Kristy Menage Bernie ended the RDH Under One Roof conference in Las Vegas on Friday July 31, as Frank Sinatra would say, her way. With frequent flashes of self-deprecating humor (she once bowed with delight when an audience erupted in laughter with her erroneous spelling of public; I can identify with that, since I once typed out T-shirt for a magazine numerous times, convinced I would mistakenly leave out the “r”), she asked how groups of hygienists attending her wrap-up session benefited from… Continue
Added by Mark Hartley on July 31, 2009 at 9:00pm —
How taxing is the Red Flags Rule? Imagine if HIPAA were actually enforced - plus more. If one’s practice is already 100% HIPAA compliant, which we know is very unlikely, arriving with the new Rule, there are more staff to train, paperwork to document and breaches to worry about. Barring a (possible) fourth delay of a compliance deadline - thus establishing a quarterly cadence for the deadlines over the last 12 months - after November 1, 2009, if a dentist reports his or her computer stolen in a… Continue
Added by Darrell Pruitt on July 30, 2009 at 7:20pm —
Sometimes, the RDH Under One Roof conference seems to be operating under a different time zone than the spot where I am sitting, which is in a backroom preparation area where boxes of supplies are kept. The outside view of the storeroom is much nicer. The Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is a visually appealing place. Huge on the side of grandeur; decorators probably think in terms of yards instead of feet and inches like the rest of us do.
But the storeroom has Internet connection,… Continue
Added by Mark Hartley on July 30, 2009 at 6:30pm —
Dear Editor, Healthanddental, whoever you are:
It’s been over three days, and nobody from your blog has come forward to acknowledge two straightforward questions that I posted in response to your article, “Do I Need a NPI Number?”
1. How does the NPI number improve dental care?
2. What happens if I don’t sign up for one?
Why the delay, Mr. Editor? You are sincere when you request comments, aren’t… Continue
Added by Darrell Pruitt on July 27, 2009 at 8:28pm —
If we both try really hard, how silly do you think we can we make this tantrum look on a professional forum, “Nancy”? Come on out onto the floor, Wallflower. Don’t be shy. Let’s dance.
This fresh attempt to salvage our Internet relationship is another in a long thread of attempts still to come, Nancy, and is a continuation of where we left off on July 24 in “10 days until Red Flags Rule -… Continue
Added by Darrell Pruitt on July 27, 2009 at 11:47am —
So the ADA/IDM failed. It’s over. Now it’s our duty as members to try to minimize the damage as disappointments are resolved, and we move on - but differently than before the painful experience. From now on, let’s everyone share notes. I think it is evident from this embarrassment that transparency serves our patients’ interests best.
For those not following the PennWell forum, you may have missed the latest news about the ADA/IDM resolution. Mr. Harper, from the defunct ADA/IDM,… Continue
Added by Darrell Pruitt on July 25, 2009 at 9:30am —
I was reading on SpiceZee.com that we know the mother of Michael Jackson's third child is a Norwegian dental hygienist. Actually, I'd like to quote the Web site here:
"The mother of Michael Jackson`s third child, Prince Michael II 'Blanket' is a Norwegian dental hygienist, whom the pop star met while on a holiday in Tunisia, a US tabloid has claimed. While the mother of Jackson`s two elder children -- Prince Michael and Paris -- is his ex-wife Debbie Rowe, his third child Blanket was… Continue
Added by Mark Hartley on July 24, 2009 at 8:21am —
Check out the post by Linda Miles and Dr. Rhonda Savage on DentalBlogs today
! These seasoned experts discuss dental practice expansion, growth, and investing in new technology in their monthly column, Two Sides of the Management Coin.
For more news in dentistry, be sure to become a fan of… Continue
Added by Dental Blogs on July 23, 2009 at 10:00am —
A blonde, walking down the sidewalk, noticed a banana peel a few yards ahead of her. She suddenly pressed her hand against the side of her face and exclaimed, “Oh no! Here I go again!”
Even though ADA leadership celebrated the second delay in the FTC’s Red Flags Rule deadline even heartier than the first, I think it is unlikely that our lobbyists can manage to delay the burden of compliance a third time. Suppose worse comes to worse, and instead of a most spectacular celebration yet,… Continue
Added by Darrell Pruitt on July 22, 2009 at 3:02pm —
I posted the following Letter to the Editor of the JADA on the “E-mail Publishing Division” page of the ADA Website. I more or less demanded that it be published in the October ’09 edition of Journal.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t a chance for any one of many reasons.
