Advocates say Mass. ACOs should offer dental care | Fla. dental managed care company sues to stop release of records | Federal authorities investigate Iowa dentist over prescribing habits
May 19, 2016
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Advocates say Mass. ACOs should offer dental care
Health Care For All's Oral Health Advocacy Task Force launched a campaign to align dental care more closely with medical care in Massachusetts by requiring Medicaid and commercial accountable care organizations to provide oral health services. "Nationwide, our health system spends $1 billion a year palliating, not treating, the pain of people who desperately need a dentist. We are paying through the nose for the mouth," said Lisa Emily Simon, a dentist and an instructor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.)/State House News Service (5/18) 
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Fla. dental managed care company sues to stop release of records
Managed Care of North America is suing the Florida Healthy Kids Corp. to stop the release of records requested by former administrative law judge Thomas Crapps, who requested all records related to MCNA's bid to manage dental benefits for the state children's health insurance program. MCNA says releasing the records would expose trade secrets.
Florida Politics (5/18) 
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Federal authorities investigate Iowa dentist over prescribing habits
Iowa dentist Shawn Kerby agreed to have his license inactivated indefinitely and said he would not practice dentistry in the state while he is under federal investigation for his prescribing practices. The Iowa Dental Board fined Kerby $2,500 in 2014 and placed him on two years' probation over allegations he had improperly prescribed addictive drugs. However, Kerby's website still lists him as an active dentist and as an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa.
The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (5/13) 
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Population health starts outside of hospitals.
Social, environmental, and behavioral factors determine about 60% of a person's health status. To address these social factors, healthcare programs must integrate a community's non-medical data with clinical insights to yield positive results.
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Presidential candidates ignoring nation's oral health crisis
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The presidential candidates have failed to discuss some important health care topics this election season, including oral health problems and poor access to dental care, Julie Rovner writes. Despite pediatric dental care's designation as an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act, many children still do not have access to care, she writes. Other topics candidates have avoided include high out-of-pocket health care costs, long-term care, Medicare and how the nation will afford precision medicine, she writes.
Kaiser Health News (5/16) 
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San Francisco to require warnings on sugar-sweetened drink ads
A San Francisco ordinance set to go into effect July 25 will require advertisements for soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks to include the language, "WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco." A federal district court judge rejected the American Beverage Association's assertion that the ordinance violates beverage makers' free-speech rights and denied its request for a preliminary injunction.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/18) 
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Patient care is shifting from fee-for-service to a value-based model.
By 2018, 50% of healthcare payments will be based on healthy outcomes rather than services provided. Those navigating the transition need to consider the different viewpoints of payers, providers as well as today's empowered consumer.
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Aetna offers dental discount cards along with Rx discount program
Florida and North Carolina are among the states where Aetna is offering free dental discount cards in conjunction with pharmacy discount cards. The discount cards last for two years and are available to anyone, including the uninsured, underinsured, Medicare Part D subscribers and undocumented residents. The cards can be used at dental offices that accept Aetna Dental, which will charge cardholders the same rates they would charge subscribers to an Aetna Dental insurance plan.
The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (5/17),  The Fayetteville Observer (N.C.) (5/18) 
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Aspen Dental's mobile clinics offer free care to veterans
Aspen Dental periodically offers free dental care at mobile clinics through the company's MouthMobile program, a part of Aspen Dental's Healthy Mouth Movement, which principally serves veterans. The mobile clinic will stop at 33 locations on its current coast-to-coast tour, offering exams, cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions and denture work. Civilians who need dental care can also schedule a consultation.
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) (5/18) 
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Marquee Dental expands in Ala.
Alabama-based dental practice Signature Smile was acquired by dental support organization Marquee Dental Partners, which now operates 11 practices in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. (free registration) (5/12) 
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Sponsored webinar explores Multimodal Digital Dental Outreach
Join NADP on May 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. Central Time for the 60-minute, sponsored webinar, Multimodal Digital Dental Outreach, presented by HealthCrowd CEO Neng Bing Doh. Learn about the country's first true multimodal dental program, using text and picture messaging, interactive voice response and mobile websites to reach, engage and activate members in their dental care and/or that of their children. The goal: To study how digital outreach can remove barriers to care and ultimately drive increased compliance with recommended Annual Dental Visits. This webinar is presented at no charge for attendees, but you must register via the NADP Knowledge Center.
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June 14 Webinar Focuses on Optimizing Outlook
Best-selling author Randy Dean presents Optimizing Your Outlook: Time, Project, People, and Task Management Using MS Outlook, the second part in a three-part webinar mini-series. Join Dean and NADP on June 14 for a 75-minute presentation, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Central Time. Dean will show you how to expand your capabilities with the market-leading Microsoft Outlook e-mail and professional organization software. Registration is $300 for members and $500 for non-members on the NADP Knowledge Center.
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