An innovative partnership has evolved for LED Dental, the manufacturer of the VELscope, bringing unrivaled value to its customers. VELscope has partnered with USI Insurance Services, a national insurance brokerage and consulting firm, to provide a unique bonus to its 20,000+ customers.
The number of oral cancers has increased by almost 50% in the last 10 years, with over 54,000 oral cancers diagnosed in 2021. With HPV now being linked as the leading cause of oral pharyngeal cancer, identifying early changes has become more challenging. Unfortunately, with this surge in diagnosis and deaths, litigation has also increased, with judgments exceeding $2 million for misdiagnosis of oral cancer1. To combat this risk, more and more dentists are using the VELscope to assist with the screening process using autofluorescence, a safe and less than two-minute examination.
Wayne Rees, CEO of LED Dental, stated: “Members of the VELscope family have made a commitment to offering the best care possible to their patients. This commitment has led to numerous life-saving examples that demonstrate that when used in combination with a thorough head and neck examination, VELscope can assist with identifying oral abnormalities at the earliest stage. Additionally, this commitment is now being recognized as a way to decrease liability for the practice and is being rewarded as such. We are excited to be partnering with USI to provide significant value to our VELscope family that goes far beyond malpractice coverage.”
Shelby Walters, vice president, USI’s Healthcare Practice, added: “USI brings a holistic view of our customers’ risk management needs. Based on the substantial clinical evidence and an industry-leading certification training process, we believe clinicians who utilize the VELscope technology have invested in their practice and, most importantly, their patients. This investment allows USI to provide significant savings in malpractice insurance and other areas, such as property, general liability, auto liability and much more.2 We hope this will be a unique industry example of how different organizations can come together to increase awareness while compensating dentists for being lifesaving practitioners.”
1Epstein JB, et al. Head and neck, oral, and oropharyngeal cancer: a review of medicolegal cases Oral Med 2015;119:177-186
2Discounts may vary. Practice Assessment required.
About LED Dental Inc.
LED Dental Inc. is the leader in adjunctive screening technology and their VELscope enhanced oral assessment system has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an innovative device that addresses global health concerns. Since the introduction of the original VELscope system in 2006, over 50 million VELscope exams have been performed by more than 20,000 dental professionals in 23 countries.
VELscope® is intended to be used by a dentist or health-care provider as an adjunct to traditional oral examination by incandescent light to enhance the visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities that may not be apparent or visible to the unassisted eye. VELscope is further intended to be used by an oral surgeon to help identify diseased tissue around a clinically apparent lesion and thus aid in determining the appropriate margin for surgical excision.
LED Dental Inc. is committed to enhancing the oral screening process, increasing detection, and savings lives.
In this quest, LED Dental focuses on providing expert support, industry leading training and technology for dental practices, groups, DSOs and partners.
For more information, please visit www.velscope.com.
USI is one of the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the world, delivering property and casualty, employee benefits, personal risk, program and retirement solutions to large risk management clients, middle market companies, smaller firms and individuals. USI connects over 8,000 industry-leading professionals from approximately 200 offices to serve clients’ local, national and international needs.
USI has become a premier insurance brokerage and consulting firm by leveraging the USI ONE Advantage, an interactive platform that Integrates proprietary and innovative client solutions, networked local resources and enterprise-wide collaboration to deliver customized results with positive, bottom line impact. USI attracts best-in-class industry talent with a long history of deep and continuing investment in our local communities.
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