An Overview of Diagnostic Testing in the Dental Setting

  • Thursday 1/27/2022
  • Time: 9:45 - 10:45 am
  • Course Code: 195TL
  • Cost: No Charge
  • Room Location: BCEC Booth 2231
  • Credits: 1 CE Hour
Deborah Forren, serves as Diagnostics Consultant for Henry Schein Dental. As Diagnostics Consultant she supports dental professionals interested in establishing licensing and diagnostic testing in their facilities. She is certified as a Medical Technologist through the American Society for Clinical Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Scientist through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. She has worked in both hospital and ambulatory care clinical laboratory settings before entering the clinical diagnostics industry. She has held various positions within diagnostic manufacturing companies to include technical support consultant, clinical sales specialist, sales trainer and sales manager. She also has experience as a vaccine/immunization specialist. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Illinois.
David Kochman, serves as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff at Henry Schein, Inc. He is responsible for the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility, Global Professional Relations, and Government Relations activities, as well as the management and administration of projects and initiatives originating from the Office of the CEO.
David Reznik, DDS is the Director and founder of the Oral Health Center of Grady Health System’s Infectious Disease Program and serves Chief of the Dental Medicine Service. Dr. Reznik is president and founder of the HIV Dental Alliance (HIVdent), a not-for-profit organization of concerned healthcare providers committed to assuring access to dental care for people with HIV. Dr. Reznik has lectured and published extensively on HIV oral health and infection control issues. Since March 2020 he has focused on ensuring that both providers and consumers of dental care have the safest possible visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Reznik is 2016-2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar alumni working with multidisciplinary teams to increase access to oral health care adults and children throughout the U.S. In 2020, Dr. Reznik was awarded the Atlanta Business Chronicles Healthcare Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Reznik is the recipient of OSAP’s 2021 Dr. James J. Crawford Award. This lifetime achievement award recognizes individuals who have made major contributions in science, education, or public policy related to dental infection control and patient and provider safety.

Rapid, point of care diagnostics are becoming more widely used to manage the Covid epidemic, and dental professionals are well-positioned to utilize such diagnostics to assist in augmenting our nation's testing capacity. Beyond this pandemic, expanded use of diagnostics can help to proactively identify health concerns that could become serious conditions. Dentists are medical professionals who are fully capable of helping, but will need to take certain predicate steps including securing licensure as a diagnostic lab under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and accepting reporting and audit obligation to determine what types of diagnostic tests to run, and evaluate the optimal workflow for their specific practices. This course will afford attendees an overview of what is involved to bring diagnostic testing into their practices, and the types of diagnostics available for use in creating a more holistic, integrated approach to health care delivery in and through your dental office.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Determine the important role of diagnostics to advance and integrated care delivery model
  • Utilize becoming a CLIA Waived Certified Testing Site
  • Understand "good laboratory practices"
  • Implement different types of CLIA Waived Tests available
  • Create testing, including set-up, training, and administering diagnostic testing
  • Examine protocols and reporting processes
  • Compare reimbursement and billing processes
Recommended Audience: Dentist
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