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A Message From Your CEO

AAPD Report from the 2011 ADA House of Delegates

March 2012 Volume XLVIII Number 2

Per our annual tradition, this column updates you on the AAPD’s participation in the previous fall’s ADA annual session. Your AAPD officers bring the voice of pediatric dentistry to the table for various policies being considered by the ADA House of Delegates that might impact children’s oral health care. Our Executive Committee also has many productive discussions with other dental and corporate partners during the ADA annual session. The AAPD hosts a reception for our members serving as delegates in the ADA House, plus a reception for AAPD volunteer leaders and representatives from other partner organizations. To economize on travel and our volunteers’ schedules, the board of trustees of both the AAPD and the foundation (Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children) met during the ADA meeting.

Each year, AAPD reviews all proposed ADA House resolutions and develops position statements to be presented by leadership at the ADA reference committee hearings. I want to again thank all of the AA PD members who served as delegates, who are listed at the end of this column.

This year many of the matters before the ADA House were internal issues, such as the ADA employees’ pension plan and the appropriate size of the ADA House of Delegates. In lieu of approving any of several resolutions calling for a reduction in the number of delegates, the House authorized a study of the ADA’s governance structure.

DENTAL WORKFORCE

Once again in 2011, there was ample discussion on the mid-level/non-dentist provider issue. The AAPD supported efforts to have a systematic scientific review of the available literature on dental workforce models. This was ultimately approved as Resolution 41H:

Resolved, that the American Dental Association, through the appropriate ADA agencies, conduct and report on a systematic review of the literature on non-dentist workforce models which exist or are under development in the U.S. and other countries that include diagnosis, treatment plan formulation and/or the performance of irreversible and/or surgical dental procedures, and be it further

Resolved, that the information from this research be reported to the 2012 ADA House of Delegates.

The AAPD also supported a resolution to encourage CODA to delay efforts on accrediting dental therapist programs, which was approved as Resolution 53H:

Resolved, that the Commission on Dental Accreditation be strongly urged to delay the process of developing accreditation standards for dental therapy programs for the purpose of further review of compliance with CODA’s Principles and Criteria Eligibility of Allied Dental Programs.

MEMBERSHIP AND PLANNING

The AAPD, along with the American Association of Orthodontists and other dental specialty associations, submitted a resolution to remove the date from the ADA specialty logo. This was intended to encourage greater use of this fairly new logo. Resolution 46H was approved as follows:

Resolved, that the date be removed from the ADA specialty logo.

DENTAL EDUCATION

The AAPD supported a resolution to update ADA policy concerning the review of specialty status, which was approved as Resolution 6H:

Resolved, that the policy, Comprehensive Study of Dental Specialty Education and Practice (Trans.2001:468), be amended as follows (proposed deletions are stricken; proposed additions are underlined):

Periodic Review of Dental Specialty Education and Practice

Resolved, that the Council on Dental Education and Licensure, on behalf of the Association, to conduct a periodic reviews of dental specialty education and practice at ten-year intervals, and be it further

Resolved, that the Council report the results of the reviews to the House of Delegates.

The AAPD also supported a resolution for the Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) to review certain criteria for recognizing specialty sponsoring organizations, which was approved as Resolution 48H:

Resolved, that the Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) review the criteria and process for the recognition of specialty sponsoring organizations, and be it further

Resolved, that this review consider Requirement 1(a) in the Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties and National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists which states that a recognized specialty sponsoring organization’s membership should be reflective of the special area of dental practice (as defined by the ADA Code of Ethics, Section 55.H., General Standards, for announcing specialization or limitation of practice), and be it further

Resolved, that CDEL consider interpreting "reflective" to mean that only specialist dentist members be able to vote and to hold office, and be it further

Resolved, that any additional recommendations for change be reported to the 2012 House of Delegates.

This resolution would not impact the AAPD, as only specialist members (i.e. pediatric dentists) can vote and hold office in the AAPD. However, in at least one other specialty association this is not the case.

DENTAL BENEFITS

The AAPD supported a series of resolutions (2H-5H) to replace the term "customary fee" with "maximum plan benefit" in various ADA policy statements concerning dental benefits.

