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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2011
9 OCTOBER 2011 MEdICARE AUSTRALIA CddS SCHEME THIS MOnTH In dEnTAL fILES PROGRAM 5 nEEd A LOCUM OR WAnT TO WORK AS OnE? The ADA has been contacted by a number of members advising that Medicare (MA) has declined claims under the CDDS as the dentist had not provided the patient with written advice (or any advice at all) as to the likely out-of- pocket expense to be incurred by the patient in receiving treatment under the CDDS, i.e., the difference between the dentist’s fee and the MA rebate. Advice has been obtained from Medicare Australia to the effect that there is no such requirement to provide this specific advice. The requirements of section 10 of the Determination remain as follows: • Dental practitioners must provide patients with a written quotation for each dental service and each other service (if any) in the plan prior to commencing the course of treatment. This is to ensure patients give full financial consent to the services. • Dental practitioners must provide patients with a written plan of the course of treatment prior to commencing the treatment. Dental practitioners must also provide referring general practitioners with a copy or written summary of the treatment plan prior to commencing the course of treatment. This is to facilitate appropriate communication between health professionals to ensure adequate and appropriate care. It also ensures that the patient is aware of the full course of treatment. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer 24 August 2011 REGEnERATIvE EndOdOnTICS We speak again with Professor Ken Hargreaves of the University of Texas in San Antonio. In this interview, Ken talks about one of the most exciting, and rapidly changing areas of dentistry today – regenerative endodontics. MInISCREWS Temporary anchorage devices, also referred to as miniscrews, are proving highly useful for orthodontic treatment that would otherwise be difficult or entirely unachievable. This interview features Dr Peter Miles – a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and private practitioner from Coloundra. dEnTInE SEnSITIvITY Dentine sensitivity – it’s one of those problems that afflicts as many as four out of five patients, and can even keep people from seeking dental care. Dr Linda Niessen provides listeners with an update on current advances in the treatment of dentine sensitivity. dEnTAL MATERIALS Dr John Burgess is the Assistant Dean for Clinical Research and the Director of The Biomaterials Graduate Program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. John is a popular international speaker known for his ability to translate the latest research results into information that is of practical value to clinicians. In this interview John shares his latest insight into dental materials. EvOLUTIOn Of IMPLAnTS Just because something is the latest, does it necessarily follow that it also the greatest? Dr Alan Broughton is an Adelaide-based specialist prosthodontist in private practice. In addition to his affiliation with the University of Adelaide, Alan is currently the President of the South Australian Australasian Osseointegration Society. Here he shares his thoughts about the often difficult to follow evolution of implant dentistry. MULTIdISCIPLInARY PAIn MAnAGEMEnT Professor Noshir Mehta is part of a growing number of researchers and clinicians who are looking at pain management from a multidisciplinary perspective. Noshir explains how distributing the load can result in a better outcome for patients and clinicians alike. Patrick Meaney Earlier this year, the Australian Government established the Nursing and Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS) to support nurses, midwives, dental and allied health professionals in rural and remote areas to undertake continuing professional development opportunities. The scheme provides suitably matched locums to back-fill positions for up to 14 days, organises all the administration associated with recruiting and credentialing appropriate locums. It also arranges and pays the locum’s travel, accommodation, meals and incentive payments whilst on placement. There are no agency fees charged to use this service. However, the hosting organisation is responsible for covering the base locum wage for the period during which the locum is required. Since the scheme commenced in July 2011, NAHRLS has filled 73 locum requests: this includes 57 nursing and 13 allied health placements but only three dental. All members in rural and remote areas are encouraged to consider applying for locum relief under the scheme. The Scheme applies to all members of the oral healthcare team including dental assistants. To check your eligibility call 1300 NAHRLS (1300 624 757) or visit the NAHRLS website at www.nahrls.com.au Eithne Irving Manager – Policy and Regulation latest news
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