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Mar 11 2021
We are now four months into the COVID-19 vaccination process in Ohio. I am hopeful that at this point those of you who wanted to receive the vaccine have been given that opportunity. The ODA lobbied to have dentists and dental team members included in the 1A group of those vaccinated.  Fortunately, in the guidance from the governor, dental ... [continue reading]
Feb 12 2021
Since the beginning of this pandemic there has been much discussion around the COVID-19 vaccine. Now that we are a little over a month into vaccinating people, there are still many questions left to be answered. For many the vaccination is a light at the end of the tunnel and a way out of this pandemic. However, others are skeptical about the ... [continue reading]
Jan 18 2021
This is the first article of 2021 and an opportunity to bid farewell, I mean good riddance, to the crazy year that was 2020. With all of the unforeseeable hurdles that appeared in 2020, we are hopeful that 2021 will edge closer to normal at some point. The end of 2020 marked the end of the 133rd General Assembly. The start of 2021 will begin the ... [continue reading]
Dec 18 2020
As each year comes to pass it is important to review the year for successes and places for improvement in the coming year. The only issue that this year presents is that it feels like it was closer to a decade than 365 days. In an ever-changing landscape 2020 has presented many challenges and in this article I am going to try to capture the ... [continue reading]
Nov 11 2020
In the world that we are currently living in there are very few people, if any, that can say they do not know someone who has COVID-19 or has had COVID-19. The virus has spread throughout the country and likely has had an impact on each of us. Having said that, and with the current spread of the virus, we have been receiving phone calls about ... [continue reading]
Oct 14 2020
A common question I receive at the ODA is how to terminate the dentist-patient relationship in a proper way. I think this is the case because it is not something that a dentist does on a normal basis, and when they do they want to ensure they are doing it correctly. Terminating the dentist-patient relationship requires the dentist to exercise care ... [continue reading]
Sep 3 2020
Way back in February, before the COVID-19 pandemic, during a time that was not as crazy as now, I wrote an article about patients requesting to film in a dental office. At the time this was something that I had not given much thought to because it seemed to be somewhat of an obscure question. Fast forward a few months and dentistry looks much ... [continue reading]
Aug 18 2020
Over the last few months, I have received many calls from dentists regarding the Terminal Distributor of Dangerous Drugs license (TDDD). Most of these calls have stemmed from a document sent by suppliers asking for TDDD license numbers. The paperwork also includes a response where a dentist can indicate he or she is exempt from having a TDDD. The ... [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]
Jun 17 2020
In the last three months we have encountered unprecedented times. During this time, practices worked very restricted hours and now things are beginning to open up. One thing has remained constant. Documentation is key to ensuring that your practice is running as effectively as possible. Prior to COVID-19, if we can think back to those times, ... [continue reading]
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