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November 21, 2012
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News affecting dental benefits

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  • GAO: Getting Medicaid doctors can be a challenge for states
    More than half of U.S. states and territories surveyed by the Government Accountability Office from February to May said it was hard to find sufficient dentists, primary care doctors, specialists or other health care providers for Medicaid patients. Among Medicaid officials for the states, five territories and Washington, D.C., 30 said it was a challenge ensuring enough dentists were participating in Medicaid, and 17 said the same for primary care providers. The GAO reported low Medicaid payment and a shortage of providers as main factors affecting provider participation. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Romney comment highlights gap in dental benefits
    Some people may have been surprised recently to learn the Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover dental care for children but not for adults. Moreover, Medicare offers minimal dental benefits, and many state Medicaid programs cover only emergency dental procedures. Studies have linked poor oral health to higher risk for heart disease and diabetes, and public health advocates say better coverage is needed. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • University trains PAs to assess oral health
    Students enrolled in Colorado University's physician assistant program are being trained to spot oral health problems such as periodontitis using a curriculum supported, in part, by the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health. Less than one-quarter of medical programs across the country offer some form of broad oral-health education. The Denver Post (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Oral Health 
  • Study explores link between periodontitis and preterm birth
    Women who have preterm babies or babies at low birth weight babies are more likely to have periodontal disease than women who give birth to normal-weight, full-term infants, according to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology. Anaerobic and commensal bacterial profiles were similar among the two groups, leading researchers to conclude that oral bacteria were not likely to cause preterm birth. However, inflammatory profiles were different, suggesting inflammation could factor into premature labor, the researchers said. (free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NADP webinar explores 2012 Election - What Happened and Now What?
    Join NADP and Scott Rasmussen Dec. 11 at 2:00 PM Central as he discusses Election 2012 results. Rasmussen, political analyst, author, and independent public opinion pollster, was described by the Wall Street Journal as "today's leading insurgent pollster" and "a key player in the contact sport of politics." He will focus on what message the voters were trying to send; what it means for the country and the dental benefits industry in 2013 and beyond. To register, visit the “Webinars” page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NADP/LIMRA release Claims Processing Metric Report
    Customer service is critical to success in the dental benefits industry. For this reason NADP and LIMRA are proud to present the 2011 U.S. Group Dental Claims Processing Metrics. This report provides significant data to highlight the ultimate test of customer loyalty and business success or failure. It includes data on claims processing profiles, claims processing performance, real time and auto adjudication, benefit utilization and performance guarantees. It is available for purchase via the Report Vault page of the NADP website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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