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Dental Speaker

I will be forever grateful

I have chosen 2022 to retire from the speaking business. I will miss the many fantastic people I have worked with over the past thirty plus years speaking, consulting and writing on digital technology for the dental profession. It has been a wonderful and exciting career and I will be forever grateful for the privilege. I have been blessed.

Rest assured all is well, I am healthy and looking forward to new challenges.

The future is coming and it will be amazing!

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Dental Speaker

Ark-La-Tex

I will be presenting to the Ark-La-Tex dental society in Shreveport La on September 10. Topics will include Teledentistry and the fallout from the Covid pandemic.

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Dental Art

Dental Art

“Hold Still” Where is the bib? I am not sure of this is a rare sexy dental art image or just another in the endless line of dentistry is awful images.

Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.

Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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Dental Art

“Last Drop”

New Mountain Bike Sculpture.

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General

ADA Launches Open Access Journal

JADA Foundational Science differs from The Journal of the American Dental Association in that it will be entirely online and open access. As an open-access journal, JADA Foundational Science breaks down the barriers to access for scientists of all disciplines who have work relevant to the oral health sciences and aims to create a forum for collaboration and interaction among investigators and clinicians in all disciplines.

Source: JADA Foundational Science to highlight how basic research applies to oral, craniofacial health

I believe this type of journal will be the standard in the future. In theory it will allow faster development and distribution of new scientific information.

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General

Memorial Day – Thank You

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Just for Fun Radiography

Reading Radiographs

People think reading radiographs is easy. But its not just black and white…

There is a lot of gray area.

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Dental Art

Dental Art

“Incoming” I always wondered what happened to all the old models once the restoration was delivered.

Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.

Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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General

Henry Schein One Acquires Majority Interest in Jarvis Analytics

Henry Schein One, a subsidiary of Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), announced today that it has acquired an 80% ownership position in Jarvis Analytics, a software company that develops comprehensive business analytics tools to help dental practitioners and their teams use data to diagnose problems, strengthen decision-making, and improve business performance…Dallas-based Jarvis Analytics was founded by Steven Maroulis in 2017. Maroulis will continue to manage Jarvis Analytics and lead the Henry Schein One Dental Analytics business as Executive Director. …

“This partnership further demonstrates our commitment to offer the latest advances in technology through Henry Schein One, making it possible for dental practices to improve nearly every aspect of their business management,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein.

Source: Henry Schein One Acquires Majority Interest in Jarvis Analytics | Henry Schein

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Corona Pandemic

COVID-19 infection rate among dentists remains lower than other health professionals

Very good news.

COVID-19 infection rate among dentists remains lower than other health professionals. ADA study finds 2.6% of dentists had contracted COVID-19 as of November 2020

Source: COVID-19 infection rate among dentists remains lower than other health professionals

A May 2020 of healthcare workers including nurses and physicians, found their reported COVID-19 prevalence rate to be 29%.

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Security

How to properly store physical HIPAA documents

From Medical Economics:

ME: If physical copies are converted to electronic records, can the physical copies then be destroyed?

Rangel: Yes, you can destroy the paper records after they’re scanned. Usually, after they’ve been reviewed for a certain amount of time, generally speaking, 30 to 60 days, once you can actually qualify that all of the material is properly scanned, that the quality is there and that it is the natural representative of what was scanned. Once you have that, you can destroy those records.

Source: How to properly store physical HIPAA documents

An interesting article worth the click.

The article brings up the old worry that exposing an open file in the office is a HIPAA violation. This is true and we should always strive to keep all patient information confidential. However what the HIPAA privacy rules are really concerned with digital data and the possibility of major data breaches. The occasional exposed chart is not what the law is all about.

Nevertheless there are important issues regarding paper files and we do need to be aware of them and practice good stewardship and respect our patients.

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Just for Fun

Cowboy Wisdom

When the meeting is going on and on and on and everyone needs to repeat what everyone has already said several times:

“No cat is ever flat enough to not run over again.”

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Digital Marketing Social Media

Keys to Effective Social Media for Dentists

Another good article from my friends at TNT Dental.

The heart of social media is what dentists did years ago, long before dental marketing and social media. … years ago, dentists relied on networking and community outreach/involvement to gain patients.

Source: Keys to Effective Social Media for Dentists: The Fundamentals | Blog | Best Online Marketing Companies for Dentists | Custom Dental Websites | (877) 868-4932

A very important aspect of using social media is measuring success. Most of the time dentists do not do this. Tim Healy of TNT Dental makes the very good point that true success is new patients and added income not just activity. If 137 people “like” your post but no new patients or additional income results the post was not really a success.

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Dental Art

Dental Art

I have neither a title or an artists for this painting. However as usual with this era and style of painting I am intrigued by what is going on in the back ground.

Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.

Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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Management

Selling hours

More wisdom from Seth Godin:

This might be the workplace question of the decade.

Does the boss buy your time or your productivity?

Source: Selling hours | Seth’s Blog

As always with Godin click through and read the whole thig. Very interesting and something that will definitely be an issue in the dental office of the future.

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Corona Pandemic

As Masks Come Off, People Try to Get Their Teeth Straight

From Newser: Hmmm very interesting.

…many people are hurrying to have their teeth straightened after months of staring at themselves on Zoom calls. One New York orthodontist said new inquiries have risen 50% since fall. And the owner of Invisalign clear aligners said the number of people starting treatment in the first quarter was up 69% from a year before,…

Source: As Masks Come Off, People Try to Get Their Teeth Straight

If you offer Invisalign or other orthodontic services be sure your patients know. Mention it at recall, put it prominently on the web page and consider an e-blast.

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Corona Pandemic

Have We Reached a Vaccination Tipping Point for COVID-19?

From Healthline:

  • Before a population can reach herd immunity, an inflection point has to occur — the point where there’s enough immunity, through vaccination and previous infection, that cases begin to decline consistently.
  • Experts suspect the United States hit an inflection point in late April.
  • Cases may continue to steadily decline, especially as vaccination rates increase.

Source: Have We Reached a Vaccination Tipping Point for COVID-19?

This sounds like very good news.

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Health Care Politics Management Security

ADA comments on HIPAA Privacy Rule

From ADA News:

The ADA is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights to consider the burdens changes to the HIPAA privacy rule will impose on covered providers, including dentists.

Source: ADA comments on HIPAA Privacy Rule

Some of the changes OCR is proposing include:

These proposed changes include a 15-day timeframe for responding to requests for access; a proposal to permit patients to access, copy and photograph their protected health information at the time of their appointments; and a proposed requirement that covered providers develop fee schedules for providing copies of protected health information. Covered entities with websites would be required to post such schedules on their websites.

 

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Dental Art

Dental Art

“Brush with Coke”

Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.

Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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Management Security

Ohio Medical Center Pays OCR $65K for HIPAA Right of Access Failure

From Health IT Security:

OCR reached a $65,000 settlement with the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, after failing to respond to a patient’s request for access to her medical records, as required by HIPAA.

Source: Ohio Medical Center Pays OCR $65K for HIPAA Right of Access Failure

Many dentists and dental team members are not aware that HIPAA rules are not just about privacy and security, They also require us to provide records upon request. A dentist could face a HIPAA violation if he/she simply looses the records due to ransomware or a catastrophic computer failure.

Hat tip to Danielle Mckinley.