Insurance enrollment through passes 7.1 million | A look at DHMO, PDO dental plans | A physician's take on dental therapists
January 22, 2015
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Insurance enrollment through passes 7.1 million
More than 400,000 people used for the first time to enroll in a health insurance plan Jan. 10-16, bringing total enrollment through the exchange to more than 7.1 million, the Obama administration announced. The total does not include people who enrolled through state-run exchanges. Reuters (1/21)
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A look at DHMO, PDO dental plans
Some Americans are using money saved on exchange-sold health plans to buy dental insurance, and more dentists are joining insurer networks, says Aaron Groffman, president of Ignition Group, which tracks dental industry trends. This story takes a look at two models: dental health maintenance organizations and preferred dental provider organizations. Investopedia (1/20)
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A physician's take on dental therapists
Many patients come to Dr. Alfredo Vigil with severe dental problems, but Vigil is a physician, not a dentist, and he can do little to help. New Mexico does not have enough dentists to meet demand, and a group known as Health Action New Mexico has called for a mid-level provider classification to be created. Dental therapists could fill a void, much as nurse practitioners and physician assistants have in the medical field, Vigil writes. Carlsbad Current-Argus (N.M.) (1/15)
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Younger Medicare beneficiaries fuel Medicare Advantage growth
More than half of Medicare Advantage enrollees between 2006 and 2011 switched from traditional Medicare, and many of those who switched were in their mid- to late 60s, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study published in the journal Health Affairs. Kaiser Health News (1/16)
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HHS reports strong insurance enrollment in Utah
More than 109,000 Utah residents have enrolled in a health insurance plan for 2015 through the federally run exchange, according to HHS. One woman said she found a plan that was so affordable she "decided to splurge and get dental insurance." The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/17)
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Environmental factors such as microbe or toxin exposure, vaccination history, diet and dental hygiene have more of an effect than genetics on human immune function, a study of identical twins found. Environmental effects on the immune system were more pronounced in older twins than younger ones. HealthDay News (1/15)
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NADP contact center metrics report provides valuable benchmarks
What is the industry average for the speed to answer incoming calls? What is the average rate for member satisfaction? Find answers to these questions and more with the NADP/LIMRA 2013 U.S. Group Dental Contact Center Metrics report now available in the Statistical Report section of the NADP Knowledge Center. You must log in to receive member pricing.
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Mark your calendars for CONVERGE 2015!
Save the date for CONVERGE 2015 from Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, Calif. CONVERGE is the best professional development opportunity the dental benefits industry has to offer. It features a variety of learning formats, from panel discussions to energetic networking opportunities including enlightening exhibits and demonstrations in the new Discovery Zone. At CONVERGE, you will become inspired as you share your insights and challenges with colleagues and polish your skills as you learn from thought leaders and industry experts. For more information, visit
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