Friday, April 6, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:15 PM EDT
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Waters Edge Conference Center
4687 Millennium Drive
Belcamp, MD 21017

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Community Dentists: $195

Community Hygienists: $159

Community Dental Assistants/Staff: $145

Department of Veterans Affairs Employees: $35 (valid ID Required!)

All rates will increase by $10 approximately 2 weeks prior to the event.


Heather Buckland, Program Manager

3 Topic Program

Abuse: Regulations for the Dental Team

Infection Control Is Not Optional: Dental Practitioners Need to Be Involved

Staying Current with HIPAA Regulations

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Registration Fees 

Dentists: $195 

Dental Hygienists: $159

Dental Assistants & Staff: $145

Prices increase 2 weeks prior to program date

Registration will close 2 days prior to the program date. We do accept onsite registration.

Department of Veterans Affairs Employees:

  • If registering as a Department of Veterans Affairs Employee you are REQUIRED to provide proof of employment at program check in, with your Federal government issued Department of VA ID badge. If you do not have your badge you will not be granted access to the program or you can choose to pay the regular rate.

Abuse: Regulations for the Dental Team

Most dental health care providers report that they have never encountered an abused patient. However, data indicates that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys in the United States experience some form of sexual abuse. For both children and adults approximately 60-75% of injuries from abuse occur to the head and neck area. Often we see these patients every 6 months. We have the opportunity to act as a patient advocate and stop the violence. The program discusses abuse of: childhood, elders, intimate partners (IPV), vulnerable patients and human trafficking.  The Maryland laws and regulations, and the American Dental Associations’ Code of Ethics regarding cases of abuse and/or neglect are presented. Techniques and questionnaires for conducting interviews and examinations for alleged victims are provided. Resources and formats for reporting, as well as the MD Form #180 facilitate the process.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Comprehend the scope of abuse and neglect.
  • Understand “how to” interview and examine victims of abuse.
  • Compile resources and referrals for victims, and understand the format and time frame for reporting.
  • Develop office policies for the management of patients suffering from abuse and/or neglect.

Infection Control Is Not Optional: Dental Practitioners Need to Be Involved

Recent breaches in infection control in dental offices in CO, OK, PA and NJ has become a cause of concern for dental consumers. Is it safe to go to the dentist? The answer is yes; when dental practitioners are compliant with recommended infection control practices. In March 2016, the CDC reaffirmed the importance of Infection Control in the dental office with the release of the Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care and Infection Prevention Checklist for Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care and Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care, which is a summary of infection control recommendations published in Guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings, 2003. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep.2003, Dec. 19, 2003, Vol. 52, No. RR-17, 1-68; Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings 2007 and Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008. Included in these documents are recommendations for updating of Standard Precautions and there are significant modifications that impact the delivery of healthcare. The alarming increase in antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections (HAIs) compels all healthcare providers to be knowledgeable about infection control practices that reduce the risk of disease transmission. A thorough review of these new CDC Guidelines as well as the Guideline for Infection Control in Dentistry, 2003 and other current CDC/OSHA infection control recommendations will be presented. The principles of respiratory etiquette, to lessen the spread of colds and flu, will be discussed as well as steps that may be taken to reduce the impact of potential pandemic influenza, such as bird and swine flu. Principles to reduce antimicrobial resistance and HAIs will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on compliance issues pertaining to the new 2016, 2011, 2008 & 2007 CDC Guidelines and how a practical, cost effective “safe workplace” can be achieved into the next millennium. This course fulfills CDE requirements for infection control and requirements for annual OSHA training.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the routes of transmission of infectious diseases and how to break the chain of infection.
  • Know the updated recommendations for Standard Precautions
  • Learn what is new in the 2016, 2011, 2008& 2007 Guidelines and how to develop a practical and cost effective infection control methodology to safely treat patients infected with resistant and bloodborne diseases, achieve a “safe workplace” and comply with the most current CDC/OSHA recommendations.

