We were deeply saddened to receive the message that Dr. Charles Blair had lost his battle with a prolonged health crisis and passed away on November 6, 2023.
An energetic and dedicated leader to the end, his legacy of knowledge in dental coding, fee analysis, and strategic planning for practice success helped thousands of dentists and their teams during several decades. Practice Booster, founded by Dr. Blair in 2008 and now part of eAssist Publishing Company, continues to ensure compassionate patient care while fostering economic success for all dentists. Dr. Blair generously trained and mentored his team to ensure that his wealth of knowledge was passed on and preserved. Carrying on an honored tradition, they diligently uphold his highest standards and keep his vision alive.
Dr. Blair's well-known guides and manuals, including Dental Coding with Confidence, Dental Administration with Confidence, Medical Dental Cross Coding with Confidence, Dental Documentation with Confidence, and Insurance Solutions Newsletter, will continue to serve the dental community.
An example of Dr. Blair's DE contributions
James Anderson, CEO of eAssist Dental Solutions, expressed his condolences. "Dr. Blair's impact on the dental community and his dedication to advancing our field was truly remarkable. We at eAssist Dental Solutions are deeply saddened by his passing and are committed to supporting Practice Booster in preserving his invaluable contributions to our profession."
As a dental writer and speaker on practice management and CDT coding, I knew there were few in the industry who could help with questions about coding and billing insurance companies like Dr. Blair. He attended the ADA Code Maintenance committee meeting each year and had inside knowledge of the trends coming to dentistry. The Insurance Solutions newsletter has always been one of my tools for billing success. I was fortunate to attend some of Dr. Blair's speaking engagements, and my favorite was his "stay out of jail" YouTube talk about avoiding fraudulent billing practices, and so much more.
I recently had the honor of working with Dr. Blair on the Insurance Solutions newsletter. I was impressed by his extensive knowledge of dentistry's clinical and business sides and how they must seamlessly combine to create a profitable practice.
A great teacher has the following attributes: a passion for sharing knowledge, expertise in their subject area, tireless patience to teach, boundless communication skills, and a positive attitude and enthusiasm. Dr. Blair embodied these traits, and I’m blessed to have had him as a mentor.
Dr. James DiMarino, MSEd, CDC, and CEO of Practice Booster, extends his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the company. "The loss of Dr. Blair deeply saddens us. He was not only a visionary but also a mentor, friend, father figure, and source of inspiration to us all. His passion and dedication to Practice Booster's mission will remain at the core of our company's culture and values as we continue to uphold and foster the strength of his legacy. It is an honor to carry out his lifelong vision in this company."
We join the dental community in mourning the loss of a great teacher and friend, Dr. Charles Blair.
Belle DuCharme, RDA, CDPMA, has been a dedicated writer, speaker, and consultant for the dental profession for many years. With a solid foundation in practice management and clinical experience, DuCharme has helped hundreds of dental clients achieve success. Her journey began as a dental assistant and that is where her passion was ignited. Her mission is to help other dental professionals succeed in creating happiness and prosperity.