Groups urge Congress to make CHIP permanent
ADA, AAPD file joint comments on CMS proposed rule
The ADA and more than 500 organizations representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, are urging Congress to support legislation to make the Children’s Health Insurance Program permanent.
Bento provides dental insurance solutions for all dentists
The ADA and AAPD submitted joint comments to CMS on updates to the proposed 2022 notice of benefit and payment parameters.
Current data on COVID-19
When the Texas Dental Association was investigating dental insurance solutions for its members, they did their due diligence and heard presentations from several vendors hoping to earn the association’s endorsement.
Dental Quality Alliance publishes state profile overview of Medicaid, CHIP programs
Check this page regularly for the latest COVID-19 data available from the CDC, WHO and Johns Hopkins University.
Scaling mountain of student debt achievable
The Dental Quality Alliance released the first-of-its-kind collection of downloadable state profiles in July that give an overview of 18 states’ oral health care quality delivered through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
ADA Member Advantage endorses Stynt as dental staffing solution
The mountain of debt is daunting, but scaling that mountain is achievable, as long as dental students realize that refinancing and other options — including federal service and the armed forces — are available.
Partnership for Medicaid shares priorities with new CMS administrator
ADA Member Advantage announced July 27 it has endorsed Stynt, dental staffing technology company, to help Association members with staff recruitment.
ADA ‘strongly’ encouraging dental professionals to be vaccinated for COVID-19
The Partnership for Medicaid is asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to “preserve and strengthen” the Medicaid program and to support “its vital role as a safety net for millions of Americans.”
AADR now American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research
In a July 28 email to member dentists, ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., said that ADA policy recommends vaccination in accord with what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, and the CDC doesn’t recommend mandated COVID-19 vaccination for health care professionals at this point in time.
ADA launches oral health clinical data warehouse
The American Association for Dental Research announced July 26 that it has expanded its name to be the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research.
ADA supports Health Enterprise Zones Act
The ADA Dental Experience and Research Exchange, the newly launched oral health clinical data warehouse, is open to any practice of any size that uses practice management software Open Dental 19.3 or higher.
Show off vaccine support
The ADA is supporting legislation to improve health disparities in minority and underserved communities.
ADASRI project leader wins $50,000 award for research on monitoring biomarkers to track periodontitis
With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Immunization Action Coalition is offering free buttons to dentists who provide or promote COVID-19 vaccinations.
Professions seek to address dentistry, dental hygiene licensure portability
With the support of a $50,000 award from the International Association for Dental Research, a project leader with the ADA Science & Research Institute will examine the role biomarkers play in tracking the progression and treatment of periodontitis.
ADA commends OSHA for exempting most dental offices from rule
Association members, dental hygienists, dentistry and dental hygiene regulators and other industry stakeholders are invited to a kickoff meeting of a new partnership supporting the expanded mobility of licensed dentists and dental hygienists.
August JADA finds youth with foster care experience report more oral health problems than their peers
The ADA is commending the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for taking a “deliberative and highly collaborative approach” to developing its emergency temporary standard, which exempts most dental offices.
PREVENT HPV Cancers Act clears House committee
Youth with a history of foster care report more oral health problems and less access to oral health care than their peers with no experience of foster care, according to a study published in the August issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
Coalition supports Tobacco Tax Equity Act
The ADA is supporting HR 1550, the PREVENT HPV Cancers Act, which encourages the use of the human papillomavirus vaccine in order to reduce the risk for HPV-related cancers.
Retroactive denial laws a priority for ADA advocacy
The ADA and more than 50 stakeholders are supporting S 1314, the Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2021, which would increase the federal excise tax on cigarettes and set federal tax rates for other tobacco products at an equivalent level.
ADA asks CMS to prioritize expanding dentists’ participation in Medicaid
The ADA and state dental associations recognize the pain points these types of retroactive denials cause, so they have been working together in state legislatures to enact laws that restrict the timeframe in which insurers are allowed to request such a refund.
Senators press FTC, DOJ on antitrust reform
The ADA is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to increase reimbursement and reduce administrative burden in order to increase the number of dentists who participate in the Medicaid program.
ADA weighs in on 21st Century Cures 2.0 Act
Two senators are asking the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice for an update on their efforts to combat anticompetitive conduct in the health insurance industry following the repeal of the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption.
