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Jul 31 2017
I have used this column to keep readers apprised of recent developments in the area of dental specialty advertising. In the past, I have discussed various legal cases challenging specialty advertising rules and recent changes made to Ohio’s rules and the ADA’s “Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct.” Here is ... [continue reading]
Jul 6 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 ... [continue reading]
Jun 8 2017
It is no surprise to any practicing dentist that the challenges of keeping up with changes to the laws and regulations impacting dentistry can be daunting.  Fortunately, organized dentistry works to impact those rules and regulations before they are enacted to ensure they are based on sound science and make sense for patients and dental ... [continue reading]
May 3 2017
A few years ago, an article in the “American Medical Association News” noted that “lawmakers, physician organizations and courts are taking steps to combat unethical testimony” by physicians who make “careers” providing expert testimony in medical malpractice cases using “unethical tactics to sway ... [continue reading]
Apr 10 2017
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio recently released the "State Health Assessment for Ohio." The report shows significant progress is being made in the area of oral health but that more needs to be done to address oral health disparities by race and geography. The Ohio Department of Health contracted with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio to ... [continue reading]
Mar 7 2017
On Wednesday, April 26, the ODA will hold its annual Day at the Statehouse. This is organized dentistry’s biggest grassroots advocacy day in Ohio. The issues this year are extremely critical to the practice of dentistry, the dental profession, and dental patients across Ohio.  ODA’s Day at the Statehouse gives dentists the ... [continue reading]
Feb 8 2017
Donald J. Trump's election as president sent shockwaves across the country and throughout the world. Whether you think the U.S. presidential election result is a positive development or a negative one, one thing is for sure: things are going to change. In just the first few weeks in office, the Trump administration has signaled significant changes ... [continue reading]
Jan 12 2017
The ODA's annual Leadership Institute has become one of the best-rated continuing education and leadership development programs in dentistry. It is a past winner of a Golden Apple Award from the American Dental Association for its quality programming. This year’s Leadership Institute, to be held on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, 2017, ... [continue reading]
Dec 9 2016
In September 2016, I wrote about two recent federal court cases that raised significant issues about how dentists may advertise related to the services they provide. At that time, I indicated that I would use this column to keep readers apprised of any updates. Texas case In January 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ... [continue reading]
Nov 9 2016
As you know, the ODA has been celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary throughout 2016. The ODA's founding, however, was not the only significant dental-related event that happened in Ohio in 1866. That same year, Lucy Hobbs became the first American woman to earn a dental degree when she graduated from the Ohio College of Dental ... [continue reading]
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