Trump urges Republicans to regroup after dissent on BCRA | Neb. dentist faces more than 10 years in prison for Medicaid fraud | Limits on MAVNI program could harm dental, medical corps
July 20, 2017
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Trump urges Republicans to regroup after dissent on BCRA
Trump urges Republicans to regroup after dissent on BCRA
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the effort to repeal and immediately replace portions of the Affordable Care Act would fail after two more colleagues -- Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Mike Lee, R-Utah -- announced they would oppose a measure to advance the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The announcement left McConnell short of the required votes to advance the legislation, so he said the Senate will instead vote on a full ACA repeal with a two-year delay, but President Donald Trump pushed Republicans to revisit simultaneous repeal and replacement legislation.
Reuters (7/19),  ABC News (7/18),  The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (tiered subscription model)/McClatchy Washington Bureau (7/17),  NBC News (7/17) 
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Neb. dentist faces more than 10 years in prison for Medicaid fraud
Gregory Garro Jr., a dentist from Omaha, Neb., was charged with 24 counts of health care fraud for submitting false Medicaid claims for unprovided dental services between February 2013 and January 2016, resulting in more than $82,500 worth of improper payments. Garro faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on each fraud count.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (7/13) 
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Limits on MAVNI program could harm dental, medical corps
DOD officials are considering scaling back the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, which accelerates review of citizenship applications for immigrants with needed language or medical skills who serve in the military, and some analysts say the move could affect medical readiness. About two-thirds of Army Reserve dentists serve under the MAVNI program, while other program participants serve in the Army Medical Corps.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/18),  National Public Radio (7/11) 
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Charity offers dental care in exchange for community service
Dr. Angie's Dental Health Exchange, a nonprofit in St. Joseph County, Ind., treats adults referred from emergency departments for oral health care in exchange for community service. Sixty local dentists volunteer to provide fillings and extractions, and local dental hygiene programs offer free cleanings and X-rays.
WNDU-TV (South Bend, Ind.) (7/20) 
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CBO: 32M Americans would lose insurance under repeal without replacement
CBO: 32M Americans would lose insurance under repeal without replacement
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Repeal of the Affordable Care Act without replacement would cause 32 million Americans to lose insurance coverage by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office, compared with 23 million under the American Health Care Act and 22 million under the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 would also nearly double premiums by 2026 and compel insurers to exit individual markets as soon as next year, the analysis found.
The Hill (7/19),  HuffPost (7/20) 
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Oral Health
Hands-free toothbrush cleans a mouthful of teeth at once
The makers of an automatic toothbrush have launched a Kickstarter campaign to commercialize the product. The Amabrush dispenses the appropriate amount of toothpaste and brushes all the user's teeth simultaneously, and the inventors say it kills nearly 100% of oral bacteria.
WPVI-TV (Philadelphia) (7/13) 
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Bullying may increase risk of sleep bruxism in adolescents
Researchers found that teens who were exposed to verbal bullying at school had an about fourfold higher risk of developing sleep bruxism, or teeth-grinding at night, compared with other adolescents. The findings in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation were based on data involving more than 300 Brazilian youths ages 13 to 15.
BBC (7/14) 
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Company News
Mass. regulator approves Delta Dental PPO plan
The Massachusetts Division of Insurance approved Delta Dental's application to sell its Total Choice PPO plan in addition to its conventional Premier plan. More than 4,000 dentists in the state are part of the new network, and company President Dennis Leonard said the plan will allow more small businesses to offer dental coverage.
The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (7/14) 
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CONVERGE Session highlights DQA measures
Value-based purchasing, medically necessary dental care, dental therapists and teledentistry all have a role to play in the future delivery of dental care. Hear from current DQA Chair Dr. Marie Schweinebraten as she discusses these trends at the CONVERGE breakout session, "DQA Measures: The Near and Far Future," on Wednesday, Sept. 27. For more details and to register, visit the CONVERGE microsite.
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NADP publishes Membership Benefits Book
Whether you're a member of NADP or thinking about joining, check out the newly released Membership Benefits Book, filled with detailed information about core services, programs and value-added benefits. The 20-page book is available for download from the "About" page on NADP's website.
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