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Most U.S. voters support adding dental to Medicare
August 28, 2019 -- Seven out of 10 U.S. voters support adding dental benefits to Medicare, according to poll data released on August 26. The majority of likely voters from every age group, race, gender, and political party supported the idea. Read More
Transgender patients feel welcome at dental offices
August 27, 2019 -- Transgender and gender-nonconforming patients often feel welcome, or at least neutral, when visiting the dental office, according to new study findings in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The same isn't always true when they receive care in other medical settings. Read More
VA updates dental disability rating schedule
August 15, 2019 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has updated its disability rating schedule for dental and oral conditions. Read More
New Anthem tool helps bridge the medical-dental divide
August 12, 2019 -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has launched an online tool that gives dentists access to a patient's medical history and current prescriptions. The tool is the first step to better integrate dentists into Anthem's medical ecosystem. Read More
CDA: Pause before postpayment chart review
August 2, 2019 -- Has your practice received a phone call from an insurance plan asking to conduct a postpayment chart review? Are you a contracted provider for that plan? The California Dental Association (CDA) provides an overview of this situation and recommends pausing before agreeing to a review if you are a noncontracted provider. Read More
Liberty Dental debuts value-based insurance program
July 19, 2019 -- Liberty Dental Plan has debuted a dental insurance program designed to reward providers based on patient health outcomes. Read More
New product: Quip launches consumer dental platform
July 15, 2019 -- Oral health company Quip has launched a new platform that allows consumers to book and pay for dental services. Read More
Private insurance boosts preventive care in older patients
July 12, 2019 -- Researchers found that having private dental insurance increased preventive service use by older patients by 25%. Adding a dental benefit to Medicare could significantly increase dental service use in this population, they noted. Read More
Study finds common oral surgeries aren't profitable
July 3, 2019 -- Some common oral surgery procedures are not profitable, according to a study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Without sedation, oral and maxillofacial surgeons can lose hundreds of dollars for popular procedures, including routine and surgical extractions. Read More
More than 70% of U.S. adults support dental therapists
July 2, 2019 -- More than 70% of U.S. adults support the idea of dental therapists, according to new survey data from Pew Charitable Trusts and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The findings demonstrate adults with private and public insurance appear open to new healthcare models. Read More
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Conferences
Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) 2021
June 9-12
Austin, Texas United States
IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition
July 21-24
Boston, Massachusetts United States
SmileCon 2021
October 10-13
Las Vegas, Nevada United States