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Do Dentistry, Not Prison Time! Clinical Records Prevent Criminal Records

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Friday, September 25th, 2020

9 a.m. - Noon

Do Dentistry, Not Prison Time! Clinical Records Prevent Criminal Records

   Dr. Roy Shelburne

    9:00 a.m. - Noon (Zoom Presentation)

    Friday, September 25, 2020

    3 Continuing Education Hours



Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 23, 2020

To register, please contact Janet Glover at 502-489-9121 or janet@kyda.org

Fees:     Dentist - $50

             Non-member dentist - $150

             Hygienist - $35

             Team Price - $75* (For KDA members, only)

(*Team Price Includes - 1 KDA member dentist, 1 hygienist and 2 additional team members. Please list names and email addresses of all participants.)


Dr. Shelburne went to prison on August 20, 2008 and was released on May 14, 2010 and learned a series of lessons the hard way.  There are ways to protect and defend a dental practice and to prevent what happened to him from happening to you.

Know that if it's not in your clinical record, you didn't see it, you didn't say it, you didn't do it, it didn't need to be done, and it doesn't exist....from the legal perspective. To be prepared for any challenge the whole dental team must be careful, concise, complete, and diligent, not just the doctor because, the whole team is potentially at risk.  Learning and implementing this no non-sense team approach to record keeping could mean the difference between success and failure in the event of an action or challenge to your practice and will result in maximum legitimate reimbursement.

Course Objectives: 

1. To understand that what you don't know can hurt you and that ignorance is no excuse.

2. To learn to assimilate and maintain records that can both protect and defend. 

3. Understand the necessity of due diligence and how to conduct records review and internal audits to insure accuracy and excellence.

This course is open to all dental team members - Great for Business Assistants, too!

Dr. Roy Shelburne is a 1981 Honor Graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Dentistry.  After graduation, Dr. Shelburne opened his practice "back home" in his grandfather's hardware store building and practiced there for 27 years.  He has been a past president of the Southwest Virginia Dental Society and has volunteered at Virginia's various MOM projects across the state.  Dr. Shelburne has also been a short term missionary with the Baptist Medical Missions International to Honduras, CA.

Some dentists may fear litigation but few worry about going to prison.  Dr. Shelburne became aware that he was a target of an investigation when on October 24, 2003 the FBI broke down the back door of his office and confiscated all his business and dental records.  Over the course of the next 3 years every aspect of his life was subjected to the closest scrutiny.  Roy was indicted in October of 2006 was found guilty of healthcare fraud, racketeering, and money laundering in March of 2008.  He was sentenced to 24 months in Federal Prison and was ordered to pay fines and restitution.  Roy was released from Federal custody in May of 2010 is presently serving a 3 year period of supervised probation. 

During the investigation as well as in the preparation for and during the trial it became apparent that his records, billing, and coding systems were faulty and ignorance is no excuse.  The Court stated that this action was intended to send a message to the healthcare community and Dr. Shelburne has taken that statement literally.  Dr. Shelburne has now focused his efforts toward the education of others to prevent the same from happening to them.  His message is that it is possible to implement systems that can form a defensive systems approach.  A speaker, consultant, and writer, Dr. Shelburne specializes in record keeping and business systems that protect and defend.