about to let a pandemic prevent us from recognizing this year’s Tellie Awards winners, so we hosted a great virtual event instead.”   


Just as in previous years, the purpose of the Tellie Awards is two-fold:


Highlight the many ways that teledentistry is being implemented across a broad spectrum of dental care including public health, private practice, and organizational settings. 


Recognize individual, forward-thinking dental providers who are realizing the full potential for connected dental care technology and who are reshaping the practice of dentistry while improving the state of oral health across the country.


In past years, Teledentistry Innovation Awards winners were named in the following categories: 

Dentist/Specialist, Dental Hygiene and Oral Health Program (non-profit or business). New for the 2020 Tellie Awards were two special COVID Response categories: COVID-19 Response/Provider and COVID-19 Response/Oral Health Program. Here are the five 2020 Tellie Awards winners:  


Winner Name and Organization: Scott Howell, DMD, MPH / AT Still University/Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Award Category: Dentist/Specialist

Dr. Scott Howell developed a robust oral health program at AT Still University/Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH).  To date, this program has trained over 300 students in teledentistry. Students learn about how they can use the technology to reach a diverse patient population and evaluate digital records collected via teledentistry. 

Dr. Howell’s program effectively pivoted during the pandemic by having students participate in one-week public health rotations. During this rotation, the students worked with diverse patients, including children in detention, children and adults with special needs, low-income seniors, and men in rehabilitation/reentry programs. 


 

Winner Name and Organization: Jingjing Qian RDH, EA /Your Special Smiles PLLC

Award Category: Dental Hygiene

Jingjing Qian RDH, EA was instrumental in developing and implementing a COVID response – The Guided Oral Hygiene Program that continued to provide oral care to long-term care residents who would otherwise not have received these critical services.  

Ms. Qian and her dentist, Dr. Brooke Fukuoka developed the “’Guided Oral Hygiene Program’ “through which caregivers were trained on how to gather information via teledentistry and then used live teledentistry interactions to help caregivers with patient-specific oral hygiene regimens.”  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this teledentistry-enabled touchpoint was the only dental service many of these patients received for months. 



Winner Name and Organization: University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health

Award Category: Oral Health Program (Non-Profit or Business)

The University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health has published significant studies on teledentistry. However, its accomplishments also include the real-world implementation of teledentistry in oral health programs that provide care to underserved patients in the Greater Rochester, NY region. The University’s innovative deployment of teledentistry is part of its long experience and successful track record in designing, implementing, and sustaining community-based oral health programs—including outreach programs that have been replicated nationwide. 



Candidate Name and Business: Barry Raphael, DMD /  The Raphael Center for Integrative Orthodontics

Award Category: COVID-19 Response – Provider

During the pandemic's peak, many dental clinicians were pausing dental procedures and maintenance appointments because face-to-face interactions posed a very real risk of COVID-19 transmission.  Dr. Barry Raphael, a practicing orthodontist for over 30 years, decided to pivot instead of pause. 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, he had already been re-examining his traditional views on patient treatment and adopted a new integrative approach. With his patient's safety as a top priority, he implemented teledentistry.  All intraoral photos are submitted remotely, new patient records are completed electronically, and all consultations are conducted through a web-based platform. 


Winner Organization:  Advantage Dental from DentaQuest Care Group


Award Category:  COVID 19 Response – Oral Health Program

Advantage Dental and DentaQuest have long seen the value of teledentistry and how it can transform access to dental care. Teledentistry was long supported through Advantage Dental’s outreach and mobile programs. 

The recent teledentistry rollout across their over 80 practice locations were even more crucial in addressing urgent care needs during COVID-19. Through virtual consultations facilitated with their providers and member service representatives, patients had easy access to experienced clinical assistance when practices were open only for emergencies.

As practices reopened, Advantage Dental saw the numbers reflect that their teledentistry platform improved the patient experience, saved time for patients and providers, and helped bring convenience for patients already facing access challenges. The long-term vision to roll out teledentistry as part of Advantage Dental’s services is well underway. 

“We congratulate and thank this year’s Teledentistry Innovation Awards winners for their commitment to using teledentistry technology to make a tangible difference in improving access to care,” added Herman. “For those who were not able to attend our live virtual event, we invite you to watch the recording of the awards and in-depth winner interviews, which is available on demand.”  Visit teledentistryinnovationawards.com/2020Live for 24/7 access.


About MouthWatch, LLC:  

Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider.

