Practice Management
Dental hygienist responsibilities in coding dental claims
February 1, 2023 -- While most dental hygienists cannot legally diagnose dental disease, they still have a legal responsibility to properly code what they do. Coding expert Estela Vargas shares tips for coding common dental hygiene treatments. Read More
Mass. dentist cops to embezzling $1.2M
January 27, 2023 -- A dentist and bookkeeper at a dental practice pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud for his role in embezzling $1.2 million from his employer and defrauding a U.S. relief fund, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. Read More
Dencap Dental Plans buys Golden State Dental
January 27, 2023 -- Michigan-based dental insurance plan provider Dencap Dental Plans purchased Golden State Dental for an undisclosed price. Read More
Debate to Better Dentistry: MLRs for dental plans
January 24, 2023 -- In this series hosted by Dr. Michael W. Davis, two prominent leaders in the dental profession answer the same questions about a hotly contested topic in the dental profession. Today's debate is on medical loss ratios (MLRs) with Michael Adelberg and Dr. Mouhab Rizkallah. Read More
U.S. court rules dental therapists can receive Medicaid payments
January 23, 2023 -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that dental health aide therapists in tribal communities in Washington can receive reimbursements from Medicaid, reversing a last-minute decision by the Trump administration. Read More
Ill. dentists seek dental insurance reform, more
January 19, 2023 -- On January 18, the Illinois State Dental Society set a robust 2023 legislative agenda that includes reforming dental insurance through the passage of a law like one that Massachusetts residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of in 2022. Read More
Majority of Americans favor adding dental services to Medicare
January 17, 2023 -- A majority of the U.S. population would welcome Medicare expanding its services, with most wanting vision and dental services added, according to a report published on January 10 by MedicarePlanTips.com. Read More
CDA files legal action against Delta Dental of California
January 6, 2023 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) has filed a legal action against Delta Dental of California in San Francisco Superior Court challenging the company's adjustments to premier and preferred provider organization agreements that took effect on January 1. Read More
Schein's eAssist acquires Unitas
January 5, 2023 -- Henry Schein subsidiary eAssist Dental Solutions has acquired a majority interest in Unitas PPO Solutions, which negotiates insurance reimbursements for dental practices. Read More
Study finds employer-sponsored health insurance comes up short
January 4, 2023 -- U.S. adults -- and especially women -- are increasingly finding healthcare to be unaffordable with employer-sponsored health insurance plans, according to a research letter published on December 27 in JAMA. Dental care was deemed to be the most unaffordable. Read More
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