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Group practice course featured at Annual Session

New Orleans—Dental practice models are the focus of an Annual Session course presented by the ADA Council on Dental Practice.

The Growth of Group Practice and Implications for the Profession (5375) is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There is no fee for the course, and participants can earn up to 2.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Dr. Todd Marshall, CDP member who also serves on the board of directors for Park Dental, a group practice in Minnesota owned and governed by dentists, will moderate the course.  Panelists are Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., managing vice president of the ADA Health Policy Resources Center; Dr. Howard Bailit, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut Health Center; and Michael Graham, ADA senior vice president of government and public affairs.

They will discuss what the growth of group practices—from partnerships of a few dentists to large multi-state organizations—forecast for the future of dental care delivery. Panelists will also talk about whether the current fiscal, demographic, economic and health care reform forces and the student debt load of new dentists will drive further growth in the group practice model.