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CERP Provider Newsletter—2018 Edition Two

Message From the Chair List Your Courses 
Comments Sought Application Deadlines
Fees Change in 2019 October Meeting Report
CERP Workshop Planned Commission Members
CERP Webinar Contact CCEPR Staff 


Message from the Chair

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Oral health is integral to overall health, as recognized by the 2000 Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in America. As oral health care becomes increasingly integrated into overall health care through collaborative practice, interprofessional education is also becoming more important. At its October meeting, the Commission discussed several ways in which continuing dental education standards may align with standards of other health professions to support collaborative practices that can lead to healthcare improvements. 

  • Consistent with the accreditation criteria of other health care professions, the Commission is considering a proposal to revise CERP Eligibility Criteria so that commercial entities would not be eligible for CERP recognition as continuing education providers. The purpose of this proposal is to reduce the potential for commercial bias and conflicts of interest in CE. Read more about this proposed change in the next article.
  • The Commission met with representatives from accrediting agencies in other healthcare disciplines to learn more about Joint Accreditation, a process by which CE providers may become accredited to offer continuing education in several healthcare professions through a single application process.

The Commission will continue to explore these options in the coming months. 

On behalf of the Commission, thank you for participating in ADA CERP and supporting the profession through quality CE. Best wishes for a happy new year.

Nancy R. Rosenthal, D.D.S., 2018-2019 Chair 

Comments Sought on Proposed Revisions to CERP Eligibility Criteria

The Commission is seeking written comments through Jan. 31, 2019, on a proposal that would make commercial entities no longer eligible for ADA CERP recognition.

To read the complete proposal and background information, and submit written comments, visit Call for Comments. Additionally, comments may be forwarded to CCEPR director Mary Borysewicz at borysewiczm@ada.org. Comments are requested by January 31, 2019. The commission will review comments at its April 2019 meeting.

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CERP Provider Fees to Change in 2019

Beginning in 2019, ADA CERP recognized providers will no longer be assessed a separate application fee when submitting an application for continued recognition. Recognized providers will now only be assessed an annual fee. The annual fee will be based on the size of the provider’s CE program, as defined in the published fee schedules; 2019 fees will be determined based on CERP providers’ 2018 annual reports.

By eliminating the separate re-application fee, the Commission intends to simplify budgeting for providers by charging predictable annual fees, while maintaining revenues needed to support ADA CERP operations. Although the annual fee is increasing, for many providers the sum of these fees over a 2-4 year recognition term will be similar to the total amount a provider would pay over the same time period under the current fee structure. 

Invoices for the 2019 annual fee will be sent in February. If contact information for your organization has changed, please contact Commission staff. 

CERP Workshop Planned for ADA 2019 Annual Meeting in San Francisco

The Commission will present an informational session for CE providers during the 2019 ADA annual meeting held in conjunction with FDI World Dental Federation in San Francisco. The interactive session will review CERP Standards and will help providers identify ways to demonstrate compliance with those Standards. ADA CERP Recognition: A Workshop for CE Providers is scheduled for Sunday, September 8, 9 am–12 pm. Registration for ADA FDI 2019 opens February 13 at ADA.org/Meeting.

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Webinar: An Overview of the CERP Standards and Application Process

A video recording of a webinar for CERP providers held on November 15 is now available on the Commission’s website. The webinar, presented by CCEPR staff, reviewed the purpose and function of the CERP Standards and the basics of the application process. 

List Your Courses on ADA.org/cerpcourselistings

CERP recognized providers are encouraged to post information about their courses on the CCEPR web site. Dental professionals anywhere in the world can access the CERP Course Listing and search for courses by date, location, provider, or category. The course listing is advertised periodically in ADA publications. For information on how to login and post course information, contact CCEPR staff.

CERP Application Deadlines

For providers with recognition terms ending June 2019, applications for continued recognition are due by January 11, 2019. Application forms and instructions for this cohort of providers were emailed in July. Please contact Commission staff immediately if your recognition ends in June 2019 and you have not received application materials. 

Providers with recognition terms ending in December 2019 will receive application materials this month; applications are due June 28, 2019

To ensure timely receipt of re-application materials, please notify CCEPR staff of any personnel changes.

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Report of Commission’s October 2018 Meeting

At its meeting October 4-5, the Commission considered 12 new applications for ADA CERP recognition, 76 applications for continued recognition, 18 progress reports and three reports of substantive change. Including the Commission’s October 2018 actions on recognition, 470 CE providers are currently ADA CERP recognized. 

The official list of CERP recognized providers and the report of major actions from the meeting are posted on ADA.org/CCEPR.

Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition

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Contact Information

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