University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Infection Control In The Era of COVID-19; Plus Risk Management & HIPAA Compliance in the Dental Office

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Live Webinar Online


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Course Description

AM Session: Infection Control In The Era of COVID-19


This course fulfills CDE requirements for infection control and requirements for annual OSHA training.


Overview: The cluster of severe pneumonia cases caused by a novel coronavirus first reported in Wuhan, China in December of 2019 has now circled the globe. To date more than 65 million cases have been reported. Although similar to SARS, which emerged in 2003, this new virus has been identified as a novel, never reported virus now called SARS-CoV-2. This virus, COVID-19, which causes a severe acute respiratory syndrome in some patients, is capable of person-to-person transmission and has rapidly spread across the globe.


The alarming spread of this infection in the USA has had a dramatic impact on dental practice. This program will provide dental providers with the latest information on the epidemiology, testing, treatment and management of COVID-19. Additionally, this program will provide dental providers with the latest information on the management of COVID-19 in the dental office. Paramount to controlling this pandemic are the principles of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette and enhancements in respiratory protection that may need to be implemented. Emphasis will be placed on compliance issues and how a practical, cost effective “safe workplace” can be achieved in 2021.


Topics will include:


  1. Principles of infection control
  2. Hard surface disinfection
  3. Instrument preparation and packaging
  4. Disinfection and sterilization
  5. Operatory set up and breakdown
  6. Personal protective equipment
  7. Epidemiology of COVID-19.
  8. Transmission of COVID-19.
  9. Prevention/treatment of COVID-19.
  10. Principles of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
  11. Mitigation strategies.
  12. Principles of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette Infection control recommendations for COVID19.



Objectives: After completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • understand the routes of transmission of infectious diseases and how to break the chain of infection.
  • know the updated recommendations for Standard Precautions.
  • learn the principles of respiratory etiquette to reduce the impact of respiratory diseases.
  • understand the how COVID-19 is transmitted.
  • know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • understand the latest information on the transmission, testing and management of COVID-19



(PM Session) Risk Management & HIPAA Compliance in the Dental Office: 2021




Modern dental practice is challenging. If the proper procedures and policies are not followed, significant adverse consequences may occur. Payment may be denied and/or delayed. Patient's can file legal action, and fines and penalties can be levied from a variety of local, state and federal violations. It is imperative that each dental practice learn how to lower their overall risk profile. In this program the principles of risk management will be presented and examples of risk reduction will be explained.


Patients are becoming more and more demanding and their expectations are often unreasonable. How do dentists reduce their exposure to these complaints? The answer is charting and documentation. This course will review the necessary components of the dental record and how to prepare for a litigation and/or dental board action.


In 1996, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by congress. HIPAA was developed to safeguard the electronic transmission of protected health information (PHI) from unauthorized access. There are considerable monetary sanctions for failure to comply with HIPAA and most dental offices are covered under HIPAA. This program will review the responsibilities of the dentist and the ADA recommendations for compliance.


The following topics will be discussed:


What can be done to minimize risk in the dental office?


A review of the principles of risk management will be presented and examples of risk reduction will be explained.


Learn the essential data that should be included in every dental record.


Learn how to prepare for a litigation and/or a dental board action.


What is HIPAA? How is covered? What does the dentist need to do to be compliant with HIPAA??


A review of the ADA HIPAA Compliance will be presented.




At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be better able to:


  • understand the principles of risk management.
  • learn how to minimize risk in the dental office.
  • understand what HIPAA requires and who is covered.
  • learn the recommendation from the ADA for HIPAA compliance.



Louis DePaola, DDS, MS

Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Professor, Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore

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Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Live Webinar Online



Dentists: $220
Auxiliary: $110


Credit: Live Webinar Lecture: Credit Hours - 6
Course #: 55221W
AGD Code: 148


Live Webinar Online

Live Webinar Lecture: Credit Hours - 6

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