Institute for Diversity in Leadership welcomes 2018-19 class
ADA seeks status quo on health care licensure in new North American treaty
The ADA Board of Trustees announced in December the 2018-19 class of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership.
ADA, stakeholders urge Congress to permanently repeal medical device tax
Washington — The ADA would like the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico to continue requiring health care providers from Canada and Mexico to meet all of the applicable U.S. licensing criteria “to ensure the safety of each patient.”
Dental groups thank Congress for faculty loan repayment support
Washington — The ADA, along with more than 140 other organizations, is asking Congress to permanently repeal the medical device tax, although it appears the only move Congress is taking so far is a proposed 5-year moratorium.
Today marks dental anesthesia milestone
Washington — Five dental groups, led by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, are thanking two senators for their efforts in eliminating tax liability for tuition repayment programs.
DQA approves guidance for practice-based, pediatric measures for quality improvement
Dec. 11 marks the 174th year a Hartford, Connecticut, dentist had one of his third molars extracted to test the analgesic properties of nitrous oxide.
Action for Dental Health Act is now law
Performance reporting at the practice level should be transparent and clear, according to guidance approved by the Dental Quality Alliance at its November meeting at ADA Headquarters in Chicago. The guidance is based on the DQA's pediatric, practice-based measure testing project.
Bonding agents focus of ACE Panel Report
The Action for Dental Health Act, legislation aimed at improving oral health and access to oral health care, is now law.
Federal Trade Commission unveils new resources on ransomware, phishing
Dentists can get insight on bonding agents from an ADA Clinical Evaluators, or ACE, Panel Report released in December.
Glidewell announces leadership program for women dentists
The Federal Trade Commission announced Nov. 16 it has a webpage containing new resources to help small business owners protect themselves from ransomware and phishing.
Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic aids low-income community members
Glidewell Dental announced in December an initiative designed to elevate women dentists to new levels of leadership.
Just the Facts — December 10, 2018
Since 2009, students from the Indiana University School of Dentistry have run the Student Outreach Clinic that provides free care in eastern Indianapolis. The clinic is open two Saturdays a month for six hours. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Services offered include panoramic X-rays, composite resin restorations and extractions. Depending on the amount of grant funding provided, the clinic can also perform root canal procedures and dentures.
Snapshots of American Dentistry — December 10, 2018
Decline in patient visits
'Today' show spotlights dentist's efforts to help hurricane victims
Dentists "not busy enough"
Whistleblower allegations prompt Washington State Dental Association to file complaint against chain
In between segments on current events, cooking and weather reports from Al Roker, the NBC "Today" show, on the day after Thanksgiving, featured something special during the 9 a.m. hour.
Tobacco-related research abstract submissions accepted
A pediatric dental chain is engaging in dangerous and deceptive practices, according to a complaint the Washington State Dental Association filed with the state health department in November.
Dental professionals who have research to share related to tobacco control are invited to submit their abstracts by Dec. 12 to organizers for the National Conference on Tobacco or Health.
ADA Publishing leadership changing hands
Attending the 2018 Give Kids A Smile Community Leadership Development Institute reminded Claire Cho of the old saying about "a big fish in a small pond."
In 2018, ADA strengthened efforts to tackle opioid abuse crisis
A leader in science communications will take the helm of the ADA Publishing division beginning in March, when current senior vice president and publisher Michael Springer retires.
Study: Dental opioid prescriptions may contribute to later use, abuse
The ADA recognizes that the dental profession can play an important part in reducing opioid use and abuse.
Taking advantage of the student loan interest deduction
Adolescents and young adults who develop opioid abuse problems may be first exposed to the drug by dentists, according to a study released Dec. 3 by JAMA Internal Medicine.
Hermey the Elf, ADA bring holiday cheer to patient care resources
Washington — In 2017 the ADA successfully advocated to ensure the dental profession benefits from the tax reform law that passed Congress. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was the first major rewrite of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years and contained many changes that could affect dentists' financial planning.
OCR reaches $125,000 HIPAA settlement with allergy practice
Hermey the Elf, who was named a D.D.G. — Dental Do Gooder — by the ADA in 2014, is back this holiday season to make improving oral health more festive.
Washington — The Office for Civil Rights announced Nov. 26 that it has agreed to a $125,000 settlement with Allergy Associates of Hartford, a Connecticut health care practice that specializes in treating allergies, for potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations.