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Second Opinion: Dentistry is essential -- only when it wants to be
August 2, 2021 -- With personal protective equipment and vaccines on the line, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted dentistry to tout the importance of oral health. But why hasn't the profession always been this vocal? Dr. Caroline Zeller asks the hard questions in this riveting opinion piece. Read More
Dental visits lag for publicly insured patients
July 29, 2021 -- By August 2020, privately insured patients were visiting the dentist at about the same rate as before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. But dental utilization still lagged by 7.5% for patients with public insurance. Read More
Dental Practice Made Simple: Raising your fees
July 28, 2021 -- Have you raised your fees lately? If not, now is the time, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin in the latest episode of Dental Practice Made Simple. A small increase can help your practice keep up with inflation for materials, technology, and staffing. Read More
Survey shows voter support for Medicare dental coverage
July 27, 2021 -- A YouGov survey conducted this month found that 8 in 10 voters support adding dental coverage to Medicare, according to a statement released by the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, Families USA, and the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network. Read More
Proposed $3.5T budget would add dental to Medicare
July 15, 2021 -- U.S. Democrats announced an agreement on a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint that would expand Medicare to provide money for dental benefits, according to a July 13 article in the New York Times. Read More
Second Opinion: Why isn't dentistry considered essential?
July 14, 2021 -- What will it take to get dentistry recognized as essential to U.S. healthcare? Dr. Fred S. Ferguson explores the steps the dental industry can take to boost its value to the larger medical ecosystem in this thought-provoking and multifaceted piece. Read More
Now is the time to prepare for the student rush
July 13, 2021 -- What we used to think of as typical returning dates for college students is not true anymore. As the mother of two college students, Lynne Leggett breaks down why now is the time to make sure you have your students scheduled for their regular checkups. Read More
How to care for more patients without more paperwork
July 13, 2021 -- Most people in the U.S. have private dental coverage. As a result, many dentists are in network with multiple plans. But there are also plans you can add that will not increase the amount of time your staff spends on administrative tasks, writes Jenn Stoll in her explanation of dental savings plans. Read More
Ignorance isn't bliss: No-show fees for Medicaid patients
July 9, 2021 -- Lawsuits have been filed against alleged violators related to unlawful billing of Medicaid beneficiaries for missed appointments. But ignorance of the statutes is not a valid excuse for violation, writes Dr. Michael W. Davis in this look at Medicaid billing regulations. Read More
SRS launches virtual consultations for mConsent
July 9, 2021 -- SRS Web Solutions recently launched virtual consultations as part of its mConsent product solutions suite. Read More
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SmileCon 2021
October 10-13
Las Vegas, Nevada United States