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MDA Summer Scientific Session

Event date: 8/16/2019 - 8/17/2019 Export event

Once again the MDA is returning to Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort for the annual MDA Summer Scientific Session, to be held Aug. 16-17, 2019.

Soaring Eagle Resort features its famous casino, a world-class hotel, plus outstanding meeting and conference facilities. Guests enjoy beautifully appointed rooms, a complete health spa, pools, restaurants, and much more — all conveniently located not far from most cities in Michigan. Soaring Eagle is the perfect spot for a summer weekend that makes CE fun!

NOTE: Fees cover sessions only.

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

Top 10 OSHA Compliance Citations and How to Prevent Them! and Tackling Antibiotic Resistance and Stewardship in Dentistry

Speakers: Marie Fluent, DDS and Elaine Bailey, PharmD
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.)
Friday-only Fee: $269/DDS; $139/Staff/Life Retired Member DDS; $369/Nonmember DDS
Weekend Fee: $350/DDS; $225 Staff/Life Retired DDS; $450/Nonmember DDS
CE Credits: 6

This class provides valuable information on regulatory requirements and offers practical suggestions on how the dental team can work together to ensure a mutually safe work environment for dental team members — and patients!

This lecture also describes how antibiotic resistance occurs, some of the most important antibiotic resistance issues in the United States and the importance of addressing antibiotic stewardship in the dental profession.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the roles of CDC guidelines and OSHA regulations.
  • Describe how antibiotic resistance occurs and discuss several important antibiotic resistance pathogens.
  • Discuss current antibiotic prescribing practices in dentistry.
  • How to address antibiotic resistance in the dental practice.

NOTE: This course counts towards Michigan’s pain management requirement.

About the Speakers … Dr. Marie Fluent is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She has extensive experience and expertise as a dental inflection control clinical instructor, educator, speaker, author, and consultant. Dr. Fluent serves as education consultant with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention.

Dr. Elaine Bailey is the executive director of the Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction Coalition and has served on the MARR Advisory Council since 2000.

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019

Medical Billing in Dentistry: Dental Sleep Medicine and Beyond

Speaker: Jeff Burton, RN
Time: 8 – 11 a.m. (Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.)
Saturday-only Fee: $109/DDS, Staff, and Life Retired Member Dentists; $209/Nonmember Dentists
Weekend Fee: $350 dentists; $225 staff/life retired dentists; $450 nonmember dentists
CE Credits: 3

The goal of the presentation will be to review some of the common barriers to reimbursement in dental sleep medicine and offer solutions and methods that can be implemented immediately within the practice to ensure claims are successfully paid. The audience will gain insight into important considerations when preparing to bill any service to medical insurance. Specific common medical policies and both state and federal regulations that dental practices often overlook, placing them at risk, will be discussed.

This material is appropriate for office managers, business staff, and dentists. Any practice that has considered or currently billing medical insurance can benefit from attending this session.

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding proper documentation.
  • Learn how to set fees, collect payments, and proper coding.
  • Empower dental professional attendees with more knowledge of medical billing in dentistry.

This course counts toward the Dental Business Professional certification.
Earn three credits in the Insurance/Benefits/Billing category. Click here for more information on the MDA Certified Dental Business Professional program.

About the Speaker … Jeff Burton is the CEO and founder of Lyon Dental Sleep Services, a leader in medical billing, advising, and practice management solutions for dentists, and is a critical care nurse. He has held management positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and United Physicians.

Financial support provided by MDA Insurance, MDA Services, Crest Oral B Professional Oral Health, Ward Dental Lab, and Surgically Clean Air.


The MDA has reserved a block of guest rooms at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. The rate is $134 per night. Reservations may be made online at by choosing Book Room and using the group code MDA081519 or by calling 877-232-4532, pressing option #1 for reservations, and referring to the Michigan Dental Association group ad referring to code listed above.

Reservations must be made by July 25, 2019, to obtain the MDA rate.

Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort (map>
800 Soaring Eagle Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Cancellation/Refund Policy

A 72-hour notice of cancellation is required for all CE programs. Refunds will be granted upon written request, less a $25 administration fee. An email is an acceptable notification.


Call the MDA Continuing Education Department at 800-589-2632, ext. 408, or email Jody Marquardt.


The Michigan Dental Association is an ADA CERP recognized provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Please note that the Michigan Board of Dentistry does recognize ADA CERP for continuing education credits toward license renewal.

The MDA is an AGD Accepted Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit (provider number 219252)


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