May 2015 Newsletter
Presidents Greeting
Glenn Maron, DDS
As my 2 year term ends as president for our society, I reflect on several realities of life. First, is that Hank and Leslie do 95% of the work of keeping our organization as good as it is and we need to constantly thank them for their efforts on our behalf. Second, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Obamacare is now in place and despite our fears; luckily most of us are still thriving and continuing to run successful practices. This does not mean that we should not remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure that our patients can receive the best quality of care, and we are properly compensated for our efforts. The third component of my reality check is that despite the goal I set for increasing the participation of our younger members in our society, there appears to be a dearth of attendance and involvement. Nobody can practice in a bubble, we all need to continue to interact with each other and improve the level of care in Georgia.

There continues to be a drop in the number of oral and maxillofacial surgeons, applying for and maintaining hospital privileges. Since this is probably the last time I will be president of anything, I am going to go out with a bang. Why would somebody spend 4-6 years of extremely hard work and grueling hours of training to then throw it all away? My opinion is that, if all people want to do are place implants and take out teeth, they should have entered other specialties. Many people have accused me of being too outspoken and I admit that this last statement is inflammatory, but is it? We have achieved so much over the past 30 years of our specialty and now are we taking steps backwards? I understand that many of the services we provide can now be performed in outpatient settings, but so can GI procedures and orthopedic surgeries. Yet our colleagues in medical specialties still have hospital privileges and take call. Certainly if the only reasons to become an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon were to make money and have a good life, then people should have become stockbrokers. I am proud to be an Oral Surgeon and always will be. I want to know that in the future, if my children or future grandchildren have an accident or need facial surgery, an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon will be there to take care of them. If everyone did a small share of hospital coverage and indigent care, the communities we live in would be better places.

I would like to thank all who have helped me during these past two years and look forward to seeing Jeff Prinsel continue to move our specialty forward in the next few years.
Update from Insurance Committee
Glenn Maron, DDS
 
Please take note that as of June 1, 2015 all dentists will be required to either opt in or opt out of medicare. If you elect to opt out you must enter into a private contract with all medicare patients that you see in office. If you opt in, you must accept whatever payment you receive for services in your office. Below is a reprint from the ADA for several common questions.
Q. What happens if I choose not to do any of the above?
A: If you choose to do none of the above, your Medicare eligible patients will have their prescription drug coverage denied for the prescriptions you write.

Q: When does this new regulation take effect?
A: This new regulation takes effect June 1, 2015.

Q: When does a private contract need to be signed?
A: When a patient wants to receive a Medicare-covered service and understands that the dentist has opted out of the program and is willing to pay out of pocket, a private contract should be signed. A private contract is not necessary for the patient to be eligible to receive Part D prescription drug reimbursement prescribed by a dentist who has opted out of the program.

Q: Where can I find additional information on the Medicare program, both
enrollment and opting out?

A: For information on how to enroll in or opt-out of Medicare, please visit:

Emory University School of Medicine Update
Gary F Bouloux MD, DDS

The division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Emory University has had a productive 12 months. There are several notable achievements and milestones worthy of reporting.
  • The Program had a CODA site visit in December 2014 and passed with no recommendations. This is a monumental feat and reflects the robust nature of the Emory program. A total of more than 1300 major cases were completed last year which is more than twice the number required by CODA and provides a robust case load for residents.
     
  • The program graduated Drs Ashley Zerweck, Robert Attia, Thao Le and Anne Stearns in June 2014 with all entering private practice and all successfully passing the ABOMS written certifying examination in January 2015.
     
  • Three new residents joined the program with Dr Elizabeth Consky in the 6 year certificate/MD program and Drs Erin Sharif and Sam Harouni in the 4 year certificate program.
     
  • Dr Sam Farish, a fulltime faculty member at the VAMC, retired after an illustrious career and many years of resident training. His presence will be missed although he will continue to work at Emory one day per week. We wish him well in his pseudo retirement.
     
  • Dr. Steven Colm became the new Chief of OMFS at the VAMC and has already contributed positively to the VA resident rotation. We wish him well in this new position.
     
  • Drs. Henry Blair, Michael Demo and Jonathon Threadgill, all prior graduates from Emory OMFS, have joined the volunteer faculty staff at Grady Memorial Hospital and will provide great support to the cadre of existing volunteer faculty who include Glenn Maron, Asif Taufiq, Joyce Lee, Richard Paul, Vinny Perciaccante, Jeff Shultz, Ed Joy, Kael Rogers, Amy Kuhmichel, Fred Simonton and Michael Vucuolo.
     
  • Drs. Shelly Abramowicz and Gary Bouloux were appointed CODA site visitors.
     
  • The research aspects of the program have grown with two private industry grants totaling nearly $200, 000 and the completion of the inaugural OMSF funded grant for a comparison of hyaluronic acid, steroid and placebo for arthrocentesis in patients with TMD. Stay tuned for the results. More than 40 IRB approved studies have been or are being conducted at Emory over the last 10 years alone.
     
  • The humanitarian goals of the Emory program continue with two mission trips lead by Steven Roser to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The primary focus of the trips remain cleft lip and palate although there are no limits to the needs of this underserved community nor the type of surgery performed.
     
  • The inaugural Alumni gala was conducted on March 28th 2015 as a tribute to Dr Sam Farish for his achievements over a lifetime and his dedication to Emory. Multiple faculty and residents presented at the educational symposium while more than 100 attended the reception and dinner at the Emory Conference Center. A great success.
Gary F Bouloux MD, DDS, MDSc, FRACDS(OMS)
Associate Professor
Residency Program Director
Division Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Report from Legislative Session
Frank H. White III, D.D.S.
  • Dental Student loan repayment program appears to be on track to be reinstated.
  • Single administrator for Dental Medicaid passed in the House 166-1.
  • Unfair Practices Insurance Bill is in committee for review and discussion of the issues.
  • Local Anesthesia Bill: In House - This would allow licensed dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia under the direct supervision of a dentist. GDA recommends that only the dentist administer local anesthesia.
  • Anti-Fluoridation Bill: Did not move out of the House during this session.
Message from William J. Nelson
AAOMS President
William J. Nelson, DDS

Dear Colleagues:

If your last office anesthesia evaluation occurred in 2009, or if you were eligible for an exemption from the requirement at that time, you must have your office recertified, or reconfirm your exemption, by July 31, 2015, in order to retain your membership in your state OMS society and the AAOMS.

There are a number of resources available to assist you in preparing for your evaluation, including the print and electronic Office Anesthesia Evaluation Manual and the Web-based 

Visit the AAOMSSTORE.com for more information about these items, and the membership section of AAOMS.org to learn more about the OAE process and access the appropriate forms.

Register for the GSOMS Spring Meeting
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta

Topic:  "The Prevention and Management of Dentoalveolar Surgery Complications"
Speaker: M. Anthony (Tony) Pogrel, DDS, MD, FRCS, FACS

Save the Date
Annual Meeting 
August 14-16, 2015 
Ritz Carlton Lodge at Lake Oconee


Saturday
"State of the Art and Science in Dental Implants and Alveolar Ridge Augmentation."
Tara Aghaloo DDS, MD, PhD
Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Assistant Dean for Clinical Research
UCLA School of Dentistry

Sunday
"OMSNIC Risk Management Seminar"
Jeffrey D. Stone, DMD, MD
Georgia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Administrative Office
4850 Golden Parkway, Suite B-417
Buford, GA 30518
770.271.0453