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ADA News (Newspaper) - November 5, 1984, Chicago, Illinois Practice and the law New column explores legal issues Page six Morrow elected Alaska dentist is first woman trustee Page 12 American Dental Association 1984 Preventing malpractice tells need for good relations Accurate records maintenance best defense against lawsuits primary the Three Rs are and In dental malpractice the Three Rs are explained Jack endodontist and attor of Pacific lectured on Malpractice Prevention during the ADA scientific Besides the im portance of accurate he also stressed the need for public relations in terms of a good A patient who likes you is not going to sue he He recommended respecting the patients time as being as important as the Dont keep anyone waiting for very long in the reception If an emergency comes let the person know why there is a de he The dentist should be sure to communi cate his or her concern for the patients wel fare when a patient is in the Taking the time to explain a procedure shows the dentist is interested in the If surgery is per Weichman recommends calling the patient in the evening to ask how he or she is doing and to ask whether there are any Theyll love you for Theyll come back and It was so nice of you to That person will be the abso lutely last patient to ever sue A patient who calls the day after a dure with a problem should not be dismissed over the Get him no matter what your schedule is like that You may not have to do anything but but thats youve shown your he Should a patient bring a malpractice ac good records will serve as the best de Good records may even dissuade an attorney from pursuing malpractice he Small things such as the type of index cards a dentist uses can make a Dont use 3x 5inch use 8x 10 inch you do not write as much on a small he health history is a The history should be dated and signed by the pa tient and reviewed by the patient even as often as every 3 Have your recep ask the patient if theres been any change and then ask the patient to add the change and resign the he He gave an example of a dentist who took a health history in which the patient indicated she was allergic to The doctor asked her about and she said it gave her a stomach He decided that wasnt really an allergy and prescribed She was later hospitalized and he was in a position ol The largest awards today are coming out of periodontal neglect Patients are losing teeth from lack of periodontal treat on page 16 House rejects advertising program Some funding approved for use by states meeting here during the American Dental Associations 125th Annual Session voted against a per member special dues thereby denying funding for the proposed paid public education television While a slight majority of delegates voted for the funding for and 202 with one proposed dues increase required a twothirds majority for approval related page Although the House declined to provide funding for a national it did ap prove an expenditure of up to to de fray overhead costs for constituent societies that elect to use the television The proposal to raise Association dues by for the paid public education campaign highlighted several issues relating to the col lection of Citing the unfairness to members who pay their dues by dele gates rejected a resolution that would have authorized the ADA to cover the processing costs for members who pay their dues by credit Delegates also considered a proposal to allow the semiannual collection of but rejected the proposal on the grounds of administrative difficulty and the cost to the respective levels of the Associa The House did recommend that state societies not currently offering staggered Continued on page five Though the House vote showed a slight plurality in favor of the for to 202 delegates defeated a dues increase by failing to achieve the necessary twothirds The action denied funding for the Associations proposed paid advertising television campaign see page though the delegates did approve some funding to aid constituent societies who wish to use the TV Commitment to excellence urged ADA president lists goals for coming year his fellow ADA mem bers to go for the John Bomba assumed the presidency of the Amer ican Dental Association Oct 24 during the 125th annual After outlining his goals for the coming year as well as the challenges the pro Bomba called on members for their input into the Asso Several months ago we wit the restoration of our national pride through the efforts of dedicated young Americans in the Olympic Their commitment to excellence brought us as a nation to new levels of renewed enthusiasm for our country and all that it stands With your efforts and your dedication in the years the profession can also enjoy that same that same pride and positive I encourage all of like those young to go for the he told the House of The gold will come through the effort each dentist makes to meet both the external and internal chal I strongly sus there is universal agree ment in this House and in the profession that we will face our toughest challenge ever in the arena of legislative lenges facing the pro he I strongly suspect there is universal agreement in this House and in the pro that we will face our toughest challenge ever in the arena of legislative ac said Each member needs to partake of the polit ical process by contacting legislators and ini personal relationships and by talking to The days are long gone when a dentist establishing a practice was warned that there were two topics unfit for discus on page ten Briefs American Dental Association offices will be closed Thursday and Nov 22 and in observance of Regular office hours will resume Nov 26 at The cost of dental services rose by in according to the Consumer Price For all an increase of was Physician services rose hospital room rates medical care commodities and services There was a drop in the cost of Since September the cost of den tal services rose physician services hospital room rates medical care food commodities services and all items Aetna Life Insurance Company has an it will now pay benefits on claim for composite restorations on postero Benefits will be to those payable for a corresponding amalgam No benefits will be payable for replacement of existing amal gam restorations that are not failing due to fracture or carious and claims on the replacement of existing amalgams because of suspected toxicity to mercury will not be reimbursed without an aller gists Aetna had denied all claims for such About 95 of the disability claims filed by AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome victims are being approved by the Social Security re ports a spokesman of that The agency is acting quickly on AIDS claims because of the rapidly progressive nature of the For the same the spokesman the agency is accept ing telephone applications for benefits and is willing to allow a victims friends or family to complete applications on the claimants A guaranteed flat rate schedule on Hertz rental cars has been arranged for ADA members by the Associations Division of Membership Members renting cars from Hertz will now pay the same reduced rate at all corporate and par licensee locations throughout the country the rate structure is slightly different in New In ad ADA members are eligible to re discounts on Hertz and monthly as well as international New ADA membership cards carry a code number which identifies the applicable rate struc ture and should be presented when car reservations are Further informa tion is available by contacting the Hertz association desk at Continued on page 19
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