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Jul 12 2018
Substitute House Bill 184 is legislation supported by the Ohio Dental Association that would improve access to dental care in Ohio through various strategies, including the use of tele-dentistry, expanding prevention services, and creating incentives for dentists to provide care in under-served settings, including loan repayment and dental school ... [continue reading]
Jun 14 2018
During the ODA's Leadership Institute in March, ADA President Dr. Joe Crowley and ADA Director of Practice Management Resources and Strategy Dr. Betsy Shapiro gave a well-received presentation on the ADA's Center for Professional Success. The Center is designed to provide practice support to help member dentists succeed. Attendees of the ... [continue reading]
May 3 2018
A recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows a significant decreasing trend in the prevalence of dental caries for youth in the United States from 2011-12 to 2015-16. According to the report, based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 43 percent of children ages 2 to 19 showed the presence of ... [continue reading]
Apr 6 2018
On March 7, ODA President Dr. Steve Moore and I testified before the Ohio House Insurance Committee in favor of House Bill 367, which would prohibit the practice of dental insurance companies setting prices for services the insurers don't cover. Below is my testimony. Chairman Brinkman, Vice Chairman Henne, Ranking Member Boccieri and members of ... [continue reading]
Mar 2 2018
I recently watched paid advocates for dental therapists wearing green scarves testify about access to dental care in Ohio at a legislative hearing. During the testimony, I thought about what I had seen less than a week before at the national kickoff for the Give Kids A Smile program held at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, where ... [continue reading]
Jan 31 2018
“U.S. News” recently released its list of “Best Jobs” in America and dentistry was well represented. Dentist ranked as the second best job and several dental specialties, including orthodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and prosthodontist were listed in the top 20. I have always maintained that dentistry is a ... [continue reading]
Jan 8 2018
The ODA will be hosting two important dental events in Columbus during the month of March, and all ODA member dentists are invited and encouraged to attend. ODA Day at the Statehouse On March 7 the ODA will be hosting its annual Day at the Statehouse in Columbus. This is the most important dental advocacy event of the year. As you already know, ... [continue reading]
Dec 7 2017
The ODA's Task Force on Auxiliary Utilization and Access to Care continues to research and develop proposals related to enhancing access to dental care in Ohio, better utilizing the existing dental team, and modernizing Ohio's dental laws to reflect advancements in technology. In recent years, the task force’s work has led to legislation ... [continue reading]
Nov 10 2017
ODA President Dr. Steve Moore, ADA President Dr. Joe Crowley and ODA Executive Director David Owsiany at ADA 2017 - America's Dental Meeting Last month, Dr. Joe Crowley was installed as the 154th president of the American Dental Association. Crowley is the first ADA president from Ohio since Dr. Frank Casto in 1935. I have known Joe for 23 years ... [continue reading]
Oct 10 2017
A week can’t go by without hearing or reading something about the prescription drug and opioid abuse crisis in Ohio. A recent national study by the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation found that Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. According to the Ohio Department of Health, unintentional drug overdoses caused the deaths of 4,050 Ohio ... [continue reading]
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