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Learn about benefits of using peer review

September 07, 2015 A continuing education course at ADA 2015 – America's Dental Meeting will help dentists learn about the benefits of using the profession's peer review system.

Drs. Henrik Hansen and Stephen Simpson, former members of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, will present Peer Review and Dispute (course 6314) from 2:30-5 p.m. Nov. 6. There is no fee for the course and participants are eligible to receive up to 2.5 hours of continuing education credit.

State dental associations conduct peer review programs to settle disputes between patients and dentists or third-party payers and dentists. Disputes that may be addressed through peer review involve appropriateness of care, quality of care or whether a fee in question is the dentist's usual fee for a procedure, based on the difficulty or complexity of the dental procedure.

The procedure for initiating peer review is to contact the local dental society and request peer review. The component society conducts the peer review and coveys its decision to the dentist and other party involved in the peer review. Under some circumstances, decisions of the peer review committee at the component level can be appealed to the state dental association by either the dentist or the other involved party.

For more information, search for "peer review resources" at ADA.org.