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2013 Dental Action Day - Save the Date!

Dental Action (DAD) 2013 will be held on Friday, January 25th in Olympia. Decisions made this legislative session could result in fundamental changes to how dental care is delivered. Issues like health care reform implementation, funding for higher education and dental residency programs, dental workforce, licensure fees and dental Medicaid funding are sure to be discussed by the legislature in 2013, making participation in DAD all the more critical.

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Practice Marketing & Patient Communications Platforms in the Digital Age of Dentistry Whitepaper

In any given month, 139 million consumers use the Internet to seek healthcare information, according to comScore, a company that tracks trends in the digital world. With the world going digital, and practice to patient communications have been forever changed by new technologies and communication channels, many dentists and orthodontists are asking themselves, “How is my practice catering to these online patients?”

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Save the Date · June 13 & 14, 2013 · PNDC in Bellevue, Wash!

New home - Bellevue!
We're really excited about the 2013 Pacific Northwest Dental Conference! For the first time in its storied history, the conference is moving to Bellevue, Washington. Classes will be held in the Hyatt Regency Bellevue (our Headquarters Hotel) and in the nearby Meydenbauer Center. Shuttle service between the two venues will make it a snap to get back and forth, and longer times between lectures and workshops will allow ample time for shopping at the Exhibit Hall or a leisurely stroll.

2013 Speakers
We've posted a complete list of speakers and topics here — it's an exciting group we're presenting, and we know you're going to get a tremendous value for your full conference badge. This year, you'll be able to complete up to 15 credits of CDE over the two-day period.

Stay tuned, and Remember — Save the Date!
In the coming months, we'll be loading up the pages of the website with information about all aspects of the Conference. 


Parrish or Perish: DHATs, devotees, dilettantes and doofeses

 The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or official policy of the WSDA. By Dr. Jeff Parrish
This month’s ramblings are purposely being composed prior to the 2012 House of Delegates, where your representatives are considering a proposal to support in the Legislature, if necessary, the creation of a midlevel provider: the DHAT (Dental Health Aide Therapist), Enhanced EFDA, Dental Nurse or some other appropriate or deceptive name.  The name is not important, nor really is the outcome of the vote by the House. They are not that important because the process will continue with or without us, and what’s happening now is just another phase in a long march. In truth, this and similar other battles have been fought for decades; I know because I have been in the middle of many of them.

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