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November 8, 2012
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News affecting dental benefits

  Industry News 
  • ACA repeal is unlikely, but GOP will press for changes
    President Barack Obama's re-election makes repeal of the Affordable Care Act unlikely. Republicans, who retained control of the House, are expected to press for delaying implementation or scaling back some ACA elements, including the Medicaid expansion, during budget negotiations later this month. Also, Republican governors and Republican-controlled legislatures may refuse to expand their Medicaid programs or set up health insurance marketplaces. Reuters (11/7), The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eco-friendly dental products can save money and resources
    Dental practices can save money by adopting environmentally friendly strategies and products, panelists at the American Dental Association's annual meeting said. Switching to reusable bibs, wraps and pouches, mercury-free amalgams and digital imaging protects patient health and the environment and ultimately reduces costs, the panelists said. (free registration) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Oral Health 
  • Statin gel might stimulate oral bone growth
    Application of a gel containing atorvastatin along with scaling and root planing resulted in more bone fill than the same procedures plus placebo gel in patients with severe chronic periodontitis, according to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology. Researchers injected the gel into periodontal pockets and measured bone fill, plaque, probing depth and other metrics at baseline, 6 months and 9 months. Patients who received the atorvastatin gel had significantly better results on all metrics except plaque than the patients who received placebo. Medscape (free registration) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NADP News 
  • Nov. 13 webinar explores shift to direct-to-consumer shift
    With PPACA and health care reform on the horizon, and with the emergence of and growth of state exchanges, the question arises: Will the dental market move from being more employer-based to a more direct-to-consumer market? And if so, what will be the best dental products available to this market? Join NADP Nov. 13 at 1:00 PM Central to explore viable discount dental solutions, discount products with an HSA component and various other insured dental options that will be relevant in the new world of health care. For more details and registration information, visit the Webinars page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Discover consumers’ perceptions regarding dental benefits with Consumer Survey
    As dental plans prepare to market in state Exchanges, the NADP 2012 Consumer Survey: Dental Health and Health Care Reform offers invaluable insight regarding consumers’ attitudes, perceptions, attitudes and satisfaction regarding dental coverage. The study also provides market intelligence about the effects of health care reform on the future purchase of dental coverage for consumers. The Survey includes updates from the 2007 Consumer Survey plus additional questions to reflect current issues, primarily health care reform. Key survey findings are provided in the four categories: Oral Health Behaviors, Dental Benefits, Dental Provider Relationships and the Affordable Care Act. It is available for purchase via the Report Vault page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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