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Memorial Hermann Health System Agrees to $2.4 Million HIPAA Settlement PDF Print E-mail
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This is one to learn from.  It seems that Memorial Hermann had a person come into one of their clinics with a false ID card.  The staff alerted the police, which was legal, but then MH released the patient’s name in a press release.  This caused the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to become involved and hence the HIPAA violation.
 
The government’s HHS website has the complete story and I feel it is definitely worth a read to anyone who is in healthcare.  
 
 
ADA and MD Anderson Cancer Center Join Forces For Cancer Prevention PDF Print E-mail
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The fight against oral cancer continues.  When considering that one person per hour dies of this disease I often wonder why it doesn’t get the coverage it deserves considering the way the 24 hour news cycle works.  Now comes more great info on the fight from the ADA and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
 
 
 
The American Dental Association (ADA) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center today announced a joint effort to improve patient outcomes through programs aimed at dental and medical professionals and the public to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations and tobacco cessation for oral cancer prevention.
 
“ADA member dentists promise to put patients first, and as a profession we look for innovative ways to treat and prevent disease, and promote wellness,” said ADA President Gary Roberts, D.D.S. “Together with MD Anderson, one of the most respected cancer centers in the world, we are excited to pioneer new programs to help our patients live healthy and disease-free lives.”
 
Both organizations agree that increasing the percentage of children and young adults vaccinated for HPV is critical to improving their health and reducing risk of several related cancers, including those of the oropharynx (the part of the throat just behind the mouth which includes the back third of the tongue; the back part of the roof of the mouth, also known as the soft palate; the tonsils, and the side and back wall of the throat). In addition, programs aimed at preventing children and young adults from starting to smoke while encouraging current smokers to quit are another key component of the collaboration. 

 “MD Anderson is pleased to partner with the ADA to develop innovative educational programs that will increase awareness about the prevention and early detection of oral cancers,” said Marshall E. Hicks, M.D., president ad interim, MD Anderson. “Tobacco use and HPV infection remain the leading causes of oral cancers. Through this collaboration, we have a significant opportunity to inform care providers and the public about the associated risks, and we can make a difference in the fight to end cancer.” 
 
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 50,000 cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx will be diagnosed this year in the U.S., and rates in men are more than twice as high as in women. These cancers are often not diagnosed until late stages, when treatment is less effective.
 
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of cancers in the U.S., responsible for roughly one-third of all cases. HPV infections are responsible for approximately 70 percent of all oropharyngeal cancers, about 9,000 annually, as well as the majority of cervical, anal and genital cancers. HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers are four times more common in men than women, and the incidence rate of these cancers has risen significantly in recent years.
 
New FTC Website Helps Small Businesses Avoid Scams and Cyber Attacks PDF Print E-mail
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Here is good news for small business owners.  One of the problems we face is dealing with cyber security.  Without the revenue to have full time professionals helping guard our networks, we are often left exposed.  Now comes word from the FTC that help is available.  Read on for the details…

 

At the direction of Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website – ftc.gov/SmallBusiness – with articles, videos, and other information aimed at helping small business owners avoid scams and protect their computers and networks from cyberattacks and other threats.

“Small businesses are critical to our economic strength, building America's future, and helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace,” Acting Chairman Ohlhausen said. “This innovative new website is a one-stop shop where small businesses can find information to protect themselves from scammers and hackers, as well as resources they can use if they are hit with a cyberattack.”

According to the U.S.Small Business Administration (SBA), there are more than 28 million small businesses nationwide, employing nearly 57 million people. Scammers frequently target small businesses with deceptive tactics designed to get them to pay for supplies they didn’t order, donate to fake charities or trick them into giving access to their network or downloading malware that can corrupt their business’s computers.

Cyberattacks can be particularly devastating to small businesses, and many of them lack the resources that larger companies have to devote to cybersecurity. Symantec Corp.’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report(link is external) indicates the percentage of spear-phishing attacks targeting small business rose dramatically from 18 percent to 43 percent between 2011 and 2015.

