Episode 108 – Jason Faler, MSJ, MHA – Dental Therapy and the Cost of Quality of Care: An Unbiased Perspective

Dental Therapy Part 4 – An Unbiased Perspective

On this week’s episode of Removing the Bite Block Dr. Zeller interviews Jason Faler. As the first and only non-dental guest from Season 1, Jason has no skin in the dental therapy game, making his assessments less emotional and more objective. His experience in healthcare systems across the nation have provided him with many lenses in which to view this issue.

We discuss the following topics:

  • Meet our guest

  • Ultimate motivation behind dental therapy and importance of remembering this goal during entire discussion

  • Free market

  • Student debt

  • Scope of practice vs standard of care

  • Legislation of scope of practice

  • Four elements of medical malpractice – GETTING SUED!

  • Historical case in which standard of care was redefined by the courts

  • Are mid-level providers held to the same standard as general dentists? Are general dentists held to the same standard as specialists?

  • Is the cost worth the difference in quality of care?

  • Utility in providing value of oral health to overall health and it’s economic impact

  • Working at top of license

  • The VALUE of access to care

  • Are we overtraining general dentists?

  • Jason Faler gets unblocked

Jason has worked with several healthcare delivery systems on both the east and west coasts of the United States to include Atlantic Health, Salem Health and most recently, Providence Health & Services in Portland, Oregon, most recently as the Director of Business Development in the Strategic Management Services Division.

Jason Faler has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Portland State University since 2007. His teaching responsibilities include courses in Healthcare Law as well as Strategic Management.  Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. He is also a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, where he earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree, and the Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, where he earned a Master of Science in Jurisprudence with a health law concentration.  Jason is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jason is a field grade commissioned officer in the Reserve Component of the US Army where he has served since 1999, including service in support of combat operations in Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa.  Among his awards and decorations are the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star Medal.

In addition to healthcare, Professor Faler maintains an interest in Middle Eastern and International Affairs and Policy. He speaks Arabic and studied at the American University in Cairo (Egypt) in 1999 and 2003.

In 2008, Jason founded The Checkpoint One Foundation, a not-for-profit, charitable organization benefiting Iraqi and Afghan nationals who face threats in their homeland as a result of their assistance to US and coalition entities since 2001.  In 2009, he was nominated by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and was named a finalist for the Above and Beyond Citizen Honors Award, administered by the National Medal of Honor Society.  Jason and the Foundation have been featured by numerous national and international media outlets, and have been commended on the floor of the United States Senate.


Master of Science in Jurisprudence (MSJ), Health Law, The Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ
Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Political Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

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Episode 104 – Dr. Marko Vujicic Part 2 – Chief Economist of the ADA Talks Future Dental Trends

In this week’s episode of Removing the Bite Block, Dr. Zeller interviews Chief Economist of the ADA, Dr. Marko Vujicic. They discuss his controversial guest editorial in the March 2018 JADA including many other controversial topics. Dr. Vujicic describes how he believes we approaching an era where major changes will be happening in our profession. He supports expanding dental care in government funded programs, tying reimbursement partially to patient outcomes, and developing an oral health measurement system so that we can better treat and improve the health of our patients.

To view Dr. Zeller’s deconstruction of the dental community’s response to Dr. Vujicic’s editorial, click here.

Episode 103 – Dr. Marcia Brand – The Future of the Dental Delivery Model and Advocating for Oral Health

Dr. Zeller and Dr. Marcia Brand discuss where they believe dentistry is going, and how that will look entirely different than many expect. They also discuss the utility in an integrated healthcare model and those that support and hinder change. Finally, Dr. Brand describes how the dental community can best advocate for oral health to their state and federal lawmakers.
Marcia K. Brand, Ph.D. is a Senior Advisor to the Dentaquest Foundation and the Executive Director of the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health. She has held a number of leadership positions in the Federal government and academics and currently serves as a consultant and advisor on matters related to access to oral and rural health care.  From 2009 until 2015, Dr. Brand was the Deputy Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an Agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services that works to fill in the gaps for people who live outside the economic and medical mainstream.  The Agency uses its $10 billion annual budget to expand access to quality health care in partnership with health care providers and health professions training programs.   She held other leadership positions within HRSA, including associate administrator for the Bureau of Health professions and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.  Brand worked in the US Senate as a legislative assistant, and held academic appointments in the dental hygiene departments at Thomas Jefferson University and Old Dominion University.  She earned a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, and both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in dental hygiene from Old Dominion University.