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Greater Philadelphia Society Of Orthodontists Continuing Education Course 2014

November 19, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Union League, Philadelphia PA
(Required Dress Code: Gentlemen - jacket and tie. Ladies - business attire.)
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19101
(215) 563-6500

"Legal Concerns Affecting Today's Orthodontic Practice"

We request that you check in prior to 9:20AM in order to qualify for the
premium discount on your AAOIC malpractice insurance.

6 CE credits

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events registration

Pre-registration was open until October 31, 2014. Space-permitting, on-site registration will be accepted.
Advanced registration: $225 per attendee, On site registration: $260 per attendee.


events detailed schedule

  08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Continental breakfast
(Check in prior to 9:20AM to qualify for premium discount)
  09:00 - 10:30 Risk Management in the Orthodontic Practice
Ms. Elizabeth Franklin and Panel
  10:30 - 11:00 Morning break with vendors
  11:00 - 12:30 Risk Management in the Orthodontic Practice
Ms. Elizabeth Franklin and Panel cont.
  12:30 - 01:30 Lunch
  01:30 - 02:30 Employment Practice Liability
  02:30 - 03:00 Afternoon break with vendor
  03:00 - 04:00 Cyber Liability
       04:00 - 04:30 Wrap up discussion/questions (submit your question here)


events course description

"Legal Concerns Affecting Today's Orthodontic Practice"

We are currently providing healthcare in an extremely litigious climate in America. TV, radio, and billboard ads are plentiful in number when it comes to encouraging the unhappy consumer to file malpractice claims. Unfortunately, legal headaches are not just limited to malpractice. By simply running a business, we can encounter legal problems with non-clinical issues such as with our coworkers/staff relationships and even with the storage, loss, and flow of computerized information! Nothing can put more stress on a business, professional life, and even personal life than when the word "lawsuit" is uttered.

Prevention and arming oneself with knowledge is perhaps the best form of protection to supplement one’s malpractice insurance. With this in mind, GPSO is dedicating this year’s Annual Meeting topic to “Legal Concerns Affecting Today’s Orthodontic Practice. Our trusted friends at AAOIC and Pearl Insurance (an AAOIC partner) will help us navigate through legal questions that we may have been contemplating in our day to day practice as well as topics that we may not have (and should be) thinking about.

Your office managers are welcomed to register for this invaluable course as well!
You may find it beneficial to attend this course together!

Morning Session:
Risk Management in the Orthodontic Practice

AAOIC Professional Liability Insurance is the most popular malpractice insurance among orthodontists in the United States. Chances are pretty good that AAOIC Professional Liability Insurance is the malpractice insurance you are currently holding!
AAOIC’s commitment to the most up-to-date and complete risk management programs is an important part of the service they offer. AAOIC feels that it is important to regularly review risk management principles, since adhering to effective principles can and does avoid several types of legal claims. GPSO is indeed very fortunate the have the AAOIC’s Risk Management Panel headline our meeting this year.
The panel will be led by Ms. Elizabeth Franklin, seasoned Claims Specialist of over 30 years. Ms. Franklin will be accompanied by her panel of experts: Dr. Terry Pracht, orthodontist and current AAOIC Chairman and Ms. Jura Zibas, renowned defense attorney.

AAOIC insured doctors will receive a premium discount on malpractice insurance. Morning session attendance, in its entirety, is necessary in order to receive discount.

Afternoon Session I:
Employment Practice Liability in the Orthodontic Practice

Our co-workers and staff are like family to us- we depend heavily on them to be able to do what we do. We work daily as a team together. It is unfathomable to think that these relationships could ever deteriorate, but alas, it happens! Sadly, sometimes the collapse of these relationships can have legal implications on our practice.
Claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination are increasing at an alarming rate. Even if the allegations are false, we will need to defend our reputation and practice, and those costs could be significant! Pearl Insurance will spend part of the afternoon session helping us better understand how to prevent and protect ourselves and our practices when the employer-employee relationship breaks down.

Afternoon Session II
Cyber Liability in the Orthodontic Practice

The modern day orthodontic practice has presented today’s practitioner with a new tool that brings both convenience and problems that our predecessors have never had to deal with before. That tool is electronic data.
With a few clicks of the keys we can instantly pull up information on our patient’s treatment, medical history, personal data, and financial data. Unfortunately, as much as we earnestly try, we are not the only ones who can access their cyber information.
In today’s data-driven world, organizations of all sizes have had a cyber-attack or data breach and the average cost to rectify a breach can be financially crippling to a small business. Just one stolen laptop, one resourceful hacker, one virus or even one lost paper record can create astronomical financial and reputational consequences for the practice.
Our friends at Pearl will be bringing us up to date on the topic of cyber risk management and prevention so that we will be equipped to handle the situation if and when a breach of data occurs.



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