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The ADA's efforts with insurers on behalf of members are resulting in more accurate explanation of benefits language, dentists say.

Carol Reitz may be too busy to notice she has just become an empty nester.

Ten members of the Alliance of the American Dental Association have been recognized by the AADA this year for outstanding contributions to their Alliance and communities in the area of leadership, dental education, legislative advocacy and the wellbeing of the dental family.

A half century ago, ADA Executive Director Harold Hillenbrand and Henry M. Thornton, president of The Dentists' Supply Co. of York, Pa. (now DENTSPLY International), established a new program to celebrate the American Dental Association's 100th anniversary.

Welcome to the American Dental Association's 150th annual session and sesquicentennial celebration.

Academy Award-winning actor, writer, director, diplomat and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Sidney Poitier will grace the ADA Distinguished Speaker Series stage tonight beginning at 5:30 p.m. for the Opening General Session of the 150th Annual Session of the American Dental Association.

The ADA will hold the sixth interactive mega topic discussion session Friday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mid-Pacific Conference Center, Coral III meeting room, at annual session.

San Diego—The American College of Prosthodontists will hold its first Oral Health Cancer Screening event Nov. 4 at the Grossmont Shopping Center in La Mesa, Calif.

The ADA Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs approved across-the-board increases in discounts for the ADA member insurance plan at its Aug. 21 meeting. As a result, the competitive advantages of the ADA's group life, disability and supplemental medical plans will be even greater.

Santa Rosa, Calif.—Dr. George S. Payne, former ADA trustee (1990-94), died Sept. 12 surrounded by his family following a battle with cancer. He was 79.

Arlington, Va.—The Dental Trade Alliance has a new ad campaign designed to encourage people to visit their dentist despite the recent economic downturn.

Washington—As a ban on most flavored cigarettes takes effect—the first tobacco regulation under the ADA-backed Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act—the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised parents of smokeless tobacco risks as well.

ADA guidance to help dentists comply with the Department of Health and Human Service's interim final rule effective this month is available to ADA members at www.ada.org/goto/HIPAA.

For some, it's a chance to learn about opportunities beyond the patient chair. For others, it's an entry into the inner-workings of the Association's governance or a peek into important policies that help shape the profession.

Here are some things you can do to prepare your practice in case of an influenza outbreak.

With the H1N1 virus now in full swing across college campuses and most of the Southeastern states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are urging businesses—including health care facilities—to steel themselves in case of a severe flu outbreak in their area.

Kansas City, Mo.—If Dr. William Busch gets his wish, every city in America will soon have its own TeamSmile program.

Here's a quick way to enhance your connection to the American Dental Association: Use an official ADA member logo on your marketing communications and an ADA.org button on your Web site.

It first became evident in August of 2008. We started having more gaps in the appointment schedule. We had been anticipating a slowdown due to the bobsled ride the stock market was experiencing.

Dr. Ronald L. Tankersley describes his career in dentistry and his role as ADA president-elect as integral to a life he sees as full of opportunities and challenges, with both offering a chance to "do good."

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