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At what age should I stop all my insurance?

Insurance Advisory Services at CDSPI has provided this quick initial response to a question submitted by a dentist: Just wondering if anyone else feels 65 is too early for CDSPI to stop all my insurance? Isn’t there a gap in how long people tend to practice these days? Given the complexity regarding insurance needs when approaching retirement, it might be best that you speak to one of our qualified advisors at Insurance Advisory Services, at 1-877-293-9455 extension 5002 for further discussion. In our experience, a variety of issues can cause boomer dentists to need to delay retirement – so it’s important for ...

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What factors have an impact on the performance of dentists?

This summary is based on the report published by the National Clinical Assessment Service (UK): Factors influencing dental practitioner performance: a literature review (March 2011) Read the Executive Summary (PDF) here Context There are an increasing number of factors that have the potential to influence the performance of a dental practitioner, including gender ratio, ethnicity and skill-mix of the dental workforce. A practitioner’s performance or conduct is defined as any aspects of a practitioner’s performance or conduct which: Pose a threat or potential threat to patient safety Expose services to financial or other substantial risk Undermine the reputation or efficiency of services ...

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AADR/CADR Annual Meeting 2014: Water Fluoridation: Safety, Effectiveness and Value in Oral Health Care

On Friday March 21st, 2014, the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) will hold a symposium on Water Fluoridation: Safety, Effectiveness & Value in Oral Health Care. Dr. John O’Keefe interviewed Dr. Stephen H. Abrams, about the significance of bringing the issue of water fluoridation to the general practitioner’s attention in order to start an informed dentist-patient and community-wide conversation. Context  Community water fluoridation (CWF) and other fluoride modalities historically have been and remain the cornerstone for the prevention and control of dental caries. There is extensive evidence on the efficacy and cost‐effectiveness of these interventions as well as assessments of the risks associated ...

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CDA Position Adjustment: Antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infective endocarditis

CDA adjusts position on antibiotic prophlylaxis to prevent infective endocarditis The CDA Position on the Prevention of Infective Endocarditis (approved in 2007 and reaffirmed in 2013 by the CDA Board of Directors) is aligned with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2007 guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis prior to dental procedures to prevent infective endocarditis. Recently the AHA published “Corrections” to the 2007 guidelines that clarified the language in the guideline. In particular, a change was made to the wording of the list of cardiac conditions associated with the highest risk of adverse outcome from endocarditis for which antibiotic prophlylaxis with dental ...

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CDA News: Dr. Peter Doig attends Minister Ambrose’s address to the Economic Club of Canada

On January 30, 2014, Dr. Peter Doig, President of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) attended Minister Ambrose’s address to the Economic Club of Canada. Minister Ambrose highlighted the Government of Canada’s work to harness the tremendous potential of innovation to improve the quality and fiscal sustainability of Canada`s health system. She underscored the importance of innovation and health partnerships to help improve the future financial sustainability and quality of healthcare for Canadians and announced the creation of a wise person’s panel to examine innovation in healthcare. Key Speech Messages  Health Canada’s focus will be on:  Patient care Health outcomes Reduced cost of delivering ...

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Make the connection: the first oral-systemic health day at the University of Manitoba

   On February the 7th, 2014, the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba will hold a Continuing Professional Development day on making the connection between oral and systemic health. Dr. John O’Keefe interviewed Dr. Tony Iacopino, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, who provided more information on the CE day. 

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What are the best practices for building high performance in human resource management?

In response to the survey on Stress points in the Dental Practice, we introduce a series of posts related to the topics identified in the survey responses. This post relates to human resources management. This summary is based on the article published in the Global Business and Organizational Excellence: best practices for building high performance in human resource management (January 2014) Context Human resource (HR) professionals have long realized the value of learning from leading organizations’ experiences that taking a best practices approach to the HR function can drive the high performance necessary to survive and thrive in a competitive market. An overview of ...

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Are you a leader in your practice?

This post is based on the article published in the Harvard Business Review: Be seen as a leader (December 2013) by Adam D. Galinsky and Gavin J. Kilduff Social scientists have spent decades studying how individuals achieve status within organizational groups—that is, how they gain respect, prominence, and influence in the eyes of others. Age, looks, position, expertise, competence as well as commitments matter. However, the old adage “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is at least partially true. Numerous studies show that social hierarchies develop quickly and are generally stable: People who achieve high status early tend to retain it. All this to suggest that ...

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