July-August 2014
Volume 93 - Number 4

Find Your Way by the Star of the North

Development of a National TMJ Implant Registry and Repository - NICDR's TIRR

The Thought That Counts

Golden: Recognizing the MDA's 25-Year Members and Retirees

Report From the ADA

Annual Session Makes Best Practices S.O.P.

Kathryn Kell, D.D.S.*

The Annual Session of the American Dental Association was held in late September in San Francisco, California, a great time of year to be in this part of the country. Those attending enjoyed wonderful weather, great entertainment, and the latest updates in dental research, clinical practice, and technological advances. Delegates and alternates, of course, also attended the ADA House of Delegates, where sessions included presentations from candidates for ADA officers, review of the budget and setting the annual dues, attending a “mega-session” on universal health coverage, participating in numerous caucuses and references committees, and voting on resolutions.  Your new ADA president is John Findley from Texas, and your new vice-president is Andy Elliott from Kentucky.

The Tenth District has contributed many members to ADA councils and commissions who were also in attendance. Two of them, Ken McDougall and Clark Stanford, are now retiring from their respective councils. Ken was Chair of the Council on ADA Sessions, and had an excellent year of planning and organizing the San Francisco meeting. Clark was Chair of the Council on Scientific Affairs, which means a busy and productive year almost by definition. The Tenth District can take pride in the work of its entire delegation, most of whom have served our states and districts for many years. Please join me in thanking them for all their efforts on our behalf.

Many of the states and districts as well as the ADA Board of Trustees and Association councils submitted resolutions to the House to be debated and decided upon. The budget was passed with a dues increase of nine dollars, in accordance with the Association’s long-term financial strategy of dues stabilization. The House accepted many reports, including those on or from:
• the Public Affairs Campaign
• the Strategic Communications plan of the ADA
• the ADA Foundation
• strategies to address oral health issues of vulnerable elders
• the Give Kids a Smile program
• an update on dental tourism
• the ADA Foundation’s Paffenbarger Research Center
• activities to improve oral health literacy
• reports from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations and the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and
• an update on the Task Force Study of the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Resolutions passed included the new “Guidelines for the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia by Dentists and Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students”. Many of our state boards use these guidelines, which will now be based on level of sedation. The method and types of educational requirements have also changed. Dentists performing sedation should check with their state boards for any changes in regulations affected by this new document. The ADA is committed to the safe and effective use of administration of sedation and general anesthesia in dental practice.

Other resolutions passed include certain changes in categories of ADA membership. A resolution supporting the Workforce Models National Coordination and Development Committee to continue the Community Dental Healthcare Coordinator project was approved, along with funding allocated to select and develop pilot programs. The ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation was also urged to reconsider and revise the Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Education Programs with language to more accurately reflect the scope of the training and licensure of the dental hygienist in the process of providing dental care to patients. A proposal to hold an Access to Care Summit was approved. Also passed was development of a new brochure on dental restorative materials and an amendment to the policy “ADA Action Plan on Amalgam in Dental Office Wastewater” to include amalgam separators as a part of best management practices.

It was a very busy time at the House, and one that will keep the ADA Board very busy over the next year. Please feel free to call or send an e-mail if you have any questions or concerns. As always, it has been a pleasure serving our district.

Please feel free to contact me at the following numbers.
(563) 355-6626 (office)
(563) 355-7637 (fax)
kellk@ada.org (e-mail)

*Dr. Kathryn Kell is the Trustee to
the Tenth District of the American
Dental Association, representing Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota,
and South Dakota.

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