Constituent Dental Care/Practice Chairperson’s Resource Manual September 2010 Originally Published: August 1992 Revised: November 1994 Revised: February 1997



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Dental Consultant
Coalition to restore deduction for student loan interest

93:29 H 7


"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry support the efforts of the Student Loan Interest Deduction Restoration Coalition to restore the deduction of interest paid on student loans."




Must be a licensed dentist

75:27 H 10


"Resolved, that the AGD recognizes that a dental consultant must be a duly licensed dentist within said state."




Dental Education
Deduction of interest paid on student loans


2008:301S-H-7

“Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry support efforts to restore the full deduction of interest paid on student loans regardless of income.”



Dental schools, support state funding for


80:22 H 7

"Resolved, that AGD recognizes the need for adequate funding to enable dental schools to provide a proper dental education, but at the same time, AGD encourages dental schools to seek state and/or private support in lieu of federal capitation funding."



81:37 H 7


"Resolved, that AGD support the concept of using state funds to assist in maintaining and operating the physical facilities of existing dental schools."




Formal academic process leading to a degree or certificate


81:41 H 7

"Resolved, that AGD endorse the concept of a formal academic process of structured, sequential continued or post doctoral education, earned through universities or academically accredited teaching institutions over an extended amount of time, which lead to a degree or a certificate."


Four year curriculum, support of

78:27 H 6


"Resolved, that the AGD expresses its concern with the dilution and shortening of dental school programs for purpose such as the receiving of federal capitation grants, and be it further



Resolved, that the AGD supports a minimum of a four year approved curriculum to achieve a dental degree, and be it further


Resolved, that the AGD send a letter to all of the existing dental schools expressing our support of those dental schools which have relinquished their three year programs in favor of pursuing quality four year dental education programs."
Liaison consortium

98:31-H-7


“Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry convene a ‘Liaison Consortium’ to consist of two representatives from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), two representatives from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), two representatives from the American Association of Hospital Dentists (AAHD), one representative each from the Federal Services Board, the American Board of General Dentistry, and the Veterans Administration Residency Programs to meet twice each year beginning in April of 1999, and be it further


Resolved, that the mission of the consortium will be to coordinate the representation of predoctoral and postdoctoral general dentistry educators by identifying their needs, facilitating communication, and promoting resource sharing among the involved organizations.”


Licensure


82:34 H 7

"Resolved, that in states where laws are already in effect which mandate involvement in continuing education as a condition of dental licensure and/or dental license renewal, AGD's constituent AGD in that state's jurisdiction work with the state board of dental examiners and other appropriate dental agencies to protect the interests of AGD members in that state as mechanisms for enforcement and administration of that requirement are developed and implemented, and be it further

Resolved, that Resolution #76 51, as passed by the 1976 House of Delegates, be rescinded."




96:46-H-7

"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry encourage its constituent academies to work with state or provincial boards of dental examiners, state legislatures, or regulatory bodies in implementing the following provisions for mandatory continuing dental education when legislation or regulations are under consideration in their states or provinces:

1. acceptance of program providers approved by the AGD of General Dentistry, ADA Continuing Dental Education Recognition Program and the AGD's intrastate approval program;


2. the acceptability of self-instruction programming;
3. acceptance of the AGD member printout as one form of documentation of the requirement;
4. acceptance of courses relative to the access and delivery of dental care."

Dental Laboratory Techniques

76:40 H 11


"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry urge the American Dental Association to, in turn, influence the schools of dentistry to provide significant instruction in dental laboratory technology for dental students so that dental school graduates will have the ability to adequately supervise the laboratory technicians, and be it further


Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry urge the American Dental Association to, in turn, influence the schools of dentistry to institute programs of instruction to train dental laboratory technicians at the college and vocational school level, and be it further


Resolved, that, with passage of this resolution, Resolution 75 61 as passed by the 1975 House of Delegates, be rescinded."
Dental Materials

79:30 H 6


"Resolved, that the AGD recognizes the need to give the American Dental Association's Council on Dental Materials and Devices appropriate input from general dentists, and be it further


Resolved, that the AGD recognizes the opportunity given to its president in the Bylaws to appoint an appropriate representative when it is appropriate for him to do so, and be it further


Resolved, that the AGD's representative to the American National Standards Committee MD156 for Dental Materials and Devices be named as a consultant to the AGD's Dental Practice Council, if he is not already a member, and be it further
Resolved, that all problems concerning dental materials and devices be considered under the purview of the AGD Dental Practice Council."

79:31 H 6


"Resolved, that attendance at MD 156 Committee meetings by a representative of the Academy of General Dentistry be included in the Dental Practice Council's budget, on an annual basis."




