October 14, 2021
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Science panel: Dentistry is seeing fast-paced innovation
The panel for Emerging Science in Oral Health: Laurie K. McCauley, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Hatice Hasturk, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Jack L. Ferracane, Ph.D.; and Tim Wright, D.D.S. (EZ Event Photography)
Innovation in dentistry, from new digital technologies to advanced dental materials, is fast-paced and has the potential to change clinical practice, American Dental Association journal editors and science experts said during the Emerging Science in Oral Health -- From the Research Labs to the Clinic session at SmileCon on Tuesday. "We're in a period of really rapid change in our profession, and that is really exciting," said dentist Laurie McCauley, winner of the 2019 Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research and dean of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
Full Story: ADA News (10/12) 
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Claims Made by EFT Can Save Millions
By switching from manual claim payments to claim payments by EFT, the medical industry could save $426 million while the dental industry could save $472 million. Each manual payment costs providers approximately $2 more than a claim payment made by EFT. Learn more: www.nacha.org/healthcare
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California will allow some adult children to include parents as dependents on their health insurance policies, in the hope that it will increase coverage for adult immigrants who don't have insurance. Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed the measure into law, and it will take effect in 2023.
Full Story: The Associated Press (10/8) 
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A MetLife survey showed that millennial employees were more apt to delay major life decisions due to the pandemic, but they also want updated benefits to help in that regard. More than three quarters of millennials said their employers should help them create a will, 66% want help purchasing a home, and 27% expect assistance with financial planning.
Full Story: Employee Benefit News (free registration) (10/7) 
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The Kentucky health insurance marketplace, kynect, will reopen, and it is available to anyone in the state. Users can begin searching plans online Oct. 15, and enrollment opens Nov. 1.
Full Story: WDKY-TV (Danville, Ky.) (10/13) 
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Residents of southeast Missouri are experiencing wider health effects due to a low number of dentists in the region. Tonya Meyer of Southeast Hospital noted that poor oral health can contribute to conditions such as pneumonia and cardiovascular disease.
Full Story: KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) (10/11) 
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The Tama City Council voted to rescind an earlier decision to discontinue fluoridating the Iowa city's water system. Dental health professionals advocated in favor of fluoridation, but city officials said work is needed on city water facilities before it can resume.
Full Story: Tama-Toledo News Chronicle (Iowa) (10/8) 
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Miss a session at Virtual CONVERGE 2021 or want to hear one again? Good news! Registrants can access content on-demand through Nov. 7. Visit NADPCONVERGE.org for details.
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The NADP Benefit Utilization Trend Survey requests non-DHMO dental insurance completed, paid dental procedures per 1,000 enrollees by month, by state and by benefit sponsor (group, individual, and Medicare Advantage). Reports from this survey are only available to survey participants. Download the survey instrument and return by Oct. 31. Questions? Contact Director of Research Jerry Berggren.
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