Annual Session save the date

Save-the-Date – July 21-24, 2016
Announcement of WVDA’s 110th Annual Session at The Greenbrier has been
mailed dentists.  An outstanding clinical program and a variety of events for dentists
and their guests are scheduled.  Contact WVDA for information.
Success programs presented graduates
Graduating WVU dental students were presented programs in Morgantown last
Friday to prepare them for entering the practice of dentistry.  Dr. Edgar Radjabli,
Vice President of the Maryland Dental Society and a member of the ADA’s New
Dentist Committee, presented forces that shape the practice environment.  He told
the graduates that consumers are placing more emphasis on value.  He reported
more children are receiving care, primarily because of states expanding Medicaid,
and there was a decreasing demand for care among adults.  He told the graduates
more consumers look for a dentist on the Internet.
Executive Director Richard Stevens presented WVDA’s Road Map to Successful
Practice, which includes 40 actions a new graduate is to take in preparing to enter
practice.  This document has been an excellent tool for new dentists over the years.
Dr. Jill Baskin of CNA Insurance presented a professional liability risk management
seminar to the graduates.  CNA provides malpractice insurance protection to each
graduate at no cost during their first year of practice.
ADA Briefs…
>The ADA Health Policy Institute reports a higher percentage of dentists practice in
large group practices.
>The federal EPA told the ADA it will delay releasing a final amalgam separator rule
until December.  The ADA has given significant input into development of the rule.
>The ADA hosting a hearing on proposed revisions to the sedation and anesthesia
guidelines in April.  The 2015 House of Delegates voted to consider revisions.
>The ADA is asking Congress to reexamine the antitrust exemption enjoyed by the
health insurance companies as a result of the 1945 McCarren Ferguson law.
>According to the ADA’s April Journal, approximately 3% of all cancers diagnosed
in 2015 involved the mouth or the back of the throat.
>America’s Dental Meeting is scheduled for October 20-24 in Denver.