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Annual Session : 2016 CE Speakers

(Only those who provided handouts will have links next to their CE course)

Thursday, May 12
Mr. Chuck Underwood is the founder and president of the Ohio-based consulting firm, The Generational Imperative. He has been studying generational dynamics for more than a quarter-century and is one of the pioneering scholars in this field. He is the host of the national-television series on PBS, America's Generations With Chuck Underwood.
8:00-9:00 am, Keynote Address: "The Generational Disruption of the Marketplace and Workplace". For the first time in U.S. history, there are five living generations of Americans. Each generation is defined by the unique core values that guide its decisions as consumers, workers, family members, and citizens. And the field of Generational Study is now in place to help us to understand and effectively deal with the G.I. Generation, Silent Generation, Boomers, GenX, and Millennials: as our employees, patients and family members, vendors, and members of our communities. In this keynote address, Mr. Underwood will introduce us to America's Generations and explain how generational dynamics disrupt--usually in a good way--the American marketplace and workplace. For handouts, click here.
9:30-11:30 am: "Generational Workforce Diversity". Three, and sometimes four, unique generations work in America's dental practices. Each generation brings to the job unique workplace values, attitudes, skills, strengths, weaknesses, and preferences for the way they work and are managed. In this session, Mr. Underwood will introduce each generation and then discuss with us the best ways for us to celebrate our generational diversity and create intergenerational understanding, acceptance, harmony, and teamwork amongst all employees. For handouts, click here.
1:00-4:00 pm: "Generational Patient Care and Customer Service Strategy". This session extends Mr. Underwood's prior session into the arena of patient care and customer service. Each generation possesses unique expectations, preferences, and needs for the patient care and customer service they receive from us. As Mr. Underwood will explain, we must all develop a Generational Gearbox, which will enable us to shift gears smoothly and instantly when dealing with our patients and their family members from one generation to the next. For handouts, click here.
Dr. J. Bruce Bavitz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1984 and completed his Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Residency in Pittsburg in 1988. He is currently that Merritt C. Pederson Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Surgical Specialties at the University of NE College of Dentistry. Dr. Bavitz has a United States patent on a dental implant aligning device. He is currently the coordinating editor for Practical Reviews in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and serves as a reviewer for multiple implant and oral surgery journals. His primary area of research and publishing involves the surgical anatomy of the jaws and alveolar bone reconstruction.
9:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-4:30 pm: "Advancements in Local Anesthesia, Sedation and Oral Surgery". This six-hour course will update the dental team on recent advancements in local anesthesia including new agents, buffering, and the potentially game changing intranasal technique. Novel techniques involving sedation will also be reviewed such as using capnography; modern sedative drug protocols will also be discussed. Finally, contemporary oral surgery procedures such as socket preservation and coronectomies will be highlighted, while also discussing the medical subplots produced by the new oral anticoagulants and antiresorptive agents.
Dr. Bill Simon's 30-year dental career has included its share of challenging situations. Starting as an associate in a run-down Medicaid practice, Dr. Simon grew to become the sole owner of two highly successful multi-doctor practices. His experience includes six build outs, nine locations, six space-sharing arrangements, one practice acquisition and over 25 associates. He experienced a lost lease, an embezzlement scheme, robbery at gun point, and a major fire after which the team worked out of three offices before settling into an abandoned dental office while he rebuilt. The fourth month after the fire, Dr. Simon's practice had the best production month in practice history. These experiences, coupled with Dr. Simon's passion to help young dentists succeed, have inspired him to speak to and mentor new dentists. Sharing experiences and imparting lessons in leadership, communication and practice management principles, Dr. Simon encourages both new dentists and dental students with the knowledge and hope they need to allay their fears and facilitate their success.
9:30-11:30 am and 1:30-3:30 pm: "What New Dentists Want to Know". Designed for the new dentist--in the first ten years of practice--this course offers an entertaining and informative look at the ever changing world of private practice dentistry. Objectives include: Historical perspective on dentistry; Associateship vs. Ownership; Practice management; Financial planning; The role of the office manager in practice success; Marketing; New technology; Office design and buildout; Choosing a dental laboratory; Referring to specialists; Tools for success; Leadership; and Pearls of wisdom.
Friday, May 13
Dr. Jerry Long, a graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch/Houston, began his professional career as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps. In 1968 he returned to Houston to enter private practice. Upon his retirement after 46 years of private practice, Dr. Long became a part time faculty member at the University of Texas School of Dentistry/Houston, and is currently involved in career and practice consulting as Co-Director of the Professional Resource Center.
8:00-11:30 am: "New Rules--Same Game!, A Success Formula for Incorporating Ethics, Professionalism, and Profit Into the Modern Dental Practice". Dentistry in America was built on the foundations of education, professionalism, ethics, and profit. Can these basic elements continue to co-exist in the business models of modern dental practices? This presentation is constructed on the premise that dentistry is a health profession that can benefit by adopting proven business systems to enhance profits, while preserving the ethical foundation of a respected healthcare profession. Six unique factors comprising "The Formula for Dental Practice Success" will be introduced and thoroughly discussed, including how these measures must intersect with ethical decisions and leadership in their successful utilization. Handout, click here.
