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
New U.S. bill extends CHIP funding for 10 years February 9, 2018 -- Long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was extended for 10 years in the U.S. government budget bill signed by President Donald Trump on February 9.
6-year funding approved for CHIP January 23, 2018 -- Long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was included in the short-term U.S. government funding bill signed by President Donald Trump on January 22. Discuss
Medical and dental insurance appear fated to converge January 18, 2018 -- The medical and dental insurance markets have operated in separate silos for decades. But that could start to change -- and sooner than you think. Industry insiders say the question isn't if the two industries will converge, but rather when and how. Discuss
UCLA dental school receives $1.5M grant January 16, 2018 -- The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry has received a $1.5 million grant from Delta Dental of California to launch a community-based clinical education program.
Sheri's Solutions: How we gather benefits information January 9, 2018 -- Precisely determining a patient's dental insurance coverage should not be complicated, but it is for many offices, writes Dr. Sheri B. Doniger in her latest Sheri's Solutions column. She outlines the process her office uses and the variables she and her team must deal with. Discuss