Wis. insurer to reprocess dental claims, make coverage retroactive after glitch | Employers increasingly invest in employee wellness | Study: Midlevel providers improve access, generate revenue
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Wis. insurer to reprocess dental claims, make coverage retroactive after glitch
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Wisconsin agreed to activate coverage and reprocess denied claims after officials discovered that policies had not been activated for 299 state residents who applied for a stand-alone dental plan through the federally run exchange. BCBS offered dental plans throughout the state but offered medical plans in only some regions, and the dental plans were not activated where medical plans were not offered. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (7/7)
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Employers increasingly invest in employee wellness
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Employers are increasingly willing to invest in flexible benefits that keep employees healthy, both to attract top talent and to increase productivity, the Society for Human Resource Management's 2014 Employee Benefits report found. Most employers cover prescription drugs, contraception, dental care and vision care. The percentage of employers offering wellness resources is expected to rise from 79% to 83%, and the percentage offering wellness programs is expected to rise from 63% to 68% over the next year. Employee Benefit News (7/3), Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (7/6)
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Study: Midlevel providers improve access, generate revenue
Dental therapists or midlevel dental care providers working in nonprofit public settings generate revenue and expand access to care in underserved communities, a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found. Two dental therapists working at Alaska's Norton Sound Health Corp. brought in more revenue than the cost of their salaries and provided care to 1,352 patients, the study found. A dental therapist at People's Center Health Services in Minnesota generated net revenue in excess of $30,000 and cared for 1,756 patients during the study year, prompting the clinic to hire an additional dental therapist. Kansas Health Institute (7/2)
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Kan. groups debate creation of midlevel dental provider
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The Kansas Dental Project is among the advocacy groups urging the state Legislature to consider a bill creating a dental practitioner or midlevel category of dental care provider. Eighty-six of the state's 105 counties has a shortage of dentists, and 13 of those counties have no dentists at all, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. If the state does create a dental practitioner category, Wichita State University would pursue creation of a degree program, said Steve Arnold, associate dean and professor at Wichita State's College of Health Professions. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (7/4)
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Oral Health
Dentist touts "smile lift" as alternative to cosmetic surgery
Aesthetic dentist Michael Apa says the "smile lift" is a noninvasive alternative to cosmetic surgery and injections. The treatment involves creating thin veneers that change the position of the teeth to better support the upper lip and restore facial balance. Forbes (7/9)
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