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THE JOURNAL OF THE GEORGIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION

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VOLUME 32, NUMBER 12 • DECEMBER 2013

ACTION

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THE JOURNAL OF THE GEORGIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION

GDA ACTION (ISSN 0273-5989) The official publication of the Georgia Dental Association (GDA) is published monthly. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to GDA Action at 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road N.E., Suite 200, Building 17, Atlanta, GA 30328. Phone numbers in state are (404) 636-7553 and (800) 432-4357. www.gadental.org. Closing date for copy: first of the month preceding publication month. Subscriptions: $17 of membership dues is for the newsletter; all others, $75 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Atlanta, GA. Dr. David Bradberry GDA Editor 1070 Woodlawn Dr NE Suite 250 Marietta, GA 30068

Delaine Hall GDA Managing Editor 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE Suite 200, Building 17 Atlanta, GA 30328

2013-14 Georgia Dental Association Officers Marshall H. Mann, DDS, President Douglas B. Torbush, DDS, President Elect Greg G. Goggans, DMD, Vice President James B. Hall III, DDS, Secretary / Treasurer R. David Bradberry, DMD, Editor

GDA/GDIS Executive Office Staff Members Nelda Greene, MBA, Interim Executive Director Delaine Hall, Director of Communications Skip Jones, Director of Marketing (GDIS) Courtney Layfield, Director of Member Services Victoria LeMaire, Medical Accounts Manager Melana Kopman McClatchey, General Counsel Denis Mucha, Director of Operations (GDIS) Margo Null, Property and Casualty Accounts Manager Patrice Williams, Administrative Assistant Phyllis Willich, Administrative Assistant Pamela Yungk, Director of Membership & Finance

With all state legislators and statewide elected officials up for re-election and the earliest primary election on record slated for May 20, 2014, next year’s session promises to be quick and perhaps even more unpredictable than usual. The GDA is watching a number of issues this session, including potential bills on dental hygiene supervision and a single administrator for dental Medicaid, as well as activity on the budget for the Board of Dentistry. Turn to page 11 for exclusive GDA insight on the session and to sign up for a LAW Day.

other features

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Reserve a Room at the Ritz for the GDA Annual Meeting

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Parting Shots

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Editorial

2013-14 GDA Directory and Sourcebook Now Available

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News and Views

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Calendar of Events

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Classifieds

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GDA Update on Member Services and Deadlines

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GDA Delegation to ADA House Enjoys Successful Session

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Remembering GDA Dentists Who Passed Away in 2013

GDA Action seeks to be an issues-driven journal focusing on current matters affecting Georgia dentists, patients, and their treatment, accomplished through disseminating information and providing a forum for member commentary. © Copyright 2013 by the Georgia Dental Association. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission. Publication of any article or advertisement should not be deemed an endorsement of the opinions expressed or products advertised. The Association expressly reserves the right to refuse publication of any article, photograph, or advertisement.

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Member Publication American Association of Dental Editors

index of advertisers Note: Publication of an advertisement is not to be construed as an endorsement or approval by the GDA or any of its subsidiaries, committees, or task forces of the product or service offered in the ADS South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 AFTCO Transition Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Atlanta Dental Imaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Center for TMJ Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Craniofacial Pain Center of Georgia . . . . . . . .18 Dental Care Alliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Dr. Mark Padolsky—TMD Dentist . . . . . . . . . .25

advertisement unless the advertisement specifically includes an authorized statement that such approval or endorsement has been granted.

Fyffe Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 GDA Dental Recovery Network . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Georgia Dental Insurance Services . . . . . . . . .28 Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists . . . . . .15 Great Expressions Dental Centers . . . . . . . . . .11 Hospital Dentistry—Dr. Kurtzman . . . . . . . . . .22 Law Office of Stuart J. Oberman . . . . . . . . . . .24

Officite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Paragon Dental Practice Transitions . . . . . . . .23 PNC Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Professional Practice Management . . . . . . . . .26 Southeast Transitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 UBS Financial Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26


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editorial perspective

A Time to be Thankful

R. David Bradberry, DMD

Thanksgiving is a time which allows us to come together as family and friends. Differences seem to be put aside at least for a time and no matter how good or bad the cook is, a good time is usually had by all. The menu is similar year after year. A roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and dressing are a few of the delicacies traditionally shared during this one day where we celebrate and count our blessings. Change, however, is inevitable. As younger family members begin to cook and bring their dishes to share, we learn that a variation on the traditional fare can be quite a pleasant surprise (though it may take a few years to perfect the dish!). So it was with the yearly meeting of the American Dental Association in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference was full of the spirit of Thanksgiving. Friends and family of the ADA came together to count our blessings, celebrate the work accomplished by those who truly care about dentistry in our country today, and put in place those who will lead on during the next year. The seasoned representatives and delegations encouraged the younger dentists and student dental organizations to bring their “dishes” to the “table” and be a bigger part of the menu. The common goal of course is to do everything possible to deliver optimal care to those whom we serve. Dr. Charles Norman was installed as the 150th president of the ADA for 2013-14. The general practitioner from Greensboro, North Carolina, brings a wealth of organized and private practice experience as master chef of a table that is covered with issues from third party intrusion to student debt. He speaks with resolve and determination to do what is right for patients and dentists. An election for President Elect was held and Dr. Maxine Feinberg of New Jersey will be our associate chef and assume the role of master chef for 2014-15. I believe she will

bring an enthusiasm to the table that will stir a fire in all of us. She is a dedicated professional, a consummate enthusiast for all dentists, and will not stop until the best outcome is there for all dentists in the country. You can see the fire and passion in her eyes and know she will be a leader of whom we can be proud. The potential is there for a long-standing impact that will benefit everyone. Another leader was recognized by election as an assistant chef, known as the ADA Second Vice President—Dr. Jonathan Shenkin of Maine. I can hear now those saying Maine? What is there in common with a state located almost into Canada? Jonathan is a top notch dentist (yes, a pediatric dentist like me) who has and will stand in the line with us to protect the rights of patients to obtain care provided by a fully-trained dentist. He has the scars of battles as many of us do and I know he, Chuck, and Maxine are on the right side to take care of us all. We have new and returning people at the table of thanks this year. They all, young and more mature, bring new dishes to the table that will benefit the profession now and in the future. Thank you for the opportunity to serve and bring back some of the best news we could have hoped for from New Orleans. The ADA has had issues from time to time, but the New Orleans gathering produced a strong menu, blessings have been counted, and we are in a better position moving forward. I strongly encourage everyone to get out this season and meet your colleagues and state representatives ahead of our 2014 legislative session. I said before, we are at the crossroads of the profession and what each of you does now will determine the path we all take. Happy Holidays and many blessings to you all.

