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.
Workplace noise causes health problems for dental team
September 29, 2017 -- Is the noise in your office or laboratory affecting you? Researchers assessed noise levels in both environments and found that the presence of certain types of sound and the degree of exposure were linked to various short- and long-term mental and physical effects.  Discuss
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
Survey: How many U.S. companies offer dental benefits?
September 26, 2017 -- Have you ever wondered what percentage of U.S. companies actually offer dental insurance benefits to their employees, who are your patients? Does the data support the belief that most U.S. companies do offer these benefits? A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation asked what percentage of U.S. companies offer separate dental benefits and what percentage of the cost do these companies cover.  Discuss
Data Trends: Gross production per chair down since 2010
September 25, 2017 -- What is your gross production per chair per hour this year? How does it compare with a few years ago? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software finds that data show that production at U.S. practices has not rebounded this decade.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for office security: How secure is your practice?
September 25, 2017 -- Fall is a good time to perform a safety inspection for your office. If you've been in the same location for a while, you might believe that there's no need for such a check. But things are always changing inside and outside your office. You want to make sure your facility is in the best shape for patients, staff, visitors, and yourself, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
What dentists need to know about Graham-Cassidy
September 22, 2017 -- Experts have criticized the latest Republican U.S. healthcare bill, which would change the way state Medicaid programs are funded. The ADA cautioned that some of the provisions in the Graham-Cassidy bill could reverse recent advances made in improving pediatric dental utilization.  Discuss
Is your retirement plan due for an annual checkup?
September 21, 2017 -- Regular visits to your office allow your patients to consult with an expert to determine if their teeth are healthy or if there are problems that need attention. Similarly, the retirement plan that you provide your team members should be reviewed with a pension expert at least once a year to check for any issues that must be addressed, writes retirement planning expert Tom Zgainer.  Discuss
Wash. fines dental insurer $300K
September 21, 2017 -- The Washington state insurance commissioner has fined a dental insurer $300,000 for provider contract and customer service issues.  Discuss
Success is a team effort: Part 2 -- Don't neglect the business
September 19, 2017 -- In the first part of this series, Lindy Benton and Lynne Leggett, the founder and CEO of Victory Dental Management, discussed patient engagement and building a practice team. In part 2, they address other prevalent issues practice leaders face, including the human resources aspect of a practice and managing the revenue cycle.  Discuss
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