Dear Editor, Journal of the American Dental Association:
This is a sincere letter which I am sure you will… Continue
Added by Darrell Pruitt on July 19, 2009 at 3:30pm —
The perio protocol in my office has changed dramatically in the past 2-3 months. We have moved away from a standardized perio protocol, which I am not criticizing, in which all patients with the same levels of perio disease got the same treatment. The results we got practicing this way were quite good, however we were not utilizing all the weapons available to us to combat the disease. We underemphasized the importance of examining risk factors, did not avail ourselves of the critical… Continue
Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on July 15, 2009 at 8:10pm —
I have noted here far too many times how it disappoints me that Delta Dental Plans Association vice president Janis Oshensky repeatedly chooses to turn to politicians rather than discuss Delta Dental’s arguably egregious and harmful policies with me, a dentist. I intend to put a stop to such disrespect one PR expert at a time if necessary.
Long ago I warned Oshensky that if she didn’t talk to me, she should probably just shut up in order to preserve what’s left of her Internet… Continue
Added by Darrell Pruitt on July 14, 2009 at 6:25pm —
I suffered considerably due to the failings of ADAIDM. Has anyone else?
Added by Pavanjit S. Chhabra, DDS on July 13, 2009 at 6:18pm —
Will CareCredit be the next ADA subsidiary to fail? I saw a warning sign last week.
My aggressive writing hobby has understandably brought me in hard contact with public relations people whose job is to insulate good ol’ boys from accountability - even if it means taking hits for the team and staining their reputations. Let’s face the fact we all of us involved in public relations know but don’t dare discuss: Depending on the ethics of one’s employer, PR professionals are sometimes… Continue
Added by Darrell Pruitt on July 13, 2009 at 4:00pm —
My most recent post talked about research regarding perio disease and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Here are some details regarding the patient I started managing with both conditions. This is a woman approximately 50 years old in otherwise good health. Her perio condition is type III, with pocketing depths of 5mm in about 10 sites around her mouth. She has been taking Embrel for her RA for about 10 years, a self administered injection for once a month. She has been getting excellent results with… Continue
Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on July 11, 2009 at 7:39am —
An article sponsored by Aetna was posted yesterday on benefitnews.com gleefully titled “Support for taxing health benefits slips” (no byline).
In response, I submitted the following comment on the benefits industry news magazine. It’s been an hour or so, and my comment has yet to appear. The anonymous moderator of the Website may elect not to post my comment for employment reasons. If everyone at EmployeeBenefitNews is anonymous, it’s a sure-fire deal that they can control the… Continue
Added by Darrell Pruitt on July 9, 2009 at 7:30pm —
A lot of research is focusing on the potential relationship between perio disease and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). If further research proves a link it may be, IMHO, one of the biggest breakthroughs in medicine and dentistry in a very long time. An article in the May 2009 issue of Compendium, authored by 2 MD's and a PhD, indicates that the perio pathogen, P. gingivalis is the only pathogen known to have an enzyme that catalyzes a reaction that leads to the cascade of events, culminating in the… Continue
Added by Richard H. Nagelberg on July 8, 2009 at 7:50pm —
I frequently read about assisted hygiene. Around 15 years ago our office tried this system. I worked with an assistant using two identical treatment rooms.The assistant seated all patients, reviewed their medical histories, recorded blood pressure readings, took any necessary radiographs, recorded probing depths for me, performed the "polish" (ok in Colorado), cleaned the treatment room, took the patient to the front and scheduled their next appointment, and readied the treatment room for the… Continue
Added by Carol Tekavec on July 7, 2009 at 2:44pm —
I once knew a really nice man who owned a mom and pop dental supply company in west Texas. Leo was a slow-moving, patient man who was really easy to get along with as long as you showed him respect. A few insensitive dentists who purchased from him assumed he was so nice that he might not mind waiting longer than the customary 30 days for his money.
Leo’s nephew, Freddy, was a fat, smelly man who worked at the feedlot. Around day 37, Leo calls the ungrateful SOB dentist’s office,… Continue
Added by Darrell Pruitt on July 7, 2009 at 2:00pm —
If you recall, on 7/2 DrBicuspid Associate Editor Rabia Mughal posted “Rhode Island bans fee capping for uncovered procedures,” in which he quotes DDPA vice president Tom Dolatowski saying some really stupid things about dentistry. That brought up a response from bobcain, who demanded that Dolatowski either provide data to back up his claims or to retract them. Then bobcain asked Mughal to let Delta Dental know that a few dentists have some outstanding questions for both Dolatowski and PR… Continue
Added by Darrell Pruitt on July 7, 2009 at 10:00am —