Teledentistry in Texas

Texas Oral Health Coalition

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it was necessary that we cancel the  November 11th webinar.  We will reschedule as soon as possible and let everyone know the new date for this event.

Teledentistry in Texas: What Can Be Done, What Can’t Be Done, and What Could Be Done for Maximum Impact

Presenters:

  • Scott Howell, DMD, MPH, FSCD
  • Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd, EdD
  • Lori Jones, RDH, BSDH, MBA

Friday, November 11, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM CT


Course Description

Teledentistry can be categorized in primarily two ways. One way is based on the use of technology. The American Dental Association (ADA) has adopted health industry standard definitions based on the technology (asynchronous, synchronous, remote patient monitoring, and mobile health)…  The second way to categorize teledentistry is by the situation in which it is used. This can include patient-to provider transfer of images, provider-to-provider consultation, pre- and post-visit interactions, limited community interventions, and full-service community systems where the objective is to keep people healthy in the community site and use a dental office only for procedures that cannot be completed in the community.  (ASTDD, “Best Practice Approach Teledentistry: Opportunities for Expanding the Capacity and Reach of the Oral Healthcare System”)

According to the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), “Teledentistry has the potential to be part of a paradigm shift in healthcare delivery that can play a key role in mitigating barriers and improving health for populations with traditionally poor access to dental care and oral health services. “ 

During this moderated session, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the teledentistry rules and regulations that govern Texas dental providers and how to determine the protocol and care model that works best for their practice and their patients.  They will also learn how dental students are being trained to use teledentistry to its maximum potential.  

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how teledentistry can be utilized in Texas based on current state rules and regulations
  2. Identify models of care and/or application of teledentistry under the current state rules and regulations
  3. List topics regarding dental education and preparing future providers to use teledentistry


Scott Howell, DMD, MPH

Scott HowellDr. Scott Howell is an associate professor and Director of Public Health Dentistry & Teledentistry at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH), clinical advisor for MouthWatch, and a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity. Prior to dental school, Dr. Howell worked in portable dentistry as a dental assistant in Michigan going to long term care facilities, detention centers, and inner-city schools. He graduated from the ATSU-ASDOH DMD/MPH program in 2014. He spent one year at the Swedish Medical Center GPR in Seattle treating patients with complex medical conditions and special needs. After residency, he returned to ATSU-ASDOH to develop a teledentistry program. Interested in learning more about the broader aspects of oral health, he completed a dental public health residency at UT Health San Antonio in 2019. He became board certified in dental public health in 2020. He has spoken at state, national, and international levels on teledentistry, written extensively on the subject, and has advocated for changes in teledentistry policy and laws in his home state of Arizona.
 

Margo Y. Melchor, RDH, MEd, EdD

Margo MelchorCurrently, community or professional roles for Dr. Melchor include: Governor Abbott’s reappointment to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, Board memberof San Jose Clinic-a ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston who provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such servicesin an environment which respects the dignity of each person. Past outside affiliations include: Advisory member of the American Dental Hygienists’ AssociationDiversity Committee and Committee member for OSAP (Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention) Symposium, Association for the Advancement ofMexican Americans, and the Galveston-Houston Catholic Archdiocese.

Dr. Melchor has presented at local and national meetings. Topics include: Dentinal Hypersensitivity, Cultural Awareness, Faculty Advisor/Mentorship, Aging/Oral Health, Community Outreach-Mobile Dental Van Program, Infection Control Assessments related to COVID-19, Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Updates, Diabetes associated with Periodontitis, and Communication & Leadership. She presented in the Pit and Fissure Sealant Certification course for the UTSDContinuing Education Department. She has also published in Modern Hygienist. She was featured as a Guest Editorial in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Journal, feature article of the American Association of Dental Assistants publication and UTHealth Philanthropy Journal 2016. She was highlighted in the UTHealth OralHealth and Women issue for “Crowdfunding Campaign” efforts for the mobile dental van program.

Recent publications include: Pullis B, Melchor M. “Give a Vet a Smile: A Community Intervention”. Texas Journal of Public Health. Melchor M, Patlovich S, Sedlock E.“Providing safe dental care during COVID-19: A review of the risk assessment and controls implemented at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston”.Journal of Dental Infection Control and Safety. 2021; Volume 3. Melchor M, Saeed, S, Tabrizi, M. “Reducing Dental Aerosols”. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. 2021; July. 21-23. Melchor M, Saeed S, Tabrizi M. “Minimizing Aerosols in Dental Practice”. The Journal of Multidisciplinary Care Decisions in Dentistry. 2021; June.16-18

With the administrative role of Director of Community Outreach for the UTHealth School of Dentistry in which she leads outreach efforts, community service learning and signature outreach events. In addition, she also teaches clinical dental hygiene and/or lectures throughout the university. She is also involved in the Master Science in Dental Hygiene Program with course directing Communication and Leadership and Clinical Teaching Practicum. In addition, she directs the Applied Sciences II course to the graduate residents in Endodontics, Periodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Prosthodontics and Oral Pathology.

