For decades, boards of dentistry across the U.S. have looked to the examinations of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) to help provide insights concerning the qualifications of candidates for licensure. The JCNDE in turn has understood the gravity of its task, exercising due diligence to help ensure its examinations ... [continue reading]
Last month, Oral Health Ohio, a group of diverse stakeholders that includes the ODA, Ohio Department of Health, Delta Dental of Ohio, Ohio Association of Community Health Centers Nationwide Children’s Hospital and others, released Ohio’s first “State Oral Health Plan.” The impetus behind the creation of the “State Oral Health Plan” was ... [continue reading]
Closing a dental practice many times is much more complicated than turning off the lights and locking the door. As dentists contemplate the closure of an office, there are several key points to consider. Avoiding patient abandonment Announcing the closure of a practice is a critical step in the process that could cause difficulty for the ... [continue reading]
Within the last two years, DentaQuest has garnered a lot of attention from Ohio dentists as it began administering the dental component of CareSource’s Medicaid HMO product and through its acquisition of the private insurance company Dental Care Plus Group (DCPG). Representatives of the Ohio Dental Association, through the ODA Medicaid ... [continue reading]
According to the 2021 World Happiness Report, despite the challenges and uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic, Finland has retained its status as the happiest country in the world. Following Finland, in order, were Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands. The United States came in at 19th place, down one spot from 2020. The ... [continue reading]
The pursuit of a medical-dental connection has assumed an almost metaphysical status in dentistry these days and the reason escapes me. Can’t we be satisfied with the importance of oral health on our own terms rather than continue to try to establish a link to systemic health that would somehow elevate dentistry into the holistic pantheon of ... [continue reading]
Dentists who are new graduates, former ASDA members and current ODA members may be eligible to have their first year of malpractice insurance coverage to be prepaid by the ODA. Through this program, the ODA provides new graduates with their first year of malpractice coverage through MedPro at no cost to them (subject to underwriting ... [continue reading]
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