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2011 News Archive

Covered health care providers, including covered dentists, will be expected to implement the newest version of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act standard electronic claims and related transactions by Jan. 1 but enforcement is not expected to begin until March 31.

“We Did It: New Baseball Contract Limits Tobacco Use!” says the coalition initiated by the American Dental Association and nine major health organizations and including more than 200 national, state and local partners and supporters.

Washington—The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners “sought to, and did, exclude nondentist providers from the market for teeth whitening services,” the Federal Trade Commission said in a unanimous ruling and final order issued Dec. 2. The board has 60 days to file a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Washington—Providers submitting claims for the technical component of advanced diagnostic imaging services for Medicare beneficiaries must be accredited by Jan. 1, 2012, to be reimbursed for the claim if the service is performed on or after that date, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said.

Peoria, Ariz.—In an effort to fill the gap that still remains in Rwanda because of the 1994 genocide, a charitable dental organization is planning a mission trip that will focus on educating children, teachers, nurses and community health workers about oral health care practices, good nutrition and tooth decay prevention.

Dunedin, Fla.—In a 3-2 vote, Dunedin’s city commissioners opted Nov. 29 to continue fluoridating the municipality’s water supply.

The Dental Record, the only digital and paper-based record-keeping service endorsed by ADA Business Resources, is now offering an online data backup service for ADA members.

A dental practice-based research network is seeking general dentists to participate in a dental implant study. The study will focus on patients who have received dental implants in the past three to five years.

Association 2011 “initiatives in advocacy” engaged the U.S. Congress, government regulatory agencies, military and public health services and the United Nations in national and international discussions of oral health policy.

From now until Dec. 31, the ADA Sharecare contributor who answers the most questions on the website will receive an HP 635 Notebook.

Las Vegas—The 2011 House of Delegates encourages ADA member dentists to become leaders in grassroots community efforts to improve the health of the public through Resolution 18H-2011, passed during Annual Session last month.

Dallas—Concluding a yearlong search, the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents named Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky the new dean for the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. His appointment became effective Sept. 1.

San Diego—A new oral health survey of U.S. Hispanics shows that patients in this growing population group want more information on good oral health habits, access to affordable care and dental insurance, and more dental health care professionals who are Hispanic or who speak Spanish.

Las Vegas—Recognizing the ways in which the economy has affected membership, the ADA House of Delegates passed a resolution that gives the tripartite more flexibility with dues waivers.

Pomona, Calif.—Western University of Health Sciences named Dr. Steven W. Friedrichsen dean of the College of Dental Medicine.

As the days get busier, more patients are placed on hold—often adding to their holiday stress. With an on-hold message system from InTouch Practice Communications, the only on-hold messaging provider endorsed by ADA Business Resources, ADA members can keep their patients and staff in the holiday spirit.

Minneapolis—Registration is open for the 2012 American Student Dental Association annual session.

Las Vegas—The 2011 House of Delegates adopted a resolution that directs the Council on Dental Practice to take the lead in investigating the use of teledentistry in dental practices.

Las Vegas—Every year, the ADA Board of Trustees recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the art and science of dentistry by making them honorary members.

Dentists interested in learning more about evidence-based dentistry can apply to participate in the March 8-10, 2012, Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference at ADA Headquarters.

Morgantown, W.Va.—West Virginia University  announced the appointment of Dr. David A. Felton as dean of its School of Dentistry. He began serving in that capacity in August.

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