Continuing Dental Education

CE1654 Dental Ethics/Risk Management/Prescription Monitoring Program

Annual Practice Management Seminar sponsored by Delta Dental of Washington

Subrata Saha, PhD; Melissa Moore Sanchez, CIC; and Gary Garrety, Washington State Department of Health

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Course Description

Dental Ethics

We shall discuss the ethical issues that face us as we develop new implants, devices, drugs to improve the treatments and the quality of life of our patients. There is a growing debate about our new capabilities in manipulating genes, nano biotechnology, and analyzing big data. Using the examples of nanotechnology and tissue engineering, we shall discuss the ethical concerns that have been raised with new advances in these fields. We need to be familiar with and follow the ethical guidelines developed by professional societies, government agencies, and educational and research institutions. This is particularly true for biomedical research that are almost always beneficial but can also be misused. We shall examine the topics of clinical trials, animal research, conflicts of interest (COI), research misconduct, authorship guidelines, intellectual property, and privacy and confidentiality. We hope to improve our understanding and appreciation of the complex ethical challenges that we must deal with during our professional life as physicians, dentists, scientists and educators.

The Three Principles of Risk Management

This lecture discusses dental malpractice exposures and is designed to give dentists and staff practical advice that can be easily implemented into their own practice. Emphasis will be placed on the most common practice management concerns, including: building good patient rapport, proper documentation of patient care, dealing with difficult patients, and the importance of informed consent.

Hear the good, the bad and the ugly examples of experiences other dentists have had, which could have or did result in a malpractice claim.

Section Objectives

As a result of attention this session you will be able to:

  • Practice defensive dentistry through better communication and informed consent
  • Understand how poorly documented charts can adversely impact a practice
  • Have a greater understanding of what drives patients to sue
  • Recognize who within a practice, can be sued

Washington State’s Prescription Monitoring Program

Drug overdose surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death 2006 and has remained the leading cause of accidental death at the state and national level. Most drug overdose deaths involve at least one prescription drug. The state of Washington has implemented measures to help in the battle against drug overdose epidemic including the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).

Washington’s PMP is designed to help promote patient safety by giving providers the ability to review accurate controlled substance history of patients in their care. This data is essential for preventing duplicative prescribing, identifying patterns of misuse and addiction, and coordinating care. This overview will demonstrate ways providers can use data from the PMP to ensure safe prescriptive care for their patients.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this session you will be able to:

  • Increase understanding of the prescription drug abuse epidemic nationally and locally.
  • Increase understanding of how the PMP can be used in addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic.
  • Review resources available to providers to ensure safe prescribing.
  • Know how to complete registration, access, and obtain patient data from the PMP.

Course Logistics

Saturday, February 25, 2017

University of Washington
Health Sciences Center, Room D-209

Seattle, Washington 98105

This course is designed for dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and office staff.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until the Wednesday before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Early Bird until January 14, 2017
$161.10/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$225.90/Current Dental Alumni Member

Until February 22, 2017(after, $25 more)
$179/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

Delta Dental Providers and their staff receive a 50% discount off the full tuition price! (Not to be combined with any other discounts). Please register for CE1654DD to receive the discount.

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
** This course is eligible for an “Early Bird Discount” if you register six weeks or more before the course.

7 hours

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.