News Topic: ida-news
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As part of the IDA’s rollout of its new website, collaborative online tools are now available to councils, committees, the Board of Trustees, and the House of Delegates. Managed by IDA staff, the online pages will serve to improve effectiveness in planning meetings, provide a platform for posting minutes and meeting files, and enable interaction about topics in online forums.
The Indiana University School of Dentistry recently welcomed hundreds of Indiana Dental Association members and alumni to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new IDA Preclinical Laboratory.The IDA lab salutes Indiana’s dental practitioners, whose steadfast support of the project helped make the renovations possible.
The American Dental Association (ADA) awarded Drinks Destroy Teeth, an oral health outreach program for Indiana children, with its prestigious 2011 Golden Apple Award. The program is a special initiative of the Indiana Dental Association to educate young people about the harmful effects of sugary and acidic drinks.
Advanced technology in the Indiana University School of Dentistry’s new lab, dedicated to the IDA, blurs the line between preclinical and clinical courses to allow dental students to get a realistic feel for patient care.
On July 7 and 8, 2011, the Indiana Dental Association welcomed Indiana University School of Dentistry’s newest class to organized dentistry. Held annually, the Association’s orientation for IUSD students introduces new students to the benefits of IDA membership, IDA programs and publications, and IDA personnel.
The Indiana Foundation for Dental Health recently reached out to dentists in Joplin, Mo., who lost their practices after tornados struck earlier this spring, and also helped bring two Kenyan dental students to the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
IDA members are asking, “How does the Patient Affordable Care Act (PACA) affect my patients and my practice?" The Indiana Health Finance Commission is monitoring the Indiana Department of Insurance and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration in the implementation of PACA.
For the 2012 Legislative Session the IDA will seek a comprehensive coordination of dental benefits legislative proposal. This proposal will stand alongside the Association’s longstanding support of the passage of a comprehensive assignment of benefit law.
The IDA announced Dr. Terry Schechner, a pediatric dentist in Valparaiso, Ind., as its new president at the 2011 meeting of the House of Delegates. Dr. Schechner, who has practiced since 1985, has served in various IDA leadership roles, and presented his vision and goals for the coming year.
The Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) has announced changes in the contribution formulas for dentist participants in the Patient Compensation Fund (PCF). The changes will mean decreased fund surcharges for most dentists, as the contribution changes to a flat rate of $530.