Comments sought on draft report addressing updates to CMS core sets of quality measures
The ADA is supporting the 21st Century Cures 2.0 Act, draft legislation to modernize the delivery of health care in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The draft legislation seeks to build upon the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law in 2016.
New Provider Relief Fund webinar set for July 20
Members of the oral health community are encouraged to submit comments about a draft of the Recommendations for Improving the Core Sets of Health Care Quality Measures for Medicaid and CHIP by Aug. 6.
CDC: Only avoid aerosol-generating dental procedures for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
HHS will be hosting a webinar on July 20 at 3 p.m. ET to provide technical assistance on reporting requirements for Provider Relief Fund recipients.
ADASRI scientists to present research at virtual International Association for Dental Research meeting
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its COVID-19 Guidance for Dental Settings to remove language stating that dental health care personnel should avoid aerosol-generating procedures for all patients, regardless of their COVID-19 status.
Longtime dental education leader, Dr. Herbert K. Yee, dies at 96
American Dental Association Science & Research Institute scientists will share their research at the 99th General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research.
ADA seeks participants for 2021 SNODENT review
Herbert K. Yee, D.D.S., a philanthropist and longtime leader in organized dentistry and dental education, died on June 26. He was 96.
ADA releases updated COVID-19 dental office procedures emphasizing need for hazard assessments
The American Dental Association is seeking qualified individuals to join a canvass committee to consider approval of the 2021 revision of the Systemized Nomenclature of Dentistry.
CODA seeks public member nominations for its review committees
The American Dental Association’s new Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19 provides updated information for dentists to consider as they assess COVID-19 workplace hazards and make decisions that are best for their practices.
Letters: Diversity in health care
The Commission of Dental Accreditation is seeking nominations by July 16 to fill seven upcoming public member vacancies on its review committees and/or Board of Commissioners.
Dentist Health and Well-Being Conference helps dentists build resilience in times of turmoil
While reading the April 12 My View “Why Diversity in Dentistry Matters and How You Can Help,” by Laila Hishaw, D.D.S., I was thoroughly impressed.
PPP forgiveness deadlines approaching for borrowers who received first draw loans
The biennial ADA Dentist Health and Well-Being Conference will feature sessions and speakers focused on building such resilience as well as sharing knowledge and solutions about the challenges dental professional face in their practices in 2021 and beyond.
SmileCon to highlight dental technology
For dentists who received first draw Paycheck Protection Program loans, the deadline to apply for loan forgiveness could be on the horizon.
The future of dentistry: Augmented intelligence can identify oral issues, improve practice efficiency
SmileCon will bring together the leading voices in dental technology when it convenes Oct. 11-13 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Goal of July webinar: Improve office efficiency
From diagnosis and treatment planning to practice management, augmented intelligence is positioned to transform the way dentists care for their patients.
Connecting industry with students to improve dental education, access to oral care
A free ADA webinar scheduled for July 27 explains how electronic transactions can reduce practice overhead and mitigate administrative overload.
ADA supports Doctors of Community Act
With the increasing pace of technological advances one group has made its mission to help build a collaboration between industry and schools to introduce dental students to the latest innovations that can ultimately help their patients.
Manufacturer instructions play vital role in guiding purchase, use of dental products
The ADA is supporting new legislation that would permanently extend and expand the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program.
My View: Digital dental technology: A means to an end, or an end Itself? Perhaps it may be both
Dentists have a lot to consider when making purchases for their practices, and being aware of the manufacturer instructions that accompany products can help ensure they buy what is right for them and use the items correctly too.
Coalition urges Congress to oppose efforts to weaken FDA authority over cigars, tobacco
Mention the term “digital dentistry,” and depending on the clinical background and training of the individual, it will likely evoke various conceptions.
SmileCon early bird pricing ends July 7
The ADA and a coalition of like-minded stakeholders are urging House appropriators to “oppose any efforts” to weaken the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate cigars or other tobacco products.
Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements webinar set for July 8
The last day to take advantage of early bird registration rates for SmileCon is July 7.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be hosting a recorded webcast on July 8 at 3 p.m. ET to provide technical assistance on reporting requirements for Provider Relief Fund recipients and interested stakeholders.