Yankee Dental Conference

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) is preparing for the 43rd Yankee Dental Congress, which will be held January 24-January 28, 2018 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Yankee Dental Congress is New England's largest meeting for professionals seeking the highest quality dental continuing education, as well as dental products, services, and resources. With nearly 27,000 dental professionals in attendance from across the U.S., Yankee Dental Congress is the fifth largest dental meeting in the country. Sponsored by the dental societies of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire -- this conference is known as the premier dental conference for all New England.

In Massachusetts, we are fortunate to have a dental society that is willing to partner and collaborate with the League to better serve the needs of community health center (CHC) dental professionals and patients. In recognition and appreciation of the strong role that CHCs play in improving oral health, the MDS is once again waiving the general registration fee for the conference and offering free CEU courses geared specifically for CHC staff on Saturday, January 27. All CHC dentists, limited-license dentists, hygienists, assistants, externs, residents, leadership and office staff can attend for FREE.

This year, we have 5 exceptional courses and speakers (see courses below) addressing relevant, cutting edge issues such as payment reform in oral health, leadership skills, risk based care on a global budget, and quality improvement strategies. CEUs are provided and can be used towards dental staff's educational requirements for licensure and/or renewal. Please note these courses and discount is not intended to be used by any staff employed at a private or corporate practice, and action will be taken against those who falsely claim to be CHC staff.

Registration Codes

To register, please CLICK HERE and input the priority code associated with your state before check out.

  • Connecticut state code: CHCCT2018
  • Maine state code: CHCME2018
  • Massachusetts state code: CHCMA2018
  • New Hampshire state code: CHCNH2018
  • Rhode Island state code: CHCRI2018
  • Vermont state code: CHCVT2018

If you need step-by-step instructions, please CLICK HERE. Please note you do not need to be a member of your state dental society or the ADA to receive this discount.

Community Health Center Luncheon & Meeting

In addition, this year the MDS and the League will be hosting a special boxed lunch and meeting for the MA CHC dental community. This lunch meeting will take place on Saturday, January 27 from 12:15-1:15pm in between the special CHC courses. This is a great opportunity for dental leadership such as dental directors to come together with their dental assistants, hygienists, etc. to network and learn from their colleagues and peers as well as initiatives from the dental society and League. Registration is required for this event using Course Code 707SL and is only open to 150 people, so register in advance.

Community Health Center Courses

Be sure to check out the no charge community health courses held on Saturday, January 27, which are as follows:

Dental Meet Quality: The Definition of Quality in Dentistry is Changing

  • Course Code: 651SL
    Time: 8am-9am
    Credit: 1 CE Hour
    Speaker: Mark Doherty, DMD

Objectives: Understand the changing definition of quality in dentistry. Review how quality will affect reimbursement. Identify what quality metrics are being utilized and considered. Recognize the tools needed to build a quality system of dental care. Discover how to communicate utilizing the language of quality to receive quality linked reimbursement.

Description: The way quality is defined in health has changed dramatically and in primary healthcare fee for service reimbursement has been replaced by an alternative payment based on performance and value as opposed to services provided. The history in dental is that we have been following trends in medicine by about 8 years. This course will explore dental quality, its past, its present, and its future and will help attendees understand how we will be asked to document and report on quality metrics related to improving the health of our dental patients. Dental meet the new quality paradigm.

National Trends in Silver Diamine Fluoride Use for Medicaid-Enrolled Patients

  • Course Code: 652SL
    Time: 9:30-10:45am
    Credit: 1 CE Hour
    Speaker: Natalia Chalmers, DDS, PhD

Objectives: Understand evidence regarding SDF treatment recommendations and efficacy. Describe prevalence of SDF in Medicaid-enrolled children and adults. Identify differences in demographic groups in SDF treatment. Examine the differences in cost between SDF and alternative treatment. Differentiate SDF prevalence in types of providers and Medicaid plans. Define challenges and opportunities for SDF treatment.

Description: SDF was approved in 2014 for the treatment of hypersensitivity. Clinical studies have shown progression of caries can be arrested by SDF. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is developing guidance on the use of SDF. Existing trials show SDF is effective at arresting caries in children is minimally invasive and has low toxicity or fluorosis risk. Little is known about the prevalence of SDF in large populations in patients with high disease burden. In this course, we describe utilization of SDF among patients and identify factors associated with its use, based on Medicaid claims data.

Community and Risk-Based Care on a Global Budget

  • Course Code: 653SL
    Time: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Credit: 1 CE Hour
    Speaker: Sharity Ludwig

Objectives: Describe Advantage Dental service delivery model. Discuss algorithms for community based care using expanded practice permit dental hygienists. Discover how a finance model can help to support delivery system change Understand how to implement a chemotherapeutic approach to care. Appreciate the effectiveness of SDF in arresting cavities and cavitated lesions. Review the role and effectiveness of performance measures in guiding behavior.

Description: To improve the oral health of all, innovations in the dental delivery systems is necessary. A dental managed care organization in Oregon serving 300,000 Medicaid recipients has assisted in shifting the paradigm from a surgical to a medical model of care. Utilization of team and community-based care, the use of expanded duty personnel, and global budgets has led to improved health outcomes, improved patient care, and at a lower cost. The instructor will provide an overview of the Advantage Dental service delivery model, philosophy of care, and the reimbursement model to support the system change.

And You Thought Dentistry was Just About Teeth!

  • Course Code: 654SL
    Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm
    Credit: 1 CE Hour
    Speaker: Jack Dillenberg, DDS

Objectives: Articulate why the change in the healthcare system is occurring. Understand the importance of health integration into primary care. Identify the role of the oral health provider to improve oral health literacy. Describe how effective leadership skills can help you succeed. Recognize the impact that oral health prevention has on systemic health.

Description: The emerging "new" healthcare system in the U.S. requires a more integrated whole person approach to healthcare. The successful oral health provider will need to adapt and lead a team of professionals differently than they expected when they entered the profession. Dental practices, including for-profit and not-for-profit clinics, will have to be engaged in value-based health care that improves health while reducing healthcare costs. Attendees will learn what skills are needed to succeed in this environment.

Payment Reform in Oral Health Care

  • Course Code: 655SL
    Time: 3 - 4:15pm
    Credit: 1 CE Hour
    Speaker: William Riley, PhD

Objectives: Describe payment reform priorities in both medicine and oral health care. Compare the fee-for-service and pay-for-performance models of reimbursement. Discuss how payment reform can support a prevention-based model of care. Identify opportunities and barriers to payment reform. Review components of successful payment and care delivery reform strategies. Identify resources for successful payment and care delivery reform in oral health available at the National Safety Net Advancement Center.

Description: There have been a number of payment reform and care delivery reform initiatives at the national and local level for health care providers. The purpose of this course is threefold: 1) provide an overview of payer reform strategies in health care and how they may eventually be applied to oral health care, 2) describe the components of successful payment and care delivery reform strategies, and 3) provide an overview of the resources for payment and care delivery reform available at the National Safety Net Advancement Center at Arizona State University.


Patricia Edraos: Celebrating 36 years of outstanding service to health centers & the League