The GDA has prepared an outstanding slate of continuing education courses for GDA members, their staff members, and dentists from across the U.S. and world for the 2015 meeting! Registration opens in April and attendance at all courses is included in your registration fee!

We are pleased to welcome author, radio host, and former presidential candidate Herman Cain as our keynote speaker! He will address the GDA at a free (with your registration) kickoff breakfast event on Friday, July 24. Welcome Herman Cain!

Thursday, July 23

Protecting Patients and Practitioners
HIPAA and HITECH: Are You Audit Ready?

Linda Harvey, RDH, MS

(2:30 - 3:30 p.m., 1 CEU) With the passage of the HITECH Act of 2009 and the 2013 Final Omnibus Rule, HIPAA compliance went from being viewed “simply as guidelines” to “enforced compliance” with mandatory audits, stiff fines and penalties. These new laws impact the entire practice, including your employees and business associates. Building upon basic HIPAA knowledge, this course reviews the recent changes and introduces standard of care and identity theft issues associated with data breaches. Bringing suit against a health care practitioner under state law along with medical identity theft are two growing trends. This heightens awareness for personal liability and the importance of protecting confidential patient and practice information. Staff mishaps, random audits or patient complaints could land you under the scrutiny of the Office of Civil Rights (the HIPAA police). Learn exactly what you need to do to protect patient health information and safeguard yourself and your practice against consequences.

Linda Harvey, RDH, MS, LHRM is founder and CEO of two compliance-related companies. As a licensed healthcare risk manager and veteran dental professional, she teaches dentists and their teams how to protect their patients, practices and themselves. Linda draws from real-world experience, having worked with offices that have undergone HIPAA, OSHA and Board of Dentistry audits.  

Protecting the Profession: Strategies for Maintaining Clinical Autonomy
Kevin Cain, PhD
Assistant Professor of Management
Georgia Regents University

(4-5 p.m., 1 CEU) Although still highly-fragmented, dentistry is in the early stages of industry consolidation. At the forefront of the consolidation process are dental service organizations (DSOs) or what most refer to as corporate dentists. As DSOs enter new markets and further saturate their existing markets, independent practitioners may fear that they will be unable to compete or that they may lose their clinical autonomy to consolidation. In this course, we will examine DSOs and discount procedure-based practices. We will look at their competitive advantages and strategies about how to turn these practice models into opportunities for innovation.

Kevin Cain, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Hull College of Business at Georgia Regents University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate business courses and serves as a guest lecturer in business management for the GRU College of Dental Medicine. His research interests include the business of dentistry, social evaluations of firms, impression management, and other strategy and organizational theory topics. He currently holds advisory roles with two companies he co-founded, Ohpend Dental Consulting and Save Dentists, Inc. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business, an MBA rom Wake Forest University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also recognized as a Certified Management Accountant.

Friday, July 24

The Truth Fairy: Forensic Odontology and It’s Contribution to our Field
Holland Maness, DMD

Clinic Director of the Graduate Orthodontic Program
University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
Primary Forensic Odontologist, West Tennessee Forensic Center

(1:30-3:30 P.M., 2 CEUs) Forensic odontology is one of the lesser known areas of dentistry, yet the subject always invokes intrigue and interest.  As forensic odontology is defined as the overlap of dentistry and the law it encompasses areas beyond identifications and bitemarks extending to civil litigation and age estimation. Dr. Maness will share her forensic journey as well as developments in the field. Demonstrations of procedures using case studies will illustrate what forensic dentistry can do and what it cannot do in our post-television CSI world. Attendees will learn the history and scientific rational behind the forensic protocols of the American Board of Forensic Odontology. They will also learn of the challenges facing the field today and how Dr. Maness hopes to face those challenges.

Dr. Maness received her residency training in Orthodontics from the Medical College of Georgia and Fellowship training in Forensic Odontology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, Center for Education and Research in Forensics. Prior to joining the full time faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, she was in private orthodontic practice in Martinez, Georgia. Dr. Maness joined the University of Tennessee faculty in June 2013 and is the Program Director of the Graduate Orthodontic Program. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Medicine. She serves as the primary forensic odontologist to the West Tennessee Forensic Center.

Whole Person Care: Dealing with Chronic Inflammation
Laura D. Braswell, D.D.S.
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

(4-5 p.m., 1 CEU) Oral Inflammation has been linked to multiple systemic issues from arthritis to impotence. Join us to explore the oral/systemic connection and how we can better care for our patients as whole persons rather than simply teeth.

Dr. Laura Braswell graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1982. After practicing general dentistry in Raleigh, North Carolina she joined the faculty of the Emory University School of Dentistry and completed a four-year surgical residency in Periodontology. She stayed at Emory for 15 years as a research scientist and a clinical instructor. She is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. She is a diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology, a Charter Member and Master Clinician in the American Academy of Laser Dentistry, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Veterinary Dental Society.

