10 ways the ODA made a difference in 2019
- Launched a group purchasing organization to help dentists save money. OhioDDS allows ODA members to join together and leverage purchasing power to receive discounts on supplies, equipment and services.
- Created a regulatory compliance guide for ODA members. “Ohio Dentist Advisor: Your Guide to Regulatory Compliance” includes summaries, checklists and fillable forms to help offices ensure they are compliant with regulations.
- Supported legislation that would prohibit insurance companies from setting fees for non-covered services. Dr. Steve Moore, a past ODA president, and David Owsiany, ODA executive director, testified in favor of Senate Bill 148 and the ODA has been working closely with lawmakers to educate them about this issue.
- Endorsed a platform to support in-office membership plans. The ODASC In-Office Membership Plan, powered by DentalHQ, allows ODA members to offer their uninsured patients the ability to join their membership plan and pay a monthly or yearly fee directly to the dental practice in exchange for services and discounts created by the dentist.
- Created an independent means of appeal with a major dental insurance provider. The ODA and Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana developed a process to assist ODA members who have disputes with Delta Dental on cases involving medical necessity and quality of care issues.
- Filed one of the lowest rate increases with the Ohio Department of Insurance for a health benefits plan. The ODA Wellness Trust provides affordable health benefits for ODA members and their staffs. In 2019, the ODA Wellness Trust had one of the lowest rate increases filed with the Ohio Department of Insurance, added an Employee + Child rate and added two exclusive plan designs.
- Provided CE and leadership development training. The 2019 ODA Annual Session featured more than 70 CE courses, and the ODA Leadership Institute is a free, award-winning leadership development training program for ODA members.
- Helped provide access to care to people in need. More than 38,000 children received dental care or oral health education through Give Kids A Smile in 2019. More than 2,500 dental professionals volunteered to provide over $1.5 million in donated care.
- Joined the Opioid Education Alliance. The ODA is one of more than 80 Ohio partners committed to spread a message of prevention and education around the dangers of prescription opioid misuse and abuse.
- Awarded a record high amount in grants and scholarships. In 2019, the ODA Foundation awarded $157,000 in grants to access to care programs and scholarships to dental students, the highest amount awarded in any single year of the Foundation’s history.
To learn more about these and other ODA member benefits, visit www.oda.org.
Renew your membership to continue receiving these and other benefits
ODA membership dues are due Jan. 1, 2020 for the 2020 membership year.
Members can renew online at www.oda.org/renew, by fax at (614) 486-0381, by mail to Ohio Dental Association, P.O. Box 734508 Chicago, IL 60673-4508 or by phone at (800) 282-1526.