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  • Ohio legislature provides more incentives for volunteer service

    by Keith Kerns, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    2/2/2015
    ODA Today

    Ohio law has long provided incentives for health care professionals to provide free care to indigent patients. In December, Gov. John Kasich signed two pieces of legislation that will enhance volunteer opportunities.

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  • Law encourages new dentists to practice in state

    by Keith Kerns, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    1/6/2015
    ODA Today

    House Bill 463, The Ohio Dental Care Modernization Act promoted by the ODA, was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich last month after unanimous approval from the legislature. Among its many provisions to promote increased access to comprehensive dental services, the new law offers additional incentives for new graduates to practice in the state.

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  • New programs help advance advocacy efforts

    by Keith Kerns, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    12/9/2014
    ODA Today

    The ODA's strategic plan sets as a primary objective of the organization to "develop an effective grassroots advocacy effort." In response, the ODA is constantly working to improve its outreach to policymakers.

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  • Be cautious with advertising, referral incentive programs

    by Keith Kerns, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    11/5/2014
    ODA Today

    Today's dental marketplace is increasingly competitive, driving dentists to seek out new ways to market their practices and attract new patients.

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  • New law requires prescribers to "Start Talking," use consent form

    by Keith Kerns, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    10/7/2014
    ODA Today

    This summer Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 314 into law. The law requires prescribers to obtain a statutorily defined informed consent form, known as the "Start Talking!" form from a parent, guardian or other authorized adult prior to prescribing a minor a controlled substance that contains an opioid.

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  • Embezzlement, fraud a continuing problem for dental offices

    by Keith Kerns, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    9/2/2014
    ODA Today

    The American Dental Association, in its "Employee Office Manual" guide for dentists, estimates that 40 percent of dental offices will experience employee fraud at some point during the life of the business.

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  • Ethical dilemma awaits dentists when patients refuse treatment

    by Keith Kerns, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    8/7/2014
    ODA Today

    Dentists are increasingly finding themselves with patients refusing recommended treatment.

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  • Dentists should exercise caution in responding to online reviews

    by Keith Kerns, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    7/2/2014
    ODA Today

    Have you searched for yourself on the Internet lately?

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  • Legislature nearing completion of work for summer

    by Keith Kerns, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    6/11/2014
    ODA Today

    The legislature is nearing completion of its work before summer recess and Day at the Statehouse attendees were able to positively impact several initiatives important to the profession.

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  • Ohio law provides protection from liability for some volunteer care

    by Keith Kerns, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    5/1/2014
    ODA Today

    Ohio's dentists have an unparalleled record of public service and volunteer work through the Dental OPTIONS program, Give Kids a Smile and other activities.

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The views expressed in the monthly columns of the “ODA Today” are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the view of the Ohio Dental Association (ODA). The columns are intended to offer opinions, information and general guidance and should not be construed as legal advice or as an endorsement by the ODA. Dentists should always seek the advice of their own legal counsel regarding specific circumstances.