House of Delegates approves five elder care resolutions, affirming commitment to optimal care for seniors
Nominations sought for Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition public member
The 2020 House of Delegates signaled the Association’s support of equitable dental care to elderly patients, addressing the overarching oral health needs of an aging population by passing five policy resolutions and referring eight other resolutions to ADA councils for consideration, to either refine or resubmit to the 2021 House of Delegates.
ADA: Dentistry is essential health care
The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition, or CCEPR, is seeking nominations for a public member to serve on the commission. Nominations are due Feb. 1.
ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference sees more than 5,000 attendees
Dentistry is essential health care, according to a resolution passed Oct. 19 by the American Dental Association House of Delegates.
Current data on COVID-19
The ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference — the American Dental Association's first virtual annual meeting — attracted 5,191 attendees between Oct. 15 and 17.
New ADA Science & Research Institute position focuses on real-world applications of research
Check this page regularly for the latest COVID-19 data available from the CDC, WHO and Johns Hopkins University.
Their final year
The American Dental Association Science & Research Institute has added a grant-funded position to help translate its research into clinical applications.
CDC to create national framework for medical-dental integration
From their first days of dental anatomy to learning how to deliver anesthetic to their initiation to the dental clinic, LaShonda, Dan and Ben have evolved from wide-eyed newbies to “veteran” fourth-year students.
ADA supports silver diamine fluoride for caries management
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Oral Health has launched a new initiative to create a national framework for medical-dental integration.
HRSA designates nearly $500M to support health professionals, including dentists
The ADA has a new policy statement on the use of silver diamine fluoride for caries management.
ADA supports efforts allowing dentists to administer vaccines
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration announced Oct. 15 that it is earmarking nearly $500 million to support, recruit and retain qualified health professionals.
Association backs use of point-of-care test in dental practices
The American Dental Association offered its support to dentists who are seeking to administer vaccines, including — when it becomes available — a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19, according to a resolution passed by the ADA House of Delegates on Oct. 19.
Dr. Leo E. Rouse, recipient of ADA’s Distinguished Service Award, is ‘leader of leaders’
Dentists can play a larger role in the early identification of possible medical conditions — including COVID-19 — in patients by utilizing a point-of-care screening tests when conducting patient evaluations, according to a resolution passed by the ADA House of Delegates on Oct. 19.
Association advocates for Medicaid provider audit guidelines
Concern for his fellow man, as well as for leadership forged in the U.S. Army and carried forth through academia, has helped make Dr. Rouse the 2020 recipient of the ADA’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the Association bestows.
ADA supports allowing dentists to expand scope of practice during public health emergencies
The Association encourages state dental associations to work with their respective state Medicaid agency to adopt guidelines for Medicaid Dental Reviews, according to a resolution approved by the ADA House of Delegates in October.
ADA urges National Toxicology Program to reconsider monograph
The ADA supports the utilization of dentists who choose to participate in increasing medical capacity during declared public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a resolution passed by the 2020 House of Delegates in October.
HHS Provider Relief Fund open for Phase 3 applications
The ADA is reaffirming its support of the safety of community water fluoridation and asking the National Toxicology Program to change its classification of fluoride.
House of Delegates approves 2021 budget
The Phase 3 General Distribution Funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Provider Relief Fund is accepting applications from now until Nov. 6.
Dr. Sebastian G. Ciancio, ‘giant’ in dental research, dies at 83
The ADA House of Delegates approved the 2021 budget during its virtual meeting on Oct. 19.
University of Michigan: Dental providers report being less afraid of COVID-19
Sebastian G. Ciancio, D.D.S., a leading researcher in periodontology and pharmacology and recipient of the ADA’s 2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, died Oct. 17 at the age of 83.
Research paper outlines recommendations for increasing access to care for underserved children
Dental providers reported being less afraid of COVID-19 than other essential worker groups, possibly because dentistry has long been attentive to employing protocols and personal protective equipment to safely provide care in the high-risk environments they work in, according to a study conducted by University of Michigan School of Dentistry researchers.
Central Appalachia to benefit from new oral health center in Kentucky
A child’s oral health can have a lifelong impact on their overall well-being, with access to value-based preventative care just one approach to ensure state budgets remain committed to Medicaid, according to a new research paper from a national provider of dental, vision and orthodontic services to children in underserved communities.
