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Special Issue on TADs

In the Summer issue of the PCSO Bulletin, there's a special section focusing on temporary anchorage devices (TADs). Included are clinical columns and a new column entitled “PCSO Program Talk,” which features a series of questions on a single topic posed to a group of respondents, such as PCSO Orthodontic Program Directors, Chairmen, or other participants.

Download the 30-page TADs Special Issue here. 

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Podcasts and Webinars

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2012 Strategies for Challenging Times

Dr. Gerry Samson, (Macon, GA) and Dr. Jerry Nelson, (San Francisco, CA), hold  a conversation that will definitely interest residents and orthodontists in their first decade of practice. How can you sustain patient family and dental colleague loyalty, a key to a successful practice life?  This, and many other questions,  submitted by residents, practitioners, and PCSO leaders, stimulate the discussion. As always, this podcast is free and available for download 24/7 so members can listen whenever and wherever they like.

Download now our latest installment in our Podcast series as Dr. Gerry Samson answers questions from some of our residents and practitioners.

'Transfer of value' reports to go public Sept. 30

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:09:46 -0700

Washington – Dentists have until Aug. 27 to register to review and dispute Sunshine Act reports that the government will post on a searchable public Open Payments website beginning Sept. 30.

The Sunshine Act requires certain companies that provide payments, gifts, food, education and other "transfers of value" to dentists to report information to the government about each dentist and what was provided and to report ownership and investment interests held by dentists and their immediate family members.

Physicians, including dentists, and teaching hospitals can register in the Open Payments system to review and dispute data submitted by applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations during the first phase of a review, dispute and correction process that ends on Aug. 27. From Aug. 28 through Sept. 11 industry "will analyze these disputes and work with physicians and teaching hospitals to come to agreement on any necessary corrections," said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The ADA has prepared Frequently Asked Questions to help members understand the implications of the Sunshine Act. The members-only FAQ covers these questions:

  • What is the purpose of the Sunshine Act?
  • Which providers are affected by this program?
  • Do dental practices have any reporting requirements?
  • Is there a minimum dollar amount, or will every payment and transfer be reported?
  • Which companies are required to report?
  • What information will be included in a report?
  • Are "indirect" payments and transfers of value reportable?
  • How can a dentist keep track of payments and other transfers from companies?
  • How can a dentist find out that a report has been filed?
  • What can a dentist do if a report is inaccurate?
  • How much time does a dentist have to review a report before it is made public?
  • What if a dentist and the company are not able to resolve a dispute?
  • When do the data collection and reporting begin, and when do the reports become publicly available online?
  • What are the penalties for noncompliance?
  • What is meant by an "immediate family member" for purposes of reporting ownership and investment interests?
  • What are some things a dentist can do if a company says that a payment or transfer will be reportable?
  • What are some of the exceptions to the reporting requirement?
  • Are payments and transfers of value for research reportable?
  • If a company makes an indirect payment or transfer to me through my dental society, will my dental society have any reporting obligations? Will my dental society be asked to provide information about me to the company?
  • Where can I find out more about the Sunshine Act and the Open Payments website?
  • How can I help my patients better understand information about my dental practice on Open Payments?

Stakeholders explore comprehensive dental education study

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:09:46 -0700

Photo of Stakeholders groupStakeholders meet: About 40 people attended the June 19-20 stakeholders meeting at ADA Headquarters to discuss a landmark study on current dental education models and dental education's future.
About 40 stakeholders met June 19-20 at ADA Headquarters and worked on a landmark study on current dental education models and dental education's future.

Their goal: To more clearly define the questions that a comprehensive study on dental education should address and explore how the study could be conducted.

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Dr. Dolan: "We thought it would be important to engage stakeholders, including representatives of ASDA, new dentists, dental specialists and health policy experts, to fully consider the issues raised in Resolution 56H-2013."
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Discussing education: Dr. Thomas C. Hart, vice chair of the Council on Scientific Affairs, speaks during a group discussion on evaluating the long-term sustainability of dental schools.
"When you embark upon these studies, one of the most important aspects is to figure out what the right questions are to ask. It's not so much as trying to come up with the answers at first but trying to come up with the right questions," said Dr. Cecile A. Feldman, chair of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure's Dental Education Committee and dean of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, in welcoming the attendees.