LEGISLATIVE AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The AAPD supported a resolution to protect Medicaid dental funding, which was approved as Resolution 12H:

Resolved, that the ADA advocate that adequate funding and safeguards are in place to provide comprehensive oral health care to underserved children and adults in any legislation that would convert the federal share of Medicaid to a block grant to the states, and be it further

Resolved, that the ADA opposes the proposed block grant in the event adequate funding and safeguards cannot be assured.

A full text of 2011 resolutions is available on ADA’s website at https://www.ada. org/members/sections/about/hod_actions_2011. pdf. (You will need your ADA member login information to access the chart of 2011 resolutions.)

AAPD members who served in the 2011 ADA House of Delegates

2nd District (N.Y.)

Delegates
Margaret Madonian (Liverpool, N.Y.)
Reneida E. Reyes (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

4th District (Air Force , Army , Del., D.C., Md., Navy, N.J., Panama Canal, PHS, P.R., Veterans Administration, Virgin Islands )

Delegates
Sidney A. Whitman (life member) (Hamilton Square, N.J.)
Elaine C. Wagner (Navy - McLean, Va.)

6th District (Ky ., Mo., Tenn., W. Va.)

Delegate
K. Jean Beauchamp (Clarksville, Tenn.)

Alternate Delegate
Beverly A. Largent (Paducah, Ky.)

7th District (Ind., Ohio)

Delegates
Paul S. Casamassimo (Columbus, Ohio)
Terry G. Schechner (Valparaiso, Ind.)

Alternate Delegate
Henry W. Fields, Jr. (Columbus, Ohio)

8th District (Ill.)

Alternate Delegates
Susan Bordenave-Bishop (affiliate member) (Peoria, Ill.)
Ronald G. Testa (Flossmoor, Ill.)

9th District (Mich ., Wisc .)

Delegate
Connie M. Verhagen Muskegon, Mich.)

Alternate Delegate
Lisandra Soto (Portage, Mich.)

10th District (Iowa, Minn., Neb ., N.D., S.D.)

Delegates
David Davidson (affiliate member) (Urbandale, Iowa)
Valerie B. Peckosh (Dubuque, Iowa)
Melvin N. Thaler (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

Alternate Delegates
Eric D. Hodges (Omaha, Neb.)
David C. Johnsen (life member) (Iowa City, Iowa)

11th District (Idado , Mont., Ore ., Wash .)

Alternate Delegate
Jane Gillette (affiliate member) (Bozeman, Mont.)
Bernard J. Larson (Mount Vernon, Wash.)

13th District (Calif.)

Delegates
Santos Cortez, Jr. (Long Beach, Calif.)
LaJuan Hall (Brentwood, Calif.)
Lindsey A. Robinson (Grass Valley, Calif.)
Andrew P. Soderstrom (Modesto, Calif.)
Sharine V. Thenard (Alameda and Pleasanton, Calif.)

Alternate Delegates
Samuel B. Burg (Santa Maria, Calif.)
Oariona Lowe (Corona, Hacienda Heights, and Whittier, Calif.)
Dennis Paul Nutter (Fairfield, Calif.)
Joseph P Sciarra (Woodland Hills, Calif.)

14th District (Ar iz., Colo., Hawaii, Ne v., N.M., Utah., Wyo .)

Delegates
Jade A Miller (Reno, Nev.)

Alternate Delegates
James H. Bekker (Sandy, Utah)
Karen D. Foster (Aurora, Colo.)
Gilbert A. Trujillo (Reno, Nev.)

15th District (Texas)

Delegates
Philip H. Hunke (McAllen, Texas)

Alternate Delegates
Rita M. Cammarata (Houston, Texas)

16th District (N.C., S.C., Va.)

Alternate Delegates
Scott W. Cashion (Greensboro, N.C.)
Ronald D. Venezie (Apex, N.C.)
Roger E. Wood (Midlothian, Va.)

American Student Dental Association
Adam C. Shisler (predoctoral student member) (Houston, Texas)

johnrutkauskas Dr. John S. Rutkauskas, AAPD CEO