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New law provides $32M in funding for U.S. oral health programs
December 14, 2018 -- The Action for Dental Health Act became law on December 11, 2018, after stalling for more than 18 months in the U.S. Congress. The law funds oral health promotion and disease prevention program and also aims to increase access to care in underserved communities. It is cited by both the ADA and Oral Health America as a victory for dentistry and public health.  Discuss
DentaQuest launches new payment model with Texas DSO
December 13, 2018 -- DentaQuest has entered into an agreement in Texas to administer a contract in the state's Medicaid program with dental service organization (DSO) Brident Dental using a value-based care and payment model.  Discuss
3Shape integrates with 3M ortho software
December 13, 2018 -- 3Shape and 3M have announced a partnership that allows practitioners to use 3Shape's scanner to digitally integrate with 3M's Oral Care portal.
Carestream Dental, 3M partner on aligner scans
December 11, 2018 -- Carestream Dental and 3M have announced a partnership that allows Carestream's CS 3500 and CS 3600 intraoral scanners to digitally integrate with 3M's Oral Care Portal.  Discuss
Planmed gets FDA OK for new CBCT scanner features
December 7, 2018 -- Planmed has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for new features on its Verity cone-beam CT (CBCT) scanner.  Discuss
Apteryx gets FDA clearance for 3D imaging module
December 6, 2018 -- Apteryx has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the 3D module of its XVWeb imaging service.  Discuss
Patterson reports lower dental sales, income in Q2
December 6, 2018 -- Patterson Companies reported lower sales in its dental segment and a drop in net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2019.  Discuss
Western Dental acquires 63 practices from Guardian insurance
December 6, 2018 -- Premier Dental Holdings, the parent company of Western Dental, has agreed to acquire the dental service organization (DSO) operations of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. The DSO includes 63 practices located in Alabama, California, and Texas.
Tab32 updates patient communication software
December 6, 2018 -- Software developer Tab32 has released an updated version of its HelloPatient patient communication and management software system.
Legal Cases: Disruptive patient and incomplete restorative work
December 5, 2018 -- In their latest Legal Cases column, William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc Leffler present a case in which a patient became disruptive and had to be removed from the dental office by the police after incomplete restorative work. Read on to learn how the case was resolved and what you can do to help your practice.  Discuss