Do's and don'ts for the office manager: Get ready for summer May 8, 2017 -- For many practices, summer is the busiest time of the year. Take some time to review the patient schedule for the next three months. Check employees' vacation schedules to make sure you have adequate coverage. In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin offers these and other tips for getting your practice ready for summer.
How to get Medicaid dental compliance right May 8, 2017 -- One way Medicaid officials look for potential fraud cases is to look at an office's compliance program. As Andrew Oreffice, a senior vice president at Benevis Practice Services writes, having a comprehensive compliance program in place is a good way to get ahead of any issues.
Microthreaded-neck implants produce less bone loss May 5, 2017 -- Previous studies have found that the use of implants with a rough surface and microthreaded neck may reduce crestal bone loss compared with other implant types, but this positive effect is subject to various factors. To take a closer look at this important issue, a new systematic review examined high-quality research on the topic.
U.S. House passes bill to repeal and replace Obamacare May 4, 2017 -- The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," on May 4. The bill gives states more control over the essential services they cover, including pediatric dental care.
Dentistry and diagnostic coding May 4, 2017 -- Did you know that five U.S. states already require the use of some diagnostic codes for Medicaid dental claims? As Dr. Mark Jurkovich writes, many procedures performed in a dental office require these codes, and understanding them can help your patients and your practice.
Study tests particle-filled resins for partial crowns May 4, 2017 -- What materials do you use for single-tooth, partial-crown restorations? Particle-filled composite resin CAD/CAM materials are a promising addition to practitioner's toolbox, but do they hold up over time? Researchers tested 42 partial-crown restorations over two years to see how well these restorations performed.
New 2017 budget bill increases NIH, CDC funding May 3, 2017 -- A new U.S. government budget bill proposes increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The funding includes millions of dollars for efforts that prevent and treat opioid abuse.
Interproximally reduced teeth fare better with fluoride May 3, 2017 -- Can fluoride varnish prevent demineralization of teeth following interproximal reduction? To find out, researchers put two varnishes to the test, running dozens of reduced dental surfaces through a simulated oral environment.
Oral hygiene should be included in stroke rehab May 2, 2017 -- Gingival bleeding and plaque levels were reduced in outpatient stroke rehabilitation patients who were enrolled in oral hygiene instruction programs in a new study, researchers report. However, results were better when the patients used a powered toothbrush and chlorhexidine mouthwash.