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Indianapolis—Wednesday mornings must seem a lot different for Dr. Henry M. Swenson.

Dental professionals don’t have to be in Orlando for the annual session Oct. 9-12 to experience the meeting’s live patient education—they can just log on to an Education in the Round webcast to watch and learn.

Washington—Regulators taking a more proactive approach to protecting health care data "may impair a dentist's ability to effectively treat patients" depending on how they apply proposed HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules, the Association told the Department of Health and Human Services.

The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry has added a patient information section and a mobile version to its website for the latest oral health-related information.

The goal is to be healthy, and there are a number of resources available for dentists who are interested in achieving it.

Participants in the Illinois State Dental Society's 25th annual Illinois State Fair Smile Contest flash their winning smiles Aug. 20 as Dr. J. Barry Howell, ISDS treasurer, and Dr. Darryll Beard, ISDS president-elect, look on.

For the first time, those attending annual session will be able to enjoy ADA social networking, thanks to a new Facebook Group and Twitter feed set up exclusively for ADA members and other dental professionals in Orlando.

Dr. John Ritchie, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry's director of diversity and minority affairs, takes a break with nine students from seven universities who participated in LSU's Summer Enrichment Program, a six-week course that prepares college students for admission to dental school.

Soft-spoken with a welcoming smile, Dr. Raymond Gist gives a first impression of a friendly, polite gentleman, a listener who is happy to hear what you say. It takes but a short conversation to find out that behind his welcome is a determination that has led him to achieve success as a dentist, as a leader and as a man. When he sets his mind to a goal, he combines talent with hard work to achieve it.

New York—The Queen County Dental Society took dentistry out to the ballgame Sept. 14 with free oral cancer screenings at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

Washington—There's still time for musicians and vocalists to join the Medical Musical Group for its November performances in Washington and Paris.

Phoenix—When he was new dentist, Dr. Kris Volcheck said he enjoyed private practice dentistry and loved his patients.

Orlando, Fla.—International volunteer activities and the ADA's campaign to help rebuild dental offices damaged or destroyed by January's earthquake in Haiti are being showcased at the Volunteer Celebration Area at the ADA annual session Oct. 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center.

The new members of the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership met for the first time Sept. 9-10 at ADA Headquarters.

The ADA Division of Legal Affairs has prepared this Q&A in response to member inquiries about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which made important changes to HIPAA and imposes much steeper penalties for HIPAA violations.

The ADA Employee Office Manual: A Guide for the Dental Practice is a useful resource for dentists looking for tips in establishing proper protocol and communicating workplace standards.

Armed with a new set of bylaws that better reflect the organization’s mission, the ADA Foundation Board of Directors announced Sept. 29 that Dr. David Whiston will be the new ADAF president.

Wise, Va.—Deep in Virginia's Appalachian Mountains and in between the Daniel Boone and Jefferson national forests sits a county called Wise.

The ADA Practical Guide Series presents the latest in dental coding with the new CDT 2011-2012: The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Procedure Codes and CDT Companion 2011-2012: The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Coding.

In response to requests to consider accreditation of dental therapy and expanded function dental assistant educational programs, the Commission on Dental Accreditation approved criteria that will serve as guidance for initiating an accreditation process in new areas of allied dentistry.

The fundraising campaign, Adopt-a-Practice: Rebuilding Dental Offices in Haiti, a joint program of the ADA Division of Global Affairs and Health Volunteers Overseas, is accepting donations from dentists and contributors worldwide online, by phone and by mail.

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