The FTC’s new web page offers specific information to help small businesses protect their networks and their customer data. This includes a new Small Business Computer Security Basics guide, which shares computer security basics to help companies protect their files and devices, train employees to think twice before sharing the business’s account information, and keep their wireless network protected, as well as how to respond to a data breach. It also has information on other cyber threats such as ransomware and phishing schemes targeting small businesses. The FTC is continuing to work with the SBA on additional ways to help small businesses.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook(link is external), follow us on Twitter(link is external), read our blogs and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

 
 
Supporting the full implant treatment process - from planning to final restoration with... PDF Print E-mail
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The implant treatment process contains many steps—from imaging and diagnosis, treatment planning and implant surgery to abutment selection, restorative solutions and patient follow-up. Dentsply Sirona Implants presents several new solutions to their already extensive portfolio to delegates at their second World Summit Tour stop in San Diego.

“Whether thought leader, researcher, educator, Specialist, GP, or laboratory technician—while there are obvious unique differences and needs to be recognized, there is also a resounding commonality in the ease, precision, quality, speed and peace of mind that most dental professionals look for—ultimately for the benefit of the patients they serve,” says John Voskuil, VP and General Manager, Dentsply Sirona Implants, NA. “This is why we are committed to putting our customers first and to providing comprehensive end-to-end solutions that drive better, safer and faster dental care. It is exciting to be a part of an organization that can deliver on that promise and to be able to make a positive impact on the quality of life of others.”

 

Implant solutions

 

SmartFix® concept

SmartFix is a treatment concept that can provide edentulous patients with an immediate fixed, full-arch prosthesis, supported by a minimum four implants. The SmartFix concept includes an angulated abutment that comes together with a short and flexible abutment holder for easier handling. The option of angulating the screw access channel through the prosthesis opens up for ideal esthetics and function. 

This concept is an easy and cost-effective treatment that offers improved treatment satisfaction for the patient and practice growth for the dental professional. 

“The SmartFix concept has streamlined the treatment of my edentulous patients desiring a fixed prosthesis,” says Dr. Gary Jones, Board Certified Oral Surgeon in Fayetteville, NC. “The integrity of the balance base abutment-implant connection and its versatility with positioning, provide for a more efficient surgical procedure. My patients are overwhelmed with this life-changing, predictable treatment.” 

SmartFix concept is now available for the Astra Tech Implant System EV product line in the US. Unique features include a holder made of Peek plastic for easier handling, especially in the posterior, and compatibility with the OsseoSpeed Profile EV, which when placed at an angle in the posterior, can further eliminate the need for bone reaming procedures. Multibase EV abutments are compatible with Nobel Biocare Multi-unit prosthetic cylinders and bridge screws. SmartFix concept is already available for Xive and Ankylos implant systems.

OsseoSpeed® Profile implants (Astra Tech Implant System)

Almost 40% of all implant sites present with a sloped alveolar ridge after healing.* The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant (Astra Tech Implant System) is a uniquely shaped, patented implant specifically designed for just this clinical situation. It is designed to follow the natural shape of the bone, supporting the soft tissue by preserving marginal bone 360 degrees around the implant. In addition, it can help to eliminate the need for bone augmentation procedures. In fact, a reported 58% of all sloped implant sites have a reduced need for augmentation when using the OsseoSpeed Profile implant.

Dr. David Barack, a Periodontist from Skokie, IL states, “Since 1987, I have experienced the joys and frustrations of evolving implant technologies. The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant has been one of the most impactful developments in my practice. I now place implants with optimal bone utilization, prevention of marginal bone loss, and position to neighboring teeth.”

Newly published results** on OsseoSpeed Profile implants show bone preservation, increased soft tissue volume and regain of keratinized mucosa in patients with compromised soft tissue conditions.

PD Dr. Robert Nölken, co-author of the study, explains “We have seen a great deal of improvement on the peri-implant soft tissue in our research follow-up. This allows us to achieve a good esthetic outcome for patients with thin biotypes.”

This prospective, 2-year follow-up, multicenter study—investigates OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant survival rate, soft and hard tissue maintenance following placement in healed sites of the posterior mandible. Twenty-four centers, 184 patients and 238 implants are included in the study.

 

Digital implant solutions

 

Atlantis® CustomBase solution

The Atlantis CustomBase solution combines an Atlantis Abutment and an Atlantis Crown with a screw access hole. The crown is cemented to the abutment extra orally and then all is screw-retained into the implant, avoiding potential complications caused by excess cement. The crown can be designed in the customer’s own software by ordering a unique digital file, with the screw hole indicated. 

