In the January edition of Practice and Thrive, Dr. Harold Crossley examines seven red flag behaviors to look for when you suspect patients might be "doctor-shopping" in an attempt to get drugs for personal use or to sell. According to Crossley, "It's better to refer that stranger to an emergency room rather than risk the well-being of the patient and those with whom they come into contact. This action also protects your dental license and your staff. Prescribing controlled medications to someone who is not a patient of record opens up the possibility of abuse or re-sale of those medications." Read the entire article here.
A recent article on Dr. Bicuspid highlighted the work of the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic, a cooperative effort between Swedish Hospital and the Seattle-King County Dental Society (Additionally, the clinic is partially funded by the Seattle-King County Dental Foundation). Since opening in September 2011, the clinic has provided more than $650,000 worth of dental care and removed more than 2,000 infected teeth. Read the entire article here