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Jul 13 2020
After careful consideration, the Ohio Dental Association Foundation has decided to extend its scholarship application deadline to Nov. 4, 2020 and also to make it optional for students applying to include their GPA and class rank. The Foundation understands that not all classes were able to be completed during the spring due to the pandemic and ... [continue reading]
Jul 13 2020
Last month we looked into patient documentation and record retention. This month to finish the two-part series we will look at the documentation of the office and employees. As is always the case, documentation in the dental office is of the utmost importance. As the saying goes in dental offices, if it is not documented it did not happen. That is ... [continue reading]
Jul 13 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much disruption throughout every facet of society. An impact it has had on dentistry has directly led to increased costs for dentists to provide care while at the same time significantly decreasing dentists' ability to recover those costs via the number of patients they may see in any given period of time. While ... [continue reading]
Jul 13 2020
Thanks to the pandemic, we have had time recently to consider more of the softer side of dental care. Understanding what makes our relationships with patients valuable and patient care successful is of paramount importance. In private practice for years and now in discussions with students, I stress the responsibility of dentists to be leaders for ... [continue reading]
Jul 13 2020
A favorite of health care future-gazers these days is value-based care (VBC) or you may have heard it called pay-for-performance (P4P). Like much of health care reform, it comes down from Washington, from those who wish to transform our health care system from its present state to something few if any have ever seen. In a nutshell, VBC intends to ... [continue reading]
Jun 17 2020
Promoting diversity and inclusion is a top priority of the Ohio Dental Association and ODA President Dr. Sharon Parsons. To help achieve this goal, the 2019 ODA House of Delegates approved a resolution to create a Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion comprised of members with varying demographics that would be appointed by Parsons. “The ... [continue reading]
Jun 17 2020
ODA member Dr. Paul Mikhli is paying it forward by paying for a tripartite membership for a friend who is not a member – and he's calling on other ODA members to do the same. “The dentists that don’t pay for membership don’t see the value,” Mikhli said. “At least now, they might see the value a little bit more. ... [continue reading]
Jun 17 2020
As we navigate through the Summer months and the reality of post-COVID-19 dental practice, I could not be happier that we are approaching what has become a constant in the dental landscape in the state of Ohio – the Ohio Dental Association's Annual Session.  This will be the 154th time that dentists have gathered to reconnect with ... [continue reading]
Jun 17 2020
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a rule that will require most dental offices to install amalgam separators. The date for compliance for most dentists is July 14, 2020. Most practicing dentists must: Install, maintain and monitor an amalgam separator in their office. Follow best management practices (BMPs) for amalgam waste ... [continue reading]
Jun 17 2020
Ohio Dental Association Executive Director David Owsiany recently provided testimony to the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee in favor of legislation providing certain professionals and businesses qualified immunity from civil liability and other professional discipline for actions taken related to the current coronavirus pandemic. Owsiany told ... [continue reading]
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