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<b>Black and White and Gray</b>

Women are different from men in ways more than just physical. They view the world around them differently and interpret things through their life experiences in different ways. Until now, the “norm” has been based on the male view of the world.

In the September issue of Woman Dentist eJournal, Nancy Jacobson, DMD, writes a fascinating article about ethics titled “Different Isn’t Inferior; It’s Just Different!” She begins her article with a story that illustrates the… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on September 15, 2008 at 1:42pm — 2 Comments

Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction video

I just uploaded the video from the presentation ceremony onto the community site. Kent Fletcher of Sunstar did a great job with the presentations. He made everyone feel special, and the audience at RDH Under One Roof was very supportive.

The award presentation, of course, only gives you a partial sense of who these women are. Although Kent gives some details about them, they did not speak during the ceremony. The related article in the upcoming September issue of RDH provides some… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on September 5, 2008 at 10:42am — No Comments

tax audit

If the tax audit doesnt go well and resalt in criminal charges does this effect licens?

Added by alex on August 24, 2008 at 11:41am — No Comments

UOR blog from the third person point of view, Part II

We posted the first part of Teresa Duncan's recap of RDH Under One Roof on Monday. She attended the recent "UOR" at the Chicago Hilton in early August 2008. Her blogs are basically an account of what she experiences there.

Here's the second part.

We thank Teresa for her kind words, and we hope everyone who went to UOR enjoyed themselves.


Added by Mark Hartley on August 6, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

UOR blog from the third person point of view

Teresa Duncan of Odyssey Management is a frequent visitor to the RDH Under One Roof conferences. She attended the recent "UOR" at the Chicago Hilton in early August 2008. Her blogs are basically an account of what she experiences there.

Here's the link to her coverage of the most recent UOR.

Added by Mark Hartley on August 4, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

dear dr. kevin

For those who don't know I worked at the same office for 3 years as an assistant before graduating from dental hygiene school. I recently wrote to my previous employer just to fill him in on things. I thought I would post this since others may be feeling the same way.

Hi Dr. Kevin!

I hope all is well with you. Just thought I would drop a hello. I am working full time now doing hygiene and so far it's going well. I work for 3 different offices, there are more part time positions… Continue

Added by Trish RDH on July 25, 2008 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

about me!

i am a new graduate of Harper College and very excited to start this journey with my new career! I am now trying to find the best offices to work and I didn't think I would have my license this quickly so i committed myself to a mission trip in mexico! I have never done anything like this. My best friend erin and i are going to help with a dental clinic in juarez. I'm thinking about blogging while there...… Continue

Added by Trish RDH on July 18, 2008 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

CMS pilot program saves millions

(7/14) Report shows CMS pilot program saved nearly $700 million in improper Medicare payments

Report shows CMS pilot program saved nearly $700 million in improper Medicare payments

On July 11, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a report offering evidence that the recovery audit contractors (RACs) pilot program is successfully identifying improper payments. The findings will also help the agency improve the program as it is expanded nationwide within two… Continue

Added by cher on July 17, 2008 at 7:55am — No Comments

Senate Follows House to Override Medicare bill veto

Leading The News

Senate follows House to override Medicare bill veto

By Jeffrey Young

Posted: 07/15/08 06:29 PM [ET]

Congress voted Tuesday to override President Bush’s veto of legislation that would undo a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare fees to physicians.

The Senate voted 70-26 to override the veto following action by the House earlier in the day. The lower chamber voted 383-41 to enact the bill over Bush’s objections. In both houses, the votes exceeded the… Continue

Added by cher on July 17, 2008 at 7:52am — No Comments

“Osteoporosis and Bone Health — It Isn’t Just About Broken Bones”

There’s an interesting article in Woman Dentist eJournal this month titled “Osteoporosis and Bone Health — It Isn’t Just About Broken Bones.”

The article gives a good overview of osteoporosis, why calcium is essential, risk factors, and the importance of exercise. But three things jumped out at me.

The first is one that I suppose I should have been aware of much sooner — the fact that you shouldn’t take calcium supplements with iron supplements, because they may… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on July 15, 2008 at 11:19pm — 2 Comments

Bipartisan bill HR 6331 passes regardless of presidential veto

The Senate just joined the House in voting to override the President's

veto of H.R. 6331 with a vote of 70 to 26. The legislation was enacted

into law instantaneously, pursuant to the effective dates in statute.

