ACA: Dental coverage rising for young adults via expanded coverage
July 23, 2014 -- More young adults are getting dental coverage under the healthcare policies of their parents, according to a new report by ADA researchers. This "spillover" effect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) dependent coverage policy stems from employers' voluntary expansion of dental coverage, which dovetails with the expansion of medical coverage.
5 ways to ensure safe dental restorations for patients
July 23, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Gary Iocco, president of the National Association of Dental Laboratories, reminds dental professionals that poorly made dental restorations -- whether made in the U.S. or abroad -- can lead to a range of health consequences for patients and, in turn, legal consequences for dentists.
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.
U.S. Census report data outline key dental opportunities
July 10, 2014 -- While you might hear anecdotal statistics about the aging population of the U.S. or a news report about the retirement of the baby boomers, the realities of the situation, and perhaps opportunities for your practice, were made clear by a recent, comprehensive report by the U.S. Census Bureau.
U.S. House bill introduced to expand veterans' dental care
July 10, 2014 -- U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas has introduced a bill that would ensure veterans have access to enhanced dental care, authorize a pilot program to use community-based clinics for extensive dental work, and provide dental health education that would encourage prevention.
Dos and don'ts for office efficiency: Turn frustration into innovation
July 7, 2014 -- Even if your practice has perfect management systems today, they might be less than perfect tomorrow. Conditions change, and systems should change accordingly. Dr. Roger P. Levin advises practices to evaluate their systems every three years. But if problems arise before the scheduled review, don't put up with the frustration and inefficiency. Instead, address the problem without delay and innovate a solution.
Why dental benefits matter on agenda at national health plans conference
June 23, 2014 -- Executives from DentaQuest recently spoke at a national health plans conference on how medical insurers can be innovators by including dental services. In this Second Opinion, they write that oral health professionals have long understood the connection between oral and overall health, and that consumers see value in having dental benefits.
Colo. adds adult dental Medicaid coverage
June 19, 2014 -- Colorado adults on Medicaid now have dental coverage, including an annual benefit of up to $1,000 in dental services. Previously, only emergency dental services were covered, according to Oral Health Colorado.
Sheri's Solutions: 'We have unlimited insurance!'
June 11, 2014 -- How many times have you had patients tell you they have "unlimited" insurance? And how often does that turn out to be not quite the case? In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger relates an example of this from her own practice and how her practice handles these instances.
Commission recommends extending CHIP funding
June 9, 2014 -- The Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Payment Access Commission has recommended that the U.S. Congress should extend CHIP funding for a transition period of two additional years.
Ill. passes bill to restore adult dental Medicaid coverage
June 6, 2014 -- Illinois lawmakers have passed a bill to restore adult dental coverage for Medicaid patients after emergency room costs for dental problems mushroomed when the program was cut. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for signing.
ACOG: Dental x-rays, prophies OK during pregnancy
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has determined that teeth cleaning and x-rays are safe for pregnant women and is urging all obstetricians and gynecologists to recommend routine oral health assessments during a patient's first prenatal visit. Read more.