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general news CENTRAL DISTRICT

GDIS

New Dentists

Earns Award

The Central District hosted their 6th Annual New Dentist Social at Wild Wing Café in Macon on October 17. Nearly 35% of the new dentists practicing in the district, 17 in all, attended along with spouses, district officers, and representatives from event sponsors Patterson Dental and Straumann USA. A new dentist is considered any dentist who has been out of dental school for fewer than 10 years. The GDA has approximately 651 members that are considered new dentists. Dr. Katie Garvin, the GDA Recruitment and Retention Committee New Dentist Liaison, is a Central District member. She and spouse Dr. Cameron Garvin, the district’s Vice President, work diligently to ensure that new dentists receive invitations to district events and feel welcome. Dr. Katie Garvin is also working with other districts such as Northern and Western that are initiating New Dentist-focused events of their own. Kudos to the district and Dr. Katie Garvin for hosting another successful event.

Your GDA subsidiary Georgia Dental Insurance Services (GDIS) was honored by The Medical Protective Company (MEDPRO) in October for providing excellence in customer care. “GDIS received a Gold Medal plaque from MEDPRO for having the highest retention percentage of any MEDPRO agency in the United States,” said GDIS Director of Insurance Denis Mucha. “This means that once we obtain a professional liability coverage customer, we keep them. They recognize the value of the coverage and the service we are able to provide them.” GDIS endorses the professional liability coverage offered by MEDPRO which is backed by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway’s strong financial resources and smart solutions. The coverage includes your choice of an occurrence or claims-made policy, retroactive coverage that lets you switch insurers without buying tail coverage for qualifying dentists, the flexibility to

Your Georgia Dental Insurance Services team—Victoria LeMaire, Margo Null, Skip Jones, and Denis Mucha—with the Gold Medal plaques awarded to the GDA subsidiary by MEDPRO for having the highest customer retention of any MEDPRO agency nationwide.

switch from claims-made to occurrence coverage, free tail coverage depending on certain age and coverage requirements, and options for professional liability coverage for your corporations. Call GDIS toll free at (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553 for a complimentary quote. “Through September 2013, GDIS had sold new professional liability policies to 67

GDA Tips on Licensure Renewal Renewing your license with the Georgia Board of Dentistry this year is a 4-STEP process! Contact the Board at (404) 6518000 or http://gbd.georgia.gov with your questions. (1) RENEW your license and pay the licensure fee at the Board of Dentistry’s web site: http://gbd.georgia.gov.

The Central District hosted its 6th Annual New Dentist Social in October in Macon. Attendees including 17 new dentists socialized with district officers and had a great evening.

(2) While on the Board’s site, go to the DOCUMENTS section and print the AFFIDAVIT OF CITIZENSHIP. Complete this form and make a COPY of your secure and verifiable DOCUMENT as required by the form. This form will need to be notarized before submitting. (3) While in the Documents section of the Board’s site, print

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your CENSUS DATA FORM. Complete this form as well! (4) Send your THREE separate documents (affidavit, secure / verifiable document, and census form) to the Board! EITHER EMAIL them to the Board at dentistry@dch.ga.gov, FAX them to the Board at (678) 717-6694, OR MAIL them to the Georgia Board of Dentistry, 2 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. (5) There may be some delays in the renewal process if you mail documents, so email or fax the documents if you can. Please note that the Board will not contact you to confirm receipt of the documents.


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GDA members,” said Mr. Mucha. “The GDIS team encourages all GDA members to investigate this very stable insurance coverage that will handle your situation professionally should you need to protect yourself.” Callers are also encouraged to ask a GDIS representative about quotes on property and casualty coverage, and the option to add valuable data breach coverage to any existing Hartford property policy.

DDS FOUNDATION Grant Won Thanks to generous grant funding from the Mattie H. Marshall Foundation, the DDD Foundation, Inc. will be able to provide up to $10,000 worth of dental treatment to selected developmentally disabled patients from Southwest Georgia in 2014. The DDD Foundation’s dental clinic, located in Atlanta, is a nonprofit organization committed to offering accessible, comprehensive dental treatment to patients with

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developmental disabilities. The DDD Foundation dental clinic is the only private dental clinic in Georgia that specifically treats patients with developmental disabilities, offering preventive, routine, and emergency dental care to patients with autism, intellectual delays, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, chromosome disorders, and many more. The facility currently serves nearly 4,000 active patients from 77 Georgia counties as well as surrounding states. During 2014, patients from Sumter County and Southwestern Georgia counties immediately surrounding Sumter County may be eligible to receive dental care at the DDD Foundation clinic in Atlanta already paid for by the Mattie H. Marshall Foundation. For more information on referring an individual with developmental disabilities for dental care, please call Tiffany White at (404) 942-0086 x-204 or email twhite@dddfoundation.org. For general information about the DDD Foundation, please visit the web site www.dddfoundation.org.

ALLIANCE NEWS Kits / Networking The Alliance dental spouses group supports GDA initiatives in the areas of legislative advocacy, oral health education, and dental family well-being. Recently, this group conducted the following activities. • The annual Alliance Student Spouse get-together took place October 5 at the Riverwood Plantation Clubhouse in Evans. The event was hosted by Student Spouse Liaison Megan Goldberg and Dr. Adam Goldberg. Attendees, including GDA President Dr. Marshall Mann and his spouse Leanne, shared the value of Alliance membership with the spouses, and the value of ADA and GDA membership with the dental students.

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• A group of incredible volunteers met at the GDA office on October 19 to assemble 950 legislative dental kits containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. The group thanks sponsor Steve Fortmann / Oral-B for providing the volunteers with a Chick-Fil-A breakfast and coffee to speed the effort along.

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These dental kits will be distributed on January 13, 2014, to every Georgia legislator and staffer at the State Capitol as a kickoff to the legislative session. All GDA and Alliance members are invited to come to the State Capitol on January 13 to hand out kits and good wishes to legislators and staff! The dental kit event will be completed by 10:30AM. RSVP to Delaine Hall at hall@gadental.org if you can attend.

GDA attendees at the Alliance Student Spouse Social included Drs. Annette Rainge, Celia Dunn, Donnie Brown, Mike Vernon, Carol Lefebvre (GRU), Carole Hanes (GRU), Phil Hanes (GRU), and Adam Goldberg along with Alliance Treasurer Fran Brown, Debbie Vernon, Kevin Corbin, Megan Goldberg, Katie Holmes, and Pacey Miles (dental student).

GDA and Alliance members filled 950 legislative dental kits on October 19 so the kits can be distributed on the opening day of the 2014 Georgia legislative session. The volunteer team included Drs. Janine Bethea, Jack Bickford, Donnie Brown, Max Ferguson, and Thom Kauffman, as well as Alliance members Janelle Kauffman (President), Cindy Jernigan (President Elect), Fran Brown (Treasurer), Molly Bickford, Debbie Torbush, Shari Carter, and Nancy Ferguson.

