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May 3 2018
Sterilizer monitoring includes a combination of process parameters to evaluate the effectiveness of the sterilization procedures. Biological monitoring is the standard for assuring proper sterilization of dental instruments. What are the requirements in Ohio? In the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 4715-20-02(A)(4), the Ohio State Dental Board ... [continue reading]
Apr 6 2018
Health insurance is becoming more and more expensive, and costs are expected to continue to increase in 2019. Many dental offices may be wondering what their insurance options are and what would be best for them and their staffs. The first health insurance option that many dental offices are choosing is individual insurance. Some offices choose to ... [continue reading]
Mar 2 2018
Looking for a dental search engine optimization (SEO) provider can be painful. With everyone from local agencies to online marketing behemoths offering SEO, the process can be as unclear as online dating. Compound this with the added pressure of having your dental practice’s reputation on the line, and it might seem tempting to skip the ... [continue reading]
Jan 31 2018
CareWorksComp, the ODA Services Corp.-endorsed workers' compensation group rating plan, has shared several recent updates and reminders with the Ohio Dental Association. Unemployment and taxable wage base to increase for 2018: Ohio employers will pay higher unemployment taxes in 2018. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has ... [continue reading]
Jan 8 2018
Pay-per-click advertising (PPC) can be a key component of a dental practice's online marketing strategy. If you’ve been considering PPC for your practice, or have a simple interest in learning more to see if it’s a right fit, endorsed website design and marketing provider, ProSites, has highlighted the most common questions from dental ... [continue reading]
Oct 10 2017
Open enrollment for the Ohio Dental Association Wellness Trust 2018 plan runs Oct. 15 through Nov. 15. The ODA Wellness Trust is a self-funded, cost-effective health benefit plan.  It is exclusively for ODA members and their staff and offers traditional benefit plans as well as Health Savings Account plans.  In addition to competitive ... [continue reading]
Jul 6 2017
Best Card is the credit card processor for thousands of dental offices, and in the past few years we have received a notable increase in calls from our merchants relating to suspected fraud and embezzlement. It CAN happen to ANYONE. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) is a U.S. non-profit group founded to assist victims and to educate the ... [continue reading]
Jun 8 2017
The Ohio Dental Association Services Corp. (ODASC) endorses high quality products used in many dental offices and secures discounts for ODA members. “ODASC takes the time to research products and services for dentists and endorses the best-in-class,” said ODASC Chair Dr. Bert Jacob. “We do the work to find and test products and ... [continue reading]
Jun 8 2017
The Ohio Dental Association Services Corp. (ODASC) recently endorsed CyraCom, an interpretation service. CyraCom specializes in health care translation services and can help dentists comply with requirements of section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Among other things, section 1557 requires most dental offices to offer a qualified interpreter to ... [continue reading]
Nov 9 2016
The dental profession began using disposable gloves nearly three decades ago but until recently, the long-term ergonomic effects of prolonged use of gloves were largely unknown. While highly effective in preventing cross-contamination and ensuring clinician and patient safety, the daily use of traditional disposable gloves can contribute to ... [continue reading]
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