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2011 News Archive

Washington—Administration officials Aug. 23 announced approval of a simplified form for dentists and other health care providers enrolling in Medicare for the sole purpose of ordering Medicare-covered items or referring Medicare patients for covered services.

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a professional speaker, here’s a chance to get your feet wet.

Washington—ADA employees quickly and safely evacuated the Association’s D.C. building, joining crowds lining downtown streets Aug. 23 after a 5.8-5.9 magnitude earthquake shook the east coast. The U.S. Geological Survey, which revised early magnitude measures, reported the quake as occurring at 01:54.04 PM at the epicenter near Mineral, Va., 87 miles southwest of the nation’s capital.

Pinckneyville, Ill.—Dr. Albert “Doc” Brown, the oldest living World War II veteran and survivor of the 65-mile forced trek known as the Bataan Death March, died Aug. 14 at a nursing home in Nashville, Ill. He was 105.

ADA Business Resources announces the addition of Hewlett Packard as an endorsed provider for ADA members. HP will offer exclusive savings for ADA members and special pricing on a wide range of HP business products, including printers, notebooks, desktops, tablets, servers, storage, networking and more. HP’s business product line is built to last, helping to reduce the total cost of ownership and frequency of product refreshes.

Manchester, N.H.—The Association of Retiring Dentists will host its third annual meeting Oct. 21 at the Highlander Inn and Conference Center at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Do you have textbook or dental handpieces that you no longer use? Are you attending the ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas?

London—A paper in the British Medical Journal suggests that patients who are at risk from infective endocarditis don’t benefit from antibiotic prophylaxis before undergoing invasive dental procedures.

Washington—Though none of the Institute of Medicine’s eight new recommendations for women’s preventive health care services specifically deal with oral health, several should still be of interest to the dental profession, said Dr. Gary Davis, chair of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.

Las Vegas—Great shopping deals are just one reason for Annual Session attendees to visit the ADA World Marketplace Exhibition Oct. 10-12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The debt ceiling debate revived discussions about unemployment, job losses and the state of the economy, which are all topics that have never been far from the minds of dentists and other small business owners.

Minneapolis—Minnesota is getting its first hospital-based pediatric dental clinic, thanks to a donation to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry from Delta Dental of Minnesota Trust.

San Mateo, Calif.—The Food and Drug Administration in January approved the SoundBite hearing system, a device that restores single-sided deafness.

Las Vegas—This year’s Annual Session offers more than 60 hands-on workshops designed to give dental professionals a chance to learn techniques they can bring back to their practice to improve patient care and the bottom line and those who register by Sept. 9 can save on fee course rates.

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has approved for circulation for review and comment Proposed ADA Specification No. 96-Dental Water-Based Cements.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and its foundation—Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children—announced July 12 they have partnered with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to form an Advanced Leadership Institute.

The ADA Catalog has two brochures to help patients understand how dental X-rays work and the benefits of digital radiography.

Las Vegas—Annual Session-goers can experience the wheeling and dealing of History’s hit television show “Pawn Stars” when Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison (Old Man), Austin “Chumlee” Russell and Corey Harrison take the LOC main stage on the exhibit floor at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Oct. 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m., with their Pawn Stars Gold & Silver Roadshow.

Southborough, Mass.—The Massachusetts Dental Society has teamed up with the NESN-TV network and Boston Red Sox All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for a new TV campaign on the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

Lansing, Mich.—Retired dentists in Michigan have even more incentive to provide charity care for underserved patients in their communities.

ADA CE Online is offering a course authored by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, Radiographic Examinations: Choosing the Right Patients and Equipment.

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