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  • Advocacy efforts at work: 2018 preview

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    1/8/2018
    ODA Today

    This month's column will provide an update on some of the ODA's legislative priorities going into 2018.

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  • Reporting abuse and neglect

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    12/7/2017
    ODA Today

    Dentists are well respected professionals and are trusted members of any community. As such, state law and the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct (Code) place obligations upon dentists to report abuse and neglect at certain times.

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  • Treatment of minors with separated, unmarried or divorced parents

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    11/13/2017
    ODA Today

    One issue that frequently arises for dental practices is the release of a child's records when the child's parents are unmarried, divorced or separated. Fortunately, Ohio law provides guidance on this delicate issue.

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  • Take caution when conducting working interviews

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    10/10/2017
    ODA Today

    The hiring of a new employee, especially one with clinical responsibilities, is an important decision for a dental office.

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  • Patient record protocols serve both dentist and patient

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    9/1/2017
    ODA Today

    Patient records are an excellent treatment tool, can play an important role in the defense of a malpractice claim and can be a valuable asset when the time comes to sell a practice. There are, however, several key things dentists should remember about their patient records.

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  • Office manual will help avoid employment pitfalls

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    8/1/2017
    ODA Today

    A well-defined office manual can be of great benefit to a dental practice.

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  • New reforms to fight against prescription drug abuse

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    7/6/2017
    ODA Today

    Ohio has made progress in the fight to prevent prescription drug abuse and overdoses, but there is no question that we are still facing a serious prescription drug abuse epidemic and opioid addiction crisis.

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  • Associate contracts

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    6/8/2017
    ODA Today

    A growing trend in dentistry the last 20 years is the increasing prevalence of associateship arrangements in dental practices.

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  • Oral Health Access Supervision Program gives dentists options in treating underserved

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    5/3/2017
    ODA Today

    OHASP allows dentists to utilize dental hygienists in designated underserved locations outside of the traditional office setting under a relaxed level of supervision.

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  • What would dentistry look like without ODPAC?

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    4/11/2017
    ODA Today

    The efforts of the Ohio Dental Political Action Committee (ODPAC) have improved the profession and made life better for dentists and their patients.

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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.