Purchasing decisions

82:31 H 7


"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry recognizes the problem of providing the general practitioner with meaningful information upon which to base purchasing decisions, and be it further



Resolved, that the following strategies be implemented in order to accomplish this purpose:


1. Maintain an AGD representative on ANSI MD 156.
2. Recommend through the Dental Care Council chairman members to participate on ANSI Subcommittees.
3. Relay to the ADA AGD's concerns with regard to having the practicing dentist more informed in order to make proper purchasing decisions.
4. Identify which products should be evaluated.
5. Relay ANSI information to the AGD Foundation Product Comparison Advisory Board.
6. Start Product Comparison Program through AGD Foundation.
7. Publish results of product comparison program in our Journal.
8. Obtain feedback from our membership on which products should be evaluated.
9. Appoint subcommittee of Dental Care Council to facilitate dental material and device deliberations for the Council."
Dental Practices
Open elections and nominations for officers

78:23 H 6


"Resolved, that all dental service corporations be requested to have open elections and nominations for officers and members of the Board involving all of its participating dentists so as to give the participating dentists representation in matters relating to improvement of patient services and maintaining high professional standards, and be it further


Resolved, that this resolution be conveyed to the ADA House of Delegates for implementation."


To be owned and operated by licensed dentists

86:32 H 7


AMENDED HOD 2009






2009:300-H-7

“Resolved, that policy 86:32-H-7 be amended so that it reads:”
86:32-H-7 “Resolved, that the AGD recognize that the public is best served when dental practices (those traditional fee for service private practices or any alternative compensation system of practice) are owned and operated by dentists licensed in the state or province of such ownership or operation, and be it further
Resolved, that the AGD supports the inclusion of language in state dental practice acts that would prohibit a party or parties not licensed to practice dentistry from becoming involved in the ownership or control of dental practices with an exception allowing for the non-dentist survivor or designee of a deceased dentist to retain ownership of the dental practice in order to facilitate an orderly transfer of patient records to a new dentist owner or licensed dental practice with ownership to remain in effect until an orderly transfer can occur or a two year period from the death of the original dentist owner.”



Dental Students
Financial assistance to, that restricts choice of geographical location of practice

76:50 H 11


"Resolved, that the AGD oppose any form of federal assistance to dental schools or dental students that restricts the freedom of graduates of dental schools to voluntarily choose the type or the geographical location of their practices, as long as they are able to meet the appropriate state licensing requirements."




Loan program for

81:23 H 7


"Resolved, that AGD recognize the need for the dental profession to offer input into a fair and equitable loan program for dental students, supported by both private and public funds."





81:36 H 7


"Resolved, that AGD recognize the need to have the federal government involved in providing loans to dental students with the provision that all such funds be paid back with appropriate interest."




Recruiting highly qualified students

87:56 H 7


"Resolved that the AGD urge its constituent Academies to continue their involvement with dental schools and alumni associations in recruiting highly qualified students for dental schools."




Requiring dental students to repay government capitation loans made to schools

*75:37-H-10


RESCINDED




Denturism

85:24 H 7


"Resolved, that in the interest of the health of the public, the Academy of General Dentistry supports the need of the dentists to be appropriately involved in all dental and oral prosthetic care rendered directly to patients, and as such, opposes the denturism movement."




Direct Reimbursement
Definition of

90:56 H 7


"Resolved, that 'direct reimbursement' be defined as follows:


'Direct reimbursement is a self funded program in which the individual is reimbursed based on a percentage of dollars spent for dental care provided, and which allows beneficiaries to seek treatment from the dentist of their choice.'"


Promotion of

85:28 H 7


"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry continue its support of the American Dental Association's efforts and activities to promote direct reimbursement throughout the country."





97:27-H-8


“Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry is in support of and offers encouragement to the ADA in its efforts to promote direct reimbursement.”




Dues
Assessment

81:48 H 7


"Resolved, that the Board include an enumeration of any portion of the membership to be suggested for exemption from a future assessment along with its complete rationale for any assessment to be considered in the future by this House of Delegates."







2005:13H-H-7


Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry recommends that dentists receive training on the recognition and evaluation for signs and symptoms consistent with abuse and/or neglect.


Enteral Conscious Sedation


2006:1-H-8

“Resolved, that the AGD adopts as policy, the White Paper on Enteral Conscious Sedation.”


Federal Services
Benefits for military personnel and their dependents

81:38 H 7


"Resolved, that the AGD support the concept of enhancing the benefits offered to individuals serving in the military by providing dental services for their dependents, and be it further


Resolved, that these dental services shall be provided by the private sector where possible, and be it further


Resolved, that the AGD work to have provisions under which these services are to be provided conform to AGD policy."
Salary reimbursement for military dentists

81:25 H 7


"Resolved, that AGD recognize that factors such as the following items should be taken into consideration in the salary reimbursement for federal service dentists:


o the amount of education acquired by the dentist

o the proficiency of the dentist

o the level of experience of the dentist and the individual's ability to handle the more complex dental procedures in a competent manner

o status, rank, or duties within the group

o tenure


o the cost of living in one geographical area as opposed to another."