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ADA SUPPORTS Indian Health (From ADA.org) Twenty-six member organizations of the Friends of Indian Health, including the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recently asked all members of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 3391, the Indian Health Service Health Professions Tax Fairness Act. This bill, introduced by Rep. David Valadao (R-California) would amend the tax code to provide health care professionals who receive student loan repayments from the Indian Health Service (IHS) the same tax free status enjoyed by those who receive National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayments. Under the IHS and NHSC programs, health care professionals provide needed care and services to underserved populations.


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Upcoming GDA / Dental Events Please visit the GDA Calendar at www.gadental.org for more detailed information on the events listed.

JANUARY 2014

MARCH 2014

Wed, Jan 1: GDA Office Closed for New Year Holiday.

Mon, Mar 3: Northern District Executive Council Meeting, GDA Office.

Mon, Jan 6: Northern District Executive Council Meeting, GDA Office.

Wed, Mar 5: LAW Day, Central District.

Fri, Jan 10: GDIS / GDHC / GOHF Board Meetings, GDA Office.

Wed, Mar 12: LAW Day, Southeastern District / Northern District Hall Co Branch.

Fri, Jan 10: GDA Peer Review Committee Workshop, GDA Office.

Wed, Mar 19: LAW Day, Northern District Central and Southern Branches.

Sat, Jan 11: Board of Trustees / Finance Committee Meetings, GDA Office.

Wed, Mar 26: LAW Day, Southwestern District / Alliance Dental Spouses.

Sat, Jan 11: Fisher Dental Education Foundation Board Meeting, GDA Office.

Thur-Sat, Mar 27-29: Hinman Dental Society Meeting.

Sat, Apr 5: GDA Board of Trustees Meeting, GDA Office. Wed, Apr 9: Northern District CE Program, Villa Christina. Fri-Sat, Apr 25-26: GDA Dental Assistant Expanded Duties Courses, Columbus. Mon, Apr 28: Northern District Executive Council Meeting, GDA Office.

MAY 2014 Mon-Wed, May 19-21: ADA Washington Leadership Conference, DC.

JUNE 2014

Sun, Jan 12: House of Delegates, Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center.

APRIL 2014

Mon, Jan 13: Dental Health Day at The Capitol. (Distribute dental kits.)

Fri, Apr 4: GDA Officers Meeting with Specialty Groups, GDA Office.

Sat, June 28: GDA Board of Trustees Meeting, GDA Office.

Thurs, Jan 16: Northern District CE Event, Retreat at Perimeter Summit. Fri, Jan 17: Southeastern District Membership Meeting / GDA Officer Visit. Fri-Sat, Jan 24-25: GAGD Annual Meeting. Wed, Jan 29: LAW Day, GRU Dental Students.

FEBRUARY 2014 (Children’s Dental Health Month) Wed, Feb 5: LAW Day, Georgia Dental Society / North Georgia Dental Society. Fri, Feb 7: Give Kids a Smile Day Events. Fri-Sat, Feb 7-8: GDA Dental Assistant Expanded Duties Courses, Atlanta. Wed, Feb 12: LAW Day, Eastern District. Wed, Feb 12: GRU Clinic Day. Wed, Feb 12: Northern District CE Program, Villa Christina. Wed, Feb 19: LAW Day, Northwestern District. Wed, Feb 26: LAW Day, Western District / Northern District Eastern and Northern Branches.

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2014 Legislative Preview: GDA Monitoring Medicaid, Scope of Practice, and Budget Issues Political pundits and observers all seem to agree on this piece of advice for the 2014 Legislative Session: brace yourselves, it is going to be quick! With all state legislators and statewide elected officials up for re-election and the earliest primary election on record slated for May 20, 2014, next year’s session promises to be quick, and perhaps even more unpredictable than usual. Following the outcome of a federal lawsuit, the primary election date for all federal offices has been set for May 20th. The legislature will still have to pass a bill to move the state election date, but it seems all but likely that will be among the first orders of business when the General Assembly convenes on January 13th. Speculation is already rampant that there will be some extraordinary measures taken, such as convening on the weekends and not spending a full 40 legislative days at the Capitol, so that legislators can get back on the campaign trail. While all that remains to be seen, work that legislators have undertaken since last session’s Sine Die may provide some insight into what issues will be moving next session. Because the legislature is moving from year one to year two of the 20132014 General Assembly, a number of study committees were utilized in summer and fall as a mechanism for gathering additional information and testimony about a bill or group of related bills prior to the start of the session. Generally, these committees offer recommendations to the Governor and legislature before the end of the year. Your GDA staff was present at all relevant study committees to monitor issues related to dentistry. One of the more hotly contested proposals considered in a study committee this fall was Senate Bill 141, or the “Patient Compensation Act.” Sponsored by Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta), this legislation would create an administrative compensation system premised on Georgia’s current workers’ compensation system. Under this proposal, any claim for medical malpractice

(including claims alleging dental malpractice) brought by a Georgia patient could only be brought in this new administrative system. There would be no mechanism for seeking damages from a trial in a court of law. This legislation is supported by Patients for Fair Compensation, a non-partisan advocacy organization “dedicated to educating and engaging citizens and policymakers on the negative impact on patient care due to defensive medicine — the practice of ordering medical tests, procedures or consultations of doubtful clinical value in order to protect the prescribing physician from malpractice lawsuits.” Opponents of this proposal thus far include: the Medical Association of Georgia, MAG Mutual Insurance Company, the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, Georgia Trial Lawyers’

Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and non-profit consumer group Georgia Watch. The study committee on SB 141 held three lengthy hearings on this bill this fall; at least one more hearing will take place before the start of the next legislative session. It is not clear at this point what, if anything, the study committee will recommend to the full Senate Health and Human Services Committee. A study committee to develop recommendations for revising the Medicaid program also held meetings across the state this summer and fall. Formed by a legislative resolution passed in 2013, this committee is expected to

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make recommendations to the Governor and legislature by the end of the year. At its second meeting in Valdosta, the Committee’s focus was on rural Georgia, and the Director of the State Office of Rural Health gave an update that referenced the GDA’s workforce census in discussion of dental shortage areas in the state. Also in this meeting, the head of Medicaid at the Department of Community Health pointed to children’s dental as an area in which the CMOs are exceeding performance goals. Established in 2012, the Georgia Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits was charged with evaluating the social and financial impact of current and proposed mandated benefits. In that process, Commission members are tasked with assessing the impact of mandated benefits on employers and insurers, the impact of treatment, potential costs or cost savings,

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and other appropriate information. GDA member dentist Dr. Randy Daniel serves as a member of this Commission. Thus far this Commission has considered three specific proposals to mandate private health insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids, medical foods, and autism treatment. These mandates would be applicable to plans that are governed by state law, not self-insured plans or Medicaid. As such, the greatest impact would be felt by small business owners. At their September meeting, members of this committee heard actuarial data as well as findings with respect to medical efficacy. Recommendations from this Commission are expected to be delivered to the Governor and General Assembly before year’s end. Moving from legislative study committees to legislation known—and unknown—there are a number of issues that the GDA will be watching closely this session. In particular, we anticipate that there will be a push by the Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association