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Lorie Jones, RDH, MBA

L.JonesLorie Jones of Magnolia is a licensed dental hygienist and former Director of Dental Services at TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries. Being in dentistry for over 25 years, she has had the opportunity to work in a variety of capacities. Her passion for helping students came when she began teaching in Spring ISD. She became a certified teacher in Health Science Technology, created the district’s Dental Assisting program and went on to become the Spring ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association and the Texas Dental Hygiene Educators Association and a past president and member of the Texas Dental Hygienist Association. Additionally, she is president of the University of Texas Dental Hygiene Alumni Association, past president and member of the Greater Houston Dental Hygienist Association, and a member of the Texas Oral Health Coalition. Lorie received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from The University of Texas at Houston, a Masters in Business Administration from Louisiana State University Shreveport and is a current governor appointee to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.

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Credit hours: 1.0 CEU 

Teaching Method: Live webinar lecture

Cost: 
Edification is complimentary to all attendees and continuing dental education is free to TxOHC members. All other attendees will be charged $10.00 to receive continuing dental education for this course.

Presenter Contact Information:

Dr. Scott Howell: showell@atsu.edu

Dr. Margo Melchor:
Margo.Y.Melchor@uth.tmc.edu

Lorie Jones: ljones4643@gmail.com


AGD Subject Code: 130



Selection of Teledentistry Platforms and Utilization in Alternative Care Settings

Presenters: Dr. McAllister Castelaz, DMD, FAGD

Friday, October 14, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM CDT

Find Dr. Castelaz’s self-instructional presentation here.
  • Course Description

    In this course, we will examine available teledentistry platforms and discuss considerations in the selection of platforms for your clinical practice. Often the setting the dentist and care team is seeking to utilize teledentistry will influence platform selection. We will review the utilization of teledentistry in alternative care settings such as nursing homes, schools, hospitals, or public health clinics among others.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Identify available teledentistry platforms
    2. Review standards for care when providing care via teledentistry
    3. Discuss the utilization of teledentistry in alternative care settings

    McAllister Castelaz, DMD, FAGD

    McAllister CastelazMcAllister Castelaz, DMD, FAGD is a dental public health resident with experience providing care in federally qualified health centers. Previously she worked as a lead dentist at a community health center in Wisconsin and dental director of a community health center in Virginia. She has developed resources for the safety net dental community to implement teledentistry. She is an active advocate for alternative care models, including teledentistry and mobile dentistry. Dr. Castelaz currently serves as the president of the American Mobile and Teledentistry Alliance.


Credit hours: 1.0 CEU 

Teaching Method: Live webinar lecture

Cost: 
Edification is complimentary to all attendees and continuing dental education is free to TxOHC members. All other attendees will be charged $10.00 to receive continuing dental education for this course.

Presenter Contact Information:
McAllister Castelaz, DMD, FAGD
mcallister . castelaz@gmail.com

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AGD Subject Code: 130


Teledentistry Platform List (Google Sheet)



Taking the Mystery Out of Billing for Virtual Visits

Presenters:

Jamie Collins, RDH-EA, BS

Friday, September 9, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM CDT

Course Description

What CDT Code do I use? Dental Coding is a mystery for many hygienists, new and seasoned. Hygienists provide dental care and procedures based upon our patients needs, but are you properly coding for what you do? The ADA defines CDT codes are intended to “achieve uniformity, consistency and specificity inaccurately documenting dental treatment” You will learn the common coding mistakes and how to identify and research the necessary codes. Protect your ethics and your license by correctly billing for care, not for what insurance will cover. Attendees will leave more confident in their coding ability and understanding.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify how to discuss coding and procedures with patients and other staff members
  • Discuss common coding questions and mistakes
  • Discuss how proper documentation will achieve metrics and can affect overall patient care.

Jamie CollinsJamie Collins, RDH-EA,BS is a hygienist licensed in Idaho and Washington states and dedicated to advancing the dental profession. With over twenty years in the dental field, it has led her to be involved in many aspects of patient care, especially those with higher risk factors. Jamie enjoys sharing the tips and tricks of the dental profession through speaking and writing for various publications, with over 80 articles published she educates dental professionals worldwide. She has been awarded the ADHA Trailblazer Award in 2021 and is the first recipient of the ADHA Standout Seven Corporate Hygienist award in 2022. Jamie has also contributed to multiple textbooks, curriculum development, and contributes as a key opinion leader for various companies. Her experience has led to her being named the Professional Education Manager at MouthWatch.

Credit hours: 1.0 CEU 

Teaching Method: Live webinar lecture

Cost: 
Edification is complimentary to all attendees and continuing dental education is free to TxOHC members. All other attendees will be charged $10.00 to receive continuing dental education for this course.

Presenter Contact Information:
Jamie Collins, RDH-EA, BS
jamie@mouthwatch.com

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AGD Subject Code: 130




Texas Oral Health Coalition
Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. 
7/1/2021 to 6/30/2024.
Provider ID# 346144


Technical Specifications

  • Zoom supports the latest release of these browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. 
  • Supported operating systems and system requirements for PC, Mac, and Linux.
  • Webinar registration is required, you will need to complete registration and use the link to join the webinar. Registrants will receive their own link via email and from that link will be able to join the meeting by Zoom desktop client or browser,   or download the Zoom desktop client or mobile app.
  • TxOHC Technology Plan

Please note TxOHC’s cancellation and refund policy. Notification of cancellation must be submitted in writing 48 hours before the date of the live webinar, and a $5.00 administration fee plus online transaction fees. All refunds will be mailed after the webinar.
 
Cancellations received after the 48 hours will not be refunded. All registered attendees will have access to the recording once it becomes available. If you registered, but did not attend the live webinar you may not be eligible to receive CDE.

Notification of cancellation may be emailed to info @TxOHC.org

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