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One of the most personal and important things the profession can do for the public is to identify the deceased, which is why the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics has spent the past two years working toward establishing a national forensics data standard.
Dr. Paul Homoly, a leader in dental education known for innovative and practical approaches to practice management, has contributed his expertise to the ADA's Dental Practice Hub Web site—a resource for ADA members to use during the recession and any economic climate.
Most dentists are aware that tamper-proof prescription pads or tamper-resistant prescription paper are required for all Medicaid patient prescriptions, as regulated by the federal government. But what about prescriptions for other types of insurance?
Alexandria, Va.— Dr. William V. Giannobile, appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Research, will begin his term in April 2010, the International and American Associations for Dental Research announced Dec. 22.
Richmond, Va.—After spending 30 years in private dental practice; serving in numerous organized dentistry leadership posts; and working as a dental educator, examiner and researcher, Dr. Terry Dickinson says he realized in 2000 that he'd found his life's mission—helping the underserved through the Missions of Mercy Project.
Washington—The Association urged support for a Senate dental Medicaid amendment to pending health care reform legislation.
Reno, Nev.—Former ADA Trustee Joel F. Glover, known for his work in dental education and always having a smile on his face, died Dec. 17 at his home in Reno. He was 66.
The ADA is again celebrating National Children's Dental Health Month this February by offering special patient education materials for kids and pre-teens.
Battle Creek, Mich.—The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Dec. 16 released a report that advocates "midlevel" dental providers, who would perform some surgical procedures, as a solution to the nation's oral health care access crisis.
Washington—It's a grim photo illustrating what the Association calls a "moral health issue" in a limited print advertising campaign funded by ADPAC and running in Capitol Hill publications.
Indianapolis—Indiana University named Dr. John N. Williams Jr. dean of its School of Dentistry Dec. 16.
Updated directories are available free of charge to ADA members from the Council on Dental Practice.
Paper processing issues are among the most frequent claims problems the dental benefits industry reports to the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs.
Elk Grove Village, Ill.—In an effort to decrease childhood caries, the ADA, ADA Foundation and American Academy of Pediatrics once again teamed up for oral health advocate training for pediatricians.

For 15 years the ADA Foundation has provided scholarships to second-year dental students. Then the recession came last year and the ADA Foundation faced a loss of assets value and the possibility that some grant programs might have to be temporarily suspended, including the 2009 scholarship program.

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics, the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for International Organization for Standardization/Technical Committee 106 Dentistry will hold their next meeting Feb. 23-24, 2010, at ADA Headquarters.

Honolulu—Two fourth-year dental students from the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio Dental School were the winners of the ADA's Education Exchange Competition at annual session Oct. 3.

Honolulu—In addition to House of Delegates actions on dental education and related matters reported in the Nov. 2 and Nov. 16 issues of the ADA News, the House addressed two other issues affecting the Council on Dental Education and Licensure.

Dental claims denials were among the most frequent concerns ADA members complained about to the ADA during 2005. This series of ADA News articles examines dentists' "Top 10" concerns submitted to the ADA about their dental claims.

As part of an ongoing Dental Quality Alliance effort that will develop programmatic performance measures to assess oral health care quality for Medicaid patients, the first meeting of the DQA steering committee convened at ADA Headquarters in Chicago Dec. 3 and 4.

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