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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
Align terminates interoperability contract with 3Shape
December 20, 2017 -- Medical device company Align Technology will terminate its interoperability contract with 3Shape as of January 17, 2018.  Discuss
Calif. inspects practices for imaging education violations
December 18, 2017 -- The California Department of Public Health has been conducting compliance inspections of the state's dental practices to uncover instances of unlicensed dental assistants operating imaging machines, according to the California Dental Association (CDA).
CHIP not included in U.S. government funding bill
December 11, 2017 -- Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was not included in a stopgap resolution that keeps the U.S. government funded until December 22, 2017.  Discuss
U.S. House resolution may provide stopgap CHIP funding
December 5, 2017 -- A U.S. House of Representatives resolution introduced on December 4 may provide short-term funding to keep both the U.S. government and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) operating.  Discuss
Another bill to repeal, replace Obamacare has failed
September 27, 2017 -- The latest attempt to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, will not be put to a vote, U.S. Senate Republicans said on September 26. The Graham-Cassidy bill would have changed the way state Medicaid programs are funded, which could have affected recent advances made in improving pediatric dental utilization.  Discuss
What dentists need to know about Graham-Cassidy
September 22, 2017 -- Experts have criticized the latest Republican U.S. healthcare bill, which would change the way state Medicaid programs are funded. The ADA cautioned that some of the provisions in the Graham-Cassidy bill could reverse recent advances made in improving pediatric dental utilization.  Discuss
Dental chain to pay $1.4M to resolve Medicaid billing case
September 8, 2017 -- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an almost $1.4 million Medicaid billing settlement with Dental Dreams.  Discuss