University at Buffalo dental school receives $1M to establish endowed chair in oral biology
The community dental health coordinator program at Big Sandy Community & Technical College — as well as patients throughout central Appalachia — will benefit from a grant funding the school’s new East Kentucky Oral Health Training Center.
Coming Soon: Dramatic Changes to Your ADA Morning Huddle
The University at Buffalo announced that it received $1 million from Sunstar Group to establish an endowment fund in honor of the late Dr. Robert J. Genco, a leading periodontal researcher who was known as the “father of oral science.”
Dr. Anthony R. Volpe remembered as 'pioneer in preventative dental care'
On November 2, 2020, the ADA will be unveiling a new look for ADA’s Morning Huddle and the family of ADA Huddle e-newsletters.
Dr. Cesar R. Sabates is ADA president-elect
Anthony R. Volpe, D.D.S., who retired as Colgate's vice president of scientific affairs in 2013 and evaluated the clinical efficacy of the company's toothpastes during his 52-year career, died Oct. 8.
Dr. Klemmedson installed as ADA president
In balloting Monday at the ADA House of Delegates, Dr. Cesar R. Sabates, of Coral Gables, Florida, was voted president-elect.
Extra ADA Visa Signature Card bonus points for members at ADA 2020
Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., of Tucson, Arizona, took office Oct. 19 as the 157th president of the American Dental Association during the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference.
New ADA Member Advantage endorsements debut at ADA FDC 2020
U.S. Bank is offering extra bonus points for ADA members who have the ADA Visa Signature Card, the credit endorsed by ADA Member Advantage, and stop by their virtual booth at ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference.
Third-party payers subject of closing Evening Session
Visitors at this year’s ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference can learn more about the two new endorsements — Best Card and GE Appliances Store — by visiting their respective virtual booths. In addition, ADA Member Advantage renewed its endorsement of Laurel Road for student loan refinancing
Show what you know at ADA FDC 2020 trivia night
The closing night of the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference is featuring a panel on one of dentists’ most challenging tasks: working with third-party payers while still being focused on the patient-dentist relationship.
Save the Date! 2021 Florida Dental Convention, June 24-26 in Orlando
Do you have what it takes to be a trivia champion? Then get ready to face off against other trivia buffs in your choice of three themed contests Oct. 17 during the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference.
Webinar celebrates 75 years of community water fluoridation
Make plans to attend the 2021 Florida Dental Convention, “People. Purpose. Passion: Pathways to Success,” to be held June 24-26 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
UNC dental students give 2,000 hours of community service for sixth annual ‘DEAH DAY’
The ADA is collaborating with the American Public Health Association’s Oral Health Section in presenting a free webinar commemorating the anniversary for what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
Dr. Loree Bolin is ADA’s 2020 Humanitarian Award recipient
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dental students pack bags of sand for a Ronald McDonald House fundraiser.
ADA supports legislation to lift Medicaid funding cap in U.S. territories
Dr. Loree Bolin’s humanitarian work has drawn accolades from the dental community in her home state of Washington, and now Dr. Bolin is being recognized nationally by being named the recipient of the ADA’s 2020 Humanitarian Award, bestowed by the ADA Board of Trustees.
Thriving in the ‘new normal’
The ADA is expressing support for HR 6495, the Insular Area Medicaid Parity Act, bipartisan legislation that would lift the Medicaid funding cap in the U.S. territories to give them full access to Medicaid benefits, including oral health care.
Women in Dentistry Leadership series empowers dental professionals to find happiness, face their fears
The changes dentists and dental professionals have experienced during COVID-19 are countless. During the lecture, Only the Strong Survive: Harness Your Strength, Dr. Frank Spear discusses how dentists are beginning to thrive.
Oct. 16 Evening Session highlights dentistry’s role as essential care
More money, a better job or even Instagram-worthy vacations can’t bring a person happiness. But if they can’t, then what does?