91:50 H 7


"Resolved, that the salaries for physicians and dentists in the Federal Services should be determined by the following factors:


1. The scope of responsibility which may be determined by rank, title, etc.


2. The degree of education which may include specialty training, general practice residencies, advanced educational programs in general dentistry, passage of a certifying board, etc.
3. A relationship with the remuneration generally earned by that profession within the practicing civilian sector.
4. Length of service."
Special pay for uniformed services

93:31 H 7


"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry support the upgrading of special pay for dentists in the federal uniformed services, and that this position be properly communicated to the American Dental Association."





Fees
Adjusted for complying with governmental regulations

92:35 H 7


"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry recommends that dentists may incorporate into their normal overhead the cost of complying with OSHA, CDC and other government regulations, and be it further


Resolved, that dentists may charge a separate fee or adjust current fees to cover these costs."


General Dentist
Continued competency

94:24 H 7


"Resolved, that assuring the public of the dental profession's continued competency is best addressed by appropriate continuing dental education, effective peer review, and the proper enforcement of the dental practice acts by the state and provincial boards of dental examiners, and be it further




Resolved, that the AGD of General Dentistry continue to express this position by letter to members of the American Association of Dental Examiners Continued Competency Committee and the American Association of Dental Examiners Executive Council before the final presentation of the Continued Competency report, and be it further
Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry express this position by letter to the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association and all other individuals and organizations that would be affected by or have influence on this issue."
Creed of

84:17 H 7


"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry establish a creed for the purpose of more closely identifying the organization with a philosophy and code of conduct, and be it further


Resolved, that the following five statements be adopted as the AGD creed:


1. To educate myself to perform with greater ability.
2. To provide and promote the best treatment for my patients.
3. To treat my patients with continued dignity and empathy.
4. To share my knowledge with my patients and my profession.
5. To maintain my integrity and professionalism.
And be it further
Resolved that if feasible, the AGD creed be included on the back of the AGD membership cards and used in such other ways determined to be appropriate."
Coordinate and manage dental health

82:22 H 7


"Resolved, that the AGD recognizes that it is in the best interest of the public for the general dentist to coordinate and manage the oral health care needs of all patients."




Definition of

*83:17-H-7


RESCINDED





*82:33 H 7


RESCINDED




84:16 H 7


RESCINDED HOD 2007






2007:303-H-6

AMENDED HOD 2008




2008:319S-H-7

AMENDED HOD 2009




2009:310-H-7

“Resolved, that the AGD amend policy 2008:319S-H-7.
“Resolved, that Policy 2007:303-H-7 be amended so that it reads:
2007:303-H-7 “Resolved, that policies 82:33-H-7 and 84:16-H-7 be rescinded, and be it further
Resolved, that AGD defines a general dentist as 'An individual who has successfully completed formal dental training leading to a DDS, DMD, or comparable degree which qualifies that individual to be a dentist and to accept the professional responsibility for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services that meets patients' oral health needs, and who has not announced a limitation of practice to any of the specialty areas recognized by the American Dental Association,’ and be it further

Resolved, that the AGD defines 'primary dental care provider' as 'the general or pediatric dentist who accepts the professional responsibility for the treatment of the patient and/or the management and coordination of services to meet the patient's oral health needs, consistent with the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct.”




Parity with physicians in all remuneration

75:39 H 10


RESCINDED HOD 2008





2008:302-H-7


“Resolved, that policy 75:39-H-10 is rescinded.”





Primary dental care provider, defined




95:8-H-7

"Resolved, that the AGD define 'primary dental care provider' as 'the general or pediatric dentist who accepts the professional responsibility for the treatment of the patient and/or the management and coordination of services to meet the patient's oral health needs, consistent with the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct,' and be it further


Resolved, that policy 82:33-H-7 be rescinded."


Primary entry point into dental care system

75:38 H 10


"Resolved, that the AGD endorse the concept of having the patient's entry level into the dental health care delivery system be through the general practitioner, and be it further


Resolved, that it be the general practitioner's prerogative to determine when and if a patient should be referred to another source for his dental treatment, and be it further



82:21 H 7


"Resolved, that the AGD recognizes that it is in the best interest of the public for the general dentist to be the primary entry point into the dental care delivery system."


Resolved, that the AGD advocate this position in programs involving federal and state governments as well as insurance companies so that optimal dental health care will be more readily available to larger segments of the public at less cost."


