Practice Management
5 ways to open oral health access to Medicare recipients
September 19, 2019 -- As policymakers in Washington, DC, explore ways to make dental care more affordable for approximately 60 million Medicare recipients, the Kaiser Family Foundation on September 18 issued a brief that outlined five possible ways they may achieve this goal.  Discuss
CDA: No one-size-fits-all when it comes to dental benefit contracting
September 17, 2019 -- How do you decide whether to add or drop participation with a dental benefit plan/network? Cindy Hartwell of California Dental Association (CDA) Practice Support provides a look at some of the issues involved in the decision and cautions not making the decision solely based on fees.  Discuss
NJ adopts law banning sale of dental provider contracts
September 10, 2019 -- New Jersey has joined 15 other states in prohibiting the sale or lease of access to certain dental provider network contracts with the passage of new legislation banning the practice.
Top 5 dental benefit issues -- and what to do about them
September 5, 2019 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Chances are your dental school didn't cover dental benefits, but they're still an important part of running a practice. Staff from the ADA Practice Institute discussed common dental benefit issues at this week's 2019 joint ADA and FDI World Dental Federation meeting.  Discuss
CVS, Aetna merger upheld by judge
September 5, 2019 -- The merger between pharmacy giant CVS and insurer Aetna has been upheld by a U.S. district judge.
Solving 3 common issues with claim attachments
August 29, 2019 -- Obtaining predetermination from a payor is crucial for a practice, but being told that a paper image didn't arrive or was unusable is a common frustration. Robert Patrick of Vyne outlines three common issues with claim attachments and how your practice can avoid them.  Discuss
Most U.S. voters support adding dental to Medicare
August 28, 2019 -- Seven out of 10 U.S. voters support adding dental benefits to Medicare, according to poll data released on August 26. The majority of likely voters from every age group, race, gender, and political party supported the idea.  Discuss
Transgender patients feel welcome at dental offices
August 27, 2019 -- Transgender and gender-nonconforming patients often feel welcome, or at least neutral, when visiting the dental office, according to new study findings in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The same isn't always true when they receive care in other medical settings.  Discuss
VA updates dental disability rating schedule
August 15, 2019 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has updated its disability rating schedule for dental and oral conditions.
New Anthem tool helps bridge the medical-dental divide
August 12, 2019 -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has launched an online tool that gives dentists access to a patient's medical history and current prescriptions. The tool is the first step to better integrate dentists into Anthem's medical ecosystem.  Discuss
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