New Orleans—For the first time since 2002, the ADA convened in The Big Easy for Annual Session Oct. 31-Nov.3, drawing nearly 23,500 attendees to the renovated Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, part of the rebirth of New Orleans after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The American Dental Education Association is accepting abstracts for the 5th ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference scheduled for Sept. 14-16, 2014, at the Renaissance Barelona Fira Hotel in Barcelona, Spain.
Washington—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will instruct contractors to turn on Phase 2 denial edits for claims from health care providers for particular Medicare-covered items or services for Medicare beneficiaries ordered or referred by other providers.
Frankfort, Ill.—Shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry in 1985, Dr. Greg Duffner and his sister got on their bicycles in Florida and arrived in Chicago 20 days later.
Washington—The U.S. Office for Civil Rights will investigate complaints and "vigorously enforce" new sex discrimination authority under the Affordable Care Act, the agency said. "OCR is also using its authority under health privacy laws to enhance civil rights protections in addressing sex discrimination issues that arise in covered health care programs or activities," said the Dec. 6 notice posted at the OCR website.
Taking care to except dentists and otolaryngologists, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that current evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine oral cancer screenings by primary care providers.
Birmingham, Ala.—More than 500 volunteers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, the UAB School of Nursing and Cahaba Valley Health Care spent part of the fall break helping the less fortunate in the Birmingham community during the first ever UAB Dentistry Cares Community Day.
Silver Spring, Md.—The Food and Drug Administration launched a version of the FDA.gov website accessible to users of "the most popular mobile devices" including smartphones and tablets while continuing to support traditional desktop and laptop computers. Web pages offering FDA's "most popular content," including recalls, safety alerts, consumer updates, agency news and blogs, adjust to the device user's screen.