ODA Annual Session attendees

We were able to begin hosting in-person events in the second half of 2021, and we’re looking forward to more in-person events this year.

As 2022 kicks off, we’re continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects dental practices. We’re also looking forward to getting back to more in-person events. Plus we’ll be continuing to offer and update our many other membership benefits. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect from the ODA this year.

The ODA will monitor and provide COVID-19 updates

As the pandemic continues to evolve with new COVID-19 variants and regulations, we will continue to monitor the pandemic and how it affects dental offices and provide up-to-date, reliable information as it becomes available. We will also continue to advocate on behalf of your best interests during the pandemic.

The ODA plans to host in-person events

We were able to begin hosting in-person events in the second half of 2021, and we’re looking forward to more in-person events this year where dentists can connect with their colleagues and earn CE. Save the date and watch for more details on this year’s events:

  • ODA Leadership Institute – March 18-19. This year’s Leadership Institute will focus on the changing practice of dentistry and how dentists can succeed in a post-pandemic world.
  • ODA Day at the Statehouse – watch for more details when this event is scheduled later this spring.
  • ODA Annual Session – Sept. 15-17. The 2022 ODA Annual Session will offer many opportunities for attendees to connect, learn and excel, including CE courses, new technology, exhibitor networking and special events.
  • The ODA Subcouncil on New Dentists is also planning special events for new dentists. Watch for more details later this year.

The ODA will advocate on your behalf

We will continue to support House Bill 344, which would prohibit dental insurance companies from setting fees for non-covered services, and we’ll work to prevent any progress on the creation of dental therapists. We’ll also continue to monitor legislation at all levels of the government, and provide updates about legislation affecting dentistry.

The ODA will address dental insurance issues

The ODA will continue to work with dentists to address dental insurance and third-party payer issues. The ODA Dental Insurance Working Group will meet with dental insurance companies to address issues as they come up. A top issue in 2021 was addressing reimbursement rates, and this will continue to be a priority in 2022.

The ODA will update its regulatory compliance guide

We will continue to update the “Ohio Dentist Advisor: Your Guide to Regulatory Compliance” as new laws and regulations go into effect. This guide is free for ODA members and includes summaries, checklists and fillable forms to help you ensure your office is compliant with regulations. We’ll send notifications to ODA members when updates are made to the guide. Download the guide by clicking here, and watch your email for updates about the release of an updated guide later this year.

The ODA will release a new opioid CE course

The Ohio State Dental Board is again requiring dentists to complete two hours of opioid CE during this license renewal biennium. During the last biennium, we offered an online Opioid CE course free to ODA members. We will be offering another course to meet this requirement later this year. Watch the “ODA Today” and your email for information about when this course will be launched.

The ODA Services Corp. will help members save on products and services

ODA members can save up to 30% on products and services through the ODA Services Corp. In 2022, a top priority for the ODA Services Corp. will be growing participation in our group purchasing organization, OhioDDS. Plus, stay tuned for information on a newly endorsed company!