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Apr 7 2020
The U.S. Department of Justice warns that a number of scams related to COVID-19 have been reported. According to the Justice Department, reported scams include: Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud. Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or ... [continue reading]
Apr 7 2020
Earlier this week I contacted local dental society leaders asking for help compiling a list of dentists who are willing to treat emergency patients who do NOT have a dentist. The state has created a plan to divert dental emergency patients from hospital emergency rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic (you can find my message about this ... [continue reading]
Apr 5 2020
The State of Ohio has issued an order directing that all health care providers, including dentists, delay “all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures that utilize PPE.” The goal of the order is to preserve personal protective equipment and supplies and limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In implementing this ... [continue reading]
Apr 3 2020
The state of Ohio has extended its stay at home order to May 1. The first stay at home order, which went into effect on March 23, 2020 is set to expire on April 6. This new order will effectively extend the stay at home directive until May 1, 2020. You can read the new stay at home order here. Just like the original stay at home order, the ... [continue reading]
Apr 2 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor has released a new poster that employers are required to post as of April 1, 2020. The new poster provides information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The ODA provides this and all other required posters for free to ODA members as a benefit of membership. Please click here to download the FFCRA ... [continue reading]
Apr 1 2020
There has been confusion about various proposals for an ER Diversion plan for dentists during the current emergency situation. It is the ODA’s position to support the current plan (as outlined below) which is to utilize ALL DENTAL OFFICES as the first point of contact for patients to ensure that dental patients do not present to ... [continue reading]
Apr 1 2020
The American Dental Association will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 2 at 2 p.m. titled "Student Loan Repayment During Uncertain Times." In the webinar, Laurel Road, the ADA-endorsed student loan refinancing program, will share more information on the federal response to COVID-19, what you should consider if you plan to refinance, ... [continue reading]
Apr 1 2020
On Monday, the ODA sent out an email with information about the CARES Act for dental offices. We have received feedback from our members that had previously applied for an EIDL SBA loan that they received a message informing them that they could apply for an advance on their loan. If you wish to apply for the advance on your EIDL, please ... [continue reading]
Mar 30 2020
Over the weekend, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. This law includes many provisions intended to help small business owners, including dentists. The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship put together a Small Business Resource Guide to the CARES Act with ... [continue reading]
Mar 27 2020
The ODA has received several calls related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which passed and was signed into law earlier this month. The main questions are related to whether a dentist employer must provide paid Sick Leave and Family and Medical Leave for employees and if so in what circumstances. Below is a brief ... [continue reading]
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