Beginning the day after the election, my primary responsibility will be to get up to speed on the issues confronting the Board of Trustees and be ready to fully engage and be an effective voice at its next meeting.
And as the House has instituted the strategic forecasting committee governance, I intend to work towards a smooth and efficient workflow with measurable results.
The ADA and our members helped to finally get the McCarran-Ferguson Act repealed nearly three years ago, and yet, there have been no noticeable changes.
I would be a voice on the Board advocating for definitive action to address the number one concern of our members – insurance reform.
As the ADA and dentistry are pushed toward relative value units for reimbursement, I would campaign for an independent study conducted by a Wall Street financial consultant for an evidence-based conclusion as to which model favors our profession’s well-being (RVUs vs. procedure-based).
Finally, I would champion a formal mechanism within membership to engage, recruit and retain general practice residency and specialty students; continue to work toward a welcoming and inclusive association and create better solutions for managing student debt and the enormous cost of dental education.