In 2020, MouthWatch was ranked #1303 in the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies. In addition, the company earned the following dental industry awards: The 2020 Cellerant Best of Class Award  for TeleDent™,  the provider-focused, patient-friendly teledentistry platform. TeleDent™ also won Dentistry Today Magazine’s  2020 Top Innovative Products Award.  What’s more, the MouthWatch Intraoral Camera won the Dentaltown Magazine’s 2020 Dental Townie Choice Award™ as well as  Dentistry Today Magazine’s Top 100 Products Award. For more information about MouthWatch, LLC and its innovative products, visit www.MouthWatch.com

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The First Handheld Laser Curing Light is Almost Here!

 



I've gotten word that the Monet Laser curing light from AMD Lasers is soon to be released.  Look for the launch of this product around the end of February.  However, you can also pre-order the device right now.

Here is what the smart people at AMD have to say about the Monet:


Introducing The First Handheld Laser Curing Light – Cure Up to 8mm Deep in 3 Seconds 

 

Light curing is an essential procedure in daily dental practices. LED curing light has been widely adopted into dental practices since its introduction in 2001. However, the LED curing light has certain limitations including an uncollimated light beam, light intensity decreasing dramatically from the emitting orifice, inefficient curing, etc.  

 AMD Lasers has been leading the development of diode laser systems in dentistry. Its Picasso™ diode lasers are widely used for daily dental procedures over the past decade. Building on diode laser technology, the Monet laser curing light features 1) Curing depth of 8mm in composites in 3 second; 2) Rotatable head; 3) Coherent collimated beam with a beam diameter up to 12mm; 4) Beam intensity does not decrease with distance; 5) Different aperture attachments for different beam size and applications; 6) Handheld and cordless operation; 7) Easy battery attachment for uninterrupted operations; 8) Convenient charging station with a light meter. Monet curing light has been evaluated by independent third parties and proved for the features and benefits as stated.  

 “We invented the first LED curing lights 20 years ago and it benefited dentistry greatly. We have considered all the key requirements for a curing light and implemented the requirements in this new development. Monet laser curing light resolves critical issues that existed in LED curing lights. It is a revolutionary change for dental curing.” said, Dr. Densen Cao, PhD, President of AMD. “Monet laser curing light will make dental curing easier, faster, and better. The Monet curing light units are manufactured in our West Jordan, Utah facility and our operations teams have been working diligently to meet the high demand from the customers for this revolutionary product.” 

Detailed features can be found at: 

https://www.amdlasers.com/pages/monet-laser-curing-light-intro or call +1-866-999-2635.  

You can schedule a Virtual Demo by Clicking Here

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Dental Accessories Magnification Evaluation

 



One day in December 2020, I logged onto Facebook.  Almost immediately I saw an ad for dental magnification and I was pleasantly surprised by the cost.

The ad was from a company called Dental Accessories and they were selling dental surgical scopes (many call them "loupes" but I prefer the true term "surgical scopes or telescopes") for an amazingly low price.  Over my career as Technology Evangelist I've helped design and test many of the scope designs on the market today.  Because of that, I was fascinated by a company that was offering 3.5x magnification for less than $200.

I figured that at the offered price, lots of folks in the industry would be ordering them so I felt compelled to get some and see how they performed.

I ordered the highest magnification offered, which was 3.5x.  I also ordered the 5W LED light which is the brightest light the company offers.  My thought process was 2 fold.  First I'm a firm believer in high magnification and a well lit field.  If I am treating a patient I want to see things as "up close" as possible and the field needs to be well lit.  A couple of days after my initial order, I was nosing around their website and I saw that they also offered an "Aluminum Hard Case" for $14.95 and I decided to get one of those as well.  I'm a firm believer in keeping my gear as pristine as possible and that especially applies to my scopes.

I wasn't familiar with the company so I had no preconceived notions as to how things would go.  My one concern was that the Facebook ad I had used to ordered also had an area for questions and there were 3 or 4 individuals who were wondering about the status of their orders.

For me, the process was easy and progressed exactly as expected.  My first order went through and was processed as expected.  Shortly after the order was placed, I received an email confirming my order and letting me know I would be contacted when the order shipped.  This process repeated itself when I ordered the Aluminum Hard Case.

2 days later I received an email from  a member of the "Customer Support Team".  It informed me that my order had been processed and was ready to ship, that the shipping company had been contacted, and that the order was expected to ship within a few hours.  Just a few minutes later I received another email telling me my order had shipped.

