KDA Today

KDA Today

For Immediate Release

Date: Feb 20th, 2014
Contact: Dr. John Thompson
Phone: 800-292-1855
Email: info@kyda.org

Go Tell It on the Mountains

On Monday December 9th Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers hosted SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) KENTUCKY at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville. The summit focused on the issues of unemployment and economic uncertainty that is threatening the small communities of this storied region. Governor Beshear said, “…for several decades, the region has seen a decline in growth and development, hampered by a lack of infrastructure and other resources that communities need to grow and thrive. We know that government, alone, cannot solve these issues… we believe that to make real progress in Eastern Kentucky, we need the input, collaboration and involvement from the people that live and work hard there every day.”

Kentucky Mountain Dental Society President, Dr. David Narramore, and Past President, Dr. Bill Collins, were two of the more than seventeen hundred participants in this conclave. Congressman Rogers talked about how the people of this region have proved to be so resilient. They have led the fight against prescription drug abuse and worked as a region to clean up the hillsides and streams. He said, “I am confident that together, we will rise above these new challenges we face.”

Dr. Bill Collins credited Dr. Rangel with the best summation from the Breakout Health Session led by Dr. Nikki Stone of Hazard. Dr. Bill reported, “Dr. Rangel from the Pike County Health Department stood to the occasion. In his foreign accent he quickly said, ‘I am not a native of Eastern Kentucky, but I have been here for twenty years. What is happening here is and what we need is funding. We have smart people, we can take care of each other and ourselves, but they have taken our money, our way to produce money. That is the problem; without being able to generate money we have to layoff these smart people, that's where our problem is. We don't need you to educate us; we know everything that is wrong with our health, but without money, we can't fix it.’  The communities of Eastern Kentucky have seen more than six thousand miners lose their jobs in the past two years with the continuing decline of coal as an economic resource.”

It was against this backdrop that the Kentucky Mountain Dental Society held its December meeting on Saturday, December 14th at the spacious and magnificent oral surgery office of Dr. Chad Street in Pikeville. It was seemingly the unspoken theme of gathering information on trends in dentistry that was the focus of this dental society meeting. The Kentucky Mountain Dental Society had invited KDA President, Dr. B.J. Moorhead, KDA Contract Lobbyist, Libby Milligan, Medicaid Dental Director, Dr. Ken Rich, State Dental Director for the Kentucky Department of Public Health, Dr. Julie McKee, UKCD Dean, Dr. Sharon Turner, Dr. Raynor Mullins and me as KDA Editor to provide commentary and discussion at this meeting.

Having provided this list of guest speakers and knowing that Dr. Andy Elliott and Dr. Al Pelphrey would be present this Saturday morning you would expect that KMDS President Narramore would have his hands full with this agenda. He did; but he was able to allow for comments and spirited discussion that began at 8 a.m. and concluded at 3 p.m.  All of this and a very informative CE program on head and neck infections, including medical emergencies, presented by Dr. Chad Street was pigeon-holed into a great day to be inside.

It is unquestionable that there are significant challenges facing dentists who practice in our Appalachian regions. In order to deal with the challenges, it is also imperative that solutions must evolve from accurate information. Members of the Kentucky Mountain Dental Society may have left their meeting for holiday parties on information overload, as I did. It was very significant that this meeting was also attended by State Representative Leslie Combs and Health Department Director Dr. Rangel. This mountain region is home to six of the most influential leaders in our state government and it is obvious that KMDS members know well, all of the political players. Lobbyist, Libby Milligan provided an excellent report on current political movement and the need for KDPAC and ADA PAC support.

Dr. Mullins provided new and dramatic data that exposes serious flaws in the Medicaid-managed care model as well as possible solutions. Dr. Rich was able to brief the attendees on how outcome assessments are changing the models for reimbursements as well as the influence of evidence-based dentistry protocols.  KDA President Moorhead provided a national overview of trends in dentistry from the ADA’s new economic research data. This provoked a lot of questions and reinforced many of the trends that have been magnified in this region by the economic downturn. Dr. McKee was able to bring the members up to date on how the public health hygienists can integrate with health departments and the requirements for this designation. I was asked to comment on the Health Care Exchange, the ACA and the Medicaid practice model that Sarrell Dental from Alabama is going to bring to Kentucky. All of these issues provoked spirited discussion and productive dialogue.

While the Kentucky Mountain Dental Society may have sustained significant membership loss in the past few years, it is quite obvious that the remaining membership and the leadership in place are not going to allow the trend to continue. This meeting is just one example of a very proactive approach to multiple problems. There was no “woe is me” in this group; the attitude was about finding ways to deal with the things they can’t change and how to manage the issues that can be affected by their actions. If this meeting is an example of problem solving, this dental society is moving in the right directions and the simple value of belonging to a component dental society with such a “can do” attitude will not be lost on the members who have fallen away.

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.

Jun 16th, 2014New Friendships and Lasting Connections Creating a Stronger Interest in Organized Dentistry
Jun 16th, 2014New Friendships and Lasting Connections Creating a Stronger Interest in Organized Dentistry
Jun 16th, 2014YOU HAD TO BE THERE!
Jun 16th, 2014Denigration
Jun 16th, 2014Think Big. Think Positively. Think Proactively.
Apr 24th, 2014I Only Have A Loose Screw!
Apr 24th, 2014Dare to Dream!
Apr 24th, 2014I am the KDA! You are the KDA! WE are the KDA!
Apr 24th, 2014The Dentist’s Guide to Social Media Marketing
Feb 20th, 2014Medicaid: An Example of Missing the Goals for Oral Health in Kentucky
Feb 20th, 2014Where Do We Go From Here?
Feb 20th, 2014UKCD’s First Regional Dental Program: The First Ten Years
Feb 20th, 2014Go Tell It on the Mountains
Feb 20th, 2014UofL Brightening the Smiles of Children
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, 2013Welcome Dental Students and New Dentists!
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, 2013All Membership Is Local
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, 2013Delinquent Accounts….Collections…..YUCK!
Aug 12th, 2013Every Patient Matters. So Does Every Transaction.
Jun 13th, 2013Preaching to the Choir
Jun 13th, 2013Something I Wish I Didn't Know!
Jun 13th, 2013The Foundation of the Kentucky Dental Association: Positioned to Make a Powerful Statement
Apr 15th, 2013Participate in Your KDPAC! Contribute and Deliver
Apr 15th, 2013The Pediatric Dental Benefit: Must Offer, May Purchase…
Apr 15th, 2013So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu
Apr 15th, 2013Exchange What?
Apr 15th, 2013United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Feb 12th, 2013The Tip of the Iceberg: Actions by the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services Which May Sink KMAP
Feb 12th, 2013Living Is What You Do When Life Gets In the Way
Feb 12th, 2013A Profession in Flux
Feb 12th, 2013It’s a Dentist Thing
Oct 19th, 2012Self-Regulation
Oct 19th, 2012House Bill 1 and What It Means to You
Oct 19th, 2012Membership Matters
Aug 21st, 2012Sarrell Dental: Beyond the Operatory
Aug 21st, 2012The Perception of Dentistry
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, 2011Report of the Sixth District Trustee
Oct 28th, 2011To the KDA Executive Board and the entire KDA
Oct 18th, 2011Managed Care and Dentistry in Kentucky: a Dentist’s Dilemma
Oct 18th, 2011Word-of-Mouth on Steroids!
Oct 18th, 2011Why We Shouldn't Lose Sight of Our Purpose...
Aug 4th, 2011Mentor a Young Dentist and Change a Life
Aug 4th, 2011OMG, what is EBD?
Aug 4th, 2011CAPWIZ: Legislative Advocacy Made Easy
Jun 13th, 2011Outside Our Line
Jun 13th, 2011I Might Soon Be Coming to a Town Near You...
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, 2010Dental Education Found Worthy
Nov 30th, 2010Delegates Report from the 2010 American Dental Association House of Delegates, Orlando, Florida
Nov 30th, 2010Holiday Greetings to All
Oct 25th, 2010Delegates Report from the 2010 American Dental Association House of Delegates, Orlando, Florida
Oct 7th, 2010What Happens in Alaska, doesn’t Stay in Alaska
Oct 7th, 2010We Need To Do a Better Job of Communicating
Oct 7th, 2010What If …?
Oct 7th, 2010I’m in a Hurry!
Oct 7th, 2010Who Will Speak for Me?
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, 2010KDA and Louisville Water Company Share 150th Birthday and Public Health Vision
Apr 20th, 2010President's Message MA 2010
Apr 20th, 2010Getting It Right!
Feb 25th, 2010Please Join Us for an Exciting, Event-Filled Year Ahead!
Feb 25th, 2010What is a Legacy?
Dec 14th, 2009Challenging the Myth of the Suicide-Prone Dentist
Dec 14th, 2009Holiday Reflections…
Dec 14th, 2009There is Hope: Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Kentucky
Nov 6th, 2009Don’t Balance Health Care Books by Shortchanging Physicians
Nov 6th, 2009Break your Right Arm and Suddenly You have Time to Study Economics.
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