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NEW FROM THE OMS GUARDIAN

REDUCING THE INCIDENCE OF FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE CLAIMS
Colin Bell, DDS, MSD - Patient Safety and Risk Management Committee Member

 

OMSNIC closed claims data over the past 10 year period reveals that less than 5% of claims and indemnity payments are classified as “failure to diagnose.” Most significant among these claims includes failure to diagnose oral malignant disease, primarily squamous cell carcinoma, as well as infections, osteomyelitis, and fractures. Although these claims represent a small percentage of claims reported to OMSNIC, legitimate failure to diagnose malignant disease matters may result in dire consequences for patients and sizeable costs to adjudicate such claims.

 

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017 approximately 49,670 new cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancer were diagnosed, resulting in more than 9,700 deaths. Approximately 80% of these malignancies were classified as squamous cell carcinoma. The incidence of oral squamous cell carcinoma for lip, gingivae, and floor of the mouth have decreased over the last few decades, mirroring decreases during the same time frame in alcohol and tobacco use. However, rates for diagnosis of new cases of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, including tongue and soft palate have increased especially in younger Caucasian men and women. Many investigators attribute this increase to more frequent exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV), particularly HPV 16.

 

 

 

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PRESERVING YOUR PAPER DENTAL RECORDS AFTER WATER DAMAGE

A new document called “Preserving Your Paper Dental Records After Water Damage” is now available for download. You can access the form by logging into our website using your user ID and password and clicking on the Clinical and Office Documents link. This new form is located under Office Documents.

 

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LATEST OMSNICase NOW AVAILABLE

OMSNICase is a collection of informative, real life patient case reports and studies. If your residency program has an interesting case that is well documented with photographs, we'd love to hear about it. To submit a case for your residency program, please refer to our OMSNICase Submission Guidelines to begin. You can contact RM@OMSNIC.com for a PowerPoint template to use to build your presentation. If your case is selected to be part of our "OMSNICase" series we will send your residency program $1,000.

 

 

 

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