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                                                                                                                                                                                27 November 2018 



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N THIS NEWS BULLETIN  


Patient-centered Care and the Business of Dentistry Update Includes Third-party Billing 
Practice Locations and Contact Information Must Be Kept Current  
CPR Requirements in Sedation Facilities E

Eligible CE Credits Earned by the 31 December Deadline Will Be Applied to Your Transcript in Time for Renewal  

Publication Notice: Dr. Ivy Kwok Suen Yu 
Complaint Summary: Insufficient Experience to Treat the Patient 
Upcoming Board Meeting 
College Events    
Holiday Closures


Patient-centered Care and the Business of Dentistry Update Includes Third-party Billing 

The College’s Standards & Guidelines document Patient-centred Care and the Business of Dentistry (PCCBOD) has been updated and republished. This foundational document was updated to reflect current business realities and to reinforce expectations where more than one practitioner may be providing care. The most substantial change was the inclusion of a statement disallowing a markup on goods and services provided by a third party. The document has also been restructured to improve clarity and to enhance its relevance and impact. Clear communication with patients remains a vital component of the patient/dentist relationship​.


 


 

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Practice Locations and Contact Information Must Be Kept Current 

Registrants must notify CDSBC of changes to your name, home and work address or other contact information. Dentists: you are required to provide CDSBC with the practice name and addresses of all practices in which you work, as this is public information that will be reflected on the Registrant Lookup.

You can update your contact information online by logging into your account. For more information, contact registration@cdsbc.org (dentists and dental therapists) or certification@cdsbc.org (certified dental assistants).


 

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CPR Requirements in Sedation Facilities  

All dentists and clinical staff who work in sedation facilities are required to maintain CPR Health Care Provider level certification (CPR- HCP) or equivalent. CPR-C is not sufficient.  Courses must be hands-on and renewed every two years regardless of any statement on the certificate relating to a longer period of certification.​

Further information on the CPR requirements in sedation facilities is available on our website under sedation and anaesthesia​

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Eligible CE Credits Earned by the 31 December Deadline Will Be Applied to Your Transcript in Time for Renewal 

Registrants whose continuing education (CE) cycle ends on 31 December 2018 and who have not yet met the minimum requirements for renewal next year still have time.

Submit your CE credits by email, mail or online at cdsbc.org/login.

The College offers a variety of relevant online courses such as More Tough Topics in Dentistry, which can help you earn CE credits before the 31 December deadline. 

Please note: due to high volumes of submissions, it may take up to three weeks for each submission to be processed.

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Publication Notice Dr. Ivy Kwok Suen Yu  

Dr. Ivy Kwok Suen Yu is registered with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC as a general dentist.

Dr. Yu has signed a Memorandum of Agreement and Undertaking (MAU) with the College acknowledging concerns with respect to her orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and provision of orthodontic treatment.

Resolution

The MAU directs that Dr. Yu:

  • ​consent to a limitation on her practice in that she will not provide any orthodontic services for any patient until she: 
    • ​successfully completes a degree or equivalent qualification from a specialty program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics,
    • and obtains certification as a certified specialist in accordance with CDSBC's Bylaws.​

This limitation on Dr. Yu's practice will be included on the College's public register and online Registrant Lookup.

The Inquiry Committee determined this to be a serious matter under the Health Professions Act (section 39.3)


 

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Complaint Summary: Insufficient Experience to Treat the Patient  

Approximately half of complaints investigated by the College result in formal action to address concerns raised during the investigation. We have published 450 summaries of complaint investigations to educate registrants and the public about the types of complaints we receive and how they are resolved. Specific and technical detail have been omitted to make these summaries more easily understood by a general audience. The following complaint is file 9 from the 2016/17 Complaint Summaries

Complaint

An adult patient complained about a general dentist's orthodontic treatment plan that involved the use of appliances to expand her jaw after she received a second opinion from an orthodontist who said they were not effective for adults and typically are only used for children.

Investigation

The general dentist told CDSBC Investigators that he never held himself out as an orthodontist but did offer the service in his practice after taking several CE courses. He said that he had recommended the expansion appliances based on literature suggesting it was a viable treatment option for adults. The dentist told CDSBC Investigators that he issued a full refund after the patient questioned the treatment.

CDSBC Investigators reviewed the records and were concerned with the dentist's orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning, informed consent and orthodontic treatment. They found that the dentist did not have sufficient experience to treat the patient's fairly complex needs.

Resolution

The dentist signed an agreement to enroll in a hands-on orthodontic study club and limit his orthodontic cases to only those the study club mentor deemed suitable. The dentist also agreed to take CDSBC's More Tough Topics in Dentistry course and undergo a chart review after one year. 

 
Complaint summaries

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Upcoming Board Meeting

Meetings of the CDSBC Board are open to registrants and the public.The next meeting is Friday, 30 November 2018 at 8:30 am Terminal City Club, "Terrace B/Wilson Beck", Level 2 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C.

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​College Events 

The College often hosts and participates in various events throughout the year. This month we are hosting an educational session in Vancouver. Visit our events page for an up-to-date listing and registration information .

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Holiday Closure

The office will be closed from 12:00pm on Friday, 21 December for the holiday season. We will reopen at 8:00 am on Thursday, 3 January 2019.​

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This Contact News Bulletin is distributed to registrants for the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. It is one of CDSBC's official methods of notification  to its registrants. Registrants are responsible for reading College publications to ensure that they are aware of current standards, policies and guidelines.