Another session is in the books!
The 152nd Annual Session was again in Franklin, TN and what an event Dennis Gardner put together!
There was no Cinco de Mayo or Kentucky Derby this time but there was the CMA Fest in Nashville this week and the theme reflected that.
Many were dressed in their finest Country-Western wear for the President's Party on Friday which was themed, "Southern Comfort- Melodies and More," and it was kindly sponsored by TN-OMFS, 6th District, Care Credit, Crest/Oral B and OMS Nashville to honor Paul Cullum.
Our own Leon Stanislav was presented the Dr. Jack Wells Award. CONGRATULATIONS!
We had no one again receive TDA Fellowship but Price Hopson was acknowledged for 50 years.
We were then treated to hit music from Brady Seals and Friends.
Saturday saw a delicious cookout while Terry Comer and the Best in Town Band played some bluegrass.
That was followed by a dance party.
Believe it or not, well over 100 people attended courses Sunday morning!
BY THE NUMBERS:
Exhibitors: 49 booths
TN LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
1) 2019 is the last time we pay the occupational professional privilege tax. That $400 savings makes the dues payments easier as you know it is working for you! This is why membership matters.
2) There is a block grant issue with Medicare. Jeannie and Stan are on top of it and will keep us all in tune with developments.
3) There is discussion about "Concierge Dentistry" or "Wellness Plans" or things of that nature by other names. It is not allowed due to a fear of fraud, however, discussions are ongoing.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES UPDATES
Terryl Propper of Nashville is the new President. She’s the first woman to run it and will lead the female trifecta.
Paul Cullum of Columbia is the Immediate Past President.
OUR Jeannie Beauchamp (on behalf of Memphis) is the new President-Elect. You read that right.
Allen Burleson is the new Secretary.
Susan Orwick-Barnes is the new BOD liaison.
Mike Lamb is the new First District Trustee.
Hope Watson is the new Second District Trustee.
Mitch Baldree is the new Chattanooga Area Trustee.
Walter Fain is the new East Vice President.
The Public Relations Committee was sunset.
The Dentists Supply Company is a new TDA partner boasting savings.
HOUSE OF DELEGATES
1) The motion to reduce the House of Delegates by one third passed.
2) The motion to consolidate Annual Sessions with Continuing Education was sent back to the BOT.
3) The motion to eliminate service awards passed.
ADA Trustee Roy Thompson states that the ADA is not looking at Medicare now but are seeking other solutions working with National Elder Care.
He also reports that there is a FDA citizen’s petition on DIY dentistry and begs anyone who knows of untoward results to report it.
CVS partnerships are being scrutinized.
Leon Stanislav did not rest on his latest/greatest award as he is the new Middle TN ADA Delegate.
Dr. Propper hopes to see an increase in volunteerism. She is a believer that teeth are worth saving and that a PSA to that point is coming as a member perk. She warns us that AI is coming and will revolutionize dentistry. We can count on her to get things done and continue to help the TDA by serving as she does taking us where no woman has before.
BOARD OF DENTISTRY UPDATES
1) Dan Meadows is the new Chair taking over from Kathy Hall.
2) Facility inspections for dentists with sedation permits takes effect in July. Contact your favorite oral surgeon to set one up.
1)The TN Wellness Foundation is run by David Sain out of Murfeesboro and is its own entity as of the end of this month having been officially sunset. They received a $340K grant as a 501 c 3 organization with the separation.
2) Complimentary chest X-rays were done by Dr. Joseph Smiddy, who is checking local dentists for the same respiratory issues that some dental professionals have had in Virginia.
SAVE THE DATE:
THE TDA ANNUAL SESSION WILL RETURN: 5-7 JUNE 2020 to the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.
I have the honor to be your obedient servant,