Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ever wonder just what caliber of dentists the ADA considers distinguish enough to be a District Trustee?

Thomas FloydHere is why their judgment should not be trusted.  

Maybe you remember Dr. Thomas Floyd from his mug shot? No? 

Well, maybe the news reports below about the distinguished gentleman (sarcasm) will jog your memory. Or educate those who are familiar with Dr. Thomas Floyd.

Below is an announcement by the ADA stating what a glorious event the “Medicaid Challenges and Strategies Symposium” of 2008 turned out to be, which included the leaders of each of the ADA’s 17 "trustee districts” 


August 04, 2008

Medicaid challenges, strategies examined

By Stacie Crozier

Seventeen private practice dentists—one from each ADA district—who logged at least 1,000 Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program patient visits in the last year gathered at the ADA June 23 to identify challenges and successful strategies for improving access for this population group.

[We all know Dr. Thomas Floyd probably logged that many a week! Wonder what the other 16 dentists “logged”].

The ADA Medicaid Symposium, convened at the direction of a 2007 House of Delegates resolution, gave participating dentists a chance to outline the challenges and barriers they face—other than reimbursement—and to share ideas to enhance access to care for Medicaid patients.

Dr. Thomas Floyd, a West Palm Beach, Fla., pediatric dentist and author of Resolution 44H-2007, said the purpose of the symposium was to make sure that ADA leaders heard from people who were most involved in treating this population group as the ADA moves forward in addressing access to care issues.

"The symposium greatly exceeded what I hoped we'd accomplish," said Dr. Floyd. "I'm ecstatic. The meeting provided an excellent forum for discussing issues such as how to get these patients in the dental office before they have an emergency situation. I am also impressed by the support we received from the ADA staff and the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. In regard to access to care, they know it. They've lived it."

[What?!  Eddie or Michael DeRose not available that week?!]

Before gathering in Chicago, participants answered a questionnaire to identify the most common barriers they face when treating Medicaid patients. During the symposium, they offered a variety of recommendations, including educating patients to give them a better understanding and appreciation of oral health as a part of overall health; partnering with stakeholders to raise awareness of legislators about the dire needs of this population group; overcoming communication and transportation barriers; recognizing the high disease burden in this population group; and developing continuing dental education that enables dentists to better address the oral health needs of young children.

[Can you imagine what Dr. Thomas Floyd’s answers were on his questionnaire?  Or maybe he was the one who composed the questions!]

Findings from the symposium will serve as a resource for the ADA's planned 2009 Access to Dental Care Summit.

[Scares the hell out of ya, doesn’t it?  If not, it should!]

"The Medicaid Provider Symposium not only met the charge of the ADA 2007 House of Delegates, it exceeded it!" said Dr. Samuel Low, a member of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. "The opportunity to have 17 private practitioners who deliver Medicaid dentistry brought forth grassroots challenges and moreover solutions. Hats off to this group of general and pediatric dentists who take care of the underserved on a daily basis." CAPIR will prepare a report on the symposium for the HOD meeting in San Antonio Oct. 17-21. For more information, log on to www.ada.org/goto/access.

[OMG!  “Interprofessional Relations”?  Something, I’m sure, Dr. Thomas Floyd is highly qualified to speak about!]

More from the ADA website on the 2008 Medicaid Provider Symposium
2008 Medicaid Provider Symposium

The 2007 House of Delegates authorized a Medicaid Provider Symposium for 2008 (Resolution 44H-2007) to identify challenges to providing oral health care to Medicaid recipients and inform the participants of the Access to Dental Care Summit that the ADA will convene in 2009. The Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations was charged with coordinating the planning and implementation of the symposium, which was held on June 23, 2008. It focused on identifying barriers to care and successful strategies for increasing access for Medicaid recipients. Most of the group’s recommendations for action were directed to systemic concerns, rather than changes that could be implemented immediately within an individual practice. Addressing these larger concerns may significantly decrease barriers to care for this population.

The Medicaid Provider Symposium provided insights into the challenges faced by dentists who successfully provide care to Medicaid patients within their private practice settings. This was a unique group, unlike any convened on this issue previously.

Starting on page 12 of the ADA’s 2008 report is the list of the ADA’s District Trustees.  There are 17 of them.   This is just a guess, but maybe each person on this list should be looked at a bit closer.  Especially since we know the ADA’s extremely low standards the ADA has when it comes to their “district trustees”.

Dr. Thomas Floyd[2]Dr. Thomas Floyd very much supported by the ADA, in fact he is was the 17th District Trustee.

Dr. Thomas Floyd was also tied to the 2012 Cigna One-Of-A-Kind-Smile program:

“Throughout the month of February, Cigna is providing tips, online toolkits, podcasts and resources …to connect parents with dental experts, Cigna is hosting two online dental health chats with Dr. Norman Nagel, an orthodontist and Dr. Thomas Floyd, a pediatric dentist, both members of Cigna Dental's Clinical Advisory Panel. Cigna's Mobile Learning Lab , an 18-wheeler interactive health awareness lab, is also stopping at school districts, client offices and other locations throughout California during a week-long tour.

Doesn’t knowing Dr. Thomas Floyd was on ANY advisory board make you a nervous wreck?


Dr. Gregory Folse Dr. Gregory Folse of Reachout Healthcare America - Big Smiles fame.  He too appears to be yet another “go to” guy for the ADA; another “District Trustee”.

“Dr. Gregory Folse, the mobile program participant from Lafayette, La., in the ADA's 12th District, said the group "differentiated between lack of utilization of dental services—a parental education issue—and access to care for untreated Medicaid children. Because some children may never be placed in traditional dental home models in brick and mortar offices, the profession needs to support both traditional and nontraditional models to win the access to care battle."

In 2010 Dr. Folse was the ADA’s 12 District Trustee

Since the ADA clearly will let the foxes guard the henhouse maybe someone else should take a very close look at ALL the ADA’s District Trustees, past and present.  It might shed light on how the dental community went to hell in a hand basket. 
I’ve not read these but they should be good: