KDA Today

KDA Today

For Immediate Release

Date: Apr 18th, 2011
Contact: By Dr. Kevin Wall
Phone: 800-292-1855
Email: info@kyda.org

I Pledge to Be your Humble Servant…

It is with great fear and trepidation that I write this, my first presidential address.  There have been so many great people who have held this position before me; people who I look up to as friends and as mentors.  I have fear because I worry that I could never lead as well as my predecessors.  So, I pledge to all members that I will be your humble servant and, with your help and support, I will make it through the next year alive and sane.

 

Dr. John Creech has done such a spectacular job as president, and he will be a hard act to follow.  He has established the groundwork that will provide smoother transitions of leadership and greater continuity of our organization as a whole.  I have learned a lot from Dr. Creech, and I am deeply grateful for his guidance.

 

In January, I attended the President-elect Conference in Chicago with president-elects from all 50 states. It was a great time to meet the other presidents and find out what issues are affecting their states.  We had presentations from the ADA staff on issues that may affect us nationally and locally.  These are major initiatives being considered that may adversely affect the way we practice in the future.  Our charge is to organize and fight and maintain the sanctity of our profession.

 

In December 2010, the FDA announced that they would be conducting more hearings on the safety of amalgam restorative material.  At the same time, the U.S. State Department is involved in talks to sign an international treaty to ban mercury-containing compounds, including amalgam.  The ADA has been very cooperative and done study after study demonstrating the safety and efficiency of amalgam, yet it continues to be called into question.

 

Access to care is another issue which is being hotly debated:  the Kellogg Foundation, a six billion dollar foundation, underwent a study where they trained “Dental Therapists” to perform the duties of dentists, including restorations and simple extractions.  Their study found that the work done by these therapists was comparable to work done by a dentist.  The idea being that one can train these therapists with less schooling and less money, send them to remote areas and pay them less than a dentist.  Because of their so called “success” in Alaska, the Kellogg foundation is spending 16 million dollars to fund a pilot project in five states - Ohio, Kansas, Washington, New Mexico, and Vermont - to study the feasibility of dental therapists.

 

In 1999 there were 53 accredited dental schools and the trend was to close schools because of the financial constraints of running a school.  Today the trend is to open new schools.  By the end of this year there will be 58 accredited schools, and by 2012 there will be 60.  Estimates are that there could be as many as 20 new schools open in the next ten years.  All of this is being done to improve access?  Over the last two years my business has slowed down, and in talking to my friends and colleagues they are experiencing similar declines.  Many of us could be busier.  It is not numbers of providers which are impeding access to care.  It is compensation.  Provide a fair fee, and they will come.

 

As much as I hate to admit it, in order to protect our profession, we are going to have to become more political.  Since being involved in dentistry, I have heard this time and again, but it has never been more true. We either get more involved, or suffer the consequences of having someone else tell us how we are going to practice.  With one loud unified voice, I would like to see dentistry become a force in Frankfort.  This will take a lot of work, especially at the local level, but we are just the people to do it!  I am here to serve, so please contact me at my office (859) 331-2202 or at my email address:  kevinwalldmd@gmail.com with any ideas or concerns.  I am looking forward to a good, exciting and enjoyable year.

Press Releases

Click on any title below to read the press release. The release will open up in a new browser window with no menus or images, so that you may print or copy the press release without extraneous graphics.