(GDHA) for a bill to change the supervision requirements for dental hygienists providing preventive services in a number of public and private settings. The GDHA has enlisted the support of the advocacy arm of the Georgia Council on Aging (known as “Co-AGE”), and Co-AGE member organizations voted to make the GDHA proposal one of their legislative priorities for the 2014 session. This proposal would allow any dental hygienist to provide hygiene services in “safety net settings” without the direct supervision of a dentist. These safety net settings would include schools, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, group homes, state institutions, rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, adult congregate care facilities, mental health residential programs, and all state, county, local, and federal public health programs. At time of writing we are not aware that any legislation has been filed, the bill language is not finalized, and there is no sponsor. However, we do know that the original proposal


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made to Co-AGE by GDHA included draft legislative language and that CoAGE is actively meeting with legislators to discuss this proposal. The GDA will keep you informed should this proposal become a bill for consideration next session. The GDA will also continue to monitor legislation to create a single administrator for dental Medicaid. HB 461, sponsored by Rep. Carl Rogers (R-Gainesville), was introduced during the 2013 Session. Though the GDA did not lead the effort to introduce the legislation, it is identical to legislation the GDA championed in 2010. That year this proposal passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly only to have then-Governor Sonny Perdue veto it. While it does not appear likely at this point that this legislation will be considered next session, we will continue to keep our eyes and ears on it. The GDA had tremendous legislative success in 2013 in our efforts to have the Georgia Board of Dentistry moved to the Department of Community Health (DCH). With that transition complete as of July 1, 2013, our focus now turns to monitoring the budget request submitted on behalf of the Board by DCH. We are optimistic that the amount requested by DCH will be included in the Governor’s budget recommendation to the legislature that will be released in January. Our goal is to be sure that the Board has the funding it needs to properly do its job moving forward. If you have not already signed up for LAW Day, find out how to register by viewing the sidebar at right. If you have not provided your email address to the GDA office so you can receive legislative updates weekly during the session, please contact Phyllis Willich at the GDA office at (800) 432-4357 or willich@gadental.org. The GDA enjoys a reputation for topnotch grassroots involvement under the Gold Dome from our member dentists, and our legislative success depends on you!

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Sign Up for a GDA LAW Day in 2014 With all state legislators and statewide elected officials up for re-election and the earliest primary election on record slated for next spring, the 2014 Legislative Session promises to be even more unpredictable than usual. More than ever, the GDA needs dedicated messengers to deliver our key legislative messages during the 2014 session. Simply put, the GDA LAW Day program needs you! LAW Day participants receive position papers on key issues and any pending legislation prior to their day. After a continental breakfast, participants receive an orientation on the legislative process and updates on critical legislation. Dentists are then charged with talking with key legislators and their own legislators about these critical issues. The program typically wraps up around noon. The calendar of 2014 LAW Days is below. If you cannot attend on your district’s date, feel free to sign up for another day. Volunteers are always welcome! To help us prepare for your participation, please let us know that you are coming! Email Nelda Greene at greene@gadental.org so you will have materials and breakfast waiting. Thank you for taking time away from your practice to help educate legislators on issues related to your profession and your patients.

2014 GDA LAW DAY SCHEDULE Jan 29: GRU Dental Students Feb 5: Georgia Dental Society and North Georgia Dental Society Feb 12: Eastern District Feb 19: Northwestern District Feb 26: Western District and Northern District (Northern / Eastern Branches) Mar 5: Central District

Don’t miss the GDA legislative

Mar 12: Southeastern District and Northern District (Hall County Branch)

updates emailed weekly during

Mar 19: Northern District (Central and Southern Branches)

the session! Email your address

Mar 26: Southwestern District and the Alliance dental spouses

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GDA Delegation to ADA House of Delegates Enjoys Successful Session Georgia Members Help Shape Debate on Medicaid Effectiveness Measurements Your GDA Delegation to the American Dental Association House of Delegates, a team of 24 dentists along with GDA Interim Executive Director Nelda Greene, visited New Orleans for the ADA Annual Session and House October 31 through November 5. Despite being in town over Halloween reports are that the meeting and House were quietly successful, with progress made on several fronts including the budget and governance. The GDA Delegation in particular championed a unanimously approved resolution calling for the ADA to work to change how Medicaid dental service effectiveness is measured. The GDA will now use this resolution during talks with state legislators and other officials about the serious problems that exist with the state’s dental Medicaid program. Thanks to the members of the GDA Delegation who spent many hours leading up to the Annual Session participating in numerous meetings and conference calls and studying the issues so as to represent the dentists of Georgia and the Fifth District (Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia) well. While this article discusses a few major issues, the House voted on many dozens of resolutions. Georgia dentists are invited to discuss House activities more in-depth with their Delegation members, listed on page 16, or visit www.ada.org for coverage of all of the resolutions considered. “I am proud to be a member of the Fifth District and, most importantly, the Georgia Delegation,” said Delegation Chair Dr. Carol Wolff. “Our members are leaders. We are always prepared, knowledgeable, and well-respected as the conscience of the ADA.” “I was impressed by the depth of knowledge in our Delegation,” said Dr. Julie Ann Routhier, a new Delegation member and first-time House attendee. “You have to know your issues, because the ADA is the second largest health care association in the country. The number of things we have a hand in is amazing. I want

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every member to know that the Delegation takes representing Georgia very seriously and we have some extremely eloquent people who can sway a vote and make our point of view carry the day. We as dentists all have the same goals, and we have to talk in one voice. Your ADA is paying attention and I encourage everyone to talk to your delegates about what took place. I am excited to be involved and excited to serve.” Members offered kudos for the operational support provided by Interim Executive Director Nelda Greene. She helped the Delegation track resolutions and provided valuable administrative support, especially since the director for the Mississippi Dental Association was called away on urgent family business and could not stay for the House. She provided research and background for several resolutions created by the GDA, including the successful Medicaid one.

