Business & Industry
DSO Dental Care Alliance would pay $3M in proposed settlement
August 5, 2022 -- A judge in Georgia signed off on a proposed agreement that calls for dental service organization (DSO) Dental Care Alliance (DCA) to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from a 2020 cyberattack that affected about 1 million patients and employees. Read More
Legal Case: Are you ready to perform sedation dentistry?
August 4, 2022 -- "Dr. E," a general dentist in practice for more than 30 years, took advantage of her state's sedation dentistry laws by attending a weekend course on dental sedation management. Not long after, a patient died in her practice, followed by a demand for settlement. Dr. Marc Leffler, Esq., breaks down the case. Read More
DOJ settles improper billing claims with dental provider
July 29, 2022 -- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said it has reached a settlement with Dr. Don Flanagan and his affiliated companies concerning allegations that they submitted false claims for dental services to TennCare. Read More
What you need to know about malpractice and TMJ surgeries
July 27, 2022 -- About 1% of medical malpractice cases filed against U.S. oral and maxillofacial surgeons stem from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgeries, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Zest claims victory in lawsuit over Locator line
July 22, 2022 -- Zest Dental Solutions is claiming victory in a legal case that the company says legitimizes its Locator product line. Read More
Dentist convicted of breaking teeth sentenced to prison
July 20, 2022 -- A Wisconsin dentist who reportedly used a drill to damage patients' teeth for insurance billing purposes was sentenced to 54 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $1 million in forfeiture, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Read More
Michigan, Oregon implant dentists can advertise credentials
July 15, 2022 -- Michigan and Oregon have signed and agreed to settlements allowing dentists with certain credentials from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry to advertise their expertise publicly. Read More
Supreme Court passes on hygienist's medical marijuana case
July 8, 2022 -- The U.S. Supreme Court will not review decisions denying workers' compensation reimbursement for medical marijuana prescribed for job-related injuries, including a case involving a Minnesota dental hygienist. Read More
Dental practice bans patients weighing more than 280 lb
June 29, 2022 -- A dental practice in the U.K. will no longer treat patients who weigh 127 kg (about 280 lb) or more to prevent them from damaging their expensive dental chairs again, according to recent news reports. Read More
Is dental care prior to advanced heart surgeries safe?
June 7, 2022 -- Patients who receive dental care prior to advanced cardiac interventions, including heart transplants, may not be at greater risk of death or adverse events, according to a study published June 4 in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology. Read More