3 major trends discussed at the 2021 DTA meeting

By Theresa Pablos, DrBicuspid.com editor in chief

November 12, 2021 -- SAN DIEGO - Dentistry's movers and shakers came together in San Diego to discuss the present and future of dentistry at the 2021 Dental Trade Alliance (DTA) meeting. The conversation focused on major industry trends, including pandemic recovery, Medicare, and dental service organizations (DSOs).

During presentations on November 10, representatives from the ADA, the Santa Fe Group, Pacific Dental Services, and more weighed in on how to chart a path toward getting seniors oral healthcare and why the pandemic didn't hurt the continued growth of DSOs. In addition, ADA Health Policy Institute Chief Economist Marko Vujicic, PhD, shared data that show why dentistry may not recover 100% from the COVID-19 pandemic anytime soon.

Watch the video below to see highlights from the meeting.

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Last Updated ka 4/19/2022 10:57:11 AM

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11/13/2021 12:55:07 PM
Dr. Marc B Cooper
Dentistry best consider having the future shape dental practice, whether solo, small group or DSO, rather than the past. The integration of dental into the healthcare system is inevitable. 
Economics is the ultimate driver in any industry.  The future of the healthcare system will require dentistry for adults to decrease the severity of chronic diseases, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer's, and dementia. Bottom line, without dentistry, people get sicker and die quicker, and the expense for their care is far exceeding inflation. 
We're talking about billions upon billions saved, better health outcomes, reduced utilization, tremendous care gap closures.  The healthcare system cost US3.8 to US$4.1 billion with dentistry being less than 5% of that number.  The money that can be saved by the system would dwarf this 5%.  
Seems obvious.  Dentistry could get a head of this instead of politicizing it.  Because integration is an inevitable future and by the time dentistry comes around, they won't be at the table when decisions are made by the large payors, employers, physician groups, government and hospitals, insisting on dentistry become integrated.