Saturday, July 25

Do Dentistry, Not Time
Roy S. Shelburne, DDS
The Appalachian Dental Group

Jonesville, Virginia

(8:30-10:30 a.m., 2 CEUs) Dr. Shelburne went to prison on August 20, 2008, and learned a series of lessons the hard way. It is possible to protect and defend a dental practice and to prevent what happened to him from happening to you. You can be ready in the event of a board complaint, insurance audit, malpractice claim, or criminal complaint. It is possible to implement systems that result in record keeping excellence. If it's not in your clinical record, you didn't see it, you didn't say to, you didn't do it, it didn't need done, and it doesn't exist from the legal perspective. In this course, we will learn to understand that what you don't know can hurt you and that ignorance is no excuse; learn to assimilate and maintain records that can both protect and defend; and learn how to conduct records review and internal audits.

About Dr. Shelburne: Serving organized dentistry as a former Secretary/Treasurer and President of the southwest Virginia, Component 6, Virginia Dental Association I learned the importance of giving back to the profession. I was honored to be been made a delegate to the Virginia Dental Association's Annual Meeting. I also learned the importance of volunteerism ... giving back to my community, state, and world as I had been so richly blessed.  I have served for over 7 years with the various Mission of Mercy projects in Virginia and have been a member of a team of short term missionaries with the Baptist Medical Dental Missions International to Honduras, CA for 10 years. All this happened prior to the voluntary surrender of my dental license for revocation after the conviction and prior to sentencing.

Sex, Drugs, and Oral Cancer TM
Robert J. Whitman, MSE
Director of Clinical Education
Forward Science Technologies, LLC

(11-12:30 p.m., 1.5 CEUs) Recent trends in oral cancer have heightened the importance of an oral cancer screening protocol for all medical and dental professionals. Oral cancer has risen each of the past seven years, and the deforming disease is now affecting patients with no traditional risk factors. Due to a 225% increase in HPV related oropharyngeal cancers, oral cancer is occurring in younger populations, changing the perception of who to screen.

With the need for a new oral cancer screening protocol, adjunctive screening options will be covered in detail. This course will introduce recent and emerging technologies for early discovery of oral cancer, including fluorescense technology and quantitative cytology along with the importance of proper implementation. Clinical examples of these procedures will also be provided.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the Georgia Dental Association and the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry.

Robert Whitman is a graduate of Tulane University with both a BS and MSE in Biomedical Engineering. He began his career at MD Anderson Cancer Center as a Clinical Engineer utilizing fluorescense technology in the cervical cancer arena. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Research and Development department for RemiCalm LLC/Trimara LLC, developing cancer screening products utilizing fluorescence technology from MD Anderson Cancer Center. Utilizing his clinical engineering experience, Mr. Whitman transitioned into manager of technical sales for Trimira, where he focused on training customers on the proper use of the fluoresence technology in the role of oral cancer screening. He is now CEO and Director of Clinical Education of Forward Science Technologies LLC, a company he co-founded with a vision for innovation of current cancer screening technologies into a better solution to save more lives.

Office Emergency Drug Kits: What You Really Need to Have and Why
Glenn Maron, DDS
Chief of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Section

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

(1:30-3:00 p.m., 1.5 CEUs) This course will teach practitioners how to prepaire for, and prevent, an emergency in the dental office. You will bring back to your practice knowledge and skills in how to: 1--Assess patient risk and apply proper treatment planning principles; 2--Review the complex medical issues that many patients present with in today’s practice; 3--Identify and avoid potential medical complications before they arise; 4--Ensure that you and your staff are prepared to deal with the most common medical emergencies that can occur; 5--Update your practice emergency kit; 6--Just like BLS and CPR training, if you do not practice, you forget. We will go through real life scenarios to sharpen and refresh your ability to treat the most common emergencies that can occur in the office; 7--Explain the need for “mock code” drills in your office.

Dr. Maron received his DDS from Emory University in 1986, followed by five years of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training at Emory University and affiliated hospitals.  He also completed a Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at Emory. He is Chief of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery section of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. He also has a clinical appointment at Emory University, Grady Hospital, and Crawford W. Long Memorial Hospital. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Emory University.  He has active hospital appointment at Emory University Hospital Midtown, Grady, Saint Joseph Hospital, and Children’s Healthcare at Scottish Rite and Egleston. He is a consultant on staff at VA Medical Center. Dr. Maron also lectures nationally for KLS Martin in the field of Reconstructive Maxillofacial Surgery.

Implant Rehabilitation and the Consequences of Poor Planning
Christian A. Loetscher, DDS, MS
Paul S. Kudyba Jr., DDS

(3:30-5:00 p.m.) This presentation will focus on how to plan implant rehabilitation of the dentition. Emphasis will be placed on two topics: Full arch cases and the condition, number, and position of implants to provide for long-term stability and function. We will discuss avoiding pitfalls with the anterior esthetic implant with regards to site development and implant positioning. Attendees will leave with the knowledge to: 1. Understand the essentials needed to pre-plan implant cases to prevent future complications. 2. Make proper decisions regarding anterior implants to maximize esthetics and long-term stability. 3. Determine the decisions and treatment courses which may lead to complications and failure to meet patient expectations.

Dr. Loetscher is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in private practice in metro Atlanta. He attended dental school at the University of Iowa.  Following dental school he attended Ohio State University where he completed his residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He concurrently obtained a Masters Degree at Ohio State in the Science of Bone Grafting. He is a Diplomate and Fellow of both the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology. Dr. Kudyba graduated from the Emory University School of Dentistry as well as the Emory prosthodontic program. He maintains a private practice devoted to prosthodontics in Sugar Hill, Georgia.