Massachusetts Dental Society files oral health legislation
The Massachusetts Dental Society, of Southborough, filed legislation that provides a comprehensive approach to oral health care issues facing the Commonwealth. The bill is focused on care for underserved populations, appropriate training and supervision of a new class of dental professionals and additional resources that can help to address socio-economic barriers that impact Massachusetts residents who want dental care. The proposed legislation calls for connecting MassHealth members and other underserved populations with a new class of professionals called Public Health Dental Practitioners, who would be directly supervised by licensed dentists. Similar to licensing in Minnesota, this new class of dental providers must meet standards similar to those mandated for physicians assistants and nurse practitioners, including two years of post-baccalaureate education. A comprehensive health bill that addresses several oral health care issues that have been previously identified by the state Department of Public Health, “An Act Relative to Graduate Education for Certain Professionals,” tackles the need for increased awareness about health benefits associated with fluoridated water in public drinking supplies and formal integration of a dental hygiene coordinator within the state’s Department of Public Health. The legislation is sponsored by Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, and Rep. Peter Kocot, D-Northampton. The bill, which calls for mandatory oral health screenings of every child prior to kindergarten, is written to ensure that PHDPs treat underserved populations in areas of Massachusetts that have been designated by the federal government as lacking access to dental care.
ProEx to open Waltham clinic
ProEx, a private practice specializing in orthopedics, spine and sports medicine, announced the opening of its 16th New England clinic, located at 431 River St., Waltham. David Melchiorri, a resident of Waltham, will serve as clinic manager and the primary physical therapist at the new 2,200-square-foot clinic. ProEx exercise technician Tony Haddad will also assist in the treatment of patients at the Waltham location. Melchiorri is a native of Waltham and graduate of Waltham High School where he was captain of the football team. He will be splitting his time between the new Waltham clinic and his current location in ProEx’s Woburn office. Melchiorri is a graduate of Boston University, where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy. He then completed a two-year specialty program in manual physical therapy from the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual therapy and a fellowship program in manual physical therapy from Boston University in 2015 and 2016, respectively. He was recently “pinned” as a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Norfolk County Register William O’Donnell announces 2016 achievements
Norfolk County Register William O’Donnell announced that the register office collected more than $55 million in revenue and recorded more than 160,000 transactions, including processing approximately 12,500 homestead applications, a 4 percent increase from 2015. The registry in 2016 also hit a couple of milestones. The first was its completion of its 34,000th book of land transactions. On the consumer front, the Registry reached its 500th subscriber milestone for its Consumer Notification Program. The free program allows any county resident to opt in and be alerted when any document is recorded against their name. To sign-up: norfolkdeeeds.org. The “History Comes Alive” transcription project was also introduced this year. The initiative makes land recorded documents written in the 18th and 19th centuries in the old cursive handwriting style easier to read by converting the words to text. In 2016, the registry focused on upgrading its computer security network, along with educating its workforce not to fall victim to a cyber-attack. On the capital improvement side, it also made several extensive renovations to its historic building opened in 1903.