1:00-4:00 pm: "The New Dental Economy: What Dentists Must Understand to Maintain Professionalism and Survive Emerging Practice Trends". In this presentation, the latest trends and statistics on the prevailing market forces affecting the dental profession will be discussed, including governmental and private third party payers, emerging practice models, and patient expectations-where the profession is now, and how to establish a business model for success that will flourish throughout one's career. Why do some hotels, restaurants and airlines prosper and endure, while others just exist? Probably for many of the same reasons there are successful dentists, and others who always struggle--even in a strong economy. Learn how corporate America has developed "branding" to ensure success in changing market environments, and how dentists can "bullet-proof" their practices, through ethical branding, to prosper in the new economy. A game plan for choosing between three successful practice "brands" will be discussed, including the "destination practice", as well as the role of the new patient experience in all types of health profession business models. Handouts: click here, and here, and here. 
Dr. Jim Jenkins graduated from the University of NE College of Dentistry in 1984. He practiced general dentistry privately and taught at the dental college on a part time basis until 2002, when he accepted a full time faculty position in the Adult Restorative Dentistry Department at the University of NE College of Dentistry. Dr. Jenkins is currently the Assistant Dean of Advanced Clinical Practice at the university. He is a member of the Nebraska Dental Forensic Team.
8:00-9:30 am: "Forensic Odontology". Objectives of the seminar include: How deceased individuals are identified by means of forensic dentistry; How dental records are used in identification of a deceased individual and the importance of good record keeping in the dental office; and, How forensic dentistry aided in victim identification at the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11. This seminar is appropriate for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. For handouts, click here.
10:00-11:30 am: "Methamphetamine--Nothing to Meth Around With". Objectives of the seminar include: Methamphetamine abuse and the resulting dental problems that can occur; Where meth comes from, how it is used, and the results dentists and hygienists can see clinically in their patients; Proper care for these patients; Statistics and trends of meth use; and, How the dental professional can play a key role in helping these patients. For handouts, click here.
Mary Govoni brings over 40 years of experience in dentistry to the team. She is a Certified Dental Assistant, a Registered Dental Assistant (MI) and a Registered Dental Hygienist, with experience in general and specialty practices both clinically and as an administrator. Ms. Govoni is a former dental assisting educator and was a partner in a successful dental staffing service. For the past 20 years, Ms. Govoni has focused on speaking and consulting with dental teams on OSHA compliance, ergonomics, chairside efficiency and team communication and development. Recently she has added HIPAA compliance and employment law compliance to her areas of expertise.
8:00-11:30 am: "Maximizing Dental Practice Efficiency From the Front Desk to the Back Door". A comprehensive review of current practices in managing patient flow, enhancing productivity and increasing profitability. Topics include incorporating time-saving technology for patient communication, case acceptance and patient retention, organization techniques, scheduling for maximum productivity, efficient work flow in the clinical areas and working smarter--not harder. Participants will learn: How to evaluate the efficiency of current practices in the business and clinical areas of the practice; Scheduling techniques that increase efficiency and productivity; and How to incorporate technology to increase efficiency. For handouts, click here.
1:00-4:00 pm: "What's New With OSHA and Infection Control?". This course is designed to assist dental teams in meeting the requirements for an annual update on infection control and other safety regulations. The most up-to-date information will be discussed on infection control protocols, CDC guidelines, vaccinations for health care workers, record-keeping and training requirements and other work-related safety information. Participants will learn to: Identify key compliance issues for infection control and hazard community in dental practices; Implement effective compliance strategies; and, Evaluate required documentation for OSHA compliance. For handouts, click here.
Saturday, May 14
Dr. Ronald Riggins is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency with the United States Army. He practices general dentistry in Moline, IL. Dr. Riggins has been a member of the ADA's Council on dental Benefit Programs since 2011. He is currently the chair of the Council and the chair of the Code Maintenance Committee. Dr. Riggins speaks frequently on coding and dental benefits.
9:00-11:30 am: "Optimize Your Practice: Understanding Dental Benefits, the CDT Code and More". Accurate and consistent procedure reporting on claim forms and understanding how dental benefits impact your practice and patients are hallmarks of a successful office. Familiarity with the Code on Dental Procedures & Nomenclature (CDT Code) enables you to document dental services, as well as recognize claim and adjudication errors. Understanding dental benefits enables you to predict common areas of tension with you, your patients and their dental benefits. Upon completion of this seminar, participants should be able to: Identify changes and how to use new, revised and continuing procedure codes; Understand the CDT Code maintenance process, and how to submit their own change request; Recognize procedure codes used to document and report common clinical scenarios; Understand differences in dental claim and medical claim completion; and Recognize possible inappropriate CDT Code use, or misuse, by third-party payers, especially in claim adjudication. Click here for handout.

