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December 6, 2012
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News affecting dental benefits

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  • How will HHS' proposed rules affect dental coverage?
    The HHS proposed requiring states to add pediatric dental benefits if the state's benchmark plan for health insurance sold on exchanges under the Affordable Care Act does not include dental benefits. If finalized as proposed, the rule could mean coverage would cost between $27.90 and $32.05 per child each month. Moreover, standalone dental plans are allowed to be sold on exchanges, but the rules do not specify that standalone plans sold outside ACA exchanges can be used to meet essential health benefit requirements, potentially forcing some families to change coverage for their children. This might, along with cost, lead some parents to drop their own dental coverage, the NADP says. Medscape (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Working group develops dental diagnostic terminology codes
    An international working group has released EZCodes Dental Diagnostic Terminology, comprising 1,358 terms under 91 subcategories and 15 primary headings. The system could help dentists track outcomes and help researchers and public health officials identify best practices and high-risk populations. "It's a move from treatment-centric to diagnostic-centric" care, said Dr. Elsbeth Kalenderian, a dentist who led the effort. (free registration) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.K. agency warns against handheld dental X-ray device
    The Tianjie Dental Falcon, sold online including via eBay, might be dangerous and should not be used, the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency says. The device has inadequate lead shielding, the X-ray beam is wide enough to expose the patient's brain to radiation, and the device might cause an electric shock and poses a fire hazard, according to test results. The device is manufactured by Zhengzhou Tianjie Electronic Equipment Co. BBC (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Oral Health 
  • Grant allows dental school to provide medical screenings
    A grant valued at $265,000 from the Health Resources and Service Administration will allow some patients visiting Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine's clinic to be screened for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, HIV and anemia and receive pneumonia and tetanus vaccinations. The pilot program will pair 16 nurse practitioner program students with 16 dental program students. Administrators hope the program will become permanent. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links severe periodontitis to erectile dysfunction
    Men with severe periodontal disease had triple the risk of erectile problems compared with men who had healthy gums, according to a Turkish study of 80 men who had erectile dysfunction and 82 men without the condition. The study did not prove a causal relationship, and some medical and dental professionals questioned the findings, but they said the results are a reminder of how oral health affects the rest of the body. News (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NADP News 
  • 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
  • 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’ 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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