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CERP Provider Newsletter 2015 Edition One


Commission Holds First Meeting
Sunshine Act Revisions
Call For Comments
CERP Workshop Scheduled
Standard XIII: Patient Protection
Annual Report Released
CCEPR Recognition Actions
List Your Courses
Application Dates
Commission Members
Staff Contacts
Commission Mailing Address


Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition Holds First Meeting

The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (CCEPR) met for the first time since its establishment by the 2014 ADA House of Delegates. CCEPR, the ADA’s third and newest commission, is dedicated to  developing recognition standards, reviewing and approving providers of continuing dental education and administering the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP). CCEPR replaces the CERP Committee, a committee formerly under the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure. In establishing the new commission to oversee ADA CERP, the ADA reduces potential conflicts of interest with other ADA programs and supports the standard of impartiality required of an agency that approves providers of continuing education.

At its March 19-20, 2015, meeting, the Commission, acting on 13 new applications and 66 applications for continued recognition, granted ADA CERP recognition to a total of 71 providers of continuing dental education. Currently there are 435 ADA CERP recognized providers.

The board of commissioners also approved the CCEPR Procedures for an Adverse Action Against a Provider, formalizing procedures for conduct of an appeal in the event that the Commission withdraws or denies ADA CERP recognition. In addition, the Commission approved editorial revisions to the CERP Recognition Standards and Procedures to reflect the program’s new governance structure. The CCEPR Procedures for an Adverse Action and the current ADA CERP Recognition Standards are posted on 

In further action, the Commission determined to proceed with a plan to conduct a comprehensive review of the ADA CERP Recognition Standards. The Standards were last revised in 2008. The comprehensive review, which is expected to take two years, will include a review of accreditation and recognition standards for continuing education in other healthcare professions. As the first step in the process, the Commission has issued a call for comments requesting input from the communities of interest on possible revisions to the Standards (see article below). Comments are due by August 1.

The CCEPR Board is composed of representatives from the stakeholder groups represented on the former CERP Committee, including the American Association of Dental Boards, the American Dental Education Association, the American Society of Constituent Dental Executives, the sponsoring organizations of the nine ADA recognized dental specialties, and the American Dental Association. The Commission’s next meeting is scheduled for September 17-18, 2015.

Open Payments/Sunshine Act Revisions Take Effect January 1, 2016

On October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), published revisions to the Open Payments rules in the Federal Register. Open Payments requires certain manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals or medical supplies to report information about payments or other transfers of value the manufactures make to physicians, including dentists, and to teaching hospitals (“covered recipients”). Among other changes, CMS deleted the exemption from reporting that is currently allowed in 42 CFR §403.904(g) for indirect compensation provided to certain covered recipients who speak at accredited or certified continuing education events. The change will be implemented for the 2016 program year, with reporting to CMS in 2017.

However, certain payments and transfers may be excluded from reporting requirements. 42 CFR §403.904(i)(1) states that indirect payments or other transfers of value (as defined in § 403.902), where the applicable manufacturer is unaware of the identity of the covered recipient, are excluded from reporting requirements. CMS considers that an applicable manufacturer is unaware of the identity of a covered recipient if the manufacturer does not know (as defined in § 403.902) the identity of the covered recipient during the reporting year or by the end of the second quarter of the following reporting year.

For more information about the recent revisions, providers are encouraged to visit this page: Law and Policy on the CMS website.

Call for Comments on Revisions to ADA CERP Recognition Standards

CCEPR plans to conduct a comprehensive review of the ADA CERP Recognition Standards over the next two years. As an initial step in the process, the Commission is requesting comments from interested parties regarding the Recognition Standards, in particular, areas where revisions may be needed. Read the Call for Comments. Comments are requested by August 1, 2015, and will be reviewed by the Commission at its meeting in September.

CERP Workshop in Washington, D.C.

Members of the Commission will present an informational session for continuing dental education providers in conjunction with the ADA annual meeting. The workshop will include an overview of the new application form, discuss documentation requirements, and help providers identify ways to demonstrate compliance with ADA CERP Recognition Standards. This year’s workshop will be held Thursday, November 5, from 10 am—1 pm in Washington, D.C. Register for session #5114 at ADA 2015.

Ensuring Patient Protection: Documenting Compliance with CERP Standard XIII

Providers offering CE activities in which patients are treated, whether by the instructor or the course participants, must document compliance with the criteria for patient protection outlined in CERP Standard XIII. The Commission believes that patient safety is of utmost importance. When reviewing applications and progress reports from a provider offering courses that involve patient treatment, the Commission carefully examines documentation of the provider’s compliance with several criteria. Providers that do not document that they meet the criteria may be requested to submit a progress report within 60 days or less.

Providers that offer courses in which patients are treated are encouraged to become familiar with Standard XIII, and to review internal policies and procedures for these courses to be sure that CERP criteria are being met and that appropriate documentation is being maintained.

