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Nov 11 2020
Last month’s column discussed the Electoral College’s role in the election of American presidents. As I wrote last month, in creating the Electoral College, the American Founders viewed the new nation as a union of states under a federal system and, as such, wanted to preserve a primary role for the states in America’s governance. The ... [continue reading]
Oct 14 2020
With the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, the Electoral College will likely be in the spotlight again as it is every four years. The Electoral College gets even more scrutiny when the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes does not win the presidency. This has happened five times since 1824, including twice in the last ... [continue reading]
Sep 3 2020
One of my favorite aspects of the ODA is the events that we hold for our member dentists. For example, the ODA’s annual Day at the Statehouse is an extremely important and valuable event. Dentistry is a wonderful profession, but it is also a heavily regulated profession. Our Day at the Statehouse provides an opportunity for dentists from ... [continue reading]
Aug 18 2020
The current coronavirus pandemic has created many challenges in our society. This public health crisis has caused sickness and deaths and has negatively impacted our economy. It has altered nearly everyone’s life as businesses, churches, schools, restaurants, health care facilities and more have been closed or severely restricted. Our ... [continue reading]
Jul 13 2020
The Ohio General Assembly is considering a pair of bills (House Bill 606 and Senate Bill 308) that would provide certain businesses and health care providers with qualified civil immunity during the current coronavirus pandemic and other such emergencies. On behalf of the ODA, I submitted testimony in support of these bills to both the House Civil ... [continue reading]
Jun 17 2020
Last month's column focused on the “unprecedented” nature of our current situation as we navigate our way through the coronavirus pandemic. This novel coronavirus – COVID-19 – creates unprecedented challenges to how we live and how you practice dentistry. I wrote in last month’s column that “in our lifetimes we ... [continue reading]
May 19 2020
As I write this column in mid-May, most dental offices are just beginning to reopen to provide the full range of dental services following over a month of being shut down (except for emergencies) because of the coronavirus pandemic. While Ohio begins the process of trying to get back closer to normal, many more questions than answers continue to ... [continue reading]
Apr 7 2020
At the time I am writing this we are about two weeks into the state's order directing all health care providers to delay all elective procedures. I give you that timeframe because by the time you read this undoubtedly even more changes and challenges will have emerged than what I am writing about today. Things seem to change daily, sometimes ... [continue reading]
Mar 4 2020
The ODA's recent membership survey conducted in late 2018 reveals a significant changes from 2012 in terms of dentists looking to hire dental hygienists and dental assistants and in reporting difficulty in finding dental hygienists and dental assistants. For example, in 2018, 52% of respondents reported that they had no need to hire a dental ... [continue reading]
Feb 14 2020
Much has been written about the opioid epidemic here in Ohio and across the country. According to the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio has been a focal point for drug overdose deaths in America. In 2009, 1,423 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses, which was 12.7 per 100,000 population. That number has risen steadily and in 2017, 4,162 ... [continue reading]
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