The 5th Annual Optimizing Dental Benefits

Venue: Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 13, 2007 End Date/Time: Nov 14, 2007
Registration Date: Nov 12, 2007
Early Registration Date: Sep 28, 2007
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Optimizing Dental Benefits: Integrating Dental and Medical Care, Strategically Developing a Cost-Effective Plan, and Improving Employer & Member Satisfaction

Come to see exactly what dental plan leaders are doing to improve dental care coverage, cost effectiveness and member satisfaction. Learn how to:
+Overcome the effects of the thinning benefit dollar
+Integrate dental care within overall medical treatment to provide optimal care outcomes for all members including high-risk patients
+Incorporate evidence-based dentistry into your plan design to enhance preventative care measures and reduce treatment costs
+ Encourage at-risk patients to receive early and regular preventive and periodontal treatment to improve overall health
+ Connect medical and dental claims data to modify patient behaviors and improve medical costs
+ Retain high-performing dental providers in a PPO network through innovative dental benefits an improved value proposition with dental providers and enhanced communications
+Measure the return on investment (ROI) of dental coverage to demonstrate financial value
+ Determine the spending potential of employers and beneficiaries to fund the cost of dental care
+Overcome the challenges of marketing and selling dental insurance when employers’ budgets are tightening and markets are saturated
+Build a network that manage costs and respond to consumer demands
+Develop meaningful utilization review to keep costs down and quality up
+Implement a clinically-based analytical data system to improve care and contain costs
+Understand of the new opportunities for dental coverage under Medicaid
+Improve disease management, reduce disease risk, and improve quality

In-depth case studies and proven strategies for success from these leading experts on dental health, dental insurance and dental benefits, including:

+Integrating Medical and Dental Benefits
Dennis Spain, DDS, MS
Chief Dental Officer
UnitedHealthcare Dental

+Medical and Dental Disease Management: Unbundling the Facts
Doyle Williams, DDS, FICD
Chief Dental Officer
+ Incorporating Evidence-Based Dentistry into Dental Plan Design: Enhance Preventative Care Measures and Reduce Treatment Costs
Steve Petruzelli
President & Chief Executive Officer

Gary Allen, DMD, MS
Dental Director
Willamette Dental

+Effective Coordination of Dental and Medical Care to Achieve Better Health Outcomes
Dennis Spain, DDS, MS
Chief Dental Officer
UnitedHealthcare Dental

Doyle Williams, DDS, FICD
Chief Dental Officer

Carl Gong, DMD, MBA
National Dental Director & Vice President, Network Services
WellPoint Dental

Alan Vogel, DMD, MPH
National Dental Director

+Creating Oral Health-Overall Health Benefit Strategies to Improve Total Health
Joseph Errante, DDS
Vice President, Dental Blue
BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts

+Overcoming Challenges of Marketing and Selling Dental Insurance
Jeffrey Sulitzer, DMD
Director, Dental Programs
Regence BlueCross BlueShield

+Retention Strategies for PPO Panels
Roma Virani, BDS
National Director, Network Development
Assurant Employee Benefits

+The Rising Cost of Dental Care and its Effects on Dental Benefits
Samuel Gruenbaum
President & Chief Executive Officer
Western Dental Services

+Utilizing Clinical and Administrative Data to Improve Disease Management, Reduce Disease Risk, and Improve Quality
Craig Amundson, DDS
Dental Director

+Building Strategic Relationships in Dental Benefits
Jane Ann Craig, RHU
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Total Dental Administrators

+Assessing the Role of Dental Care in the Future State of Medicaid
Amir Neshat, DDS
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Liberty Dental Plan of California

+Developing an Affordable Dental Plan
Michael Weitzner, DMD, MS
Vice President, Clinical Product Development
UnitedHealthcare Dental

Craig Amundson, DDS
Dental Director

+ Examining the Medical-Dental Correlation: Improve Overall Health, and Lower Medical Costs
Carl Stoel, DDS
Senior Dental Consultant
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

+Where is the “Dental” in Healthcare Reform?
Jeff Album
Director of Public and Government Affairs
Delta Dental of California, New York, Pennsylvania and Affiliates


+Practical Solutions to Integrating Dental and Medical Benefits
Ben Schechter Consultants

+Transforming Dental Plan Design and Claim Management


+Chief Dental Officers
+Chief Medical Officers
+Chief Executive Officers
+Dental Directors
+Medical Directors

Vice Presidents, Directors, and Managers of:
+Dental Benefits
+Dental Programs
+Network Development
+Claims Management
+Product Development
+Human Resources
+Provider Relations
+Quality Improvement
+Employee Benefits

+Dental Benefits Organizations
+Health Plans
+Third Party Administrators
+Employer Plans
+Employer Groups
+Purchasing Groups

The information shared in this program will also be of value to:
+Employee Benefit Directors
+Dental Plan Representatives
+Benefit Consultants
+Self-Insured Employers/Plans
+PPO Network Providers
+Network Managers
+Administrative Services Only
+Dental Practice Management Groups
+Dental Supply Companies

In order to gain the most from this unique conference experience, team participation is highly encouraged! Register a team of 3 and the 4th member attends for free! Sign up early and save!


“Excellent speakers and overall discussion.”
Rosemary Peros, Product Manager, Manulife Financial

“Good cross-section of viewpoints.”
Ken Robinson, General Counsel, Northeast Delta Dental

“Good overall program.”
Allen Finkelstein, DDS, Chief Dental Officer, AmeriChoice

"Excellent presentations, content, applicability - timely and germane."
Jim Hemker, Director of Operations, Dental Health Services

"This was one of teh best professional conferences I've attended, diverse but related topics, good speakers, etc."