Specifically, the CERP application asks providers to supply a copy of the informed patient consent form used in one of the provider’s courses. To meet the requirements outlined in CERP Standard XIII.5, the consent form must inform patients of: (a) the training situation; (b) the nature and extent of the treatment to be rendered; (c) any benefits or potential harm that may result from the procedure; (d) available alternative procedures; and (e) their right to discontinue treatment. If any of these items are not included in the consent form(s), the Commission will consider that the provider does not meet Standard XIII.5

The CERP application also requires providers to document how it ensures that instructors and/or participants treating patients have appropriate liability insurance. Providers that offer coverage under the institution’s own insurance should include a copy of the provider’s certificate of insurance. Providers that require instructors and participants to obtain coverage from their own carriers should include a copy of notification sent to the instructors and participants advising them to supply documentation of coverage. If the provider’s application does not include one of these documents, the Commission will consider that the provider does not meet Standard XII.10.

The Commission may postpone action on an application that does not document compliance with Standard XIII, pending submission of a progress report within 60 days. If the provider does not demonstrate that it fully meets the requirements within this time period, the Commission may notify the provider of its intent to withdraw recognition.

2014 CCEPR Annual Report Released

ADA CERP recognized providers report offering 29,000 CE activities in 2013, for a total of over 200,000 hours of continuing education instruction. Data on providers’ CE activities is published in the 2014 CCEPR Annual Report, now available. The 2014 CCEPR Annual Report includes data on the number and type of CE activities offered by ADA CERP recognized providers the previous year collected through providers’ annual reports.
CERP recognized providers’ 2015 annual reports are due July 1, 2015. A link to the online annual report form was emailed to all CERP recognized providers in May.

CCEPR Recognition Actions—March 2015

Congratulations to the following CE providers that were awarded ADA CERP recognition for four years at the Commission’s March 2015 meeting:

American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists
Ark-La-Tex Academy of Dentistry
Biomed, Inc.
Harmony Dental Laboratory
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Institute for Natural Resources
International Dental Institute, Inc.
Jersey Coast Dental Forum
Ridgewood Valley Study Club
South Dakota Dental Implant Center (formerly Rocky Mountain Dental Institute)
The DALE Foundation
University of North Carolina School of Dentistry
Colorado Dental Association
McGarry Implant Institute
Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines
Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry
American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia and Sedation in Dentistry
Association for Colorado Summer Meeting for the Advancement of Orthodontics
Dynamic Dental Educators
Excellence in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics
Flying Dentists Association
KaVo Kerr Group
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Departments of Dental Medicine
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine
Professional Education Services Group
Pure Dental Learning
Quality Health Management
Schilder Institute for the Advancement of Endodontics
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine

Congratulations to the following CE providers that were awarded ADA CERP recognition for three years:
A. T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Academy of Laser Dentistry
Arab Society for Continuous Dental Education
College of Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics
Dentalxp, LLC
Eastern North Carolina Oral and Maxillofacial Education Society
Excellence In Dentistry LLC
gnathos, inc.
Henry Schein Practice Solutions
Implant Resource Center
Institute for Oral Health
Maine Dental Association
Medonline, Inc.
New Hampshire Dental Society
New York State Dental Foundation
Nobel Biocare USA Inc.
North Carolina Dental Society
Northeastern Society of Periodontists, Inc.
OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry
Ontario Dental Association
Osteogenics Biomedical, Inc.
Ultradent Seminars
Vermont State Dental Society
Vizstara Professional
Western University Canada - Continuing Dental Education
Ziemek Laboratories

List Your Courses

Approved providers are encouraged to post information about their courses in the ADA’s online course listing. For information on how to login and post course information, contact Kim Hendricks at

Application Dates for 2014-2015

Recognition Term Ending
Application materials Sent
Applications Due
December 2015
January 2015
June 26, 2015
June 2016
 July 2015
January 8, 2016


Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition Members

Dr. Alan L. Felsenfeld, Los Angeles, CA, chair
Dr. Eva F. Ackley, New Port Richey, FL, vice chair
Dr. Brian A. Beitel, Huntsville, AL
Dr. Hardeep K. Chehal, Omaha, NE
Dr. Debra Dixon, Edwardsville, IL
Dr. Joseph P. Fiorellini, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Alan E. Friedel, Miami, FL
Ms. Janice Gibbs–Reed, Teaneck, NJ
Dr. Mark C. Hutten, Hinsdale, IL
Dr. Timothy C. Kirkpatrick, Biloxi MS
Dr. Paul Leary, Smithtown, NY
Dr. Eugene J. McGuire, Allentown, PA
Mr. Conor McNulty, Wilsonville, OR
Dr. Ann Steiner, Yucaipa, CA
Dr. Mary A. Tavares, Cambridge, MA
Dr. Timothy T. Wheeler, Gainesville, FL


Ms. Mary Borysewicz
Director, CCEPR 800-621-8099 x2704

Ms. Kimberly A. Hendricks
Program Assistant, ADA CERP 800-621-8099 x2869


Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Fax: 312-440-2915