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Dec 11 2015
Next year, the ODA will celebrate its sesquicentennial. We are planning several events, forums and programs to celebrate our 150th anniversary and to draw attention to the impact the ODA has had on dentistry in Ohio over the last 150 years. Throughout 2016, this column and other “ODA Today” articles will devote space to significant ... [continue reading]
Nov 10 2015
On Sept. 9, 2015, Darryl Dever unexpectedly died. While not all the readers of this column knew Darryl personally, he undoubtedly had an impact on their professional lives whether they know it or not. Dever had a long-standing relationship with the ODA. After working as a staffer at the Statehouse, he was hired as the ODA’s director of ... [continue reading]
Oct 12 2015
In 2012, the ODA House of Delegates approved a series of legislative recommendations from the Task Force on Auxiliary Utilization and Access to Care to improve access to dental care in Ohio. Based on those approved recommendations, the task force developed a document, “Access to Care: Blueprint for Success – Legislative ... [continue reading]
Sep 2 2015
In the U.S. Supreme Court's most recent term, which concluded in June, America's highest court issued decisions in three cases that significantly impact health care, including dentistry. State Licensing and Regulation of Professionals In North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, a majority of the court, in an opinion written by ... [continue reading]
Aug 11 2015
As you will see, this issue of the “ODA Today” includes a Q&A and a commentary piece from each of the four candidates for ADA 7th District trustee. The ADA’s Board of Trustees includes a trustee from each of its 17 districts.  Ohio and Indiana make up the 7th District, and Dr. Joseph Crowley, a general dentist from ... [continue reading]
Jul 8 2015
The Ohio Dental Association initiated legislation (House Bill 463) last year that modernized Ohio's dental laws. The legislation unanimously passed both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate and was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich in December 2014. The law went into effect this past March. Among other things, the new ... [continue reading]
Jun 2 2015
The Ohio Dental Association regularly surveys its members to ensure we are meeting your needs and expectations. One of the things we regularly hear is that our member dentists value our advocacy efforts. In recent years, we have achieved a number of legislative successes to ensure dentists retain the ability to practice in an effective and ... [continue reading]
Apr 29 2015
On March 18, 2015, I had the opportunity to testify on the state budget for fiscal years 2016-17 before the Ohio House Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. I focused my remarks on the need to dramatically increase reimbursements in Ohio’s dental Medicaid program. Below is an abridged version of my ... [continue reading]
Apr 13 2015
On March 18, Dr. Steve Moore and I testified before the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee in favor of House Bill 95, which would prohibit the practice of dental insurance companies setting prices for services the insurers don’t even cover (see related story "ODA presents testimony in favor of non-covered services legislation"). Below is ... [continue reading]
Mar 6 2015
On Feb. 25, 2015, the United State Supreme Court issued a ruling in the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission case that could have significant ramifications for professional licensing boards across the country, including here in Ohio. As regular readers of this column know, I have written multiple columns in ... [continue reading]
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