HHS uncovers questionable Medicaid dental claims in Calif. | Advocates urge Minn. to boost Medicaid dental reimbursement rates | Diabetes, pre-diabetes may be identified through screening at dental visits
May 21, 2015
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HHS uncovers questionable Medicaid dental claims in Calif.
Six orthodontists and 329 dentists billed California's Medicaid program for $118 million worth of pediatric dental services in 2012 that raised questions, HHS auditors say. Many dentists billed for an unusually large number of services per day, some received exceptionally high per-patient payments and at least one billed for potentially inappropriate treatment. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration)/The Associated Press (5/17)
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Advocates urge Minn. to boost Medicaid dental reimbursement rates
A coalition called Help Minnesota Smile, comprising dental care providers and payers, is urging the state Legislature to increase reimbursement rates for dental care under Medicaid to the median national rate. Minnesota has the lowest reimbursement rates in the nation for pediatric dental services and has the fourth-lowest reimbursement rates for adult care. Many dentists say they cannot afford to treat people covered under Medicaid. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (5/14)
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Diabetes, pre-diabetes may be identified through screening at dental visits
A dental office visit may be an effective setting for spotting undiagnosed diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to a study presented at an American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists conference. The study involved 500 dental patients who were asked to complete a survey about risk factors and agreed to have their A1C levels measured. The approach revealed that 1.2% of the patients had diabetes and 19.2% had pre-diabetes. MedPage Today (free registration) (5/15)
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Skipping preventive dental care could be costly in the long run
Many Americans do not seek preventive dental care because they lack insurance, costs are high and prices are not transparent, a 2013 survey found. However, even people with good oral hygiene can develop severe gum disease if tartar builds up, and patients who do not receive regular cleanings can develop costly dental decay, says dentist Marshall Young. Patients can price shop, use flexible savings account funds and talk with dentists about how to manage costs of preventive care. U.S. News & World Report (5/20)
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CDC: 91% of U.S. adults younger than 65 have dental caries
Ninety-one percent of U.S. adults ages 20 to 64 had dental caries in 2011-2012, and as many as 97% of people ages 35 to 64 had decay, the CDC reports. The cavity rate was 85% among Hispanic adults and non-Hispanic Asian adults, 86% among non-Hispanic black adults and 94% among non-Hispanic white adults. The rate of untreated tooth decay was 27% among adults ages 20 to 64 and 19% in adults ages 65 or older. Medscape (free registration) (5/13)
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Aspen Dental plans 6 new offices in Mo.
Aspen Dental Management announced plans to open six Missouri offices this year, joining Heartland Dental, which has 25 Missouri offices, Premier Dental Partners with 10 and Comfort Dental with eight offices. American City Business Journals/St. Louis (5/19)
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