Georgia Leads Charge on Medicaid Effectiveness Measurement The GDA has long held concerns that the Care Management Organizations which conduct the bulk of the state’s Medicaid operations, including dental, rely too heavily upon Health Care Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) scores to determine if Georgia’s children are receiving comprehensive dental care. The CMOs and state Department of Community Health (DCH) constantly point out the high utilization of oral health care services under the state Medicaid program based on HEDIS scores. “Unfortunately using HEDIS measures for dental care does not give us an accurate account of whether children in Georgia are receiving comprehensive dental care,” said Dr. Jay Harrington, a Delegation member and part of the ADA Council on Governmental Affairs. “HEDIS scores count every dental encounter equally. School screenings are counted

Dr. Carol Wolff, Dr. Chris Hasty, and Dr. Jonathan Dubin converse on the House of Delegates floor. You too can enjoy reading stacks of paper such as the one under Dr. Dubin’s arm should you become a Delegation member. (Photo: Dr. Jim Hall)

even though a screened child may have been referred for treatment and that treatment was never performed. Fluoride treatments provided in a physician’s office are counted. There is no way to determine if a child actually received dental treatment from a dentist. Yet the CMOs using HEDIS scores continually tell us children are receiving treatment.” The GDA brought a resolution to the Council on Governmental Affairs via Dr. Harrington asking that the ADA use its influence to change how dental Medicaid effectiveness is measured. The Council agreed that this was an important resolution, and included language that the ADA support the measures developed in July 2013 by the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA). “The ADA is a member of the DQA, and the GDA and Fifth District supported the Council’s recommendations to include their measures,” said Dr. Harrington. “These measures were developed by the dental community and take into account utilization, quality, and cost of treatment delivered to pediatric dental patients.” The GDA initially supported the idea of substituting HEDIS scores with data collected by Form CMS-416. This form is


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used by the federal government to collect basic information on State Medicaid and CHIP programs and assess the effectiveness of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. However, the GDA and Fifth District believe the newest DQA measures are more accurate even than the Form CMS416 data. The resolution championed by the Fifth District was voted through at every level and eventually unanimously passed the House of Delegates. The successful resolution also includes the requirement that the ADA provide technical support to state dental societies that plan to use the information in advocacy efforts. “Our legislative advocacy team can use this resolution when we make our arguments, again, that the GDA believes the CMOs must do more in Georgia to ensure that Medicaid and PeachCare enrolled children actually receive dental treatment,” said Dr. Harrington. “We will have honest data on our side and the backing of several national organizations to combat the inaccurate data the CMOs use. “Just as an example, the DCH Performance Measure Report for Georgia

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Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids, August 2011, advertises 60% or more utilization for each CMO for a yearly dental visit (HEDIS measures),” said Dr. Harrington. “But the Georgia FY2010 CMS-416 report shows only 41.95% of total eligible children receiving any dental visit. We expect the DQA measurements to show even more discrepancies in the CMO’s numbers.”

Budget and Oversight Issues Attract Attention “While this was probably the least contentious House meeting I have attended, we did have concerns over the budget and dues,” said Dr. Wolff. “However, we were well-prepared on budget-related topics by our ADA treasurer, Dr. Ron Lemmo. The Georgia Delegation and the Fifth District are always very involved with the budget process and details.” The full House voted to keep dues from increasing for members and students. The House also discussed how to distribute the $40 million in funds owed the ADA by Great-West Financial, the company behind the outstanding life

insurance product offered to members. The House voted to place $7 million in the 2013-14 budget to ensure that there would be no dues increase this year, and appoint a study committee to make recommendations on allotting the remainder of the money. Another issue that received attention was deciding which governmental bodies would have approval over the ADA budget. The Board of Trustees develops a proposed budget based on the Association’s Strategic Plan (which the Board also develops and approves). The next step is for the House of Delegates to approve the budget. This is not always a rubber stamp step by the House—the House will make changes as they see necessary. The House of Delegates debated a number of governance recommendations this year and last. One recommendation debated this year, based on input from an outside consultant contracted by the ADA, suggested that the Board develop and approve the Association budget. The rationale was basically that Board had an GEORGIA DELEGATION Continued on page 17

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Georgia Delegation to the ADA House of Delegates Thank you to these Georgia representatives for their work at the ADA House. Kudos to Dr. Peter Trager and Dr. Mike Vernon for their years of service on the Delegation as well as on various ADA organizational boards. Their terms of service end this year. Your commitment is deeply appreciated.

Dr. Carol Wolff (N), Chair

DELEGATES (10) Dr. Robert Carpenter (W—1/14) Membership & Planning Dr. Chris Hasty (SW—1/14) ADA Council on New Dentist Legal, Legislative & Public Affairs Dr. Ed Green (SW—1/16) At Large Legal, Legislative & Public Affairs / Governance Dr. Marshall Mann (NW—Officer) Budget, Business & Administrative Matters Dr. Kara Moore (C—1/17) Dental Benefits, Practice, Science & Health Dr. Donna Thomas Moses (NW—1/17) Governance/Dental Benefits, Practice, Science & Health Dr. Julie Ann Routhier (SE—1/17) Dental Education, Science & Related Matters Dr. Mike Vernon (E—1/14) Membership & Planning Dr. Carol Wolff (N—1/14) Dental Education, Science & Related Matters

Dr. Ben Jernigan (N—1/15) Budget, Business & Administrative Matters Dr. Doug Torbush (N—Officer) ADA Council on Dental Practice Dental Benefits, Practice, Science & Health Dr. Pete Trager (NW—1/14), At Large Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations Dental Education, Science & Related Matters Dr. Jonathan Dubin (N—1/17) Membership & Planning Dr. Annette Rainge (E—1/15) Dental Education, Science & Related Matters Dr. Robin Reich (NW—1/14) Membership & Planning Dr. Sidney Tourial (N—Officer) Council on ADA Sessions Dental Education, Science & Related Matters

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Dr. Richard Weinman (N—1/14) Legal, Legislative & Public Affairs

Dr. Jim Hall (C—Officer) Budget, Business & Administrative Matters

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Dr. Evis Babo (N—1/15) Membership & Planning Dr. Jack Bickford (NW—1/17), At Large Legal, Legislative & Public Affairs

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Remembering GDA dentists who passed away in 2013 These GDA member dentists made significant contributions to their profession, patients, families, and communities. If you know of other deceased GDA dentists whose names do not appear on this list, please send their names to the GDA office. These names were received by November 1, 2013. Hal T. Boyles, DDS Emory University 1946 March 16, Age 90 D. Arlis Burch, DDS Southwestern District GDA Honorable Fellow ADA Life Member Emory University 1961 October 4, Age 81 Irving deGaris Jr, DDS Northwestern District GDA Honorable Fellow ADA Life Member Emory University 1951 July 20, Age 88 Victor E. Della Giustina, DDS Eastern District ADA Life Member Loyola University 1957 March 9, Age 94 Richard A. Dooley II, DDS Southeastern District GDA Honorable Fellow ADA Life Member University of Pennsylvania 1956 January 13, Age 84 Charles R. Gore, DDS Northern District Northwestern University 1985 March 6, Age 60

Dr. Greg Goggans (SW—Officer) Legal, Legislative & Public Affairs

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two additional voices there representing the views of dentists and the House of Delegates. We saw a lot of value in retaining those voices.” The final vote was 55% in favor of retaining the vice presidents on the Board of Trustees, and 45% in favor of eliminating the positions but the vote did not receive the requisite two-thirds majority vote. Essentially, this means that the status quo continues and the vice presidents stay on the board.

