COVID-19 pandemic, essentialism, third-party payers hot topics for nightly panels

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Dr. Stilley-Mallah
Each night of the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference at 5:30 p.m. CDT, the ADA will present an Evening Session, focused on one timely and pressing topic for dentists and dentistry.

The first Evening Session, Oct. 15, will revolve around the ADA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic; the second night, Oct. 16, features a discussion of how oral care is an essential part of an evolving health care landscape; and the third night, Oct. 17, highlights the Association’s advocacy in regards to third-party payer programs.

“If anything, this pandemic has strengthened my belief in the care we provide the public, and the Evening Sessions at the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference will reinforce that,” said Dr. Jessica Stilley-Mallah, member of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs and a panelist at the Oct. 16 session. “I have a renewed sense of purpose even though the way I practice has changed. This year I hope we can continue to reach out to one another for support.”

Participants can earn 0.5 CE hours for attending each Evening Session. The sessions are:

• Opening Session: COVID-19 and Beyond: Leading a Profession Through Uncharted Territory, moderated by Dr. Marcelo Araujo, Ph.D., ADA chief science officer and CEO of both the ADA Science & Research Institute and ADA Foundation.
• Evening Session: The Essentialism of Oral Health: How Dentistry Fits in to an Evolving Healthcare Landscape, moderated by Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist and vice president of the ADA Health Policy Institute.
• Closing Session: The Third-Party Payer Landscape: How the ADA is Working for Dentists and the Public, moderated by Mike Graham, ADA senior vice president of government and public affairs.

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