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November 17, 2016
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Trump wants to keep some popular parts of ACA
President-elect Donald Trump said he would like to keep provisions in the Affordable Care Act that mandate coverage for pre-existing conditions and that allow children to stay on their parents' insurance up to age 26. Trump said he plans to repeal the rest of the law but will replace it with other options simultaneously so there will be no gaps in coverage.
Bloomberg (11/11) 
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With ACA, no mandates with no exclusions won't work
President-elect Donald Trump wants to keep the Affordable Care Act's mandate that pre-existing conditions be covered, but doing so without mandating that everyone buy health insurance won't work, writes Margot Sanger-Katz. Several states tried similar policies, and the result was higher prices for everyone, lower enrollment and insurance companies leaving the market, she writes.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/15) 
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U. of Minn. closing dental clinic for underserved population
The University of Minnesota will close its dental clinic in the Cedar-Riverside area next summer, and the university will end its general dental residency program. Some 7,500 low-income or special-needs patients received care at the clinic, where eight dentists are completing residency programs.
Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (11/10),  Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (11/10) 
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Atlanta-area dentist pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud
Oluwatoyin Solarin, a dentist with offices in Doraville and Duluth, Ga., admitted to submitting false Medicaid claims from 2009 to 2013, defrauding the program of nearly $1 million. Prosecutors say Solarin's employees back-dated claims for patients who were no longer eligible for Medicaid, and some claims showed Solarin was the treating dentist at times she was traveling abroad.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (11/10) 
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Troubled Anaheim, Calif., dental clinic reopens
Orange County, Calif., health officials allowed the Children's Dental Group clinic to reopen after water lines were replaced following an outbreak of infections in children treated at the clinic. However, a county supervisor says that many of the 77 children who developed infections had received treatment that might not have been medically necessary.
KNBC-TV (Los Angeles) (11/15) 
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Wash. insurance commissioner halts dentist's loyalty program
The Washington state insurance commissioner demanded that Renton dental practice David Ford Dental stop running its patient loyalty program. State law requires anyone outside the insurance industry to register with the state before accepting advance payment for health care.
RentonReporter.com (Kent, Wash.) (11/14) 
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Researchers develop modular dental wear evaluation system
None of four tools frequently used to evaluate dental erosion meets criteria for universal use, nor are the tools compatible with one another, researchers reported in BMC Oral Health. The researchers developed a system that comprises one tool for screening and another for diagnosing and monitoring tooth wear, but they noted that the system must be tested in both clinical and research settings.
DrBicuspid.com (free registration) (11/16) 
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Dental management company loses dentists, revenue
The management company that operates 69 Perfect Teeth dental offices in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico has lost over 10% of its dentists in the past year, and revenue is down nearly $700,000. Birner Dental Management Services blames an activist investor for the decline.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Denver (11/14) 
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SmartBrief will not publish Nov. 24
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, NADP SmartBrief will not publish on Nov. 24. Publication will resume Dec. 1.
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