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U.S. House overwhelmingly passes opioid reform bill
June 22, 2018 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that addresses the ongoing opioid epidemic.  Discuss
Dental never events: Moving beyond wrong-tooth extraction
May 23, 2018 -- Can you identify the "never events" in dentistry -- patient care incidents that safety experts agree should never happen? The concept of these never events is familiar in medicine, but its use in dentistry is more limited. An international team of researchers developed a list of dental never events that goes beyond wrong-tooth extraction.  Discuss
Ariz. governor signs dental therapist bill
May 17, 2018 -- Arizona has become the seventh state to allow dental therapists to practice.  Discuss
Delta Dental to pay $65M to settle CDA lawsuit
May 3, 2018 -- Delta Dental of California will pay a total of $65 million to more than 14,000 California dentists to settle a 2013 reimbursement lawsuit filed by the California Dental Association (CDA). The settlement was jointly announced on May 1.  Discuss
Dental practice threatens to report parent for lack of care
March 29, 2018 -- A pediatric dental office in Bartonsville, PA, sent a letter to a mother stating the practice may report her to that state's child protective services for not bringing her child in for follow-up care.  Discuss
Legal Cases: Implant placement into the maxillary sinus
March 14, 2018 -- A group practice's dentists proposed a treatment plan of three implants for a 60-year-old man with missing teeth. However, after the implants were placed, an x-ray showed one of the implants projected beyond the bony floor of the patient's sinuses. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc Leffler write, sometimes there is a difference between acceptable clinical practice and what a jury may see.  Discuss
Court finds Calif. illegally cut pay for hygienists
March 9, 2018 -- A state judge has ruled that the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) illegally reduced payments for dental hygienists who work outside of the dental office. The department oversees the state's dental Medicaid program, Denti-Cal  Discuss
FTC provides new details in case against distributors
February 16, 2018 -- On February 15, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new details about its antitrust complaint against dentistry's three largest distributors. It also suggested nine actions it believes the companies should be required to take if they are found guilty of conspiracy.  Discuss
Benevis, Kool Smiles settle with DOJ for $24M
January 10, 2018 -- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $23.9 million settlement with dental management company Benevis and its Kool Smiles affiliate after a seven-year False Claims Act investigation.  Discuss
Kool Smiles practice faces lawsuit after child deaths
January 10, 2018 -- Two children have died after being treated at a Kool Smiles practice in Yuma, AZ, over the past two years. The practice now faces a wrongful death lawsuit concerning the death of a 4-year-old girl, and the death of a 2-year-old boy also is being investigated.  Discuss