Staying Current with HIPAA Regulations

Why “Stay Current with HIPAA”? There are both legal and ethical reasons. A Federal Regulation mandates HIPAA training. The American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct states, it is the “primary responsibility of the dentist to safeguard the patient’s privacy and maintain the confidentiality of the patient’s records”.  And the front page of the ADA News cautions dentists that the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (OIC) and has increased audits for small practices. If audited, a practice may only have from 10 -14 days to respond to the requested information for items such as security risk assessments, policies and procedures, training records and business associate agreements. “We want dentists to be aware that is happening and to take HIPAA compliance seriously. There are steep consequences for health care providers that don’t comply with the law and we don’t want to see any dentists having to pay tens of thousands of dollars in a penalty.” It is vital to be prepared for these challenges and stay current with HIPAA. The program discusses these topics and reviews the evolving Privacy and Security regulations. Numerous sample HIPAA documents will be provided.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Comprehend the evolution of the HIPAA regulations.
  • Train all new employees on the office HIPAA policies and procedures with 30 days of hire, with -Train all new employees on the office HIPAA policies and procedures with 30 days of hire, with review as the laws change; recording all training in the HIPAA manual.
  • Obtain sample HIPAA documents for: Staff training, Sanctions for Non-compliance, Complaint, Notice of Privacy Policy, Acknowledgement of Receipt, Access to Records, Risk Assessment, Checklist and several others.
  • Understand the protocols for incorporating the recommendations and sample documents into clinical practice.

Continuing Education

  • 6 Contact Hours
  • Chesapeake Health Education Program Inc. is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. 
  • Chesapeake Health Education Program Inc. designates this activity for 6.0 continuing education credits.

Target Audience: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Adiministrators and Staff

Speaker Information:

Christine Wisnom, CDA, RN, BSN: Ms. Wisnom is a Nurse Educator in the Department of Oncology & Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore. At the dental school she served the Infection Control Committee, as a member, and as the Chair for several years. She received her RN in 1986, and completed a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. She is a faculty member and Program Coordinator for the PA-Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center. She is also an Infection Control Consultant for the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners and the District of Columbia Board of Dental Examiners.  She has presented numerous educational programs on a local, state, national and international level. Active in research, she has authored and co-authored multiple articles, book chapters, and abstracts. She served as the Chairperson for the Maryland School of Nursing Alumni Association and is a member of OKU National Honor Society. In addition, she is a private Infection Control Consultant and provides in-office programs for Health Care Providers. She is active in numerous professional groups. Ms. Wisnom has also coordinated numerous research protocols on a variety of topics.

Louis G. DePaola, DDS, MS, FAAOM, FACD: Dr. DePaola is the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Professor, Department of Oncology & Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore. He received his DDS in 1975, completed a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and the American College of Dentists; and has a Certificate in Prosthodontics. He is the Director for dental training for the Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center and served as a member of the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs from 2002-2005. Dr. DePaola serves as the dental and infection control consultant for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Maryland Department of Corrections. In 2015, Governor Hogan appointed him to the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. Well known on the lecture circuit, he has presented at most major national meetings as well as numerous international organizations. Active in research, he has authored and co-authored of over 130 journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts and serves as a consultant to the American Dental Association and numerous other professional groups and private industry. Over the past 20 years, he has been awarded over 75 research and service grants, many in the field of antiplaque chemotherapeutic agents, HIV/AIDS, management of medically compromised dental patients, rapid salivary diagnostic testing, dental unit waterlines and infection control.

Cancellation Policy:

Programs Cancelled by CHEP

  • CHEP reserves the right to cancel a program due to insufficient enrollment or any unforeseen circumstances.
  • CHEP will post program cancellations to our program webpage and on social media outlets.
  • Every effort will be made to notify participants of the cancellation via email.
  • In cases of extreme weather, a public announcement will be made on Baltimore WBAL radio station (AM 1090) when possible.
  • Registration fees will be fully refunded if CHEP is unable to re-schedule a cancelled a program. 
  • Credit card processing fees will apply on refunds made on credit card payments for cancelled programs not able to be rescheduled.

See refund options below for details.

Programs Cancelled by a Registrant

  • Cancellations must be received by email or by phone two business days prior to the program date.
  • Cancellation Refund Options:

- A refund less a $10 processing fee will be provided.

  - A voucher or registration transfer for full registration fee to be used within 6 months of the cancellation.

- Department of Veterans Affairs employee cancellations can only receive a voucher - no refunds.

- No refund or voucher will be given for cancellations received on or after the program date.


  • A continental breakfast and buffett lunch will be provided. 

Evaluation & Certificate:

  • All attendees are required to sign in in order to receive credits. Sign in sheets will be unavailable 30 minutes after the start of the program.
  • An evalution will be emailed to you within 48 hours of the program's completion. Once you complete & submit this evaluation you will automatically receive a certificate of attendance electronically.