Dental Education a Focus of Increased Scrutiny Dr. Kara Moore, Dr. Julie Ann Routhier, and Dr. Carol Wolff prepare for a day of debate and voting during the ADA House. (Photo: Dr. Jim Hall)

intimate knowledge of the budget and could be attuned to more nuance than the larger House. However, the Fifth District and House opposed this recommendation, and voted to retain the House’s power to approve the budget. Since this was a Bylaws change, the resolution to move budget approval to the Board of Trustees required a two-thirds affirmative vote to pass. The vote was fairly evenly divided (50.56% to 49.44%) but failed since there was not a two-thirds majority. Therefore, the House will continue to approve the budget.

Dentist Representation on Board of Trustees Up for Debate Another resolution debated this year by the House, based on input from the outside consultant that suggested the budgetary approval change, suggested that the Vice President and Second Vice President officer positions be eliminated. One argument for eliminating the positions was that every state is already represented by a Trustee on the Board who can convey the opinions of a particular region. Eliminating these positions would have required a two-thirds affirmative vote of the House. “There were pleas on the floor of the House from former vice presidents attesting to the value of positions,” said Dr. Wolff. “The Fifth District and GDA agreed with their position. The vice presidents serve on the Board of Trustees and that is

Dr. Wolff notes that in addition to the budget and representation issues, student debt, the number of new dental schools, and new education and licensure models also received attention. For instance, the House heard an update on the “hybrid portfolio” initial licensure pathway that exists in California. This pathway is a synthesis of the traditional portfolio model plus test cases (or competency cases) used in state dental schools for competency evaluations. Dental school faculty are responsible for evaluating the students’ competencies. Because students decide during their final year of school when they are ready to have their competency assessed, however, the dental board determined it was most practical for faculty to complete the evaluations, rather than having examiners travel to six state dental schools on an unscheduled basis for every candidate. The House will continue to monitor the development and implementation of this portfolio licensure process. Since 1997, 13 new dental schools have opened or have announced they will open. This wave of new dental schools came after closure of seven dental schools between 1986 and 2001. In 1990 the annual number of dental graduates per year nationally was 4,233. This declined to a low of 3,778 in 1993 and rose to 4,996 in 2010. With the opening of new and planned dental schools, first year enrollment in dental schools will rise to somewhere between 5,500 and 6,000 by 2020. Meanwhile, dental student debt has risen steeply from an average of $84,247 in 1996 to $203,374 in 2011. The House heard a number of resolutions calling for the ADA to continue to advocate at the national level on the student debt issue as well as to

continue to educate dental students about debt management and financial planning issues. The House also approved a resolution calling for a comprehensive study of dental education that would, among other goals, evaluate the long-term sustainability of dental school finances, the efficiency of the current dental school curricula and delivery methods, and the impact of student debt on dental practice and career choices.

Membership: Examining Ways to Reverse Declines The House of Delegates took steps to hold dues amounts for members and all categories of students at the same level as 2013 by shoring up the budget. The House heard about the importance of growing

Dr. Richard Weinman (standing) talks to Delegation members Dr. Mike Vernon and Dr. Ed Green. (Photo: Dr. Jim Hall)

membership during speeches from Executive Director Dr. Kathy O’Loughlin and 2013-14 President Dr. Chuck Norman. The percentage of the ADA’s market share is declining and the ADA recognizes the importance of changing how the tripartite operates in order to retain and gain members. Dr. Norman noted that all but six of the 53 state dental societies experienced a decline in membership last year. Membership numbers nationally are actually increasing, but the number of dentists is increasing exponentially more (see the notes about increasing number of dental graduates in the section above). ADA market share lags for the categories

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GEORGIA DELEGATION Continued from page 17 of dentists that represent increasing proportions of dental school graduating classes—women and minorities. “The challenge will be balancing and coordinating services to ensure membership growth for years to come,” said Dr. Norman. “We must develop one brand for organized dentistry [across the tripartite]. We must deliver goods and services in the most appropriate, efficient, and cost-effective manner. This means eliminating unnecessary costs and duplication while utilizing the unique strengths of each level of the tripartite to deliver ‘Best in Class’ service.” Dr. O’Loughlin offered a hard-hitting look at the environmental scan the ADA conducted on the dental care sector. She noted that dentists’ earnings have not kept up with the growth of gross domestic product. “Dentists are simply not busy enough,” she said. “Our members’ average annual revenue is down.” She also noted that utilization of dental care has declined among working age adults, particularly young adults, and that total dental spending in the U.S. slowed considerably in the early 2000s and has been flat since 2008. Like Dr. Norman, she noted the decline in ADA membership “In order for all of us to survive and thrive in this new world, we have to change what we’re doing,” said Dr. O’Loughlin. “Together, we have to find ways to enhance dentists’ professional success, reputation, earning power, professional collegiality and security, all while maintaining a gold standard of excellence for the profession. Together, we have to enhance the member experience so that dentists see us as essential to their professional satisfaction and peace of mind. Our members need us more than ever before to survive and thrive in today’s stormy and ever-changing landscape.” Dr. Evis Babo, another new Delegation member and first-time House attendee, was one of the GDA point persons on membership issues during the House. “Membership is an area that I am really passionate about,” she said. “Especially in this time of fundamental changes, including in national health care policy, creating a cohesive position by our profession is critical. I really believe that understanding the changes that our profession is facing and

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acting quickly to implement the necessary changes will make our Association stronger and will help us better serve our patients.” A third new Delegation member and first-time House attendee, Dr. Ben Jernigan, added, “The ADA session is invaluable in many ways, but one of its core functions is to bring together the different points of view from dentists all over the country to try to develop a consensus that we can present to the nation. It is obvious to a newcomer to the Delegation the amount of work that has been done before to establish the Fifth’s reputation as the ‘conscience of the ADA.’ We continued to advocate and present the wishes and desires of the dentists we represent but the ADA session also opens our eyes to the rest of the nation’s opinions.” Dr. Wolff echoed those thoughts. “We all know there are many challenges on the horizon for dentistry,” she said. “Unity in the ADA is our best hope for positive outcomes.”

House Receives Update on Public Relations Program The House of Delegates passed a resolution in 2012 authorizing the ADA to retain an outside public relations firm to accomplish a number of promotional goals, including enhancing the reputation of dentists and the dental profession. The 2013 House heard how the ADA and the firm Fleishman Hillard had developed and launched a public relations initiative that includes specific programs and media outreach centered on the Action for Dental Health: Dentists Making a Difference campaign to address the leadership role of ADA dentists on access to care, safety net, and prevention issues. This campaign also includes support to position MouthHealthy.org as the most trusted and respected resource for public oral health information. Through May 2013 media coverage has reached 37.1 million newspaper and magazine readers, 33.5 million TV viewers, and 691 million visitors to news and information web sites.

