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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.