The next day I placed the order for the "Aluminum Hard Case" and the email process repeated itself.  I was doubly impressed on this one as I ordered at midday on a Sunday and the order was shipped to me at 02:14 on Tuesday.

Both orders arrived in perfect condition and right on time.

The light had to be mounted to the glasses which was no big deal for me as I have a knack for figuring things out and fixing things.  There were instructions which I thought could have been a bit better, but overall everything was useful and once setup, the light was well mounted and worked well.

The light is powered by a battery that is about the size of a credit card and its thickness is about a stack of 5-10 credit cards.  It is light weight and the cord is long enough to put it in a pocket... even a pants pocket. The light comes with a charger that plugs into the battery.  One of the things I really like about the battery is the rheostat.  There is a small knob on the end of the battery that allows you to turn it to dim & brighten the battery.  Because its a simple rotating knob, it gives you an incredible variety of lighting intensities.  Sometimes staring at a brightly lit operating field can create eye fatigue and decrease your eyes acuity.  By giving the user the choice of "dialing in" whatever illumination they require, it's a tremendous benefit.

The glasses themselves have a sporty sort of Oakley look, but they are definitely NOT Oakley frames.  However I think they are sturdy enough.  The mag is a flip-up type which doesn't provide the same degree of accuracy as scopes that are custom drilled to your IPD, but the mag works fine.  These are a type of "old school" telescopes.  You do not get prismatic tubes and you don't get a wide field of view.

The rule here is you get what you pay for.  If you want state of the art magnification you are going to need to spend over $2000.  If you don't need all the bells & whistles, these will work just fine.  I think if you would like a pair to perform hygiene exams, if you are a hygienist, or if you want a backup pair of scopes... these are for you.

Most of us that use magnification quickly become hooked on it.  However the systems are expensive and very few people want to spend twice as much to have a backup pair that you purchase for a worst case scenario when you need to send you everyday set out to the factory for repair.  However, with these scopes you could have that back-up pair for limited use for around $200 and I think THAT is well worth it.  I've been using mine for lab work, doing wax-ups, that sort of thing and have been very happy with them.

Before Dental Accessories came along, I was unaware of a company that made affordable magnification.  Now you can get Economy Class mag and not have to spend a tidy sum to get that.  If you want a basic telescope setup that can provide you with basic magnification, this is a company you should check out.

While I'm still doing dentistry with my 5.0 or 5.5x custom drilled TTL setup from Orascoptic, I think these basic setups from Dental Accessories have a definite niche in the industry.  As long as you realize that you are not getting top of the line for a low price, I rate these as *highly recommended*.


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Athenahealth Agrees to Pay $18.25 Million to Resolve Allegations that It Paid Illegal Kickbacks

 



Here's an interesting bit of information.  It seems that serious amounts of cash were being spent in unethical ways by AthenaHealth.  The following press release from the Department of Justice gives the sordid details...


athenahealth, Inc. (Athena), a Watertown-based developer of electronic health records (EHR) services, has agreed to pay $18.25 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by paying illegal kickbacks to generate sales of its EHR product, athenaClinicals. 

In a complaint filed in conjunction with today’s settlement, the United States alleged that Athena violated the FCA and the Anti-Kickback Statute through three marketing programs. First, Athena allegedly invited prospects and customers to all-expense-paid sporting, entertainment and recreational events. The most lavish of these events, such as “bucket list” trips to the Masters Tournament and the Kentucky Derby, included complimentary travel along with luxury accommodations, meals and alcohol. Second, Athena allegedly paid illegal fees to its customers through its “Lead Generation” program designed to identify new prospective customers. Under this program, Athena paid up to $3,000 per physician that signed up for Athena services, regardless of how much time (if any) the client spent speaking or meeting with the lead. Finally, it is alleged that Athena entered into deals with competing companies that had decided to discontinue their health information technology products. Pursuant to those agreements, known as “Conversion Deals,” the other companies agreed to refer their clients to Athena, and Athena paid competitors based on the value and volume of practices that were successfully converted into Athena customers. 

As a result of these kickbacks, it is alleged that Athena improperly generated sales for itself while causing healthcare providers to submit false claims to the federal government related to incentive payments for adoption and “meaningful use” of Athena’s EHR technology.

“Across the country, physicians rely on electronic health records software to provide vital patient data. Kickbacks corrupt the market for health care services and risk jeopardizing patient safety,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “We will aggressively pursue organizations that fail to play by the rules; EHR companies are no exception.”

