Practice Management
CHIP not included in U.S. government funding bill
December 11, 2017 -- Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was not included in a stopgap resolution that keeps the U.S. government funded until December 22, 2017.  Discuss
U.S. House resolution may provide stopgap CHIP funding
December 5, 2017 -- A U.S. House of Representatives resolution introduced on December 4 may provide short-term funding to keep both the U.S. government and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) operating.  Discuss
Adults aren't visiting the dentist -- and no one knows why
November 13, 2017 -- Riddle me this: More adults have dental benefit coverage, and fewer adults report cost as a barrier to dental care, yet dental visits stayed flat in 2015. Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist for the ADA Health Policy Institute, recently discussed what could be driving these trends.  Discuss
DentaQuest tops J.D. Power's dental insurance survey
November 10, 2017 -- DentaQuest has again topped J.D. Power's annual consumer survey of dental insurers.  Discuss
Record dental care coverage, dentist visits for U.S. kids
November 9, 2017 -- More children than ever before are visiting the dentist, and that could be because 90% of children in the U.S. have dental benefit coverage. These record statistics are just the latest in a long trend that show federal dental health policy may be having a real impact.  Discuss
U.S. House passes CHIP funding
November 3, 2017 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to reauthorize funding of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Discuss
New U.S. bill would remove Medicare prescription rule
November 2, 2017 -- A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on October 31 would remove the mandate for dentists to become a Medicare provider for their patient's prescriptions to be reimbursed by Medicare Part D. This bill would theoretically allow older Americans a wider range of dentists to choose from.  Discuss
ADA launches new credentialing service
October 10, 2017 -- The ADA and the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) have launched a new credentialing service for all U.S. dentists.  Discuss
CHIP funding in question as deadline passes without vote
October 2, 2017 -- The September 30 deadline for the renewal of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has passed with no action taken by U.S. legislators.
Another bill to repeal, replace Obamacare has failed
September 27, 2017 -- The latest attempt to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, will not be put to a vote, U.S. Senate Republicans said on September 26. The Graham-Cassidy bill would have changed the way state Medicaid programs are funded, which could have affected recent advances made in improving pediatric dental utilization.  Discuss
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