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Aug. 6 webinar to focus on dealing with emergency room referral amid opioid crisis

July 01, 2019

By David Burger

A free ADA webinar intends to inform dentists about how one of Ohio’s largest health care providers has developed strategic approaches to pain management, emergency department referral and the opioid crisis by implementing its “Definitive Care Concept.”

Emergency Department Referral Model in Action: Addressing Dental Access, Opioid Prevention and Pain Management will stream Aug. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. Central time.

Dr. Beck
Presented by the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention, the webinar addresses the high frequency of utilization of the hospital emergency department by patients seeking care for nonemergent dental conditions and how Ohio’s Mercy Health reacted to the challenge in order to “directly address the patients’ needs,” said Dr. Frank Beck, the webinar’s featured speaker.

Mercy Health created its Definitive Care Concept, which includes an evidence-based pain management curriculum, a substance abuse screening tool and strategic utilization of the electronic medical record to track inappropriate prescribing profiles to alert and educate prescribers, Dr. Beck said.

Dr. Beck is the program director of the dental general practice residency program and regional chief opioid officer of Mercy Health.

Dr. Beck graduated from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1981 and completed his dental residency at Mercy Health. In 1982 he became attending faculty for the dental residency program at Mercy, followed by 10 years as associate program director, and has served as program director since 2008. In addition, he maintains a private practice in Boardman, Ohio.

Webinar participants, Dr. Beck said, will be able to:
•    Understand the development, operational approach and rationale for implementing the Definitive Care Concept.
•    Recognize evidence-based approaches to pain management including preoperative, perioperative and postoperative approaches.
•    Recognize the benefits of creating tools to improve identification of at-risk patients, encourage early treatment referrals, establish acute withdrawal protocols and provide more efficient access to available prescription drug monitoring program databases.

Mercy Health’s approach is “a model that works and one than can be implemented,” Dr. Beck said.

One hour of continuing education credit is available to all participants who remain connected for at least 45 minutes.

Register for the webinar here.