Disability Insurance Roulette: Why is it So Hard to Collect on My Policy?

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Ed Comitz, Esq., Disability Insurance Roulette:  Why is it So Hard to Collect on My Policy?
Speaker: Ed Comitz, Esq.
CE Credits: 2
Format: MP4 Video
This course discusses why it is so difficult for dentists to have their disability claims accepted and how to avoid the most common mistakes made by dentists when filing disability claims. Also cover...more
  • 5.0 (3 Reviews)
  • Running Time: 1 hour
  • Released: 5/17/2017
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
  • Review Date: 6/30/2019
CE Details
Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 2 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 550.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.


One-third of Americans will become disabled long enough to be eligible for disability insurance benefits. That number is even higher for dentists. 3 in 4 dentists suffer from musculoskeletal conditions, resulting in nearly half of all dentists having to shorten their work hours at some point in their career. While occupational hazards are unusually high for dentists, they are unfortunately quite vulnerable when it comes to having their disability claims denied.

This course discusses why it is so difficult for dentists to have their disability claims accepted and how to avoid the most common mistakes made by dentists when filing disability claims. Also covered are key provisions to look for in disability insurance policies, and will provide an overview of the disability claims process. Finally, the course will discuss how disability insurance claims are investigated and administered and identify common strategies used by insurance companies to deny claims.

Description of Speaker:
Ed Comitz is a founding partner of Comitz | Beethe, an Arizona-based law firm dedicated to assisting dentists, physicians and other healthcare professionals with their legal needs. In 2015, Ed Comitz was named one of the “Top 100 Attorneys” in Arizona by Arizona Business Magazine, which also ranked Comitz | Beethe #1 in Healthcare Law. The firm is consistently ranked as a top-5 boutique law firm by Ranking Arizona magazine, earning #1 status in both 2012 and 2013. Healthcare professionals throughout Arizona place their confidence in the firm’s effective, solution-driven approach to legal issues, as well as its proven ability to get outstanding results. Although Mr. Comitz’s primary focus is on helping doctors secure private disability benefits, he and the legal team at Comitz | Beethe also represent doctors in several other areas, including practice transitions, employment law, business litigation, estate planning, regulatory compliance, and licensing issues.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • Understand key provisions in their disability policies;
  • Understand the steps in the disability claims process;
  • Approach the claims process in an informed manner;
  • Have an understanding of the history of the disability insurance industry; and
  • Understand the top mistakes made when filing claims for disability insurance benefits and how to avoid them.

The speaker declares that neither he nor any member of his family have a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program nor has a financial arrangement with any product or service mentioned in this course. The speaker discloses that he has a financial interest in consulting dental professionals in the subject matter that he is lecturing on.

CE Reviews


5.0  (3 Total Reviews)
 3 people would recommend this course to a friend.
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
Must watch!
User: opecm
Date: 10/14/2018
Best CE I have taken on Dentaltown. Every dentist should watch this before buying insurance. Presenter explains all the ins and outs and ramifications of various policy types in an easy to follow and well organized manner.
Disability insurance
User: 2dent99
Date: 12/31/2017
Very good information. All dentist should listen and follow these recommendations
User: Allysondds
Date: 6/25/2017
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
CE Policies
American Dental Association (ADA), Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) provider
Farran Media is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/goto/cerp.
American General Dentistry (AGD), Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) approved, FAGD / MAGD Credit Farran Media is a nationally approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 1/1/2019 to 12/31/2022. Provider ID# 304396
This activity meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning scheme and represents 2 hours of verifiable CPD.

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For any questions, please contact Howard Goldstein, DMD, Director of Continuing Education at hogo@dentaltown.com
To reap the full benefits of this CE course, the presenters (Howie Horrocks and Mark Dilatush) have agreed to create a marketing plan specifically tailored to your practice and your specific market area. Having your marketing plan printed and open while you view the course material, will greatly individualize your learning experience.

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