Practice Management
Dental hygienist responsibilities in coding dental claims
February 1, 2023 -- While most dental hygienists cannot legally diagnose dental disease, they still have a legal responsibility to properly code what they do. Coding expert Estela Vargas shares tips for coding common dental hygiene treatments. Read More
CDA reminds dental employers about importance of meal and rest breaks
January 31, 2023 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) is reminding dentist employers about the importance of complying with employee meal and rest break rules following the state's recent clarification about monetary compensation for employees who are not afforded such breaks. Read More
Do's and don'ts for making your case with patients
January 30, 2023 -- Case acceptance isn't something that practice leaders can afford to approach in an "off-the-cuff" manner. There are specific steps one should take to improve patient understanding, facilitate clear communication, and increase patient case acceptance, explains Dr. Roger. P. Levin. Read More
12 charged for alleged practice scheme to defraud U.S. agencies
January 27, 2023 -- A dozen Pennsylvania dentists, practice owners, and employees were charged with numerous crimes for allegedly operating a scheme that attempted to defraud Medicaid, U.S. immigration authorities, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a justice department press release. Read More
Mass. dentist cops to embezzling $1.2M
January 27, 2023 -- A dentist and bookkeeper at a dental practice pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud for his role in embezzling $1.2 million from his employer and defrauding a U.S. relief fund, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. Read More
Dencap Dental Plans buys Golden State Dental
January 27, 2023 -- Michigan-based dental insurance plan provider Dencap Dental Plans purchased Golden State Dental for an undisclosed price. Read More
ADSO creates task force to tackle dental staff shortages
January 25, 2023 -- The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) has formed a new task force to address staffing shortages in dental offices. Read More
Debate to Better Dentistry: MLRs for dental plans
January 24, 2023 -- In this series hosted by Dr. Michael W. Davis, two prominent leaders in the dental profession answer the same questions about a hotly contested topic in the dental profession. Today's debate is on medical loss ratios (MLRs) with Michael Adelberg and Dr. Mouhab Rizkallah. Read More
U.S. court rules dental therapists can receive Medicaid payments
January 23, 2023 -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that dental health aide therapists in tribal communities in Washington can receive reimbursements from Medicaid, reversing a last-minute decision by the Trump administration. Read More
Do's and don'ts for shaping team behavior
January 23, 2023 -- To make a strong and memorable impression on team members of the attitude and actions you want them to display to each other and to patients, don't just tell them, show them, writes Dr. Roger. P. Levin. Read More
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