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Jan 29 2015
As many of you know, we regularly gather information from our members about all of the ODA’s activities, events and programs so we can continually evaluate our performance and better meet our member dentists’ expectations. Our 2012 membership survey revealed that “the provision of information” is one of the most valued ... [continue reading]
Jan 6 2015
Back in April 2014, Ohio Dental Association immediate past president Dr. Paul Casamassimo (then president) and I presented testimony on behalf of the ODA in favor of House Bill 463 before the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee. We testified again on Dec. 3, 2014, before the Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Service Committee. I know many of you ... [continue reading]
Dec 9 2014
As we reach the end of 2014 and look forward to 2015, it is a good time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we are headed. Review of 2014 On Feb. 7, 2014, the ODA held its Give Kids a Smile kick-off event at the Leggett Community Center in Akron where 140 kindergartners and first-graders received screenings, application of fluoride ... [continue reading]
Nov 5 2014
There are three really important aspects to a successful advocacy program: (1) effective professional lobbyists who educate policymakers on issues important to dentists and their patients on a daily basis, (2) an effective grassroots program where dentists regularly interact with their elected officials and build relationships based on trust and ... [continue reading]
Oct 7 2014
This column is the fourth in a series related to the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission case. Last year, I wrote a column discussing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s decision upholding the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) order finding that the North Carolina State Board of ... [continue reading]
Aug 26 2014
The Ohio Dental Association's mission is to improve oral health and strengthen dentistry in Ohio. I view this as presenting two equally important and related objectives: (1) working to improve the oral health of Ohioans and (2) protecting and promoting the interests of Ohio’s dentists. We do both at a high level, and, as we work to achieve ... [continue reading]
Aug 7 2014
Next month, the ODA House of Delegates will hold at its annual two-day meeting in conjunction with the ODA Annual Session in Columbus.  The meetings will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near the Columbus Convention Center on Sept. 11–12.  The House of Delegates, as the legislative and governing body, is the supreme authority of ... [continue reading]
Jul 2 2014
This column is the third in a series of columns related to the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission case. Last August, I wrote a column regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s decision upholding the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) order finding that the North Carolina State ... [continue reading]
Jun 9 2014
You can't pick up a dental publication without reading about the emerging demands and challenges facing the dental profession today. The list of issues facing the profession is endless. For example, studies from the American Dental Association and elsewhere indicate that dentists’ incomes have remained relatively flat in recent years while ... [continue reading]
Apr 28 2014
My August 2013 column, “North Carolina case should not affect Ohio State Dental Board,” gave a detailed description of the Fourth Circuit U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding the Federal Trade Commission’s finding that the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners (N.C. Dental Board) violated federal antitrust laws by ... [continue reading]
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