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Inspire Medical's sleep apnea treatment gets Aetna coverage
July 11, 2018 -- Inspire Medical Systems announced that Aetna will provide coverage for its Inspire therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.  Discuss
Ky. cuts dental, vision benefits for 460K residents
July 3, 2018 -- The administration of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has eliminated Medicaid dental and vision coverage for up to 460,000 residents of that state, according to multiple published reports.  Discuss
Texas lags behind in oral health for seniors
July 2, 2018 -- Texas has some work to do if it wants to improve the oral health for older adults in the state. Bianca Rogers, a public affairs manager for Oral Health America, gave tips on how the state can improve key metrics related to oral health for this population during a June 26 webinar.  Discuss
Guardian to provide $125K for dental care in Wash.
June 27, 2018 -- Guardian Life Insurance Company of America has granted $125,000 to Dental Lifeline Network to provide oral healthcare for in-need Washington state residents.  Discuss
New CE courses focus on handpiece sterilization, insurance
June 18, 2018 -- Two new continuing education (CE) courses are now available from DrBicuspid.com. One course focuses on dental handpiece sterilization and the second on insurance independence and reimbursement.  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
JADA: Oral health varies by immigration status
April 17, 2018 -- Immigrants in the U.S. experience significantly worse oral health than individuals who were born in the country, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The findings imply a need for dentists to better reach immigrant communities, according to the researchers.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for insurance: Stay on top of insurance participation
March 26, 2018 -- Practices should review patient insurance participation each year, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. They should be aware of important data, such as what percentage of total practice collections is generated by insurance and which insurance plans pay the highest and the lowest reimbursement rates. This information will help practices make the best decisions regarding insurance participation.  Discuss
7 ideas to move to higher-reimbursement patients
March 16, 2018 -- Is your practice meeting your production and collection goals? Is your schedule full, but your per-hour reimbursement lower than you would like? Practice management consultant Jen Butler has seen clients in this situation and offers seven practical tips to shift your practice to higher-reimbursement patients.  Discuss
U.S. dental spending projected to hit $192B by 2026
February 15, 2018 -- Annual U.S. spending on dental care is projected to reach $192 billion by 2026, according to a February 14 report in Health Affairs. While spending on dental care will increase by more than $80 billion compared with 2013, the annual growth rate for dental spending will lag overall growth in healthcare expenditures in the country.  Discuss
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