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  • Scams played on dentists: Part 1
    July 30, 2014 -- In a new three-part series, Dr. Michael W. Davis details some of the ways dentists and dental offices are vulnerable to scams. This first part will introduce the series and discuss embezzlement and scams that are played on vulnerable employee dentists.

  • Oral piercing group to dentists: Work with us!
    July 2, 2014 -- Oral piercings may make parents shudder and dentists cringe, but they are here to stay. Consequently, it's in the best interest of everyone involved to ensure that it's done safely, and the Association of Professional Piercers wants to work with oral health professionals to make that happen.

  • Sheri's Solutions: Sorry, we don't take your 'insurance'
    July 14, 2014 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger asks how you handle the oft-asked question of "Do you take my insurance?" While seemingly a straightforward question, the answer involves preparation and important practice management decisions.

  • Blind Spots: When a patient refuses nonelective treatment
    July 15, 2014 -- In her latest Blind Spots column, practice management consultant Jan Keller asks how your practice reacts when a patient refuses treatment, particularly nonelective, mandatory treatment? Do you have a plan in place or do you let the patient walk out the door?

  • Image Gently in Dentistry: Child-size x-ray dose for kids
    July 28, 2014 -- The upcoming Image Gently in Dentistry campaign reminds dentists that children are more sensitive to ionizing radiation than adults. Dr. Allan Farman provides guidelines for pediatric imaging and emphasizes that dental professionals should image gently and image wisely.

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Sheri's Solutions: The invitation
In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger discusses how to make potential new patients feel welcome. She notes that when patients feel as if they received an invitation to our practices, they feel as if they are joining a family of patients rather than becoming a number.

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Texas files another lawsuit against Xerox in Medicaid scandal
August 29, 2014 -- In the latest development in the ongoing Texas Medicaid scandal, the state Health and Human Services Commission has filed a second lawsuit against Xerox, claiming the company is refusing to turn over patient records.
Touchless image navigation will change dental surgery
August 28, 2014 -- Touchless screen navigation technology is inexpensive and widely available. Now researchers in Argentina have incorporated a touchless controller into a successful experimental dental surgery workstation, improving ease of image software navigation while ensuring sterility.
Levin Q&A: Is social media right for your practice?
August 28, 2014 -- As three-quarters of consumers rely on social media to influence their purchasing decisions, Dr. Roger P. Levin answers questions about the integration of social media and offers some practical ideas as to how to start, or improve, your use of this important medium.
Conn. dentist transitions from practitioner to entrepreneur
August 27, 2014 -- When it became difficult for Dr. Greg Schwab to continue serving his patients, he sought to use his expertise in a way that would allow him to stay connected with dentistry. After examining different opportunities, Dr. Schwab has transitioned from practicing dentistry to acquiring practices, keeping him involved in what he is passionate about.
Covered California to offer expanded dental coverage
August 27, 2014 -- Covered California will offer new family dental plans to those who enroll in health insurance coverage in 2015. All individual health insurance plans sold through the exchange will include pediatric dental benefits for those younger than 19.
Blood, saliva tests help predict HPV-linked HNC recurrence
August 26, 2014 -- Blood and saliva tests can accurately predict the recurrence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-linked head and neck cancers (HNC), according to a recent study in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery. Finding HPV DNA in both blood and saliva samples after treatment accurately predicted recurrence 70% of the time.
Israel ends water fluoridation
August 26, 2014 -- Under the direction of its Health Minister, Israel will end water fluoridation on August 26. The decision was criticized by the Israeli Dental Association and ends a practice that has served 70% of the country and had been in place since 1970.
Leaders in Dentistry: Dr. Stuart Frost
August 25, 2014 -- In our latest Leaders in Dentistry interview, Dr. Stuart Frost talks about advances and evolutions in orthodontic treatments, how he sees older practitioners become inspired by new treatments and technologies, and what it's like to lecture internationally.
Dos and don'ts for handling staff conflict
August 25, 2014 -- Staff conflict is one of the most challenging practice management concerns for dentists. It's also inevitable that disagreements among team members will arise at some point. The key to resolution is to handle the quarrel promptly and effectively, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Feds audit La. Medicaid billings for pediatric dental services
August 22, 2014 -- A federal audit has found that 27 Louisiana dental providers treating children on Medicaid have excessive billing practices. These providers may be billing for services that were never performed, performing unnecessary procedures to increase profits, or providing questionable quality of care, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Services Office of Inspector General.
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