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
Practice Rescue: 5 ways to decrease your accounts receivable January 4, 2018 -- Do your patients complain about differences between what they were told a procedure would cost and what they were billed? In the debut of the Practice Rescue column, Jill Shue of Custom Dental Solutions offers five ways to decrease your accounts receivable and improve patient communication. Discuss
Adults aren't visiting the dentist -- and no one knows why November 13, 2017 -- Riddle me this: More adults have dental benefit coverage, and fewer adults report cost as a barrier to dental care, yet dental visits stayed flat in 2015. Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist for the ADA Health Policy Institute, recently discussed what could be driving these trends. Discuss