CDC dental guidance webinar set for June 3
Current data on COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is presenting a webinar at 2 p.m. EST June 3 to discuss its updated guidance for dental care during the pandemic.
Organized Dentistry Coalition supports two bills to improve Paycheck Protection Program
Check this page daily for the latest COVID-19 data available from the CDC, WHO and Johns Hopkins University.
House passes Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
The Organized Dentistry Coalition is supporting two efforts by Congress to reform the Paycheck Protection Program.
ADA Humanitarian Award submission period open until Sept. 15
The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation May 28 aimed at giving small businesses more time and flexibility to use their Paycheck Protection Program funds.
Registration open for three ADA Foundation awards
The call for nominations for the 2021 ADA Humanitarian Award is open through Sept. 15 with a focus on domestic service this year.
Coalition asks Congress for ‘temporary and targeted’ liability relief legislation
Registration for three ADA Foundation awards that provide financial assistance and leadership opportunities to dentists and researchers is now open.
ADA supports legislation to reform Paycheck Protection Program, asks for additional flexibility
The ADA and other stakeholders are urging Congress to “enact temporary and targeted liability relief legislation” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help protect health care providers and facilities — including dentists and dental practices — from “excessive and speculative lawsuits.”
‘Value-added’ fees, virtual credit cards can be rectified
The ADA is supporting new legislation to increase flexibility in the Paycheck Protection Program but continues to advocate for further changes to help dentists who have received these loans.
Nebraska pediatric dentist shares experiences of reopening practice after pandemic spurred closure
Electronic fund transfers should be free.
Per the Code of Federal Regulations, “a health plan may not charge fees or costs in excess of the fees or costs for normal telecommunications that the entity incurs.”
Dr. Gehani named honorary member of Hispanic Dental Association
Pediatric dentist Dr. Jessica Meeske and her family were on their way to a basketball tournament when she found out about her state’s stay-at-home order that would force her to close her thriving practice on March 17.
HPI polling shows dental practices recovering as states reopen
The Hispanic Dental Association announced May 2 that ADA President Chad P. Gehani was named an honorary member of the Hispanic Dental Association.
ADA recovery task force releases hazard assessment guide, checklist
Dental practices continued to rebound as 65% were back open the week of May 18, with 38% reporting that patient volume had returned to pre-COVID-19 levels, according to the fifth round of results released May 26 from the ADA Health Policy Institute poll on the impact of COVID-19.
ADA issues more detailed guidance as dental practices resume operations
The ADA Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery released May 26 a hazard assessment guide and checklist for dental settings as part of an effort to enable dentists to provide care in a safe and healthy work environment.
June JADA examines opioid prescription fills before weekends, holidays
The Association announced May 21 it is offering more detailed guidance to dentists as dental practices resume operations around the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Products marketed to sanitize, reduce dental aerosols may lack research to support efficacy
In a study published in the June issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, patients were more likely to fill an opioid prescription for an outpatient dental procedure performed the day before a weekend or holiday than on another weekday.
New JADA supplement offers opportunities for further dentist-patient interaction
Dentists returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic may be thinking about purchasing items to help sanitize or reduce dental aerosols, but many products currently lack research demonstrating they are effective.
Coalition asks Congress, agencies to overhaul Paycheck Protection Program
The ADA Foundation is sponsoring a new reprint collection comprising 21 “For the Patient” pages previously published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.
Dental groups thank Sen. Cardin, Rep. Barragán for prioritizing dental care
The ADA and more than 100 stakeholders are urging Congress to overhaul the Paycheck Protection Program to help align the program with states’ reopening and ensure more small businesses remain in operation.
Organized dentistry asks Congress to enhance commercial business interruption insurance policies
The ADA, Organized Dentistry Coalition and state dental associations are applauding Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, D-Calif., for spearheading Congress’ efforts to include dental care in the next COVID-19 legislation.
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application available online
The Organized Dentistry Coalition is asking Congress to enhance commercial business interruption insurance policies in the next COVID-19 legislative relief package, in support of an effort led by the Academy of General Dentistry.
Celebrate 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation in July with webinars
The Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of the Treasury released the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application on May 15.
Just the Facts
In honor of the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation, the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention's National Fluoridation Advisory Committee will offer a series of four Zoom webinars in July that will include continuing education credit for each.
ADA recovery task force to release hazard assessment tool
COVID-19 and dental offices
FDA removes Emergency Use Authorization for some KN95 masks
The ADA’s Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery is set for a May release of a hazard assessment guide, which will assist the dentist in evaluating procedural risks as they consider how best to provide both a safe workplace and patient care.
HPI releases webinar on COVID-19 poll data
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has removed its Emergency Use Authorization for several KN95 masks, which are made in China, after they failed to meet a minimum particulate filtration efficiency of 95% in National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health testing.
ADA requests H-1B visa grace period be extended to six months
The ADA Health Policy Institute held a webinar May 14 to examine the economic impact of COVID-19 on dental practices and a closer look at poll data conducted by HPI the week of May 4.