“This resolution demonstrates the department’s continued commitment to holding EHR companies accountable for the payment of unlawful kickbacks in any form,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton for the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. “EHR technology plays an important role in the provision of medical care, and it is critical that the selection of an EHR platform be made without the influence of improper financial inducements.”

“If the benefits of Electronic Health Records are to be fully realized, patients must be confident providers have selected the most effective system – not the one paying the largest kickbacks. Time and again, we’ve seen fraudulent activity undermine the integrity of medical decisions, subvert the health marketplace, and waste taxpayer dollars,” said Phillip M. Coyne, Special Agent in Charge for the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “We will continue to hold accountable those who provide illegal incentives in order to influence the decision-making of health care providers.”

“It is illegal for companies to extend invitations to all-expense-paid sporting, entertainment, and recreational events, and other perk-filled offers to its prospective customers to win business and boost their bottom line through illegal kickback schemes,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “Today’s agreement by Athena to pay $18.25 million should send a strong message to anyone thinking about engaging in this type of illegal activity. The FBI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to do everything in our power to safeguard our government health care programs and the taxpayers picking up the bill.”

The settlement with Athena also resolves allegations in two whistleblowers lawsuits.  Under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, private individuals, known as relators, can sue on behalf of the government for false claims and share in any recovery.

U.S. Attorney Lelling, Acting Assistant Attorney General Boynton, HHS-OIG SAC Coyne, FBI Boston SAC Bonavolonta and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Field Office made the announcement today. The matter was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica J. Weber, David J. Derusha and Gregg Shapiro of Lelling’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit, together with Trial Attorneys Nicholas Perros and Andrew Jaco of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Free CE Course from Cosmedent

 



A great announcement from Cosmedent.  Who doesn't love FREE CE?


On February 5 at 12pm CST two of the top leaders in dentistry, Dr. Amanda Seay and Dr. Adamo Notarantonio will be joining us live for our next free webinar. 

You don’t want to miss this 1 hour live event where Dr. Seay and Dr. Notarantonio will be discussing the importance of color in shade matching and composite selection and some of their must have tools for composite success. 




While we hope you join us live for the event, we will also ensure that everyone who registers gets access to the webinar recording. 

We hope you are enjoying Cosmedent’s Winter Webinar Series and we will continue to bring free education from some of the most influential leaders in dentistry.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Pfizer Dose Number 2 - Setting Your Expectations

 



I want in for my second does of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on Friday and thought I'd report in.

In Missouri dentistry is classified as I-A which puts us pretty close to the front of the distribution line.  I had received my first dose on January 11th.

The first dose was a non-event.  I could barely even tell where the injection site was.  If I felt around on my shoulder, I could find feel a slight tender spot from the injection, but that was it.  Some of my team got the first dose that same day.  Not all of them, but some of them complained of a pretty sore injection site and some had night sweats that evening.  However, everyone was back in the office the next day and things were nominal.

I got my second dose on Friday January 29th.  That's where the fun began...

Once again, I didn't feel the injection and my arm didn't feel sore afterwards.  However, I woke up at midnight with horrible chills.  I could not get warm for several minutes.  I did manage to dose back off and woke up about 2:00.  As I got out of bed to use the facilities I had what felt like a really good case of the flu.  My coordination was off and aches ran all through my body.

I finally woke up for good at 08:00 Saturday and was feverish.  My temp was 99.7.  I got up and tried to function, but it just wasn't happening.  The aches and lack of coordination continued all day and I was also exhausted.  I ended up sleeping 2-3 hours in the afternoon and going to be about 21:00 that night.  Somewhere in late afternoon I began to feel like I had perhaps "turned the corner", but I still had a lot of general malaise.

As I type this on Sunday, I am feeling much better.  I'm not 100% yet but I am almost back to normal.  I should be fine by tomorrow.

I decided to do this post because I know there are concerns for some about dealing with malaise after the second dose.  I can tell you for sure, here is NO way I could have gone to the office yesterday.   I normally don't get sick very often so I was surprised it hit me this hard.  Hopefully my experience is a rare one.  I would definitely advised NSAIDs starting the day before.  I had intentionally not done that so I could truly experience if the response was "bad" or not.  I definitely had one of the "bad ones".  However I take comfort in knowing I would not feel like that for 2 weeks now that I'm immunized.

As a final statement on this post I will say, I'm am all about immunization.  That's the only way we will ever get past this thing.  Don't let me story scare you off from getting the vaccine.  It's a small price to pay.