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2011 News Archive

The National Dental Benefits Conference continued its tradition this year of being a place for dentists, dental team members, brokers, consultants, dental benefits representatives and constituent/component society members to network, learn about the latest trends and issues in the insurance industry, and hear how they can improve their practices or businesses.

Teaneck, N.J.—When the Bergen County Dental Society executive committee convened Aug. 30, four of eight attendees reported practice interference visited by Hurricane Irene, three without power and his water-logged, said Dr. Frank Graham. “I happen to be on the highest ground in town but the water level was so high that mine was flooded.”

Annual Session-goers can enjoy the wonders of Las Vegas, including a raft ride down the Colorado River, by taking an ADA Tour. Ten unique tours are available Oct. 10-12.

The Illinois State Dental Society brought 60 first-year dental students from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry to ADA Headquarters Aug. 12 for a Success Dental Student Program and ADA tour.

Taking notice of the Commission on Dental Accreditation’s recent decision to establish accreditation standards for dental therapy programs, some members have voiced their concerns to the ADA.

Las Vegas—Dr. Holly Sharp, a general dentist in Durango, Col., is one of many dentists bringing her office staff to the ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas Oct. 10-13 for unique education; team and practice building; and social opportunities.

In an effort to make computer hardware and software selection easier and more cost effective, the ADA hopes that members will take advantage of a new technical report available from the ADA Catalog.

Las Vegas—Wells Fargo Practice Finance, the only practice lender endorsed by ADA Business Resources, is sponsoring a series of practice development courses at the ADA Annual Session to help dentists prepare for and succeed at practice growth.

Las Vegas—Get a jump on planning a visit to the ADA World Marketplace Exhibition by downloading the 2011 ADA Annual Session Mobile App for iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

Las Vegas—Dr. Thais Oliveira Gonçalves, winner of the annual scientific contest at the Congresso Internacional de Odontologia de São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil, will showcase her presentation at the ADA Annual Session Oct. 13.

Since 1997, the following institutions have opened new schools or announced their intent to do so by appointing deans and seeking accreditation.

Here’s a look at five new dental education programs—three opening this fall, one slated for 2012 and one for 2013.

Las Vegas—Dental professionals can improve patient oral health outcomes and satisfaction by employing the principles featured in an Annual Session continuing education course, Health Literacy—A Strategic Priority for Dentistry.

The 2011 legislative session was another successful one, with 10 states passing noncovered services bills.

Las Vegas—Dental professionals who want to feel more at ease when treating older patients will want to attend a new ADA Annual Session continuing education program Oct. 11, Your Patients Are Getting Older: Getting Comfortable Meeting Their Needs.

Having ceased to be a critical component of their sponsoring universities’ missions, seven dental education programs closed their doors for good between 1986-2001. All of them were private, not-for-profit institutions.

The registration deadline for the Part 2 workshop of the ADA continuing education course, Recognition and Management of Complications During Minimal and Moderate Sedation, is Sept. 16.

Baltimore—The 2011 National Conference on Correctional Health Care will convene Oct. 15-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center with the theme, “Historic Times, Extraordinary Solutions.”

Washington—The Association’s East Coast employees reported to work Aug. 29 in sunshine and calm after Hurricane Irene raked the eastern seaboard hard on the heels of a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in the mid-Atlantic region. There were no immediate reports of damage to dental facilities from either event, and Association business continued without interruption at the ADA Washington Office and the ADA Foundation Paffenbarger Research Center in Gaithersburg, Md., each with some 20 employees.

Las Vegas—There’s still time to register for the ADA’s 152nd Annual Session and enjoy substantial savings on registration and course fees.

Washington—Administration officials Aug. 23 announced approval of a simplified form for dentists and other health care providers enrolling in Medicare for the sole purpose of ordering Medicare-covered items or referring Medicare patients for covered services.

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