The CMS finalized a rule revising Medicare parts C and D that rescinds requirements for dentists to be registered with Medicare or to have opted out for their services to be covered under the Medicare Advantage or prescription drug benefits programs. The National Association of Dental Plans, Delta Dental Plans Association and the American Dental Association had urged the agency to lift the enrollment requirement for dentists. The CMS will instead use a preclusion list beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
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Fifty-nine percent of employees say their employer offered dental benefits in 2017, compared with 54% in 2013, according to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, while percentages for health, life and vision insurance and a retirement-savings account also increased. Health savings accounts and accident insurance have become more common, but fewer employers are offering short- and long-term disability insurance and traditional pensions, the survey finds.
The Washington State Health Care Authority is accepting proposals through June 29 from managed care organizations to provide dental services for adult Medicaid beneficiaries from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2020.
Health insurers in Maryland and Virginia are requesting premium increases for the 2019 plan year amid new concerns about the stability of Affordable Care Act markets after the repeal of the individual mandate penalty and the possible entry of leaner plans. The filings, the first to be announced, offer an early look at next year's markets.
Twenty percent of pediatric emergency department physicians said they are not confident in their ability to treat dental trauma or replant an avulsed tooth, and younger physicians were the least likely to express confidence, according to the results of a survey published in Pediatric Emergency Care. Only 6% said they always or sometimes used a dental trauma decision-making pathway, but 90% were at least somewhat confident of knowing when to refer dental trauma to a dental professional, and about two-thirds said a dentist or oral surgeon is in-house or on-call in their department.
A slim, penlike device called The Wand slowly delivers novocaine to a dental patient's mouth through a very fine needle, reducing the sense of pressure associated with conventional novocaine shots. The needle is so thin that the dentist can numb a single tooth, says dentist Krizia Proia.
A small observational study published in the Journal of the COPD Foundation found a link between severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and poor dental hygiene practices as well as tooth loss. The COPD cohort and healthy controls brushed their teeth twice daily, but the healthy controls were more likely to floss daily and were more likely to have had a recent dental appointment.
Uniform Teeth recently raised $4 million in seed funding to start up a high-tech teeth-straightening business in the San Francisco area, competing with Invisalign and Smile Direct Club. The service includes panoramic dental X-rays, 3D cone beam computed tomography instead of physical impressions, a treatment plan, clear aligners and remote checkups for about $3,500.
Six-time Emmy Award-winning comedian and writer, bestselling author and former network TV host Ross Shafer will present "Breakthrough for Boosting Customer X Scores" during the CONVERGE 2018 Opening General Session on Sept. 25 in Denver, Colo. Shafer has established himself as a modern-day renaissance man, offering valuable insights from his breadth of experiences on topics including personal motivation, reinvention, customer urgency and market relevance. CONVERGE 2018 will be held Sept. 24-27. Register here.
Join NADP at 1 p.m. CT on May 16 for an education webinar, Medicaid: A Changing Landscape for Dental Coverage. This 60-minute webinar, presented by Avalere, will explore enrollment and program administration trends, ongoing state initiatives, and potential federal policy changes. For more information and to register, visit the NADP Knowledge Center.