ADA and CVS Collaborate on Three-year Oral Health Initiative

By Dr. Jeannette Peña Hall

CVS is renowned for promoting health and wellness. As an advocate for oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) is committed to educating the public on the importance of oral health and the practice of good habits. The ADA has embraced an exciting three-year collaborative effort with CVS with product offerings and in-store education efforts that will reach hundreds of millions of people each year. The two organizations together will make a tremendous impact on how effectively oral health messages reach the public.

In January, flyers began to circulate announcing this promising affiliation. The ADA’s collaboration with CVS will be instrumental in creating awareness of the ADA and dental care products that have received the ADA Seal of Acceptance — from mouth rinses, toothbrushes, toothpastes, floss/interdental cleaners and sugar-free gum. CVS consumers visiting stores also will be provided with credible oral health information and encouraged to visit the dentist through the ADA’s Find-A-Dentist online resource.

These are exciting times for our ADA dentists as we embrace the renewed energy that comes with teamwork and networking. Kudos to CVS for valuing the role of oral health in the public’s overall health!

The three-year collaboration just launched, and we are in the planning process with CVS and manufacturers. As a result, there will be much more to come in stores and online.

  • We have already begun promoting the relationship at CVS to the public. The circular that ran from Jan. 28–Feb. 3 announced our relationship, highlighted ADA Seal products, educated the consumer on core daily hygiene habits and encouraged consumers to find an ADA dentist.
  • In March, permanent store signage will go up to educate the consumer about oral health and the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This signage will remain in place for a year.

Benefits of the Collaboration

How will this help me as an ADA/FDA member?
The collaboration will include signage that highlights the ADA Find-A-Dentist online search tool, which allows potential patients to easily find you, pending your profile is up to date. If you have not yet updated your ADA profile, now is a great time to do so. Click here to update your ADA profile.

When will we see promotions at CVS?
Promotions kicked off with a full-page ad in the Jan. 28 CVS circular that announced the collaboration to customers. In March, store signage promoting oral health information and ADA Seal products will go on display in the oral health aisle and other areas of the store. Seasonal programs to connect oral health with holidays and health awareness months will start this summer.

Dr. Peña Hall is an endodontist in Miami. She is on the FDA Board of Trustees, a member of the Florida Delegation and on the ADA Council on Communications. She can be reached at jhall@bot.floridadental.org.

10 Helpful Tips for License Renewal

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) now reviews your continuing education (CE) records in the DOH’s electronic tracking system, powered by CE Broker, at the time of license renewal. It will happen automatically when you renew your license. It is mandatory that all Florida licensed dentists renew their license through CE Broker for the 2016-2018 biennium by midnight on Feb. 28, 2018.

1. You must have 30 hours of CE to renew.

  • 28 general hours, which include 2 hours of Domestic Violence and no more than 3 hours of practice management
  • 2 hours of Medical Errors

2. NEW! Mandatory Survey. You must complete the mandatory telehealth survey when renewing your license. No license will be issued without this mandatory survey being completed!

3. First Year Renewing? If this is the first year renewing your license, you must have an additional 2 hours of HIV/AIDS along with the 30 hours of CE to renew your license.

4. CPR Certification. Along with the 30 hours needed to renew, you must have an up-to-date CPR certificate reported. You do not need to upload your CPR certificate to CE Broker. You will simply select that you have an updated certificate prior to renewing your license.

5. CE Credit Category. When reporting your CE credit, each type of CE credit, such as Domestic Violence, Medical Errors, HIV/AIDS, etc. must be reported in the correct category.

6. CE Provider. CE credit also must be reported under the correct CE provider. Click here to see the full list of BOD-approved CE providers.

7. Pro Bono Hours. To receive credit for pro bono dental services, the services must have been for the indigent residing in Florida (1 CE credit equals 1 hour of service). Only 7 hours of pro bono services can go toward your license renewal. If you volunteered at the 2017 Florida Mission of Mercy, an email was sent to you on how to report your service hours to CE Broker.

8. Free CE Broker Account. If you have the free CE Broker account, you must keep track of the CE courses you have taken and what you need for renewal. CE Broker will not keep track of what CE courses you are missing unless you have the professional or concierge accounts.

9. FDC Credit is Reported for You! CE credit for courses taken at FDC2016 or FDC2017, except for NC courses, have been reported to CE Broker on your behalf.

10. CE Broker App. If you upload CE courses on the CE Broker app, you must log out and then back into the app for the credit to show. The credits will not show up automatically or by refreshing the page.

For more information on the renewal process, CE Broker or FDA online CE, or courses taken at the 2016 or 2017 conventions, contact the Florida Dental Association at 800.877.9922 or fda@floridadental.org.

Chew on This! with Dr. Isabel Garcia

Filmed in a single shot, the FDA asks intriguing people what they like, what they don’t and that fascinating middle ground that defines them.

We visited University of Florida College of Dentistry Dean Dr. Isabel Garcia in Gainesville. Want to know the weirdest thing she’s ever done? Click below to find out!

 

32 Questions with Dr. Isabel Garcia from Florida Dental Association on Vimeo.

 

Are You Renewal Ready?

As a Florida Dental Association (FDA) member, you have access to exclusive benefits to help you through the license renewal process for the upcoming 2016-2018 biennium. Membership has its perks, and we want to make your renewal process as seamless as possible! Below are some of the benefits the FDA offers to assist you in the renewal process.

CE Broker
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) now automatically reviews your continuing education (CE) records in the DOH’s electronic tracking system — powered by CE Broker — at the time of license renewal. It is mandatory for all Florida-licensed dentists to renew their license through CE Broker for the 2016-2018 biennium by midnight on Feb. 28, 2018.

The FDA provides an exclusive members-only discount for CE Broker accounts.

  • Basic Account: FREE
  • Professional Account: $24 (non-members $29)
  • Concierge Account: $90 (non-members $99)

Click here to learn more about your account options. Contact the FDA office at fda@floridadental.org or 850.681.3629 for the discount code. Did you know you can update your CE credits on the go? Click here to download the FREE iPhone CE Broker app today.

NEW! Mandatory Survey
You must complete the mandatory Telehealth Survey when renewing your license. No license will be issued without this mandatory survey being completed!

Renewal by Mail
Your license should be renewed online through CE Broker. However, certain situations require you to renew by mail:

  • You need to change the status of your license.
  • You do NOT have a credit card or debit card to complete the transaction online and need to pay using a cashier’s check or money order.
  • Your license is in an Active Military status.
  • Your license is in a Volunteer status.
  • You need to request a name change.

To renew by mail, you must properly log into www.FLHealthsource.gov and print your renewal notice by selecting the Renew License link, then click on the Renew by Mail option.

Online CE
The FDA offers bimonthly “Diagnostic Discussion” articles from Today’s FDA and two Legal CE Guides that members can read and take an accompanying quiz for to earn CE credit. To access these articles, you will need to log into the member-only section of the FDA website. CE credit for these articles will be reported to CE Broker on your behalf.

Click here to directly access the “Diagnostic Discussions” and Legal CE Guides available to FDA-member dentists.

FDA CE Courses
All CE-eligible courses taken at FDC2016 and FDC2017 have been automatically reported to CE Broker on your behalf. FDA “Diagnostic Discussion” and Legal CE Guide credit is reported to CE broker the first Friday of each month.

CE@RENEWAL
The Florida DOH is a great source for renewal information! Click here to access a helpful 30-minute webinar to learn more about how to report your CE credits through CE Broker as well as other useful information. Don’t have time to join the webinar? Click here to learn more about the renewal process, how to report CE credits, the benefits CE Broker has to offer and much more!

Questions?
For the FDA CE Broker discount code, information on the biennium, the renewal process, CE Broker or your FDA-earned CE credits, contact the FDA office at fda@floridadental.org or 850.681.3629.