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ADEA supports adding dental benefit to Medicare
October 15, 2021 -- The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has come out in support of adding a dental benefit to Medicare. A month ago, the ADEA told lawmakers that adding coverage under Medicare Part B, which is part of a U.S. congressional budget proposal, would be problematic. Read More
Delta Dental taps new chief collaboration officer
October 13, 2021 -- Delta Dental Plans Association has named Michael Schwartz as its chief strategic collaboration officer. Read More
18 ex-NBA players, spouse charged for $4M in dental, medical fraud
October 11, 2021 -- An alleged scheme to defraud the National Basketball Association's (NBA) benefits plan by submitting $4 million in false dental and medical claims has led to charges against 18 former players and a spouse, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Read More
Some dentists enrolled in Medicaid not treating beneficiaries
October 11, 2021 -- A state may have a significant share of dentists enrolled in Medicaid, but that doesn't mean they are treating these low-income patients, according to a research brief presented on October 4 by the ADA's Health Policy Institute. Read More
Medicaid reimbursement rose for adults in 2020
October 6, 2021 -- In 2020, the average Medicaid reimbursement in states that provide adult dental services was about 54% of private insurance reimbursement, an increase of 4 percentage points from 2017, according to a webinar hosted on October 4 by the ADA's Health Policy Institute. Read More
Sun Life to acquire DentaQuest for $2.5B
October 4, 2021 -- U.S. employee benefits provider Sun Life Financial announced that it will spend $2.475 billion to acquire Medicaid dental benefits provider DentaQuest. The deal will double revenues for Sun Life's U.S. business. Read More
Virtual Dental Care inks teledentistry deal with Humana
October 1, 2021 -- Virtual Dental Care is partnering with Humana to offer 24/7 teledentistry services beginning in 2022. Read More
Second Opinion: Dental therapists key to making Medicare benefit work
September 30, 2021 -- For the first time since Medicare's inception in 1965, Congress may approve legislation that adds dental benefits to Medicare Part B. In his next Second Opinion piece, Dr. Frank Catalanotto shares why dental therapists may be the key to making Medicare benefits work. Read More
Second Opinion: ADA Medicare proposal doesn't provide much benefit
September 29, 2021 -- For the first time since Medicare's inception in 1965, Congress may approve legislation that adds dental benefits to Medicare Part B. In this first of two Second Opinion pieces, Dr. Frank Catalanotto shares why the ADA's proposal for senior dental care wouldn't be a victory for all. Read More
Dental orgs urge CMS to establish specific coding for dental surgeries
September 24, 2021 -- The ADA, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish specific coding for dental outpatient surgeries performed at hospitals or surgical centers. Read More
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