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Changing Standards of Care and Dentist Liability in Today’s Challenging Environment with Dr. Mitchell Gardiner

January 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Understand the new standards of care, important documentation and liability in dentistry. Dr. Gardiner’s combination of real-world experience and personal connection to attendees will guide you to reflect on your own record keeping and create new protocols to use in your office on Monday morning.

Presenter: Mitchell Gardiner, DMD
Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 1060 Main Street, Suite 201, River Edge, NJ 07661

CE Credits: 6
AGD Code: 159
Subject: Prevention of Medical Errors Lecture
*Breakfast & Lunch Included

Understanding Problems Before They Develop and Meet Them Head-On

Course Description:

The dental staff, as well as the treating dentist need to understand what the accepted standards of care are for the many clinical situations faced daily in the office.  Attendees will learn how to document these situations ensuring that the proper standards are met.

The Medical History

  • Obtaining medical history
  • Ensuring that the medical history has been filled out completely & honestly
  • Liability regarding false information
  • Handling patients that speak a language foreign to you
    • Your legal responsibility to them

Important Parts of the Medical History That Create Problems for Dentists During Treatment

  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • Diseases and their ramifications on dental care
  • Allergies and how do dentists prepare for a possible reaction/attack
  • Previous complications during dental treatment
  • Not obtaining complete information on all medications being taken by the patient
  • Medications being taken by patients:
    • Legally prescribed
    • Illegally being taken
    • Alcohol abuse

Are Other Medical Professionals Treating Your Patient?

  • When it’s necessary to obtain medical clearance for treatment
  • Who legally is responsible for giving medical clearance
  • Who decides when the patient stops medications before treatment
    • Which drugs do you stop? Why? When?

Today’s Guidelines for Pre-Medication with Antibiotics

  • Cardiac/ cardiac valve damage
  • Total/partial joint replacements
  • Bisphosphate patients
  • Do dentists need to receive medical clearance from orthopedic surgeons, cardiologists, internists and rheumatologists before treating patients?
    • When? How? Why?
  • Antibiotics and chlostridium diffilus
    • Risks and complications when prescribing antibiotics
    • The problem of antibiotic resistance
    • Legal ramifications of prescribing antibiotics needlessly

Confidentiality and Minor Patients

  • Discussing medical histories with underage patients
    • Legal constraints
    • Legal responsibilities
    • Differences between talking with them and/or their parents
  • Professional responsibilities and the ethics of patient confidentiality vs. the rights of parents to know?
    • Drug use/Alcohol
    • Pregnancy
    • Sexually transmitted diseases
    • Eating disorders
  • How to document these discussions in the treatment record

HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act

  • Social Media
  • In Office Protocols

Prescription Writing Standards

  • Red flags in today’s changing legal landscape
    • What dentists can and can’t prescribe
    • Who can dentists prescribe medications to and who is not allowed to receive prescriptions.
  • Present-day standards pertaining to controlled drugs and how dentists can prescribe them

Malpractice Cases to Highlight Discussion Points

Dentists and their staff members will have the rare opportunity to review and analyze actual malpractice cases and they will understand how documentation helped to win and lose these lawsuits in court. Program participants will leave with a fresh perspective of what needs to be documented and the reasons for this documentation.

About the Speaker:

Mitchell Gardiner, DMD

Dr. Mitchell Gardiner

Dr. Gardiner is a full time general dentist practicing in a multi-specialty office. A 1977 graduate of The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Gardiner served for three years as a dental officer in the Navy. He is a clinical instructor on the teaching faculty of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Restorative Dentistry-Fixed Prosthodontics.

He has over 25 years of experience in reviewing dental malpractice cases as an expert witness. Dr. Gardiner lectures and presents programs on issues of dental malpractice throughout the United States. He holds fellowships in The Academy of General Dentistry, The American College of Dentists, and The International College of Dentists

Here's What Past Attendees Have Said About This Course:

"Wow! Concise and knowledgeable lecturer. His presentation was on point, easy to follow and thorough. He makes you think about your record keeping and will change my record keeping as soon as Monday" 

              - Dr. Martin Stess, Flemington, NJ

"Love it! Dr. Gardiner is very thorough. Took the time to answer all questions. DEFINITELY worth coming to this seminar on a Sunday!" 

              - Ms. Jessica Sacher, Point Pleasant, NJ

"Very informative. Dr. Gardiner is a dynamic speaker and kept me interested the entire time."

              - Dr. Patrick Yap, Oceanside, NY

"Excellent speaker - very engaging and informative. Nice lunch and facility." 

              - Dr. Caroline Hamilton, NY, NY

"Very helpful for understanding new important documentation in dentistry." 

              - Dr. Junho Jung, Hyde Park, NY




Dentists: $245   |   Staff: $195


January 13
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1060 Main Street, Suite 201, River Edge NJ, 07661
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River Edge NJ, 07661
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