WDA awards dental health program grants
June 17, 2013 -- The Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) Foundation is giving more than $51,000 in grants and designated funding to 20 programs that bring oral healthcare to low-income residents and provide other dentistry-related services.
EHR Countdown: Beware the fine print
June 14, 2013 -- Who owns and controls patient data once a practice goes digital? Health IT expert Mike Uretz cautions that the devil's in the details when it comes to electronic health records (EHR) contracts and patient data.
Minn. event provides $1M in free dental care
June 14, 2013 -- Minnesota Mission of Mercy is providing $1 million in free dental care on June 14 and 15. The event is being held at the Stanford Center in Bemidji, MN, by the Minnesota Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Foundation.
Video tool helps reduce patients' fear of dental injections
June 13, 2013 -- A computerized video tool designed to reduce fear of dental injections has the potential to help patients stop avoiding dental care due to that fear, according to a study in the Journal of Dental Research. Twice as many participants who saw the videos subsequently opted to get a dental injection.
Calif. may restore adult dental Medicaid benefits
June 12, 2013 -- California legislators -- including Gov. Jerry Brown -- have approved a budget that restores some adult dental benefits in Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. Some $77 million has been slated for dental coverage next year, including preventive care, restorations, and full dentures.
1st AAPD Dental Home Day a success
June 12, 2013 -- Forty American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) members and affiliated volunteers from across the U.S. helped provide free dental care to 91 homeless children during the first annual Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Dental Home Day.
Mont. dentist starts dental assistant program
June 10, 2013 -- A Montana dentist has come up with a novel solution to a chronic shortage of experienced dental assistants: He started his own program, which touts hands-on training by dentists. The first class of 15 students started last month, and graduates are guaranteed 30 hours of employment.
15 Minutes to Excellence: Fee-for-service vs. insurance
June 7, 2013 -- In the current economic climate, should your office participate in one or more dental insurance plans, or can you afford to focus only on fee-for-service patients? That's the question practice management consultant Linda Miles tackles in the latest episode of "15 Minutes to Excellence."