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SOURCE Dentists for Oral Health Innovation
New organization, Dentists for Oral Health Innovation, will advocate for greater access to affordable, quality dental care for patients
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today a new organization of dentists announced the launch of Dentists for Oral Health Innovation (DOHI) with a singular focus – to help expand patients' access to high-quality, cost-effective dental care. The launch of DOHI comes at a critical time with America facing a serious gap between patients who have access to dental care and those without it.
Patients face a number of barriers to oral health access, whether geographical, financial, or educational.
"DOHI started with a group of dentists coming together to advocate for patient access to dental care," said Dr. Samson Liu, president of DOHI. "We believe that there is not one solution to the disparities in oral health and all dental practice models have a central role in addressing this issue. It is essential for America's entire dental community to work together to expand access to convenient and affordable dental care in at-risk communities nationwide."
DOHI seeks to address some of these barriers by focusing on three key commitments:
The mission of the organization is to expand access to high-quality, cost-effective care through the use of advancing models and methods. Examples of these models and methods include engaging others with progressive systems to handle aspects related to human resources, marketing, legal matters and insurance processing, among others. These resources enable dentists to not only meet the paperwork requirements of patients, but allow them to devote more time to patient care. By focusing on clinical services rather than business and administrative tasks, dentists increase patients' and communities' access to the oral health care they need. DOHI's next step is to unveil its nationwide campaign to address the dental health crisis.
"We are passionate about joining others such as the American Dental Association in this fight," said Dr. Edward Meckler, executive director of DOHI. "Through DOHI, we've established a foundation to launch a national campaign that acts to significantly diminish the number of Americans who lack the dental care they need. We are prepared and excited to chart the course of our movement towards closing the current access gap."
To learn more about DOHI, visit www.OralHealthInnovation.org.
About Dentists for Oral Health Innovation
Dentists for Oral Health Innovation (DOHI) is a newly formed coalition of dentists who are committed to expanding access to affordable, quality dental care for patients through the use of advancing models and methods. DOHI represents thousands of dentists nationwide including solo practitioners, dentists operating in group practices and dentists who contract with dental support organizations (DSOs) for administrative support services. DOHI is open to all dentists committed to providing affordable, quality dental care. Visit www.OralHealthInnovation.org to learn more about DOHI.
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