Court cases drive changes to ADA ethics code
The first allows ADA member dentists to declare specialties that aren’t on its list of nine approved areas of specialization.
The second allows dentists to practice outside of their area of specialization as long as they "maintain adequate expertise in the specialty,” according to an ADA press release.
"It's a fairly significant change," Dr. Michael Halasz, an Ohio-based general practitioner and chair of the Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs, said. "The bottom line is that it keeps dentists in line with the Code of Ethics, which puts patients first."
The changes come as states are increasingly recognizing specialties beyond the original nine ADA-approved ones, largely in response to a series of court decisions.
"We're trying to stay ahead of the issue," he said.
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