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classified ads Dental Related Services How GDA members can place classified ads AD FORM: Submit all ads on a GDA Classified Advertisement Form. To obtain a form, call Skip Jones at (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553, or email jones@gadental.org. (Note: The GDA may accept or reject any ad for any reason and in its sole discretion.)

AD DEADLINE: Ads and ad check payments are due by the first of the month before the publication month (i.e., Dec. 1 for January).

AD RATES: ADA member dentists pay $75.00 per 60-word ad per month. There is a 25 cents per-word charge for each word over 60. Non-dentist-owned companies (real estate firms, etc.) pay $195 per 60-word ad per month (additional word charges as above). Non-member dentists may not place ads.

LATE FEE: Ads for which full prepayment is not received by the first day of the ad’s publication month (i.e.; Nov. 1 for a November ad) will incur a $25 late fee in addition to the ad rate.

FORMS OF PAYMENT: Submit a check or money order with the ad form. (Make checks payable to GDA.) Credit cards are not accepted as payment.

WEB SITE PLACEMENT: Prepaid ads will appear on the GDA Web site www.gadental.org for the month the ad appears in print. Non-prepaid ads will NOT be placed online.

For Sale: 3 year old DentalEZ J/V classic chair, taupe color with matching mounting plate for light located in Hinesville, Georgia. Email: Libertyfamilydental@hotmail.com.

Dentists Available for Locum Tenens Dentist will fill in for illness, vacation, or continuing education. Licensed, insured, DEA #. Call (404) 786-0229 or email breighard@gmail.com. DENTIST: Need Part Time Fill In? Vacation, Illness, Maternity? GENERAL DENTIST SOLD LONG ESTABLISHED PRACTICE. GA & DEA LICENSED. (Available Expanded Atlanta Area.) Cell: (404) 219-4097. Home: (404) 842-1196. Jesse Hader, DDS. Dentist available during emergencies, vacation, CDE courses. I have a current license, DEA certificate, and insurance. Contact me at (706) 291-2254 or cell (706) 802-7760. I hope I can be of service to you. Patrick A. Parrino, DDS, MAGD. TEMPORARY / FILL-IN: Solo Private PCT for 20+yrs (Sold 2009). Exiting Active Duty Military Soon. Licensed in GA, AL, and FL. Phone: (770) 656-5269 or email drglassdmd@yahoo.com.

Positions Available Princeton Dental Group Loganville, an award winning, rapidly growing practice seeks a long term associate general dentist. High earning potential for a motivated dentist and an equity position for the right person (FFS and PPOs only). Work directly with other general dentists and specialists in an all-digital practice with ability to focus on dentistry backed by our outstanding support staff. Full Benefits package includes: medical, vision, disability etc. with FSA and excellent retirement plan. Send C.V. or resume to Dale Bailey at dbailey@princetondental.com.

Expanding Dental Group Seeking Dentists for our Atlanta-Based Practices! Large and collegial dental group in the Atlanta area seeking GENERAL Dentists for growth & expansion in our PEDO & TEEN ZONE practices located in Dacula, Gainesville, and Lilburn, GA. Brand new, state-of-the-art facilities (fully digital), clinical autonomy, advanced technology, & well-trained administrative support are a few benefits this opportunity has to offer. Part-time with immediate potential for full-time if willing to travel between locations. Immediate opening for an experienced general dentist in our adult Lilburn and Gainesville locations. PT position available now but potential for FT. Offers will include comprehensive benefits package including PTO and sign-on bonus. Please email cover letter and CV to hr@tebodental.com. You can visit us on the web at www.tebodental.com.

ATLANTA—ASSOCIATE DENTIST, ENDODONTIST, and PERIODONTIST NEEDED. We currently have three positions available in our qualityoriented, well-established group practice with multiple locations. This is a very lucrative opportunity for an experienced candidate with good interpersonal skills. Large patient base / referral base with abundant new patients each month. Well appointed, beautiful office including CAD / CAM and the latest technology for general dentistry, state of the art surgical suites for periodontics, and new microscope for endodontics. We have successful systems in place, including an exceptional team of assistants and support staff. Come be a part of our team and join us in creating an atmosphere of excellence, fun, and productivity. Email resumes to 1careerinfo@gmail.com.

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CLASSIFIEDS Continued from page 21 Full Time General Dentist needed to work in the Canton / Hickory Flat area. Minimum of 2 years experience OR GPR and one year exp. Great working environment, high tech office, a friendly and very well trained team. A great opportunity for the right person. Please email resume to: Lakepointe@gmail.com. Orthodontist Needed—Multi-office general practice is seeking an orthodontist for 2-3 days a week to start and develop our orthodontic department. Position may turn into full time in future. Associate must be willing to travel between Marietta, Woodstock, and Fairmount locations. Minimum 3 years of experience required. Please email resumes to rezaalemzadeh@ hotmail.com. Part-time to Full-time associate needed: Looking for a wonderful warm General Dentist to join our dental practice. Traditional fee for service, great family area. Endo and implant experience a plus. Send CV to cobbddsads@yahoo.com.

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NORTH GWINNETT / ENDODONTIST NEEDED: Twenty year old practice with brand new office seeks Endodontist two or three days per month. Rotary Hand piece, Schick 33 digital x-rays, receptionist, and assistant already available. Great place to start your new endodontic practice, or for established specialist to add satellite location. To see location and office pictures— www.SugarhillDentist.com. Contact DrBridgettgmail.com for more details. Dentist Opportunities: Copperhill, TN / McCaysville, GA. Dental Partners is one of the fastest growing family dental practice groups in the Southeast. We give you the ability to focus on patient care while earning a base of $125K-$200K and the opportunity to earn more based on production. Benefits package of medical / vision / life / FSA, 401K, professional liability, and yearly CE allowance. Relocation and student loan repayment assistance program available. Email resume to areimiller@dentalpartners.com or call Ashley Reimiller, Director of People Development (321) 574-8003.

Full or Part-Time General Dentist needed for a well-established practice in Atlanta suburb with opportunity for future buy-out. Please fax CV or resume to (678) 306-0630 or call (404) 740-9797. General Dentist Needed: LaGrange, GA. We are looking for a General Dentist to join our team in a part-time position. We practice a wide range of dental procedures. Please email resume to: eharry@ dreharry.com or fax to: (706) 885-9940. Exciting opportunity for dentist to provide children with dental care in Georgia schools. No evenings or weekends. Apply at www.smileprograms.com. We are growing and need to add another General Dentist to our team! If you are looking to work in a fun, fast-paced, and financially rewarding environment … let us know! We are an established practice in the northern suburbs averaging 60+ new patients per month. 8 ops available and we offer a full range of services to our patients. New grads welcome; mentoring and training available. Please email resumes to: reggieworkws@yahoo.com.


