Practice Management
5 practical questions to ask yourself about dental insurance
March 14, 2019 -- Dental insurance is a complex issue, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest column. He poses five practical questions to ask yourself to find out if you are getting what you need from your insurance reimbursements.  Discuss
CDT code changes require practice flexibility: Part 1
February 26, 2019 -- Navigating the changes in the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclatures (CDT codes) can be difficult for even the most organized dental practices. In the first of a two-part series, Christine Alfano of Vyne is here to help you stay on top of the changes.  Discuss
U.S. dental spending projected to reach $203B by 2027
February 21, 2019 -- Annual U.S. spending on dental care is projected to reach more than $203 billion by 2027, according to a February 20 report in Health Affairs. While dental care spending will increase by more than $60 billion by that point, the annual growth rate for dental spending will lag overall growth in healthcare expenditures in the country.  Discuss
Guardian to provide $400K for dental care in 4 states
February 13, 2019 -- Guardian Life Insurance Company of America has granted $400,000 to Dental Lifeline Network to provide oral healthcare for in-need residents of Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Survey: Most U.S. dentists support adding dental to Medicare
November 21, 2018 -- A majority of respondents to a survey of 20,000 U.S. dentists support adding dental coverage to Medicare, according to research from the ADA's Health Policy Institute and Oral Health America. The survey findings were presented at the recent American Public Health Association annual meeting.  Discuss
Coding case study: Midyear changes can impact your reimbursement
November 19, 2018 -- If your practice accepts insurance, you've probably been faced with a situation in which the provider implements contractual changes. And sometimes, despite everyone's best efforts, you find yourself unprepared for the effect of this change to your reimbursement projections. Dental benefits analyst Cindy Hartwell with the California Dental Association's CDA Practice Support illustrates a case study of one such occurrence.  Discuss
MetLife again tops list of large-group dental carriers
November 14, 2018 -- DrBicuspid.com brings you an updated list of the top five large-group dental carriers in the U.S. While it is no surprise that MetLife is the first company on the list, four of the five companies saw their total dental premiums drop from 2017 to 2018.  Discuss
DentaQuest again tops J.D. Power's insurance survey
November 13, 2018 -- DentaQuest has once again topped J.D. Power's annual consumer survey of dental insurers.
Bupivacaine liposome gets 2019 CDT code
November 12, 2018 -- The ADA has created a new Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) for Exparel, a bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension from Pacira Pharmaceuticals.
3 states vote to expand Medicaid
November 9, 2018 -- Voters in three U.S. states elected to expand Medicaid benefits in the midterm election on November 6. The expansion will provide healthcare coverage to thousands of more people in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah, but only beneficiaries in some states will gain access to dental benefits.  Discuss
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