11/20/2012

New CDA president puts advocacy at forefront


Lindsey Robinson, DDS, was installed as the new CDA president this month at the House of Delegates meeting in Newport Beach.

Robinson, a graduate of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, is a pediatric dentist practicing in Grass Valley. She succeeds Immediate Past President Dan Davidson, DMD.

During her speech to delegates, Robinson acknowledged that there are many changes occurring in dentistry today.

“The challenging curve balls for our profession are many and they are approaching with rapid speed,” Robinson said. “Major national trends are shaping the way health care will be practiced in the future.  Utilization of adult dental services has been declining even before the recession began in 2008. In the last 10 years, there has been a gradual shift in the source of financing for adult benefits from the private sector to government-sponsored programs and to the uninsured.” 

At the same time, Robinson continued, states are eliminating oral health programs and adult Medicaid benefits in response to budgetary constraints, shrinking the dental safety net and placing greater demands on hospital emergency departments where the cost to provide care is vastly more expensive. 

Robinson said CDA will continue to analyze the significant expansion of large group and corporate practices as models for delivering care and how changes by third-party payers are negatively impacting the relationship between the doctor and patient.

The CDA Dental Benefits Task Force is tracking the major influences that are shaping the financing of dental care for years to come, Robinson said.

“CDA has been, and will continue to be, at the forefront of advocacy on behalf of our members and the oral health of Californians on these important issues,” Robinson said.

Robinson is the past president of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the Butte-Sierra District Dental Society. She currently serves as the chair of the CDA Evaluation Committee and previously served as an ADA delegate, chair of the CDA Foundation and chair of the CDA Council on Community Health, among other committees. 

Robinson and her husband, Parker, live in Grass Valley. She has been a CDA member for 23 years.