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What's New in Infection Control? | The Scope of Abuse: Regulations for the Dental Team | Staying Current with HIPAA Regulations410-706-2282

Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Presented by: Louis DePaola, DDS, MS, and Christine Wisnom, RN, BSN

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. DePaola

Louis DePaola, DDS, MS is a professor in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. Dr. DePaola serves as the executive director of biosafety and continuous quality improvements at the School of Dentistry, and the director for dental training for the PA-Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center.


 

 

 

Christine Wisnom

Christine Wisnom, RN, BSN, is a nurse educator for the AIDS Education and Training Center in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her primary areas of interest are infectious diseases and infection control, and she lectures locally, nationally and internationally on these topics. Ms. Wisnom served as both a member and as the chair of the Infection Control/Biosafety Committee at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry for many years. She has published numerous articles and abstracts in both medical and dental journals. p

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Course Description - What's New in Infection Control?

Dr. DePaola will present an update on the newest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines that impact infection control and the delivery of healthcare. He will discuss the principles of respiratory etiquette to lessen the spread of influenza, as well as steps to reduce the impact of potential pandemic influenza, such as bird and swine flu. Emphasis will be placed on compliance issues pertaining to the CDC Guidelines. This course fulfills the CDE requirement for infection control and requirements for annual OSHA training.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the routes of infectious disease transmission and how to break the chain of infection
  • Know the updated recommendations for standard precautions
  • Develop a practical and cost-effective infection control methodology 
  • Know how to achieve dental unit waterline quality that will meet CDC/ADA recommendations

Course Description - The Scope of Abuse: Regulations for the Dental Team

This program provides guidelines for evaluating possible signs and symptoms of domestic abuse and neglect in children and adults. It reviews “red flags” that alert dental health care providers to a potentially abusive situation. State laws and regulations, including the format for reporting suspected cases, will be reviewed. The presentation will include screening questions for identification of potential victims and a resource page which provides the names and phone numbers of local and state authorities. This program satisfies the requirement for a two-hour board approved program on Abuse and Neglect in Maryland for dentists and hygienists.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Comprehend the optimum method of obtaining a history 
  • Understand the importance of examination and evidence collection
  • Integrate the local and state Abuse Resource Directory and sample “reporting form” into their office policies and procedures
  • Notify the authorities, within the designated time frame, when encountering suspected cases of abuse and/or neglect 

Course Description - Staying Current with HIPAA Regulations

Electronic data and patient privacy remains a challenge for dentistry today. Do you access scheduling, finances, progress notes and digital imaging from your office at non-secured WiFi locations? What is the risk of a breach of information? The National Health Care Reform has designated $19 billion in stimulus money to establish electronic records for all Americans by 2014. Is your practice prepared? Civil penalties against practitioners who fail to comply with HIPAA regulations are increasing, and federal criminal penalties are as high as $25,000 and 10 years in jail, so it is vital to revisit HIPAA.

 The program discusses these topics, and reviews HIPAA recommendations for protecting patient information in the mail, workplace and electronic devices. Numerous sample HIPAA documents are provided. 

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Comprehend the evolution of the HIPAA recommendations. HIPAA regulations can be updated annually by the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Train all new employees on the office HIPAA policies and procedures within 30 days of hire, with an annual review, or more often as the laws change; and record all training in the HIPAA manual
  • Obtain the sample HIPAA documents for: Complaint, Notice of Privacy Policy, Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices and Access to
  • Records Request Form 
  • Understand the protocols for incorporating the recommendations and sample documents into clinical practice

Tuition:

  • Dentist: $275
  • Team Member: $175

CDE Credits:

  • 6 CDE credit hours - lecture

Audience:

  • Entire Dental Team

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