Feb 20th, 2014UofL Brightening the Smiles of Children
Feb 20th, 2014UKCD’s First Regional Dental Program: The First Ten Years
Feb 20th, 2014Medicaid: An Example of Missing the Goals for Oral Health in Kentucky
Feb 20th, 2014Where Do We Go From Here?
Feb 20th, 2014Go Tell It on the Mountains
Dec 23rd, 2013Welcome Dental Students and New Dentists!
Dec 23rd, 2013Letting the Secret Out
Dec 23rd, 2013It Is What They Left Behind
Dec 23rd, 2013Dr. John Thompson Awarded Distinguished Editor Award
Dec 23rd, 2013Teamwork Creates Champions: the Kentucky Meeting: March 13-16, 2014
Dec 23rd, 2013Listen to Interviews with our Speakers!
Dec 23rd, 20132014 Kentucky Meeting Details
Oct 17th, 2013I Still Like Maps!
Oct 17th, 2013Ground Game
Oct 17th, 2013Kentucky Department of Insurance, HB 497 and Non-covered Services
Oct 17th, 2013Dr. Janet Faraci Lee’s Legacy
Oct 17th, 2013Dr. Janet Faraci Lee Leadership Development Award
Aug 12th, 2013The Affordable Care Act: What does it mean for Our Members?
Aug 12th, 2013Delinquent Accounts….Collections…..YUCK!
Aug 12th, 2013White Crosses
Aug 12th, 2013KDA Membership…Where Do We Go from Here?
Aug 12th, 2013Thoughts from a New Dentist: the Top Three Reasons that I am Involved with Organized Dentistry
Aug 12th, 2013How can KDAIS Benefit You, as a KDA member?
Aug 12th, 2013Beyond the Website: Marketing on the Modern Web
Aug 12th, 2013Every Patient Matters. So Does Every Transaction.
Aug 12th, 2013All Membership Is Local
Jun 13th, 2013The Foundation of the Kentucky Dental Association: Positioned to Make a Powerful Statement
Jun 13th, 2013Something I Wish I Didn't Know!
Jun 13th, 2013Preaching to the Choir
Apr 15th, 2013Participate in Your KDPAC! Contribute and Deliver
Apr 15th, 2013The Pediatric Dental Benefit: Must Offer, May Purchase…
Apr 15th, 2013Exchange What?
Apr 15th, 2013So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu
Apr 15th, 2013United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Feb 12th, 2013It’s a Dentist Thing
Feb 12th, 2013A Profession in Flux
Feb 12th, 2013Living Is What You Do When Life Gets In the Way
Feb 12th, 2013The Tip of the Iceberg: Actions by the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services Which May Sink KMAP
Oct 19th, 2012Self-Regulation
Oct 19th, 2012House Bill 1 and What It Means to You
Oct 19th, 2012Membership Matters
Aug 21st, 2012The Perception of Dentistry
Aug 21st, 2012Sarrell Dental: Beyond the Operatory
Jun 18th, 2012I Had an Uncle…
Jun 18th, 2012What Part of the “Affordable Care Act” Has Been Affordable?
Jun 18th, 2012Leadership or Politics?
Apr 6th, 2012The "New Old" Still have Teeth
Apr 6th, 2012What a Year, so far!
Apr 6th, 2012Many Thanks for a Great and Memorable Year
Feb 21st, 2012All for One and One for All!
Feb 21st, 2012Happy New Normal
Dec 19th, 2011The Wide World of Sports
Dec 19th, 2011Access to Care?
Oct 28th, 2011To the KDA Executive Board and the entire KDA
Oct 28th, 2011Report of the Sixth District Trustee
Oct 18th, 2011Word-of-Mouth on Steroids!
Oct 18th, 2011Managed Care and Dentistry in Kentucky: a Dentist’s Dilemma
Oct 18th, 2011Why We Shouldn't Lose Sight of Our Purpose...
Aug 4th, 2011CAPWIZ: Legislative Advocacy Made Easy
Aug 4th, 2011OMG, what is EBD?
Aug 4th, 2011Mentor a Young Dentist and Change a Life
Jun 13th, 2011I Might Soon Be Coming to a Town Near You...
Jun 13th, 2011Outside Our Line
Apr 18th, 2011On Your Side, Not Your List
Apr 18th, 2011Blindsided
Apr 18th, 2011I Pledge to Be your Humble Servant…
Apr 18th, 2011Let Me Ask For a Minute of Your Time
Feb 17th, 2011Dr. Andy Elliott for President-elect of the American Dental Association
Feb 4th, 2011Adjusting Attitudes
Feb 4th, 2011A Little Planning Really Helps
Jan 4th, 2011Dental Management of Patients Taking Antiplatelet Medications
Nov 30th, 2010Delegates Report from the 2010 American Dental Association House of Delegates, Orlando, Florida
Nov 30th, 2010Holiday Greetings to All
Nov 30th, 2010Dental Education Found Worthy
Oct 25th, 2010Delegates Report from the 2010 American Dental Association House of Delegates, Orlando, Florida
Oct 7th, 2010We Need To Do a Better Job of Communicating
Oct 7th, 2010Who Will Speak for Me?
Oct 7th, 2010I’m in a Hurry!
Oct 7th, 2010What If …?
Oct 7th, 2010What Happens in Alaska, doesn’t Stay in Alaska
Aug 6th, 2010Kentucky's Dental Practice Act: The Passing of an Old Friend
Aug 6th, 2010The Times They Are Changing
Jun 10th, 2010How a Star was Born
Jun 10th, 2010I Need Your Help…
Apr 20th, 2010President's Message MA 2010
Apr 20th, 2010KDA and Louisville Water Company Share 150th Birthday and Public Health Vision
Apr 20th, 2010Getting It Right!
Feb 25th, 2010What is a Legacy?
Feb 25th, 2010Please Join Us for an Exciting, Event-Filled Year Ahead!
Dec 14th, 2009Challenging the Myth of the Suicide-Prone Dentist
Dec 14th, 2009There is Hope: Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Kentucky
Dec 14th, 2009Holiday Reflections…
Nov 6th, 2009Break your Right Arm and Suddenly You have Time to Study Economics.
Nov 6th, 2009Don’t Balance Health Care Books by Shortchanging Physicians
Jun 26th, 2009Making the World a Better Place, One Village at a Time!
Apr 13th, 2009Breaking Glass
Feb 20th, 2009At the Heart of any Worthy Project is a Committed Volunteer