Dr. Michael Sesemann received his dental degree in 1981 from the University of NE College of Dentistry. In addition to being in private practice, he enjoys being a Clinical Instructor and a member of the Advisory Board for the Kois Center. Dr. Sesemann is also a faculty member of the Beverly Hills Institute of Dental Esthetics and is an adjunct faculty member for the University of NE College of Dentistry. As founder of the Nebraska Institute of Comprehensive Dentistry, Dr. Sesemann strives to achieve a predictable synergy between esthetics and function.
8:00 am-12:00 pm: "Oral Art and Design: the Synergy of Esthetics and Function". This lecture will explore a vast array of functional esthetic techniques that help define proven systems for predictable success when designing and completing the comprehensive restorative case, especially when esthetics are of paramount importance to the patient. Objectives include: Learn the major components for diagnosing and achieving a successful result in complex esthetic and restorative treatment plans; Learn how to effectively and efficiently take precise data that allows the restorative team to diagnose, treatment plan and treat the challenging esthetic and/or functional case; and, Case studies will be presented to illustrate that predictable esthetic dental treatment can and must be combined with sound functional principles for ultimate restorative success.
1:30-4:30 pm: "Material Selection in the 21st Century Esthetic Dental Practice". Critical to the success of any esthetic dental treatment is the appropriate selection of the proper restorative material. Selection of the best restorative  material not only involves the potential for optimal properties but also requires an analysis of biologic and functional criteria. Objectives include: How to select the best indirect restorative material for a given situation in order to satisfy objectives of optimal esthetics, satisfactory strength requirements and biologic compatibility; Learn when to utilize total-etch bonding protocols or self-etch applications for the best results; Discover when and where CAD-CAM materials can be utilized in a superior manner over traditional restorative choices; and, Learn how new, patented composite technologies have transformed the optimal posterior direct composite protocol.
Dr. Patrick Vezeau received his DDS degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. He earned his Master of Science degree while undertaking residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He then practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery in the Quad Cities, IA for 11 years, during which time he served as an adjunct professor in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Vezeau joined Oral Surgery Associates in Dakota Dunes, SD in 2003.
Dr. Jeffrey Dean is a graduate of Creighton University School of Dentistry and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed an oral maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Dean was in private practice in Southeastern Idaho for thirteen years and prior to joining Oral Surgery Associates in Dakota Dunes, SD he was an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Loma Linda University in Southern CA.
8:00 am - 5:00 pm: "Sedation & Anesthesia Monitoring in the Dental Practice". This 8-hour seminar covers the general principles of patient care during mild, moderate, and deep sedation. The content is designed for auxiliary healthcare providers (HCP) and includes preoperative assessment, pharmacology, management of pediatric patients, geriatric patients, and management of complications. There is an additional charge of $500 to attend this session.



Medicaid Providers Required to Provide Interpretation Services to Those with Limited English Proficiency

The enforcement of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care prohibits entities that receive federal financial assistance from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex.  The rule applies to Medicaid providers. Compliance requirements include requiring covered entities to "provide meaningful access to individuals with limited English proficiency" as well as providing qualified interpreters and translators. The compliance date for the notices is Oct. 16. The rest of the rule went into effect July 18.

The rule requires offices to post notices of nondiscrimination as well as taglines in the top 15 non-English languages spoken in the state indicating that free language assistance services are available.
The notices must be posted in the dental office, on the website and in any significant publications and communications. For smaller items, such as postcards and tri-fold brochures, the practice may use a shorter nondiscrimination statement and taglines in the state's top two non-English languages spoken.

This link provides the translated information offices are required to post: http://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557/translated-resources/index.html.

The 15 most spoken languages (other than English) in South Dakota are German; Chinese; Karen; Vietnamese; Nepali; Serbo-Croatian; Amharic; Sudanic; Tagalog; Korean; Russian; Cushite; Ukrainian; and, French.


Medicaid providers in South Dakota have access to live translation services Delta’s language line. 


Additionally, the ADA has prepared resources to aid in compliance with the rule, including an FAQ and checklist. Visit ADA.org/1557. There are also sample materials available on the OCR's website at www.hhs.gov/ocr.