By Board Chair Jeremy Hedrick, Careington International
Laying foundations for a successful 2021
Following Leadership Conference last month, NADP volunteer groups and staff are now laying strong foundations for a highly successful 2021. These behind-the-scenes efforts will produce the products and services that add value to our membership. As board chair, I am keenly aware of these endeavors and want to highlight some of our volunteer groups.
- The Codes Sub-WorkGroup is reviewing numerous submissions in preparation for the American Dental Association Code Maintenance Committee virtual meeting March 11-12.
- Through March, the Education Commission is gathering content submissions to develop 2021 webinar and CONVERGE sessions this year.
- Earlier this month, the Operations WorkGroup provided CAQH valued industry feedback regarding the latest edition of ProView. In addition, this group has formed a delegated credentialing sub-group to focus on this important aspect of the dental benefits industry.
- The Research Commission is finalizing 2020 reports and developing 2021 surveys.
- The Communications WorkGroup is updating its list of contacts to promote its work to members and assigning priorities to projects and updates to WhyDental.org.
In addition, our advocacy groups, including the Government Relations and Government Funded Programs WorkGroups plus the Commission on Advocacy Policy, continue to monitor and respond to a multitude of state and federal issues such as federal appointments, covid-19 relief, the marketplace “Intent to Offer Survey,” and the Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
The above list is not complete, but it is certainly enough to indicate the association’s current work in service to our members. These activities contribute to many of the things we look forward to each year, including:
- The new CDT Codes and analysis of the changes, an exclusive NADP member benefit
- Webinars and CONVERGE sessions with content, both from submissions and from the work of NADP volunteer groups such as Operations
- Published research reports
- WhyDental.org content
- Federal and state representation
- Advocacy Resources (spreadsheets on multiple issues)
When I review these lists, I have a greater appreciation for the work of our NADP volunteers. I am also looking forward to the fruits of their labor. I believe 2021 will be our best year yet, and I am glad you are a part of it. If you have any questions regarding the direction of NADP, please contact me.