ADA president looks back at challenging, extraordinary year
The ADA Board of Trustees’ July adoption of an ad interim policy stating dentistry is essential health care provides the foundation of Oct. 16's Evening Session: The Essentialism of Oral Health: How Dentistry Fits in to an Evolving Healthcare Landscape
SmileCon 2021 to give dentists reason to smile
Before being installed ADA president, Dr. Chad P. Gehani had many hopes and goals for his year of service. Visions included taking the Association to bold places, setting new precedents and leaving the profession stronger than ever before. And that’s just what he did.
ADA, AADR honor Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty and Practice Award winners
The American Dental Association invites dentists to meet, play, learn and smile during SmileCon, its reimagined annual meeting scheduled for Oct. 10-13, 2021, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
ADA welcomes new JADA, open-access journal editors
The American Dental Association and American Association for Dental Research have awarded the Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty and Practice Awards to three dentists who have made significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry.
ADA study finds COVID-19 rate among dentists less than 1%
The American Dental Association has named the new editors of The Journal of the American Dental Association and an open-access science journal set to launch in 2021.
Show specials and offers abound in the ADA Member Advantage area of the virtual convention hall
Fewer than 1% of dentists nationwide were estimated to be COVID-19 positive as of June, according to an American Dental Association Science & Research Institute and Health Policy Institute study.
CDC, ADA experts unpack pandemic’s impact on profession
From savings and gifts to games and prizes, member dentists attending the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference are invited to visit all the booths of ADA Member Advantage-endorsed products and services in the virtual convention hall.
COVID-19 mock trial helps dentists understand how to protect themselves
The Opening Session on Oct. 15 features a topic that has been at the forefront of every dentist and patients’ minds this year: the COVID-19 pandemic.
ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference kicks off Oct. 15
For providers who have questions regarding legal issues during COVID-19, the ADA is offering a mock trial to help them better understand what they need to do to protect themselves, their team members and their practice.
Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award winners offer glimpse into dentistry's future
The ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference kicks off Oct. 15, bringing a live and on-demand experience to dental professionals looking to learn and network in a safe and convenient environment.
Dentists are facing difficulties in recruiting dental team members during recovery
Those who pay a virtual visit to the Exhibit Hall's Best of Class Pavilion during the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference will get a glimpse of what's ahead for the dental industry.
FTC warns of email scams
Roughly one-third of dental practices are recruiting dental assistants and one-quarter are recruiting hygienists, but dentists indicate that recruitment has been challenging, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute’s latest data from a poll conducted the week of Oct. 5.
Implant coding the topic of November webinar
The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning Oct. 2, urging people to be on the lookout for scammers.
Health insurer pays $6.85M to settle data breach, HIPAA violations
The ADA is presenting a free webinar in November on implant coding that features various real-life clinical scenarios and proper coding for patient records and claim submissions.
Arizona health care provider settles HIPAA Right of Access violation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Sept. 25 that Premera Blue Cross has agreed to pay $6.85 million to the Office for Civil Rights at HHS to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy and Security Rules.
ADA dentists discuss PPP loan forgiveness
The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Oct. 7 it settled a case involving an Arizona health care provider’s potential violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Right of Access Initiative.
CODA to host virtual hearing Oct. 20 on proposed standards revisions
Months after receiving their Paycheck Protection Program funds, many dentists are beginning to consider applying for forgiveness.
Free webinar on what’s new on the oral health front with Healthy People 2030
The Commission on Dental Accreditation is conducting a virtual hearing on accreditation standards on Oct. 20, from 6-7 p.m. CDT.
New ADA toolkit offers guidance for providing COVID-19 testing in dental practices
The ADA is presenting a free webinar in November on the oral health goals and objectives of Healthy People 2030, the importance of incorporating health literacy in achieving them and how to create effective strategies in dentists’ daily work with their patients and communities.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services releases eligibility fact sheet
The American Dental Association, in consultation with its Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery, has released a toolkit to help guide dentists interested in offering their patients rapid response, point-of-care COVID-19 testing within their practices.
Academy of Dental CPAs shares tips regarding PPP loan forgiveness
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a fact sheet on checking patients' Medicare eligibility.
New guidance for PPP loans released
Allen Schiff, president of the Academy of Dental CPAs (ADCPA) shared the following tips for dentists who are applying or considering applying for forgiveness.
