Dental laboratory accountability bill signed into law in Washington state
EPA updates rule prohibiting improper disposal of pharmaceutical hazardous waste
The Washington State Dental Association and Washington State Dental Laboratory Association worked together to lead a successful legislative effort to implement ADA policy on dental laboratory registration.
Association files complaint with FTC, FDA against SmileDirect Club
Dental facilities and other health care businesses that generate pharmaceutical hazardous waste are required to manage those products according to the provisions of a rule that goes into effect Aug. 21, according to the ADA Council on Dental Practice.
ADA scientists present research in Vancouver
The Association announced July 11 it sent a complaint letter to the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, raising concerns over aspects of SmileDirect Club’s marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of plastic teeth aligners.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research continues funding for research network
American Dental Association scientists shared their research at the 97th General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research June 19-22 in Vancouver.
CMS posts 2018 Open Payments data
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research will continue to fund two grants that support its National Dental Practice-Based Research Network.
Letters: The Atlantic article response
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in June published Open Payments Program Year 2018 data, along with newly submitted and updated payment records for previous program years.
Snapshots of American Dentistry — July 8, 2019
Patients have been informed and the retiring dentist is under indictment for insurance fraud and is being investigated by the Dental Board of California.
Just the Facts — July 8, 2019
In 2017, 9% of general practitioner dentists were affiliated with a dental service organization.
Groups ‘remain concerned’ about CMS waivers, ask agency not to implement upcoming guidance
In 2018-19, more than nine out of 10 first-year students in U.S. dental schools were U.S. citizens.
Insight offered into generational changes
In response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Request for Information on state relief empowerment waivers, the ADA, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Children’s Dental Health Project said they remain concerned that the agency’s waiver guidance could adversely impact children’s access to oral health care and urged the agency not to implement the guidance.
University of Pennsylvania researchers develop microscopic robots for removing plaque
Annual diversity and inclusion education session focusing on diverse perspectives in dentistry
Claim submissions the subject of July 23 webinar
A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed robots made of iron oxide nanoparticles that they have shown can kill, degrade and remove biofilm under laboratory conditions.
Digital Workflow Experience takes dentists through ‘office of now’
A free ADA webinar scheduled for July 23 is the sequel to one of the Association’s most popular webinars. Claims Submission in the Eyes of a Dental Consultant — Session II will stream from noon-1 p.m. Central time and offers one hour of continuing education credit.
UCLA professor receives award from Japanese consulate
Dentists can experience firsthand how to integrate digital technology into their practices as part of the Digital Workflow Experience at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress this September in San Francisco.
When is a robocall not a robocall?
Los Angeles — The UCLA School of Dentistry announced June 24 that Dr. Henry Takei, distinguished clinical professor of periodontics, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from the consulate general of Japan in Los Angeles.
Doctors share reconstruction story from the heart
The ADA supports the Federal Communications Commission’s mission to eliminate illegal robocalls but is concerned that new guidance on call-blocking could inadvertently cause consumers to miss out on important calls from their dentists and other health care providers.
Great-West Life announcement regarding ADA Members Insurance Plans
Dr. Joseph Massad calls it “the gift of a challenge.” Four years ago, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based dentist received a call from the Oklahoma Veteran Affairs and oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Brett Shirley. They were looking for a dentist who could help reconstruct the nose and jaw/teeth of a Vietnam veteran. The patient, George Purifoy, had received radiation therapy and undergone multiple surgeries for a nasal squamous cell carcinoma that resulted in a total rhinectomy and the loss of his front teeth. He was also in terrible pain from the after-effects of the radiation.
Stanford Award winner researches tooth bleaching effectiveness
ADA is pleased to share a recent announcement by Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company (“GWL&A”) that on June 3 it had received all regulatory approvals for the sale of Great-West’s individual life insurance and annuity business, including the ADA Members Group Insurance Plans, to Protective Life Corporation (“Protective”).
Childhood caries steadily declines nationally among American Indians/Alaska Natives
A recent dental school graduate is the winner of the 2018 John W. Stanford New Investigator Award for her research into evaluating tooth bleaching efficacy.
BIG IDEA conference on dentist transitions set for Aug. 9
Early childhood caries has steadily declined nationally since 2010, and untreated early childhood caries in American Indian/Alaska Native preschool children has “significantly” declined, according to a data brief released June 21 by the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health.
CDC/ADA opioid webinar July 17 to spotlight ‘motivational interviewing’
If dentists are looking for guidance on various dental practice transition options and strategies and taking the next step, the 2019 ADA BIG Idea Conference is designed for them.
Aug. 6 webinar to focus on dealing with emergency room referral amid opioid crisis
A free Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ADA webinar will inform dental providers about how to apply what is called “motivational interviewing” in regard to dealing with the opioid crisis.
Montana dentist parachutes into Normandy to reenact D-Day on historic anniversary
A free ADA webinar intends to inform dentists about how one of Ohio’s largest health care providers has developed strategic approaches to pain management, emergency department referral and the opioid crisis by implementing its “Definitive Care Concept.”
Administrative Efficiencies Summit focuses on electronically scaling paperwork mountains
Doing what no woman could have done in 1944, Dr. Annette Dusseau jumped out of a World War II plane June 5 over Normandy, commemorating the actions of the heroic paratroopers who spurred the Allies’ epochal 1945 victory in Europe.
“Moving the needle” was the repeated mantra of the 2019 ADA Administrative Efficiencies Summit, as more than 30 stakeholders from across dental landscape came together June 10 to brainstorm digital solutions to the problem of administrative burdens and paperwork overwhelming dentists and their staff.