ADA asks Congress to prioritize CHIP, repeal medical device tax
Washington — As Congress works to finalize a continuing resolution that will keep the government running until the end of 2018, the ADA is asking legislators to include two provisions important to dentistry: a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and a two-year moratorium on the 2.3 percent excise tax imposed on the sale of medical devices.
IRS says it won’t penalize companies who don’t pay tax on time
Washington — The Internal Revenue Service said Jan. 17 that it won’t impose penalties on companies that don’t pay the medical device excise tax during the first three quarters of 2018
Penn dental school unveils renovated clinic
The University of Pennsylvania dental school celebrated Jan. 11 the opening of the Robert I. Schattner Clinic, a 10,000-square-foot space that features 74 dental operatories, including four dedicated to digital radiography.
Straighten out coordination of benefits with ADA resources
This is the fifth in a series featuring answers and solutions for dentists when it comes to the world of dental benefits and plans. The series is intended to help untangle many of the issues that can potentially befuddle dentists and their teams so that they can focus on patient care.
Dentist studying periodontal disease in elderly receives research award
A dentist and Ph.D. candidate studying periodontal disease in the elderly is the inaugural recipient of the ADA Foundation Dentsply Sirona Research Award for Dual Degree Candidates.
Become a 'lifelong learner' at evidence-based dentistry workshop
Recognizing the vast amount of dental-related research available at the fingertips of plugged-in dentists, Dr. Belok said he attended a workshop in 2017 hosted by the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry that gave him an overview of how to effectively sift through the science and use the best of it in patient care.
Invisalign dispute disrupts orthodontists’ workflow
Atlanta — Dr. Susan Podray, an orthodontist in the suburbs of Atlanta, feels like she and her patients are “caught between two companies.”
ADA advocacy highlights from a busy 2017
From repealing burdensome Medicare regulations to working to include dentistry in the various pro-business tax reform provisions, 2017 was a busy year for the Association's Washington office.
ADA formally comments on proposed changes to Medicare Parts C, D
The ADA filed comments Jan. 12 on the proposed changes to the enrollment requirements for Medicare Part C and Part D.
Washington State Dental Association dentists file complaint against state Delta Dental
Seattle — Five provider dentists of Delta Dental of Washington who are also on the Washington State Dental Association’s board of directors filed a complaint in early January with the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner against Delta. The five allege that the third-party payer misled state regulators when it completed a corporate reorganization in 2013.
Benevis, Kool Smiles to pay $23.9 million in settlement with Department of Justice
Washington ¬— Dental management company Benevis and more than 130 of its affiliated Kool Smiles clinics will pay $23.9 million, plus interest, to resolve allegations from the U.S. Justice Department that they knowingly submitted false claims for payment to state Medicaid programs for medically unnecessary dental services performed on children insured by Medicaid, according to a DOJ news release.
ADA Wellness Survey reveals dentists’ ergonomic issues
The ADA Council on Dental Practice’s Dental Wellness Advisory Committee conducted a 2015 survey to study the well-being of dentists.
Feb. 14 webinar to address nonopioid strategies for managing pain
The ADA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting a joint webinar Feb. 14 from 10-11 a.m. Central time on nonopioid strategies for pain management in order to decrease reliance on prescription opioid pain relievers following dental surgery.
U.S. News & World Report: Dentistry, orthodontics rank among best jobs
U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the “100 Best Jobs” placed dentists and orthodontists both in the top-five, according to results published Jan. 10 on its website.
ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership seeks applicants for 2018-19 program
The American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership is accepting applications through March 16 for its 2018-19 class.
Survey: Embedding dental benefits in medical plans is on the way
A new survey finds that 96 percent of health care executives believe that the embedding of dental benefits in medical plans is "already happening or will happen eventually."
Known internationally as ‘T. Bob’, Dr. Davis receives 2018 ADA Humanitarian Award
In recognition of more than four decades of service, which includes a continuing commitment to Latin America and his community in Texas, the ADA has selected Dr. Thomas Bobby Davis as the 2018 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient.
Addressing a 'critical human need': Community comes together to open dental clinic for uninsured
The demand for dental care was clear to Onslow Memorial Hospital before it appeared on the radar of Onslow Community Outreach, a nonprofit based in Jacksonville that oversees the dental clinic, in addition to a shelter, soup kitchen, Christmas program and medical clinic.
'Breaking new ground' in standards development
A guide that spells out a standard and interoperable way to send periodontal claims electronically is now in circulation due in large part to the ADA's involvement in its development.
Just the Facts — January 8, 2018
Children with public dental benefits
Snapshots of American Dentistry — January 8, 2018
Dental care utilization from 2000-2015
ADA continues opposing medical device tax, awaits IRS guidance
Washington — The ADA continues to advocate for Congress to repeal the excise tax on medical devices.
Dental students prove their mettle with first cadaver
The first-year dental students at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry are excited. Prior to today, many, if not all, have never seen a human cadaver.
Revisions sought for standard related to clinical terminology
Dental professionals are invited to review and suggest revisions to a diagnostic code set developed in part by the ADA.
Lawsuit seeking fluoridation ban moves forward
A federal judge in December denied the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's motion to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to ban the fluoride additives used in community water fluoridation.
ADA members save 10 percent on baggage service
From transporting luggage and golf clubs to bicycles and sports equipment, ADA members receive 10 percent off baggage services through Ship Your Luggage.
Exploring Cuba while earning CE
ADA members interested in exploring and experiencing Cuba, while earning continuing education credits, are encouraged to sign up for the New Travels in Cuba…New Adventures in Endodontics CE program and trip.
January JADA looks at dentists' knowledge of HPV, oropharyngeal cancer
The more dental health professionals know about human papillomvavirus prevention activities, such as the HPV vaccine, the better suited they are to be a "line of protection against HPV and cancer," according to research published in the January issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
Reading, writing and oral health
Recognizing the importance of school-based oral health, the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention's Prevention Subcommittee in December published a new webpage, ADA.org/OralHealthInSchools.