Current data on COVID-19
February JADA finds opioid prescribing differences among US military dental clinics
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ADA urges FCC to include dental practices in telehealth program
A study published in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association found statistically significant differences in opioid prescribing among U.S. Military Health System dental clinics.
ADA webinar features introduction to dental insurance
The ADA is again asking the Federal Communications Commission to extend the agency’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program to include dental practices so that they may be eligible for additional funding from the relief bill passed at the end of 2020.
Dr. Charles A. McCallum, 2006 ADA Distinguished Service Award recipient, dies at 95
The ADA is offering a free educational webinar in February to assist new and existing dental office managers, staff and dentists who are looking for guidance and insights as they try to navigate the dental insurance maze.
ADA Member Advantage endorses Office Depot as office supply provider
Charles A. “Scotty” McCallum, D.M.D., M.D., the 2006 recipient of the ADA Distinguished Service Award, died Jan. 16. He was 95.
Registration for Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal now open
ADA Member Advantage announced Jan. 21 that it has selected Office Depot as its exclusively endorsed office supply provider for Association members.
Coalition urges Senate to confirm Guzman for SBA administrator
Registration is now open for the Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal. The portal is for dentists who received one or more payments exceeding $10,000 from the Provider Relief Fund payments in aggregate.
Streamlined PPP loan forgiveness form now available
The ADA and more than 80 other organizations are asking the Senate to confirm Isabel Guzman as administrator for the Small Business Administration.
ADA Member Advantage ends endorsement relationship with InTouch Practice Communications
The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a new one-page application for borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program loans of $150,000 or less.
Alliance of the ADA to hold virtual seminar on dental spouses as business partners
ADA Member Advantage announced that, as of Dec. 31, 2020, its endorsement for InTouch Practice Communications for its message on-hold program has ended.
Decoding Dental Benefits: Coding for implants webinar available on demand
A virtual seminar from the Alliance of the American Dental Association will discuss strategies couples can take when working together in the dental practice.
ADA supports Becerra for HHS secretary
There is a common misperception that all the CDT codes one needs to document services delivered are always in one category of service.
Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act becomes law
The American Dental Association is “enthusiastically” supporting Xavier Becerra’s for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is urging the Senate to promptly confirm his nomination.
Labor law posters, dental communication book keys to practice management
The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, legislation that repeals the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurance companies, became law Jan. 13.
Paycheck Protection Program will reopen Jan. 15
The ADA’s labor law poster subscriptions and an updated dental communication book seek to make interaction with staff and patients hassle-free, so dentists can focus on doing what they do best.
U.S. News & World Report: Dentists continue to have one of top 10 best jobs
The U.S. Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration announced Jan. 13 that all lenders will be able to receive first and second draw Paycheck Protection Program loan applications for businesses with less than $1 billion in assets beginning Friday, Jan. 15.
Arizona health care system pays $200K to settle potential HIPAA violations
Dentistry remains among the top 10 jobs in America, according to rankings published Jan. 12 by U.S. News & World Report.
Proposed ADA standards available for comment by Feb. 13
Banner Health agreed to take corrective actions and pay $200,000 to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access requirement when it allegedly failed to provide timely access to a patient’s requested medical records.
Webinar addresses new COVID-19 relief legislation, vaccines
The draft standards are available by calling the ADA toll-free number, ext. 2506, or sending an email request to email@example.com.
ADA, AAPD file joint comments with CMS on Affordable Care Act
The ADA will stream a free webinar on the new COVID-19 relief legislation and the implications the law will have on small business loans, taxes and labor issues.
War and Peace: Connecting low-income combat veterans with no-cost dental care
The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry filed comments Dec. 30, 2020, on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed 2022 notice of benefit and payment parameters for the Affordable Care Act.
‘Light at the end of the tunnel’
The ADA Board of Trustees announced in December that the founder of Everyone For Veterans, Theresa Cheng, D.D.S., is the recipient of the 2021 ADA Humanitarian Award.
Association moves to develop unified system to verify coverage, obtain cost estimates in real-time
Ryan Thrower, D.M.D., is no stranger to administering vaccines.
MyView: Masters of Splatter
The Association wants to identify a solution to the problems dentists currently face regarding eligibility and benefits verification by assessing the feasibility of implementing a system to allow dental insurance companies to provide dentists with accurate information regarding a patient’s dental benefits through an online portal or app.
ADA develops COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs for practice owners, employee dentists
Masters of Splatter, if there were such a superhero title, would belong to us.
ACE Panel report finds dentists favor strength of zirconia but struggle with restoration removal
The ADA has developed two new FAQs that provide answers to commonly asked questions from practice owners and employee dentists about COVID-19 vaccines.
Dentists encouraged to update CAQH ProView profile by Feb. 28
Dentists recognize the favorable fracture resistance and flexural strength properties of zirconia, but restoration removal and shade matching are a struggle for many, according to an ACE Panel report published in the January issue of JADA.
CDC confirms dentists, dental teams, students in first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations
The Association is encouraging dentists to update or complete their CAQH ProView profile after Humana announced in last summer that it is moving its dental provider network to the ADA credentialing service, powered by CAQH ProView for their credentialing and recredentialing business needs.
HPI poll: Vast majority of dentists recognize importance of COVID-19 vaccination
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that dentists, dental teams and dental students are included in its initial recommendation for health care personnel to be among those offered the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
Securing PPE continues to be priority for dentistry
The vast majority of dentists find it extremely or very important that they get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute’s latest data from its COVID-19 economic impact tracking poll conducted the week of Dec. 14.
ADA webinar on vaccines and dentists’ role on tap Jan. 27
To ensure dental practices have enough personal protective equipment, the ADA is urging two federal agencies to improve access to PPE so that dentists and dental team members can continue to treat patients safely during the pandemic.
January JADA looks at dentists' pandemic preparedness across globe
With vaccination on everyone’s minds, a free January ADA webinar will address why dentists should be considered primary care providers and how their background makes them well-trained for providing vaccines.
Dentists reflect on Provider Relief Fund impact
Dentists from around the world reported a lack of preparedness to confront COVID-19 early in the pandemic, according to a study published in the January issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
Despite pandemic, dental care for children must continue
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of anxiety for many dentists and their staff. What has helped to ease some of that anxiety is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Provider Relief Fund, established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — known as the CARES Act — to help dentists and other health care providers recover lost revenue and net changes in expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizers of the Give Kids A Smile event in St. Louis had long been looking forward to 2021 — the birthplace of GKAS was set to celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary — when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.