"Without the right questions, we're not going to come to the right answers."

The meeting came in response to House of Delegates Resolution 56H-2013, which called for the ADA to collaborate with various stakeholders, including dental educators, students, practicing dentists, health economists and other experts to define the scope and specific aims of a comprehensive study of current dental education models.

The resolution directed that the study should include four issues:

•    Evaluation of the long-term sustainability of dental schools.

•    Evaluation of the efficiency of the current dental school curricula and deliver methods.

•    Analysis of the impact of student debt on dentistry as a career choice and subsequent practice choices.

•    Determination of whether dentals are meeting the appropriate level of scholarship to ensure that dentistry continues to be a learned profession.

"Right now, dentistry is still a viable and promising profession, but certain trends could change this luxury," said attendee Kristopher Mendoza, American Student Dental Association president. "Being proactive with a study of this magnitude may help us uncover the solutions to the future of dental education and ensure dentistry remains a respected profession."

To help identify the most critical questions for the study, extensive group discussions followed detailed presentations of each of the four issues during the two-day meeting.

"Dental education is remarkably complex," said Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, president and CEO of the American Dental Education Association. "The meeting helped other stakeholders appreciate the various institutional, regulatory, accreditation, research and many other factors that contribute to the costs and financing of educating dentists and residents."

Along with ASDA and ADEA, other participants included leaders from associations of specialties in dentistry, the American Association of Dental Research and the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations. Deans and professors from the dental schools of Case Western Reserve University, University of Colorado Denver, University of Michigan, Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio were also in attendance.

"While CDEL membership includes representatives of the dental education, licensure and practice communities, we thought it would be important to engage stakeholders including representatives of ASDA, new dentists, dental specialists and health policy experts to fully consider the issues raised in Resolution 56H-2013," said Dr. Teresa A. Dolan, CDEL chair.

The Dental Education Committee and CDEL will consider input from the meeting, and a report will be generated over the summer with recommendations back to the House of Delegates in October, she said.

Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2014-15 class announced

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:09:46 -0700

The ADA Board of Trustees announced in June the expanded 2014-15 class of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

The class members are Drs. Abdullaibrahim Abdulwaheed, Cambridge Massachusetts; Xochitl Anderson, Lubbock, Texas; Kevin Bolden, Waco, Texas; Darwin Hayes, Bronx, New York; Amanda Hemmer, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; Shih-Yen Hsiao, Fresno, California; Malieka Johnson, San Diego, California; Mark Limosani, Weston, Florida; Carliza Marcos, San Carlos, California; Christina Meiners, San Antonio, Texas; Shane Murphy, Anchorage, Alaska; Robin Nguyen, Trinity, Florida; Deryck Pham, Mays Landing, New Jersey; Inna Piskorska, San Antonio, Texas; Zellisha Quam, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Rico Short, Smyrna, Georgia.

Citing the success of the program since its inception in 2003, the Board increased the Institute’s class size from 12 to 16 dentists.

“The ADA is very proud of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership and the talented dentists who participate each year,” Dr. Charles Norman, ADA president, said. “It’s crucial the Association reaches out to people from all corners of American life — not only to encourage our best and brightest to enter our profession, but also to cultivate a new generation of leaders that reflects the growing diversity of our profession and our communities.”

Sponsored, in part, through generous contributions from Procter & Gamble Oral Health and Henry Schein Dental, the Institute provides a diverse group of dentists with education and experience to build a lifetime of relationships and set new leadership paths within the dental profession and their community. Core to the program’s philosophy is that lasting leadership learning is lifelong and based on experience.

As a key part of the leadership learning experience, each participant also designs and completes a personal leadership project for their community or the profession.

The 2014-15 will attend three sessions: Sept. 4-5; Dec. 8-9; and Sept. 10-11, 2015. Students will work with leading educators from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business during three sessions.

For more information on the Institute, visit