This vote marks an historic moment in the existence in KCP. Since its

founding in 2003, KCP has sought long-overdue reform to the Medicare

ESRD program. In 2004, the community joined forces for the first time

to develop and support comprehensive… Continue

Added by cher on July 15, 2008 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Community water fluoridation numbers now reach 70 percent

Nearly 70 percent of U.S. residents who get water from community water systems now receive fluoridated water, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The proportion of the U.S. population receiving fluoridated water, about 184 million people, increased from 65.8 percent in 1992 to 69.2 percent in 2006, said the study in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.

"Community water fluoridation is an equitable, cost-effective, and… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on July 10, 2008 at 11:36am — No Comments

Update on California hygienists

This information was written by Katie Dawson, the former CDHA president. It offers more insight on dental hygienists in California becoming a self-governed profession.

I thought it would be worth sharing.


CDHA Celebrates Passage of SB853 (Perata), our Legislation for Self-Regulation!

Imagine an autonomous dental hygiene profession without oversight by the Dental Board of California. SB853 makes the autonomous Dental Hygiene Committee of… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on June 30, 2008 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

Take Your Dog To Work Every Day!

Scene: A typical dental office. Action: Patient lying back in the dental chair with napkin around his neck, as the dentist begins a procedure. Now here’s where the scene changes from usual — out from under the napkin pops the tiny, cute head of an adorable Yorkshire terrier! Even more unusual, the patient is not surprised. The dog lays back down in the patient’s lap, and the patient rubs the back of this adorable terrier all through the procedure.

Welcome to the dental practice of… Continue

Added by Penny Anderson on June 20, 2008 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Bipartisan effort fails : (,0,2210264.story

GOP blocks consideration of Medicare bill


Associated Press Writer

4:49 PM CDT, June 12, 2008


Republican senators blocked legislation Thursday that would trim payments to private health insurers serving people in Medicare and use the savings to raise reimbursement rates for doctors.

Some 600,000… Continue

Added by cher on June 14, 2008 at 9:19am — No Comments

Good news for California hygienists

It's late on a Friday night, and I'm getting ready to head to Dallas for a wedding. But my good friend Tricia Osuna just sent this news from the West Coast. Hip hip hooray for California! I'll comment more on it later.


Ending several decades of struggle by California dental hygienists to achieve independence as a distinct public health profession, Governor Schwarzenegger today signed Senate Bill 853 (Perata). The measure creates the Dental Hygiene Committee a… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on June 13, 2008 at 9:57pm — 1 Comment

Upcoming Speaking Engagement - Troy, Michigan

I'm so exicited! I'm leaving tomorrow for Troy, Michigan. This is my first time to present in Michigan - how great is THAT??? If you're in the area, I'll be presenting for RDH Services. It's a six hour presentation on Organ Transplantation, Dialysis, and Dentistry. Even if you've seen my presentation before, you'll be excited to know there have been many updates and now and new video! As that I'm a kidney transplant recipient, this is a presentation near and dear to my heart (and kidney, lol!).… Continue

Added by cher on June 11, 2008 at 10:09am — No Comments

My Trip to DC/Bay Area Dental Hygienists Society (Texas) President

After two years of advocating for patients with kidney disease in DC - it appears that our efforts have made a difference. HR 1193 and S691 are not going to pass in their entirety; however, a good number of the resolutions are! Yeah! Including patient education for patients whose kidneys have not failed - giving them the much needed guidance to select the treatment modality which is right for them. For my dental friends - this would be equivalent to getting Oral Hygiene Instruction covered :… Continue

Added by cher on June 6, 2008 at 7:27pm — 1 Comment

Washington, D.C.

Hello all!

I just returned from two wonderful trips. The first was two weeks ago with the Renal Support Network. It was my second trip to Washington D.C. advocating for patients living with kidney disease. After living a decade with renal disease, I continue to learn more and more every year. This year was no exception. I was given a DVD of a 1965 documentary of the Life or Death Committees. At that time, not everyone could have dialysis. When we look at our past, it can give us such… Continue

Added by cher on May 23, 2008 at 9:51pm — 2 Comments

We still need your help with the 2008 practice survey!

Just a reminder that we're still gathering data for the 2008 Practice Survey, a joint effort of Dental Economics and Levin Group. We need your help building the survey, so please take a few moments and fill it out for us.

click here

It's always amazing how much information we gather from these surveys, and how many practices around the country use this as a barometer (good or bad)… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on May 19, 2008 at 4:28pm — No Comments

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