“COVID-19: Fast Forward – The Next Step” on Facebook LIVE

“COVID-19: Fast Forward – The Next Step” The following Town Hall Dental Video Series for the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry (GAGD) will take place Friday, April 17th at 12:00 PM EST. Leading experts Stuart J. Oberman, Esq., Roy S. Shelburne, DDS, Eric J. Morin, MBA will provide the latest management and teledentistry/legal updates in the dental industry. Please visit the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry Facebook page to watch it live.

Georgia Academy of General Dentistry Follow-up Webinar

Oberman Law Firm will host a follow-up webinar for The Georgia Academy of General Dentistry (GAGD) this Friday, April 10th at 12:00 PM EST. Leading experts Stuart J. Oberman, Esq., Lauren A. Mansour, Esq., Grace M. Tillman, Esq., Harris Gignilliat, CIMA®, C(k)P®, CRPS®, and Cory Sellers, CPA, CFP®, CRPS® will provide the latest financial and legal updates in the dental industry through COVID-19 and beyond. Please visit gagd.org for more information.



Telemedicine in the United States is experiencing a surge in demand amid the coronavirus outbreak. In response, teledentistry is expected to explode in usage.

For patients, telemedicine provides faster care and helps patients avoid hospital emergency rooms. Virtual care can also reduce the strain of the healthcare system, and help track the spread of diseases across geographies. 
The growth of teledentistry in the future will no doubt expand. However, the modalities of usage are relatively unknown and untested. Teledentisrty in relation to patient care can include the following modalities:
  • Live video (synchronous): Live, two-way interaction between a person (patient, caregiver, or provider) and a provider using audiovisual telecommunications technology.
  • Store-and-forward (asynchronous): Transmission of recorded health information (for example, radiographs, photographs, video, digital impressions and photomicrographs of patients) through a secure electronic communications system to a dentist, who uses the information to evaluate a patient’s condition or render a service outside of a real-time or live interaction.
  • Remote patient monitoring (RPM): Personal health and medical data collection from an individual in one location via electronic communication technologies, which is transmitted to a dentist or the provider (sometimes via a data processing service) in a different location for use in care and related support of care.
  • Mobile health (mHealth): Health care supported by mobile communication devices such as cell phones, tablet computers, and personal digital assistants (PDA).
General Considerations: The treatment of patients who receive services via teledentistry must be properly documented, which should include providing the patient with a summary of services. Dentists who deliver services using teledentistry must establish compliance protocols, especially when a referral is necessary.
Patients’ Rights: Dental patients whose care is rendered or coordinated using teledentistry specified modalities have the right to expect:
  1. That any dentist delivering services using teledentistry technologies will be licensed in the state where the patient receives services, or be providing such services as otherwise authorized by that state’s dental board [which for many states is a work in progress].
  2. That the delivery of services using teledentistry technologies are performed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations addressing the privacy and security of patients’ private health care information. The strict implementation of HIPAA guidelines and protocols is an absolute must.
Quality of Care: The dentist is responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of the patient, as if the patient received such services in the practice. Services delivered via teledentistry should be consistent with in-person services. In addition, the delivery of services utilizing these modalities must abide by all state and federal laws that address the expectation of patient privacy. 
Reimbursement: Dental benefit plans and all other third-party payers, in both public (e.g. Medicaid) and private programs, may provide coverage for services using teledentistry (synchronous or asynchronous). However, it should be noted that the reimbursement model for teledentistry is unsettled.
Technical Considerations: Dentists must consider conformance with applicable data exchange standards to facilitate delivery of services via teledentistry modalities, including but are not limited to Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standards when selecting and using imaging systems, X12 and HC7 requirements for the exchange of information and 2019/2020 IC D-10 Standards for documentation consistency. Currently, teledentistry is in the early stages of implementation. But, it should be noted that COVID-19 had brought teledentistry and telehealth to the forefront.

Georgia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Live Webinar

“Surviving COVID-19 Economically: Important Information about the CARES Act, Employment Practices and Legal Considerations” Live Webinar for The Georgia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (GSOMS) will take place on April 2, 2020, at 7:30 PM EST. Stuart J. Oberman, Esq., Lauren A. Mansour, Esq., Grace M. Tillman, Esq., and Eric J. Morin, MBA will discuss overcoming the financial and legal challenges facing the dental industry. Visit http://ga-oms.org/ to register.

Georgia Dental Association (GDA) Live Webinar

Overcoming The Financial & Legal Challenges Facing Dentistry
The Georgia Dental Association (GDA) Live Webinar will take place on March 27, 2020, at 12:00 PM EST. Stuart J. Oberman, Esq., Grace M. Tillman, Esq., and Eric J. Morin, MBA will discuss overcoming the financial and legal challenges facing the dental industry. Visit www.gadental.org to register.

Facebook LIVE

Join us on Facebook Live tomorrow, March 20, 2020, at 12:00 PM EST. Leading experts, Eric Morin, MBA, Stuart J. Oberman, Esq., and Grace M. Tillman, Esq. will address your COVID-19 Dental Practice Owner/Employer related questions. Click the link below to learn more.


2019 Firm Update

2019 was an extraordinary year for Oberman Law Firm Health Care Practice Group, and we are honored to share some of our 2019 year in review accomplishments. Visit www.obermanlaw.com or call 770-554-1400 for more information.

Company, Owner Charged in Genetic Testing Fraud Scheme

Fraud and Abuse Update: 12/2/2019 (AHLA)
Patrick Siado and his company, Optimus Prime Marketing, LLC, are the latest to be charged for health care fraud in a nationwide crackdown against fraudulent telehealth schemes, the announcement came from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, Bobby L. Christine.


In September, the Department of Justice announced charges against nearly three dozen individuals across five federal districts, including the Southern District of Georgia, for their alleged roles in defrauding Medicare for expensive cancer genetic testing that was medically unnecessary. The individuals worked for telemedicine companies and genetic testing labs.


The latest charges allege Siado and his company, along with other unindicted co-conspirators, paid individuals to solicit information and DNA swabs from low-income elderly residents, a press release said.


Defendants allegedly paid the individuals $150 for each “patient” whose information was obtained and transmitted to another unindicted co-conspirator company that would fraudulently bill Medicare and Medicaid. Prosecutors alleged Siado and his company received a kickback of $100 to $575 per test accepted for billing, the release said.


The indictment includes allegations only. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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