ADA priorities included in new HEROES Act
The ADA is requesting that the federal government extend the 60-day grace period for unemployed or furloughed dentists with H-1B visas to 180 days during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Northern California dentist volunteers in Uganda as dental champion
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a new legislative proposal May 12 that contains a number of provisions the ADA has lobbied for during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ADA urges CDC to update guidance for dental personnel
Traveling with purpose is what has led Nevada City, California-based general dentist Dr. Jean Creasey to a rural district in the southwestern region of Uganda over the past 15 years as a member of the Kellermann Foundation, treating and helping educate the villagers on the importance of good oral health as a way to a better future.
Dental oncologist manages Massachusetts Army National Guard citizen-soldiers during pandemic
The American Dental Association is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “quickly provide guidance” on how to safely reopen dental practices during the deceleration phase of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Fourth wave of HPI polling shows dental practices in early stages of recovery
As recently as a few months ago, Dr. Ryan S. Lee, a dental oncologist with four offices in the Northeast, never thought he’d show up at a nursing home one day to find residents – still in their beds — who had died of COVID-19 the night before.
ADA urges Congress to ask IRS to make Paycheck Protection Program expenses tax deductible
More than 30% of dental practices were back open the week of May 4, compared to 3.4% of dental practices the week of April 20, according to the fourth round of results released May 11 from the ADA Health Policy Institute poll on the impact of COVID-19.
ADA members have governors’ ears as states consider reopening
The American Dental Association and 152 other organizations are urging Congress to ask the Internal Revenue Service to allow expenses paid for with forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loan funds to be tax deductible.
HPI releases webinar on economic impact of COVID-19
From coast to coast, dentists have stepped up to provide their perspective and voices to the chorus of how to safely get back to business during a time of unprecedented challenges.
ADA tip sheet includes CDC guidance on identifying counterfeit N95 masks
The ADA Health Policy Institute held a webinar April 29 with leading experts from across the dental industry to discuss how COVID-19 has affected the dental economy and what they think the future will bring.
CMS updates COVID-19 FAQ
The American Dental Association has created a tip sheet with guidance from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help health care professionals avoid buying or using counterfeit N95 respirators, which are often simply referred to as masks.
Organized dentistry asks Congress for flexibility in Paycheck Protection Program loans
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced May 5 the agency has created a new Frequently Asked Questions page to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program agencies in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UCLA dental school researchers create nanoparticle that could improve bone defect treatment
The Organized Dentistry Coalition is asking Congress for flexibility in the Paycheck Protection Program to allow dentists to purchase personal protective equipment as states begin the reopening phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
3M granted injunction against New Jersey company in N95 price-gouging scheme
A team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry has developed a nanoparticle that could improve treatment for bone defects.
Department of Labor releases Pandemic Unemployment Assistance FAQ
A federal judge on May 4 granted 3M, the maker of N95 masks, an injunction against a New Jersey-based company accused of using 3M’s trademarks and deliberately inflating the price of the face masks.
ADA asks Congress to help dental community in next COVID-19 legislation
The Department of Labor released an FAQ April 27 that addresses common questions about work search and job refusal when an individual receives Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
Maine law eliminates insurance waiting periods for kids
As Congress works on the next COVID-19 relief package, the ADA is asking lawmakers to include a number of provisions to assist the dental profession in recovery efforts.
Two new dental benefit guides address common hurdles anticipated when reopening practices
D 1975, An Act to Facilitate Dental Treatment for Children, enacted on March 17, enables children with private dental insurance to receive care without having to wait up to several months for coverage to start.
Snapshots of American Dentistry
In the face of economic challenges, the ADA has released two online guides relating to third-party payment programs available at ADA.org/virus that are intended to help smooth the path of reopening practices: Handling Contract Negotiations and Handling Eligibility Verification
Just the Facts
Letters: Reflection on COVID-19
COVID-19 and dental offices
Letters: Testing COVID-19 patients
MyView: The value of organized dentistry during a pandemic
ADASRI manuscript wins 2020 William J. Gies Award in clinical research
PracticeUpdate Clinical Dentistry Channel unveiled to keep dentists current
A manuscript authored by the American Dental Association Science & Research Institute and Council on Scientific Affairs won the 2020 William J. Gies Award in clinical research from the American and International Associations for Dental Research.
Dental materials research 'icon' who developed Bis-GMA resin dies
The ADA announced May 1 the creation and launch of the PracticeUpdate Clinical Dentistry Channel, which delivers free evidence-based clinical content in general dentistry and specialty topics curated by a world-renowned editorial and advisory board.
ADA Member Advantage endorses Best Card for credit card processing
Dr. Rafael "Ray" Bowen, who made significant contributions to dental materials research and retired in 2018 after 62 years at the American Dental Association, has died.
A post-pandemic future
ADA Member Advantage announced May 1 that it has selected Best Card as its exclusively endorsed credit card processing solution for Association members.
There is no playbook for a pandemic. The global COVID-19 crisis is unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes. There are very few, if any, practical models for us to follow. Now, more than ever, each of us is acutely attuned to the plight of our neighbors and communities.