General Practice Residency Program

79:32 H 6


"Resolved, that the AGD support general practice residency programs, and be it further


Resolved, that the AGD recommend that a significant portion of the content of all general practice residency programs be devoted to but not limited to experience in a hospital environment, and be it further


Resolved, that the AGD recognizes the concept of and the need for the general dentistry residency."
Commission on accreditation urged to require that directors of GPR's be general dentists

80:33 H 7


"Resolved, that the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation be urged to require that, in the future, the directors of general practice residency programs and advanced educational programs in general dentistry be well qualified general dentists."




Geriatric Care

76:54 H 11


"Resolved, that the AGD recognizes the importance of dental care for the geriatric patient, and recommends that constituent academies through state dental societies institute whatever means necessary to inform the geriatric patient of the importance of regular dental care, and to aid in the providing of that care to economically disadvantaged geriatric patients."




Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO’s)
Providing funds for HMOs

75:40 H 10


RESCINDED HOD 2008





2008:303-H-7


"Resolved, that policy 75:40-H-10 is rescinded.”




Health Planning
Organized dentistry to provide input for

81:39 H 7


"Resolved, that the AGD recognize the need for appropriate health planning, and be it further



Resolved, that the AGD support the concept of organized dentistry having input into health planning, and be it further


Resolved, that the AGD support the concept of using local funds for health planning, and, when necessary, state and federal funds."
Support to repeal Health Planning Act

*81:22 H 7


RESCINDED HOD 7/2000




HIV
HIV-infected patients, policy on


88:50 H 7


"Resolved, that the AGD regards HIV infected patients as medically compromised individuals with an infectious disease who deserve the most considerate and scientifically sound dental care available and be it further





CLAUSE


RESCINDED

HOD 7/99

Resolved, that the AGD vigorously opposes state and/or federal laws and regulations that would classify persons with infectious diseases as handicapped, and be it further

Resolved, that the AGD opposes dental care discrimination against any individual, including those with infectious diseases."


HIV testing of dental personnel

*88:49-H-7


RESCINDED




Statement on disclosure and infection control

91:51 H 7

REVISED

HOD 7/99



"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry strongly supports the validity and use of universal precautions and appropriate sterilization procedures as techniques that greatly reduce the risk of transmission of the Hepatitis (HBV) and Human Immunodeficiency (HIV) viruses between health care workers and patients, and be it further

Resolved, that the AGD supports voluntary testing of health care providers for HBV and HIV in the appropriate settings, but opposes mandatory testing because it is impractical and ultimately ineffective as a preventive measure, and be it further


Resolved, that dentists and other health care personnel who believe they are infected with HIV or HBV should obtain medical advice and, if found to be infected, should act upon that advice and submit to regular medical supervision, and be it further
Resolved, that the AGD work to educate the public on the safety of dental procedures and the techniques used by dental professionals to safeguard patients' health, and be it further
Resolved, that policy #88:49 H 7 be rescinded."
Hospital Dentistry Privileges

*85:22-H-7


RESCINDED




Implants

*75:41-H-10


RESCINDED





*75:42-H-10


RESCINDED





91:47 H 7


"Resolved, that the AGD House of Delegates agrees that oral implant therapy can be an acceptable mode of clinical treatment when indicated, and be it further


Resolved, that policy 75:41 H 10 be rescinded."



*92:31 H 7


RESCINDED HOD 7/96





96:53-H-7


"Resolved, that as an adjunct to the AGD's existing policy with regard to the consideration of implant dentistry as a specialty, that the following principles be adopted:


1. The AGD actively supports the policy that all qualified dentists be permitted to perform all aspects of implant dentistry including placement and restoration.


2. The AGD believes that it is in the public's best interest that oral implantology not be limited to one discipline of dentistry.
3. The AGD opposes the implication that specialists performing oral implants are also specialists in implantology
4. The AGD opposes any marketing efforts that imply any provider of implants is a qualified oral implantology specialist
and be it further,
Resolved, that Policy 92:38-H-7 be rescinded."
Pre doctoral education

92:32 H 7


"Resolved, that the AGD support pre doctoral education in the diagnosis, placement and restoration of oral implants in the curricula of all dental schools, and be it further


Resolved, that this resolution be transmitted to the ADA House of Delegates and to the American Dental Education Association."


Infection Control Measures Urged

*87:64 H 7


RESCINDED HOD 7/99




Infectious Waste
State and government regulation

90:55 H 7


"Resolved, that the AGD recognize that state law and government regulation is determining the definition and handling of infectious waste, and be it further


Resolved, that when evaluating the merit of such regulations, the AGD primarily will be concerned about the safety of the public, and also will insist that the


regulations be based on scientific validity with appropriate consideration given to cost effectiveness."

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