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February 7, 2013
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News affecting dental benefits

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  • Mass. policy shift acknowledges economic benefits of dental coverage
    Massachusetts restored Medicaid coverage for some dental services for adults, including fillings in front teeth, in part because studies have shown people with good teeth have an easier time finding a job than their peers with poor oral health. Gov. Deval Patrick proposed completely restoring Medicaid dental benefits for adults by mid-2014. However, many providers limit the number of Medicaid patients they will treat, if any, due to low reimbursement rates and high administrative costs, potentially blunting the impact of the shift. Governing.com/View blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Insurers gear up for new health care landscape under ACA
    Facing fresh regulatory and marketplace challenges as major Affordable Care Act provisions come into effect next year, insurance companies are exploring new markets and novel approaches to payment and quality including forging deeper relationships with providers while testing new avenues for reaching consumers such as retail stores to connect with the public directly and private exchanges. “No question, the pace and magnitude of change are immense,” said Catherine P. Bessant, of Florida Blue’s board. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Patients overload clinics after Calif. cuts Medicaid dental benefits
    Dentists at clinics in California say that since the state cut Medicaid dental benefits for adults, they increasingly extract teeth that could have been saved with a filling. Hospital emergency departments are treating an overwhelming number of patients in need of dental care, and clinics that had projected declining caseloads a few years ago have seen an increase instead. San Francisco Chronicle (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Technology brings dental care to schools, nursing homes
    A demonstration project in California is providing dental care to low-income schoolchildren, elderly residents of long-term care facilities and people with disabilities. Dental hygienists and assistants collect dental images with portable equipment and upload them along with patient information to a website, allowing a dentist to evaluate the data and develop a treatment plan or refer patients to a local dentist. HealthyCal.org (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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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