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February 14, 2013
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News affecting dental benefits

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  • Few dentists in Colo. accept Medicaid patients
    The number of Colorado third-graders with untreated tooth decay has declined over the past five years, and more school children are getting dental sealants, but many low-income children continue to have difficulty accessing dental care. Just 10% of Colorado’s dentists are considered significant providers of Medicaid services, 20 Colorado counties have no dentist who accepts Medicaid and only 16% of dentists say they will accept additional Medicaid patients. Some dentists say low Medicaid reimbursement rates and high administrative burdens keep them from taking Medicaid patients, and some may be concerned about their ability to treat very young patients. The Denver Post (2/12), KUNC-FM (Greeley, Colo.)/I-News Network (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reverse auctions: Another way to reach employers
    Some employers have participated in reverse auctions for dental, vision and other optional employee benefits. The employer initiates the auction and sets specifications, then prequalified insurers place electronic bids for the business and finalists are given an opportunity to revise their bids. Brokers or benefits advisers can conduct the auction on the employer's behalf. GoLocalWorcester.com (Worcester, Mass.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Integrating medical, dental records can improve care, study finds
    Integrated electronic medical and dental health records can help clinicians and researchers identify links between oral health and medical conditions, a study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found. Integrating medical and dental records allowed the researchers to confirm links between periodontitis and diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and other conditions, and revealed a previously unidentified link with benign prostatic hyperplasia in men. Integrated records would also allow doctors and dentist to collaborate on patient care, the researchers said. DrBicuspid.com (free registration) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NADP News 
  • NADP/LIMRA release Administrative Metric Report
    The current business environment – a weak economy, high price sensitivity and health care reform requirements – highlight the importance of effective management of administrative components of dental plans. Insightful data from the NADP/LIMRA 2011 U.S. Group Dental Administrative Metrics report can help you sharpen your competitive edge in this business environment. In addition to recredentialing and recruitment data, the report includes administrative metrics regarding ID cards, Certificates of Coverage and document delivery; provider credentialing (timing and documentation); and provider directories updates and provider network updates. It is available for purchase via the Report Vault page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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