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GEORGIA—ATLANTA. Multiple pediatric dental offices in Metro Atlanta are seeking pediatric dentist and general dentist to work in an extremely successful, expanding business. We offer a team motivated working environment and a competitive salary. We believe in a high level of patient and parent education and making sure that children have an excellent dental experience at each visit. Our practice provides all levels of care, including oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia at local hospitals. Candidate must have excellent communication skills, be enthusiastic, and be motivated. For more information please call (678) 923-4466 or email brian.friedman@ dentistry4children.com. Visit our web site at www.dentistry4children.com.

SOUTHWEST GEORGIA: Small wellestablished practice for sale in an area with a high need for access to dentistry! This is a great opportunity to have a family practice in a small town! Seller is disabled and must sell quickly! For more information call (678) 482-7305, email amanda@ southeasttransitions.com, or visit www.southeasttransitions.com using reference #GA1043.

Orthodontics practice for sale. Premier Preferred Provider of Invisalign Teen, Invisalign, Clear Correct, and Ceramic Braces in N. Atlanta high end residential district. Six operatory chairs, private room for adjustments, and bldg / equip less than 4 yrs old. Well established and growing practice will go quickly. Up to 100% financing available. Contact Lynn at lynn@5thaavc.com.

GWINNETT COUNTY: 6 ops, general practice, completely digital, and paperless for sale. Excellent visibility in a busy area. For more information call (678) 482-7305, email amanda@southeasttransitions.com, or visit www.southeasttransitions.com using reference #GA1042.

Practices/ Office Space Available

AUGUSTA, GA: Well-established, all FFS practice with 4 equipped ops in a great location in Augusta! Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity! For more information call (678) 482-7305, email amanda@southeasttransitions.com, or visit www.southeasttransitions.com using reference #GA1035.

Dental office available! Located in Lilburn, GA right off I-85 on a HIGH TRAFFIC ROAD. This 2,950 sq. ft. space is all built out and plumbed. Offered for the BEST VALUE in the Atlanta Area. The floor plan was professionally designed with plenty of windows and excellent circulation (no dead-end hallways). Call to request a floor plan and see 8 operatories, surgical / orthodontic suite, sterilization room, lab, restroom, conference room, and kitchen. Plenty of parking. Call Joanna (770) 831-6363 x16 or (770) 920-5979.

MACON AREA: Well-established, all FFS, 3 operatory practice collecting $300K+ annually. For more information call (678) 482-7305, email amanda@southeasttransitions.com, or visit www.southeasttransitions.com using reference #GA1041.

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DENTIST RETIRING SOON! OFFICES FOR SALE: OFFICE #1 Practice you have always dreamed of in a prime location with lot of traffic, Digital x-rays, Primarily fee-for-service grossing $786,000 newly built-out expansion because of patient load. Four fully equipped operatories with additional expansion to accommodate growth. OFFICE #2 The practice is currently waiting for a new dentist who can operate and would be a good satellite location or startup opportunity for a potential purchaser. Situated in a very large shopping center that is very active with lots of traffic. Five fully equipped operatories with additional expansion to accommodate growth. Flexible post-transition options to facilitate a smooth transition. Email: gadentalcare@yahoo.com or call Jim (678) 508-9339.

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Practices for Sale: COLUMBUS AREA #8824—Gross Collections $389K; SUBURBAN ATLANTA ASSOCIATE NEEDED #8832; WEST GA PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATE NEEDED #8906. For more information, call Dr. Earl Douglas (770) 664-1982 or email earl@adssouth.com. Dental Space Available! Duluth, GA— Already built-out and plumbed with dental equipment! Convenient location located off Sugarloaf Parkway near I-85. Built in 2007. Up to 6 operatories if needed, sterilization, consultation room, kitchen, front office, and private doctor office. Split design dental space, perfect for new dentist or specialist satellite office. Upscale building in a high growth area with excellent demographics. Move in ready! Contact Aubrey Scher at (404) 384-8800.

Dental Space for Specialist in Greater Atlanta! Stockbridge, Fayetteville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Woodstock, Stone Mtn, and Riverdale locations. Ideal for Pediatric Dentist, Periodontist, Endodontist, or Oral Surgeon looking to add satellite location or new startup. Already plumbed & fully equipped with 5 operatories and room for 2-3 more. Save time & build-out costs! Contact us at: dentalspecialist2@ gmail.com. For Sale: High Net Practice. $850,000 gross, 4 ops, FFS & INS <1% PPO. Excellent location to raise a family. Atlanta 2 1/2 hours, Beach 2 1/2 hours, Mountains 3 hours. Call Bill Morris at (678) 725-6459.


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James David Hay, DDS Central District ADA Life Member Emory University 1967 April 25, Age 72 James Beldon Finch, DMD Eastern District Medical College of Georgia 1974 July 21, Age 64 William E. Green Jr., DDS Northern District Emory University 1962 June 1, Age 78 Earl W. Gunn Jr., DDS Northern District GDA Honorable Fellow ADA Life Member Emory University 1957 September 16, Age 81

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Robert Mansfield Jennings, DDS Northern District GDA Honorable Fellow ADA Life Member Emory University 1954 May 31, Age 85 William Douglas Lyles, DDS Southwestern District ADA Life Member University of Tennessee 1967 February 13, Age 70 Donald F. Marshall, DDS Northwestern District GDA Honorable Fellow ADA Life Member University of Maryland 1955 June 19, Age 86 Robert M. Miller, DDS ADA Life Member Emory University 1957 April 3, Age 78 Robert J. Pasersky, DDS Northern District ADA Life Member

Emory University 1966 August 4, Age 79 Hudson John Powell Sr., DMD Southeastern District Medical College of Georgia 1978 April 13, Age 59 Thomas E. Prosser IV, DDS Northwestern District ADA Life Member Washington University 1973 September 6, Age 66 Charles Hardy Roszel, DDS University of Michigan 1967 February 12, Age 70 J. Lewis Smith, DDS Northern District Atlanta-Southern Dental College 1944 August 20, Age 92 Roy N. Smith Jr., DDS Emory University 1952 July 5, Age 90 Walter Dan Stinson Jr., DDS Northern District ADA Life Member Emory University 1963 February 6, Age 74 Lafayette W. Williams Jr,, DDS Western District Meharry Medical College 1968 January 12, Age 76 Jim Bob Williamson, DMD Northern District GDA Honorable Fellow ADA Life Member University of Alabama 1970 January 9, Age 67 Fred D. Womack, DDS Eastern District ADA Life Member Emory University 1967 May 25, Age 69 Kenneth H. Young, DDS Northern District GDA President 1999 GDA Honorable Fellow ADA Life Member Ohio State University 1967 August 26, Age 70

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Inside This Issue • 2013-14 GDA Directory and Sourcebook Available at www.gadental.org • Georgia Dentists Lead Charge at ADA Session on Medicaid Effectiveness Measurements DATED MATERIAL PLEASE DELIVER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

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