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President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 23, 2010. Two years have passed, and there is still much work to do to determine the practical implications of the 2,400-page law.
Any business – a dental office, gas station, or government agency – can have poor customer (patient) service if their employees receive inadequate training or have a poor attitude. How many patients have we disappointed and, as a result, left our practice?
The IDA will host its 154th Annual Session in Indianapolis June 6-9, 2012. 1,500 dentists, dental staff, spouses and exhibitors will convene to participate in continuing education opportunities, social events, downtown tourism and the meeting of the IDA House of Delegates.
Longtime IDA member Dr. Denny Zent is one step closer to being an Indiana State Representative, following a significant victory in the May 8 primary election. Garnering 5,367 votes district-wide, Dr. Zent defeated Republican opponent Aaron Claudy, who received 1,481 votes.
The Indiana State Board of Dentistry has released a position statement on the use of Botox and other dermal fillers. The new position, while not enforceable by any existing state rule or statute, addresses concerns among the dental community about dental uses of these chemicals.
Dr. Robert Stetzel, 84, passed away March 22, 2012. Dr. Stetzel practiced dentistry in Fort Wayne for over 50 years, retiring in 2002. He was Past President of the Indiana Dental Association as well as the Isaac Knapp District Dental Society, and was integral to IDPAC efforts for many years.
Karen M. Yoder, PhD, MSD, who serves as Director of Civic Engagement and Oral Health Policy at Indiana University School of Dentistry and is a member of the IDA Council on Dental Public Health, received a 2012 IUPUI Alumni Leadership Award in late February.
The IDA’s 2012 legislative agenda, embodied in what was named “The Fair Dental Care Act," faced significant opposition from the health insurance community, organized labor, business interests, the State, as well as the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce.
In Indiana dentists are required to have a license to practice dentistry. Dental corporations are not licensed. Essentially there is no oversight of dental corporations, how they manage the dental practice, or how they affect the dental care.
Professional services, including dentistry services, are currently exempt from Indiana sales tax. The sales of dental prosthetic devices are also specifically exempted from sales tax.