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Dental Benefits: Handling Contract Negotiations (Oct 2020):
Handling Contract Negotiations.pdf

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Refile Amalgam Separator Forms (Oct 2020):
Refile Amalgam Separator Forms.pdf

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ONLINE Infection Control Course (Oct 2020): 
https://www.op.nysed.gov/training/icproviders.htm#e

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NYSDA’s Committee on Chemical Dependency Announces Name Change July 2021

The Committee on Chemical Dependency is now the Committee on Substance Abuse and Well-Being. The new name reflects the Committee’s broader mission of assisting members suffering from substance abuse and addiction as well as those with mental health and wellness concerns. Members of the Committee, trained in the treatment of addiction, understand that substance use disorders often co-occur with mental health and anxiety disorders and are, therefore, treated as one disease.

Both patients and dentists can fall prey to addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. Addiction can have a devastating impact on a dentist’s ability to practice. Too many of our colleagues have lost their practices, their families and even their lives to addiction. Sadly, they often fail to seek help due to fear that others will learn their secret. They do not realize that their colleagues, staff, families and patients may already know their secret.

Our Dental Association - part of the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) - is committed to aiding our colleagues in addressing substance abuse and addiction. NYSDA’s Committee on Substance Abuse and Well-Being provides a statewide network of dentist-peers who are available to assist members, their families, and the dental office staff in addressing problems with drugs or alcohol. The Committee includes dentists who have experienced both the devastation of addiction and the effectiveness of intervention and treatment in their own lives. Funding is available for dentists who need in-patient treatment but do not have the financial resources to get it.

Practicing a profession while impaired can result in a charge of unprofessional conduct. When you speak with our Peer Assistance Coordinator, Dr. Bob Herzog – or any of the Committee’s members, your interactions are confidential and non-punitive. The Committee never refers a dentist to OPD or any other agency. When a dentist’s license is at risk, the Committee can help the dentist protect his/her license and privilege to practice through the New York State Education Department’s Professional Assistance Program (PAP).

 If you, a colleague or family member is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, help is a confidential phone call away. Contact Dr. Bob Herzog at 716-830-3055 or Jacquie Donnelly at NYSDA at 518-689-2750.

 Visit the Committee’s website for additional information: https://www.nysdental.org/mentalhealth

 Additionally you may contact Dr. John McCambley, Fourth District Chair, NYSDA Committee on Substance Abuse and Well-Being at:  jmac36@aol.com 

Other Resources: Alcoholics Anonymous (www.aa.org); Narcotics Anonymous (www.na.org)

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Sexual Harrassment Training Materials- Oct 2018
Governor Cuomo has announced that the final official New York State materials for model sexual harassment prevention policies and sexual harassment prevention training for all employers in New York State have been issued.  These final, official materials can now be adopted and used by all dental practices.  The materials are downloadable for free at the link for employers on the New York State Web site for sexual harassment at: https://www.ny.gov/combating-sexual-harassment-workplace/employers.

Important_Points_About_E-Prescribe.pdf

E-Rx Update:
E-RX_UPDATE.pdf


Setting up an online HCS account:

Licensed Professionals

Unlicensed Professionals 

Medicare Enrollment:
ENROLL_With_MEDICARE.pdf

Clearing Up the Confusion About Medicare:
Clearing_Up_Medicare_Article.pdf


Records and Recordkeeping