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Three titans of dentistry have joined forces to support oral health care research and help attract promising young researchers to the field.

Tulsa, Okla.—Epidemiological investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed one event of patient-to-patient transmission of hepatitis C virus among the patients of a dental office under investigation for alleged infection control violations.

Washington—Model Notices of Privacy Practices are available from the U.S. Office for Civil Rights for use by HIPAA-covered health care providers and health plans. Most covered entity dental practices must provide notices explaining how the practice may use and disclose patient information and some of the rights patients have to control their information.

Dentists who are adversely affected by flooding in Colorado and New Mexico can turn to the ADA Foundation for emergency disaster assistance.

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," shorthanded as the ACA and as this series of reports will refer to it, has the potential to reshape health care in America. Expansion of medical insurance coverage, a move toward more integrated care delivery and significant changes in the financing of health care are among the expectations of ACA legislators and regulators.

For constituent dental societies that have not already acted, it is important to understand that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) amends the Fair Labor Standards Act by creating a requirement that employers provide a notice to employees informing them of the existence of the newly formed ACA marketplaces along with information on how to contact the marketplace to request assistance in purchasing coverage if employees choose to do so.

Salt Lake City—The University of Utah broke ground Aug. 23 on the Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building—a $36.4 million facility set to house the state's first public dental school.

An environmental scan of the dental care sector shows that the climate is shifting and dentistry needs to adapt, a notion the ADA has been following and explaining for some time.

The ADA is entering a new era, not only in its strategic plan cycle, but in how it helps members navigate the changes in practicing dentistry.

The ADA Center for Professional Success is live on the Web and available to help ADA members navigate the challenges of being a dentist.

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