Friday, September 13, 2019 from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM EDT
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9/13/2019 - Infection Control is Not Optional; Abuse: Regulations for the Dental Team; HIPAA Updates 

Dr. Lou DePaola & Christine Wisnom

Important Notes & Announcements:

  • This will be a full-day course earning 6.0 ADA credits.
  • By submitting your registration form, you are agreeing to CHEP's cancellation policy.  Please review in detail prior to registering. 
  • Grievance Procedure can be found at the following link - CHEP Grievance Procedure

Course Description(s):

Infection Control is not Optional: Dental Practitioners Need to be Involved, The SOD Course
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. 

Abuse: Guidelines for Dental Health Care Providers
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 childhood, elder and intimate partner violence (IPV).  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. 

HIPAA Update
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:

1. Understand the routes of transmission of infectious diseases and how to break the chain of infection. (Infection Control)
2. Know the updated recommendations for Standard Precautions. (Infection Control)
3. Learn the principles of respiratory etiquette to reduce the impact of colds. (Infection Control)
4. 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. (Infection Control)
5. Comprehend the scope of abuse and neglect. (Abuse)
6. Understand "how to" interview and examine victims of abuse. (Abuse)
7. Compile resources and regerrals for victims, and undersand the format and time frame for reporting. (Abuse)
8. Understand the protocols for incorporating the recommendations and sample documents into clinical practice. (HIPAA)
9. Comprehend the evolution of the HIPAA regulations. (HIPAA)
10. Train all new employees on the office HIPAA policies and procedures within 30 days of hire, with review as the law change, recording all training in the HIPAA manual. (HIPAA)

Speaker Information:

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. From 1998 to 2002 Dr. DePaola served at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, Division of Extramural Research of the National Institutes of Health to help develop dental treatment guidelines for patients with HIV/AIDS and infection control practices to protect both patients and practitioners from  the transmission of infectious diseases in the dental office. Dr. DePaola serves as a 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.

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 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 and the Maryland Board of Physicians.  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.

Disclosure: Dr. Lou DePaola, Christine Wisnom and the Planning Committee report they have no relationships with commercial organizations to disclose.  There will be no discussion of off label products. 

Continuing Education:

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 ADA continuing education credits. 

Education Methods Used: Lecture and PowerPoint Presentation

Target audience: dentists, dnetal hygienists, dental assistants, staff

Evaluation and Certificate:

All attendees are required to sign-in in order to receive credits.  Sign-in sheets will be available at the registration desk for up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the program, and 30 minutes after the start of the program.  Attendees are expected to stay until the conclusion of the day in order to receive the access code to complete their evaluation and receive the credits for the day.

An evaluation will be emailed to you within two business days of the program's completion.  You will need the access code announced at the conclusion of the day in order to complete the evaluation.  Once you complete and submit this evaluation, your certificate will automatically generate to be saved or printed.

Registration Information:

Dentist - Community Provider: $195 prior to 8/30/2019; $205 starting 8/30/2019
Hygienist - Community Provider: $159 prior to 8/30/2019; $169 starting 8/30/2019
Assistant/Staff - Community Provider: $145 prior to 8/30/2019; $155 starting 8/30/2019
VA VISN 5 Employee (with ID): $35 prior to 8/30/2019; $45 starting 8/30/2019

Prices increase two weeks prior to the program date as indicated above.  Registration will close at the end of the day on September 10th; however, we do accept onsite registration as long as space allows.  

Registration includes a continental breakfast starting at 7:30am and a buffet lunch.

If you are registering as a VA VISN 5 Employee, you will be required to show proof of current employment via government issued VA ID Badge at check in.  If you do not have your badge, you will not be granted access to the program unless you pay the regular community rate.