Virtual Seminar: Being a Medicaid Provider in an Era of Accountability

  • Wed, Nov 18, 2020 | 6:00 PM - Wed, Nov 18, 2020 | 8:30 PM

Over the past five years, the ADA’s Medicaid Provider Advisory Committee has presented a version of Being a Medicaid Provider in an Era of Accountability in over 20 states, as well as numerous regional and national gatherings. Though the foundational elements remain the same, our speakers have brought in COVID relevant information, as well as current challenges faced by our constituents. Currently, both pediatric and general dentists who treat children and special needs individuals in hospital operating rooms and surgical centers are finding that they are slowly, but surely being pushed aside…in favor of more lucrative procedures.

In light of COVID, there is an increase in the number of people eligible for Medicaid, but a decline in the number of providers willing to see this population. At the same time, state Medicaid budgets are being scrutinized and questioned. Now is the time for this course to be brought forward.

ADA and SCDA Virtual Seminar: Being a Medicaid Provider in an Era of Accountability

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm



Dr. Sidney Whitman, pediatric dentist in NJ and chair of CAAP’s Medicaid Provider Advisory Committee (MPAC)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, CEO Bedford Healthcare Solutions and MPAC member

Dr. Charles Czerepak, pediatric dentist in IL and MPAC member

Dr. Steve Geiermann, senior manager, CAAP (moderator)

Course Description: Despite misconceptions and fears associated with being a Medicaid provider, treating this population can be rewarding and not cut adversely into your bottom line. Members of the ADA’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention (CAAP) Medicaid Provider Advisory Committee will share insights, opportunities and challenges regarding program integrity, compliance, fraud, advocacy and how better to safeguard your practice while providing care to this growing population in an era of increasing accountability and scrutiny. Special emphasis will be given to the importance of proper documentation of medical necessity. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Implement efficient practice protocols to safeguard practice viability
  • Protect oneself from unintentional non-compliance resulting in fraud allegations
  • Recruit other Medicaid providers through positive advocacy and role modeling

Course is eligible for continuing education credits.

Brief Bios:

  • Dr. Whitman graduated from the New York University School of Dentistry. He completed his postgraduate studies in pediatric dentistry at Temple University School of Dentistry. He works in a 130-person practice that treats children and adolescents, including Medicaid patients.
  • Dr. Czerepak graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental School.  He is the founder of Pine Dental Care, a community-based private practice dedicated to the dental and oral health of children.  He has served as the president of the Medical/ Dental Staff at the former Children's Memorial Hospital (CHM), interim head of the Division of Dentistry at CMH and is a trustee of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Illinois State Dental Society.
  • Dr. Finkelstein is the CEO of Bedford Healthcare Solutions. He has been the chief dental officer at Prev/MEDOnsite HealthCare Services and AmeriChoice-Medicaid Division of United Health Group. He has served as a dental consultant for Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey.
  • A retired USPHS Captain with experience in the Indian Health Service and Federally Qualified Health Centers, Dr. Geiermann was a HRSA regional dental consultant for more than a decade while building a strong oral health infrastructure aligned with overall health care. He currently serves on the ADA’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention and is a board member of the American Institute of Dental Public Health, the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), and the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN).