Membership Matters - December 2017 - 5

FROM THE EDITOR

By Barry J. Taylor,
DMD, FAGD,
FACD, CDE
Editor,
Membership Matters
barrytaylor1016@
gmail.com

The opinions expressed
in this editorial are solely
the author's own and do
not reflect the views of the
Oregon Dental Association or
its affiliated organizations.

www.oregondental.org

Associations and Democracy
IT BEING ELECTION DAY AS I WRITE this
editorial, I feel inspired once again by Alexis
de Tocqueville to think about the importance
of an association such as the American
Dental Association to our democracy. While
I have not read Tocqueville's 19th century
examination of the revolution in the United
States - Democracy in America - I do
know that within that two-volume tome,
he made some poignant observations
about the role of civic associations in
American society.
While Tocqueville extolled the virtues of
people being able to "guard against such
democratic perils as excessive individualism,
the tyranny of the majority, and the stifling
effects of administrative centralization simply
by 'constantly joining together in groups,'"
I was just trying my best to wade through
the "unofficial report of actions" of the
American Dental Association's 2017 House
of Delegates, which recently concluded
in Atlanta. The summary of actions is a
snapshot of what matters to members who
make up our association.
There are always a few dominating
issues when the house meets, and this
year the gorilla in the room was the
recognition of dental specialties. In the
past, a dental specialty that sought ADA
recognition had to receive house approval
after meeting stringent ADA guidelines.
The problem that arose was that a group
would meet all the guidelines yet still be
denied recognition by the ADA house on
multiple occasions.
This scenario became a legal risk for the
ADA because it was a perceived that the
association was controlling markets, which
drew the attention of the Federal Trade

"The 2017 House of Delegates
demonstrated that the ADA
is being progressive in doing
what is best for our profession
and what is best for consumer
dental care."
Commission. (Maybe our friend Tocqueville
was referring to the FTC when he used
the term "administrative centralization"?)
It also created an environment in which
state dental boards could start recognizing
specialties regardless of whether the ADA
recognized them.
This year's house approved the creation
of the National Commission on Recognition
of Dental Specialties and Certifying
Boards, which means that the house will
no longer be the determining body in
granting specialty recognition. While there
are still possible legal issues in regard to
specialties, it is hoped that this move will
create some sense of independence so
that there isn't a perception of a conflict
of interest.
So why would this matter to a member?
The recognition of a specialty should have
to meet a very high standard, yet it should
also be a fair process. The creation of the
commission keeps the process within the
ADA and hopefully isolates the issue of
conflicts of interest. If the ADA were to lose
its authority in recognizing specialties, you
very well could see a plethora of specialties
being recognized by state boards.
The other issue that garnered great
attention at the house was the funding

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Membership Matters - December 2017

From the Editor
New Members, Board Highlights
Events and Education
ODA Member Benefit of the Month: UPS
Compliance Corner: Requesting Patient Records
Advocacy in Action: Oregon Action for Dental Health — Listening and Learning
Through the Loupes: Peer Review Council Spotlight
Dr. Rickland Asai Sees Oregon as a National Leader
OHSU Considering Changes to Curriculum Based on Shifts in Dentistry
High School Programs Attract Next Generation of Oral Health Professionals
Airway Trumps Occlusion, Periodontics, Decay and Everything
Dental Foundation of Oregon: The Tooth Taxi Visits the Community Transitional School
Index of Advertisers
Membership Matters - December 2017 - intro
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover1
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover2
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 3
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 4
Membership Matters - December 2017 - From the Editor
Membership Matters - December 2017 - New Members, Board Highlights
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 7
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 8
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 9
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 10
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Events and Education
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 12
Membership Matters - December 2017 - ODA Member Benefit of the Month: UPS
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Compliance Corner: Requesting Patient Records
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Advocacy in Action: Oregon Action for Dental Health — Listening and Learning
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 16
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Through the Loupes: Peer Review Council Spotlight
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 18
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Dr. Rickland Asai Sees Oregon as a National Leader
Membership Matters - December 2017 - OHSU Considering Changes to Curriculum Based on Shifts in Dentistry
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 21
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 22
Membership Matters - December 2017 - High School Programs Attract Next Generation of Oral Health Professionals
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Airway Trumps Occlusion, Periodontics, Decay and Everything
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 25
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Dental Foundation of Oregon: The Tooth Taxi Visits the Community Transitional School
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Membership Matters - December 2017 - 28
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 29
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover3
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