Teledentistry 101 & COVID-19 Limited Evaluations

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Teledentistry Overview

Many people face barriers to accessing dental care including the cost of dental care, fear, geographic distribution of dental offices, and linguistic/cultural barriers. Teledentistry is an opportunity to address these barriers by bringing dental care to community sites where underserved populations receive educational, social, and general health services and to link services provided in the community with dental clinics where more advanced services can be provided. This is a proven strategy to increase access to preventive services.

This webinar has been updated to include the necessary information to be responsive to the growing need for safe patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Including; remote services that are available, opportunities to address emergency dental demand, and new reimbursement methods.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of the session, participants will:
  • Understand an innovative dental delivery model designed to reduce the burden of dental disease and increase access to affordable dental care.
  • Outline factors that are considered for planning and implementing teledentistry services and infrastructure requirements.
  • Discuss telehealth regulatory variations from state to state and its impact on practice, parity, and reimbursements.
  • Discuss Washington teledentistry regulations and reimbursements and its impact on project sustainability.

Presenters:

Dr. Nathan Suter

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree, Dr. Suter also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis. Dr. Suter was the Oral Health Director and a practicing dentist at COMTREA Comprehensive Health Center, a federally-qualified health center (FQHC), in Festus, from 2013 to 2018. He was instrumental in starting the dental program at the fast-growing network of FQHC dental clinics in Jefferson County, MO. As oral health director, he secured over $2.5 million dollars in private, state, and federal grants that led to COMTREA’s tremendous growth that includes a team of 60 individuals including 12 dentists, six hygienists, and over 24 dental assistants.

Disclosures: Dr. Suter disclosed his financial interest, arrangement, or affiliation with the following organizations whose products or services may be discussed in the context of his presentation or who will be offering financial support or educational grants for this continuing education activity.

  • Access Teledentistry – I am owner and consultant
  • Mouth Watch LLC – I am an expert advisor on an advisory board
  • Dentaquest Partnership- I am a consultant on teledentistry
  • Healier Inc. – I am co-founder, building a software platform for care coordination/teledentistry

ADA CERP Recognized Provider

Arcora Foundation 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. Arcora Foundation designates this activity for one continuing education credit.

Target Audience: This course is designed for dental professionals.

If you have questions or would like more information about this course, please contact Karen Lewis at klewis@ArcoraFoundation.org or 206-528-7344.

Original Release Date: April 2020

Expiration Date: April 2023