“Atlantis CustomBase gives our laboratory the ability to fabricate a screw-retained restoration with a custom designed titanium sub-structure,” states Conrad Rensberg, Owner and Head of Dental Implants, Absolute Dental Services, North Carolina. “Incorporating Atlantis CustomBase has greatly reduced post-delivery de-bonding and fracturing between the restoration and interface. The Atlantis CustomBase in gold-shaded titanium allows for brilliant color reproduction in our high translucent materials,”

Since the Virtual Atlantis Design (VAD) software takes the edentulous space with surrounding teeth and soft tissue anatomy into consideration, the Atlantis CustomBase solution is a premium, single-tooth, screw-retained solution providing patient-specific design of core height and optimized retention and design. This provides a result that replicates natural tooth function and esthetics. Moreover, the Atlantis CustomBase solution provides customized emergence profile for enhanced soft-tissue management and placement of material junction considering biological principles.

Prosthodontist, Dr. Mark Montana, Tempe, AZ, shares his clinical perspective. “Atlantis CustomBase provides customized emergence profile and optimal design of the axial walls, resulting in a restoration that is specific to a patient’s tissue and with a reliable cement interface, when compared to stock Ti-base alternatives.”

The Atlantis CustomBase solution is available for all major implant systems and is fully FDA compliant.

 

Atlantis® connectivity with CEREC® Omnicam

The upcoming integrated connectivity between Atlantis WebOrder and Sirona Connect SW will make the ordering of all Atlantis abutments solutions easily accessible for the CEREC Omnicam users. The digital impression is taken with either a ScanPost or an Atlantis IO FLO.

 

mySimplant® Planning Service

With mySimplant Planning Service, computer guided implant treatment is now even easier and more affordable. mySimplant enables clinicians to treat more patients with enhanced safety, and predictability. The user-friendly interface eliminates the need to acquire costly planning software or to spend valuable hours learning how master it. Through a secure online portal, an implant treatment planning proposal is prepared according to the unique specifications set by the clinician for their patient.

This new outsourcing service from Dentsply Sirona Implants gives clinicians the possibility to rely on an experienced partner to build and grow their business while still staying in control of the treatment planning, and most importantly, without compromising the treatment outcome.

For more information, visit www.mySimplant.com

Dentsply Sirona Implants customer survey Austria, Germany, North America, Switzerland; data on file.

** Reference: Schiegnitz E, Noelken R, Moergel M, Berres M, Wagner W. Survival and tissue maintenance of an implant with a sloped configurated shoulder in the posterior mandible-a prospective multicenter study. Clin Oral Implants Res 2016;E-pub May 13, doi:10.1111/clr.12869.

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Dental Hygiene KOL Patti DiGangi, RDH Publishes the ROMA* Manual on Dentistry PDF Print E-mail
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Part of the DentalCodeology Series, the New Book is a Light Hearted, 

Yet Deadly Serious Look at the Dental Profession

 

Addison, IL – May 09, 2017 – Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, took a totally different approach when writing the latest book in her DentalCodeology Series. 

 

She and co-author Dr. Benson Baty took a humorous approach in examining some of the observations, insights and urban legends associated with patient communications, dental team interactions and clinical practice. 

 

“You can’t make this stuff up,” says DiGangi. “I think everyone who has worked a few years in a dental office has a ROMA book in them!” If you think ROMA stands for Results Oriented Management and Accountability, think again. Those with a military background may recognize that ROMA is an acronym for “Right Outta My A_ _.”   

 

According to Dr. Baty, “Although we don’t want to be politically correct, we don’t want to offend either. If you are offended after learning what ROMA means, this may not be the book for you.”

The authors say the purpose of this book is to take a light-hearted view of dentistry while also challenging assumptions, questioning traditions and looking at the evidence with some ethical lessons thrown in for good measure.

 

For example, here’s a preview of some of the chapter topics:

 

  • Patients Say the Darndest Things
  • Professionals say the Darndest Things
  • Dental Education’s Darndest Things
  • Dentistry’s Darndest F-Words 

 

The ROMA Manual of Dentistry is not intended to be a one-hit wonder. In fact, the authors believe there is a bottomless well of material to draw from. “Everyone working in dentistry has their own observations, insights and opinions,” explains DiGangi. We are planning to use a crowd-sourcing approach to gather some of the material for our next installment. Dental professionals will be provided opportunities to contribute on DentalCodeology.com and on our social media platforms.”

 

You can order your copy of The ROMA Manual: A Light Hearted, Yet Deadly Serious Look at Our Profession by clicking http://bit.ly/2pJgiC2.

 
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