Sponsorship Policy

Casey Hein & Associates provides to the dental and medical industry opportunities to support our mission in two ways. The first way is by providing opportunities for industry to fund online continuing education courses through unrestricted educational grants. The second way is through www.caseyhein.com hosting of sponsor-supported content. It is important for our website visitors to understand the difference between these types of commercial support.

Unrestricted Educational Grants from Industry

When industry awards Casey Hein & Associates an unrestricted educational grant to provide an online continuing education course (for either dentistry or medicine), we want to reassure website visitors that course content for continuing dental education (CDE) will strictly comply with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and course content for continuing medical education (CME) will strictly comply with the updated 2004 Standards for Commercial Support described by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). This compliance includes ensuring that educational programming is for scientific and educational purposes only, that content is clinically valid and scientifically supported, and it will not promote any specific proprietary business interest or commercial interest. Casey Hein & Associates ensures that CE activities from unrestricted educational grants are independent, free of commercial bias and beyond the control of persons or organizations with an economic interest in influencing the content of CE. Strict compliance to these standards will ensure that healthcare providers have opportunities to engage in life-long learning which is vibrant and free of commercial bias.

Online continuing education courses which are funded by unrestricted grants will be identified by the following verbiage: “This course was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from [Company name]”.

“Sponsor-Supported Content”

Content under this heading is from or created on behalf of the named sponsor. Casey Hein & Associates provides opportunities for sponsors to bring their marketing message and information about their products and services to our website visitors by publishing their information or links within our website. Although Casey Hein & Associates benefits from this commercial support, it is also true that visitors to www.caseyhein.com benefit from sponsors’ information about products and services that improve patient outcomes. Casey Hein & Associates does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.

Casey Hein & Associates is committed to ensuring that visitors to our website understand there is a difference between content from our sponsors and original content created by Casey Hein & Associates. To help make sure visitors understand that this category of content is not the content of Casey Hein & Associates, sponsor-created content will posted under the navigation tab on the top identified as “Sponsor Supported Solutions” and it will always be labeled as “Sponsored-Supported Content”. It is also important for visitors to recognize that sponsor-supported content may be influenced by the named sponsor. Sponsor-supported content is under the sole editorial control of the sponsoring organization which is also responsible for the accuracy, objectivity, and balance of their content. Sponsor-supported content is not reviewed by Casey Hein & Associates for accuracy, objectivity or balance.

Visitors to www.caseyhein.com will always be informed that content is from a sponsor before you click to access it. This will allow visitors the chance to make an informed decision on whether to view the content. Links to this type of content are always identified with the label “Sponsored-Supported Content”. Within the sponsor’s content, there may be links to the sponsor’s web site. The sponsored content carries the copyright of the named sponsor or the rightful copyright owner.

It is important to note that sponsors on www.caseyhein.com must comply with guidelines from regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).