Coalition focused on dental licensure reform holds inaugural meeting

The Coalition for Modernizing Dental Licensure held its inaugural meeting Oct. 11 at the ADA Headquarters, laying out the framework for its effort in calling for the modernization of the dental licensure process.
   
The coalition, which includes over 35 organizations to date, has two key goals: Replacing the single encounter, procedure-based patient exams with clinical assessments that have stronger validity and reliability evidence; and increasing the portability of dental licensure among all states for the benefit of both the public and the profession.
   
“The inaugural meeting was very successful,” said Dr. Joseph P. Crowley, coalition chair and former ADA president. “Our work at the meeting validated and empowered the group as we begin the advocacy work necessary to attain the goals of the coalition.”

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