Week in Review: Aspen settlement; Ala. Supreme Court ruling; 6 tips for male patients

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement on June 18 with Aspen Dental Management that requires the company to change the way it does business in the state and pay a $450,000 civil penalty. Read our report here.

The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a state law restricting nondentists from offering teeth-whitening products and services. The ruling affirmed an earlier decision that such services are reasonably related to public health and safety. Read more here.

As Father's Day is this weekend, DrBicuspid.com asked Dr. George Koumaras of Anthem to list six tips you can relate to your male (and female) patients all year to help them improve their oral health.

Out of the $90 billion paid by the U.S. government in Medicare payments in 2013, oral health-related providers received an average of $60 per service performed, according to new research from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read more here.

With this week's settlement agreement between the attorney general and Aspen Dental, we're curious to see what the next steps will be in this matter and if this agreement will have a wide-ranging effect. Join your fellow dentists on our Forums and let us know what you think.

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