With a new crop of dental students graduating this spring and an increasing number of more mature dentists changing their practice modality by either joining group practices or leaving group practices to go out on their own, it seems like a good time to provide a brief primer on dental malpractice insurance. While malpractice lawsuits in ... [continue reading]
Finding qualified dental staff has been a challenge for many Ohio dentists in recent years and the COVID pandemic has made that situation worse. Recent surveys confirm that dentists are struggling with workforce issues, including hiring qualified staff. Dentists often ask how they can use their current staff more efficiently or effectively. One ... [continue reading]
As has been reported in the news, the Ohio Supreme Court struck down Ohio’s state legislative maps created by the Ohio Redistricting Commission twice in recent weeks. At the time of me writing this column, the Ohio Redistricting Commission is expected to try it again in the very near future. For many years, Ohio’s legislative districts were ... [continue reading]
Steve Stivers, president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, will deliver a keynote presentation at the upcoming ODA Leadership Institute on Friday, March 18. I have known Steve since he served in the Ohio Senate from 2003 to 2008. As a state senator, Steve served with great distinction on various committees and was chair of the Insurance, ... [continue reading]
In 1962, Dr. Fred Bronson graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry and returned to the Cincinnati area where he was born and raised. He spent a couple of years providing dental care for children in the Cincinnati Public Schools and then opened his own private dental practice. Dr. Fred Bronson joined organized dentistry (American ... [continue reading]
On Sept. 22, ODA Past President Dr. Sharon Parsons and I testified before the Ohio House of Representatives Insurance Committee in support of House Bill 344, which would prohibit dental insurers from setting fees for dental services that the insurance companies do not even cover. I pointed out that “this practice of insurance companies ... [continue reading]
This year (2021) is the final year of the licensing biennium for dentists in Ohio so I thought I would review the CE rules in this month’s column. As you probably know, dentists are required to complete 40 hours of Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB)-accepted CE every two years in order to renew their licenses. Occasionally, I get asked by ... [continue reading]
The last eighteen months have brought a remarkable amount of change and turmoil, including restrictions on dental practices for six weeks in the spring of 2020 and limitations on many other businesses for even longer. In-person meetings gave way to Zoom calls and takeout food replaced eating dinner out. Schools closed their doors for long periods ... [continue reading]
According to a recent report from the Ohio Department of Health, 413 Ohio dentists have already registered and been accepted into the Medical Reserve Corps via the Ohio Responds Registry to administer COVID vaccines at mass vaccination events. This is just one more example of how the dental profession has responded to assist in addressing the ... [continue reading]
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