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  • Law requires more dentists to obtain TDDD license

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    2/8/2017
    ODA Today

    In Ohio's continuing effort to find new strategies to fight opiate abuse, Gov. Kasich's 2016 Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) proposed several new reforms aimed at tackling opiate addiction, including requiring all prescribers, including dentists, to be licensed with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to be able to purchase and distribute controlled substances.

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  • Advocacy efforts at work: A look ahead at 2017

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    1/12/2017
    ODA Today

    This month's column will review the legislative activity that occurred prior to the end of the previous term and look ahead to the issues we are prepared to address during the new term in 2017.

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  • Advocacy efforts at work: A 2016 review

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    12/12/2016
    ODA Today

    The advocacy efforts of organized dentistry provide a significant benefit to members.

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  • Dentists should seek guidance when closing a practice

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    11/9/2016
    ODA Today

    Closing a dental practice many times is much more complicated than turning off the lights and locking the door. As dentists contemplate the closure of an office, there are several key points to consider.

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  • Be cautious with advertising, referral incentive programs

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    10/10/2016
    ODA Today

    Today's dental marketplace is increasingly competitive, driving dentists to seek out new ways to market their practices and attract new patients. However, there are several legal and regulatory restrictions on dental marketing that dentists must consider before engaging in a new advertising campaign.

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  • ACA rule requires some dental offices to post notices

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    9/1/2016
    ODA Today

    On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to protect individuals from discrimination in health care on basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping.

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  • Top 10 legal issues for the dental office - part 3

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    8/9/2016
    ODA Today

    The Ohio Dental Association legal department routinely fields questions from dental offices across the state on a variety of legal and regulatory issues. Many times these questions have common themes. Over the last three months, this column has addressed the 10 most common questions received from dental offices.

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  • Top 10 legal issues for the dental office - part 2

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    7/12/2016
    ODA Today

    The Ohio Dental Association legal department routinely fields questions from dental offices across the state on a variety of legal and regulatory issues.

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  • Top 10 legal issues for the dental office - part 1

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    6/1/2016
    ODA Today

    In June, July and August this column will address the top 10 legal issues that most commonly arise in a dental office.

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  • Preventing embezzlement in your dental office

    by Nathan E. DeLong, Esq. - ODA Director of Legal & Legislative Services
    5/9/2016
    ODA Today

    Embezzlement is a crime of opportunity, and it happens because it can.

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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.