New ADA Visa Business Rewards Card offers 2x points on all dental spending
The U.S. Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury released new guidance on Oct. 8 that will streamline the forgiveness process for Paycheck Protection Program loans of $50,000 or less.
HHS Provider Relief Fund webinar set for Oct. 15
ADA Member Advantage announced Oct. 5 that U.S. Bank created a new credit card exclusively for ADA member dentists, which offers two times the rewards points at dental supply providers like Henry Schein, Patterson and Benco.
NYU College of Dentistry receives $3.9M grant to research improved chronic pain treatment without opioids
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will host an Oct. 15 webcast to help dentists with questions about the Phase 3 General Distribution of the Provider Relief Fund.
Dr. Robert Ferris, former ADA vice president, dies at 83
The New York University College of Dentistry announced Sept. 25 that two of its researchers received a $3.9 million grant to study targeting endosomal receptors for the treatment of chronic pain.
Community meet-ups allow ADA FDC 2020 attendees to enjoy music, books, trivia
Dr. Robert T. Ferris, who served as vice president of the American Dental Association from 2004-06, died Oct. 1 at the age of 83.
ADA, AAPD ask CMS to update Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System
At this year’s ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference, dentists and their teams can still find a way to enjoy the good times together while staying apart.
Provider Relief Fund now open for next round of funding
The ADA and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry are asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System in order to improve patient access to dental procedures in hospitals and surgery centers.
ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference less than 10 days away
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opened the Provider Relief Fund portal Oct. 5 for dentists to begin applying for the next round of funding.
Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to learn about dental products, special offerings
The ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference is less than 10 days away from bringing dental professionals together virtually to enjoy learning and networking opportunities in a safe and flexible format.
Should dental professionals get vaccinated for COVID-19?
The ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference Virtual Exhibit Hall is one-stop shopping for dentists and dental team members to learn about dental products and equipment. This year, attendees are invited to join via their own personal devices and set their own schedules.
COVID-19 pandemic, essentialism, third-party payers hot topics for nightly panels
When a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available, the choice to be vaccinated for the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains a personal decision.
Cast your vote in the ADA Design Innovation Awards
Each night of the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference at 5:30 p.m. CDT, the ADA will present an Evening Session, focused on one timely and pressing topic for dentists and dentistry.
Vaccine allocation framework identifies dentists as essential
Voting for the second annual ADA Design Innovation Awards, which seeks to honor dental facilities that seamlessly combine esthetic appeal, function and design, is open through Oct. 31.
Congress passes continuing resolution to fund government
Dentists and dental hygienists are essential health care workers who should be afforded early access to a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a vaccine distribution framework released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine during an Oct. 2 webinar.
Sign up GKAS program by Nov. 13 to request product kits
President Donald J. Trump signed a bill Sept. 30 to extend current funding and keep the government running through Dec. 11.
‘Father of modern dental traumatology' dies at 85
Give Kids A Smile program coordinators should sign up their 2021 event between Oct. 1 and Nov. 13 to be eligible to receive donated product kits.
HHS announces Phase 3 of the Provider Relief Fund
Dr. Jens Ove Andreasen, whose colleagues called him the father of modern dental traumatology and whose contributions to dentistry led him to receive honorary membership in the ADA, died Sept. 26 at the age of 85 in Denmark.
Written testimony for ADA virtual House of Delegates reference committee hearings due Oct. 12
The funds, distributed through the Health Resources and Services Administration, is part of the Phase 3 General Provider Relief Fund. Eligible dentists can begin applying for funds Oct. 5 through Nov. 6.
ADA thanks House subcommittee for holding Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness hearing
Due to the virtual nature of the 2020 meeting, those ADA members and nonmembers who are registered for the livestream broadcast of the virtual reference committee hearings who wish to testify must submit written testimony by the close of business on Oct. 12.
ADA Science & Research Institute scientist receives NIH grant to develop self-cleaning dental material
The American Dental Association sent a letter Sept. 29 to members of the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee and Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access, thanking the subcommittee for holding a hearing on Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness.
The National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has awarded a two-year grant totaling $459,000 to Jirun Sun, Ph.D., with the American Dental Association Science & Research Institute, to develop coatings or additives for dentures, implants and resin restorations for dental caries prevention and treatment.