ADA Council on Scientific Affairs urges dentists to remind patients they can use FSA funds on products
ADA forensic dentistry standard created after 9/11 added to federal registry
With the deadline approaching for most patients to use their 2019 Flexible Spending Account funds, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs is advising dentists to remind their patients these funds can be used on dental products in addition to services.
Health Volunteers Overseas seeking dental humanitarians
Two forensic dentistry guidelines developed by the American Dental Association Standards Committee on Dental Informatics have received a stamp of approval from the federal government, including one that was created in response to 9/11.
Fluoridation resource offered as free member benefit
Health Volunteers Overseas has funding opportunities for qualifying volunteers who want to serve internationally.
Former ADA Speaker Bernard Snyder dies at 92
The ADA-published reference “Fluoridation Facts” is now available digitally at no cost for member dentists.
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine adopts opioid-free prescribing guidelines
Former Speaker of the ADA House of Delegates Bernard Snyder died Sept. 16 at the age of 92.
Delta Dental of Arizona employee falls victim to phishing
The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is helping to combat the opioid crisis by becoming the first institution of its kind to establish a set of opioid-free pain management guidelines for a majority of outpatient procedures performed in its dental clinics, the school announced Nov. 6.
Toothbar seeks to redefine the dental office visit
Delta Dental of Arizona discovered that one of its employees fell for a phishing scheme that may have led to certain personal information being misused.
Howard dental students visit ADA House
From the moment a patient walks through the door, they’ll immediately know Toothbar is not the typical dental office.
Dental groups urge Nebraska Medicaid office to halt, overhaul pediatric dental audits
The Howard University College of Dentistry’s American Student Dental Association chapter kicked off the school’s advocacy month with a Nov. 5 trip to the ADA House to learn about key issues important to the dental profession.
Florida dentist provides free care to Holocaust survivors
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Nebraska Society of Pediatric Dentistry and Nebraska Dental Association are troubled by the growing number of Medicaid pediatric dental audits in Nebraska that are harming children’s access to oral care, the organizations told the state’s Medicaid agency in a Nov. 6 letter.
ADA Financial Policy Builder Tool unveiled to help members develop financial policies
Palm Beach, Fla. — Dr. Mitchell Josephs had recently joined the Palm Beach Synagogue earlier this year when he heard about a lecture with a Holocaust survivor being held at the congregation. At the talk, Dr. Josephs learned that there are 12,000 Holocaust survivors living in Palm Beach County and 5,000 of them are living below the poverty line. He decided it was time to step up.
Federal government offers updated health care cybersecurity tool
The Association has launched the ADA Financial Policy Builder Tool with the help of CareCredit in order to help patients finance treatment.
Dental Lifeline Network: Will you see one vet?
The Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced Oct. 30 the release of version 3.1 of the Health and Human Services Security Risk Assessment Tool.
ADA Foundation donates $34,000 to help veterans receive dental care
Dental Lifeline Network is encouraging other dentists around the country to donate their time and skills to at least one veteran as part of its continuing Will You See One Vet campaign. Their goal: recruit more general dentists and specialists to register as a volunteer at WillYouSeeOneVet.org.
Jackson Health System in Miami faces $2.15 million penalty for privacy violations
The American Dental Association announced in October that the ADA Foundation donated nearly $34,000 to Dental Lifeline Network — funds that the nonprofit organization says it will use to support veterans in need of dental care.
Office for Civil Rights resolves discrimination complaint from patient with HIV
The Office for Civil Rights announced Oct. 23 that it imposed a $2.15 billion civil money penalty against Jackson Health System in Miami for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Comments invited on national certifying board application for dental anesthesiology specialty
The Office for Civil Rights announced Oct. 30 that it had secured corrective actions and resolved a complaint filed by a patient with HIV against Florida Orthopaedic Institute.
Chasing the cure: Dentists help social media influencer treat oral effects of cancer treatment
The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards is seeking comments through Dec. 28 on an application to recognize the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology as the national certifying board for dental anesthesiology.
NIH funding goes to Akelos, Weill Cornell Medicine for development of nonopioid chronic pain treatment
Quendella Davis was only 13 years old when she conquered nasopharyngeal cancer after enduring 36 treatments of radiation and chemotherapy.
Survey yields resources for National Children’s Dental Health Month
Researchers seeking to develop a nonopioid alternative for treating neuropathic pain have received a $1,757,406 grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Just the Facts
Dentists can take a brief survey by Nov. 15 to receive a free resource kit in time for National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Chicago dentist helping to keep Olympians’ oral health in focus
In 2018-19, for the first time in history, female students made up more than half of enrolled students for all four years in U.S. dental schools.
ADA Practice Transitions adds six states to practice matchmaking program
Dr. David Kumamoto is an Olympics fanatic. “I always incur extra cable charges to watch them,” said the Chicago dentist. Besides rooting for Team USA, Dr. Kumamoto has great interest in the oral health of the world’s Olympians.
California dentists donate $1.46M in services during CDA Foundation event
ADA Practice Transitions, an ADA Business Innovation Group service focused on helping dentists make the process of joining or leaving a practice both predictable and successful, began matching dentists on Nov. 1 in six additional states.
Western Maryland’s recovering addicts receive dental care
The California Dental Association Foundation held its volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, on Sept. 27-28 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, California.
Dr. Jordan Hobel recalled that when returned from his Baltimore dental school to his home town of Frostburg in western Maryland to practice dentistry, his friends had needle marks in their arms. The quiet, safe neighborhoods where he used to ride bikes as a child were not the same.