Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Bulletin Fall 2017 - 9

Trustee Report

Trustee Report, July 2017
Dr. Norman Nagel
PCSO Trustee

The Summer Doldrums are Upon us
This statement was continually invoked by my
colleagues on the staff and board during my
tenure as a bank director. There was a state of
inactivity at the bank during the summer, when
people went on vacation; deposits were steady
but not great, and business activity, in general,
was relatively slow.
This is Not the Case for the American Association
of Orthodontists!
No summer doldrums here. This has already
been a busy summer, including conference calls
to discuss the search for a new executive director,
council and committee meetings, and planning
for the PCSO Annual Session in October in Reno,
NV. Whew. . . I am tired just thinking about all
that has taken place so far this summer (this
piece is being written in late July).
So, what to talk about? First, whatever happened
to the "Texas issue?" You may recall that last year
I reported on the lawsuit in Texas regarding the
American Academy of Implant Dentistry et al.
vs. Glenn Parker, Executive Director, Texas State
Board of Dental Examiners, et al. vs. Texas Society
of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (Intervenor
Defendant). The court upheld the right of four
groups (ASDA, AAID, AAOM, and AAOP) to advertise as specialists in Texas. The court found that
a Texas regulation prohibiting specialty advertising by these groups violated those groups' First
Amendment right to engage in commercial
speech.
The court's decision was appealed to the Fifth
Circuit (which includes Louisiana, Mississippi,
and Texas). The decision only applies to those
specific plaintiffs (ASDA, AAID, AAOM, and AAOP).
So the bottom line, for now, is that the only dentists who can advertise as specialists in Texas are
those members of the American Board of Dental
Specialties (ABDS, discussed in an earlier Trustee
Report) and the doctors (including orthodontists)
from the nine ADA specialty fields who were
already able to advertise as specialists.

The AAO submitted an amicus curiae (friend of
the court) brief using funds from the Component
Legal Support Fund, which was passed by the
AAO House of Delegates (HOD) and supported
by the Board of Trustees (BOT). This fund has now
come into play in other states, as various issues
pop up. Stay tuned to find out if the case is
appealed to the Supreme Court of the United
States. (The most recent lawsuit on specialty
status was filed in the state of Indiana.) Our
Associate General Counsel, Sean Murphy, stays
on top of these issues to help support the components. Please feel free to contact Sean with
questions: smurphy@aaortho.org.
Other issues: I am the liaison to the board of the
American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF) and the Committee on Insurance
(COI) this year. PCSO is represented by Dr. Terrie
Yoshikane (Past President, CAO) on the AAOF
board, and by Dr. Rita Chuang on COI. Terrie's term
will be completed in May 2018. If you have the
desire to get involved and you enjoy fundraising,
this is the board for you. This hardworking group
supports research and grants to orthodontic programs. When the announcement goes out for
this open board position representing the PCSO,
give it some thought.
The COI has studied the resolution passed by the
2017 HOD regarding "partnering with a healthcare provider to offer an Association Health Plan
to the AAO membership." With the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) still the law of the land, the AAO
cannot move forward with this resolution. As of
this writing, Congress seems to be in the summer doldrums regarding this subject, as nothing
has moved. Stay tuned on this subject as well.
From COI, we learn that 53% of AAO members
utilize the AAO Malpractice Insurance Program
(AAOIC). Of 8,728 active U.S. members, 4,618 are
so insured. 3,494 members are eligible for AAOIC
coverage. Other numbers of interest: 16 of 45 policies are for new graduates (36%), and 15 of 45
policies are first-time buyers (33%).
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