has just announced that they will be delaying enforcement of
the Red Flags Rule until November 1 so that they may do more
education programs for business owners on complying with the
red flags rule
On July 23, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation
authorizing the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to
create a grant program that will provide funds to local health
departments, rural clinics and federally qualified health clinics.
The ultimate goal of this program is strengthening the dental care
safety net for uninsured and indigent citizens. This act,
Public Act 96-0067, is a part of the package of dental bills
championed by the Bridge to Healthy
access to care
Want to know more about the dental benefits industry? Then
consider attending the ADA's
National Dental Benefits Conference, held Friday and Saturday,
August 28-89 in Chicago. Registration is free but must be done in
advance of the conference.
As an added bonus for dentists who attend the conference, several
of the presentations are eligible for continuing education
You will hear from representatives from the dental benefits
industry on topics such as:
- Direct Reimbursement: The Debate - Roger Schultz of
BenefitStream and Andy Almeida, a consultant from Mercer, will
discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Direct Reimbursement
and will be available to answer questions from the audience.
- Administrative Cost Reductions - Hear how insurance carriers
are cutting administrative costs including eliminating the need for
dental offices to submit radiographs for claim adjudication.
- Real-Time Claims Adjudication - Hear from experts on the future
of real-time claims adjudication and how debit cards are being used
with dollar based employee benefit programs.
- Workers Compensation & Dental Claims - Ever wonder how
workers compensation carriers handle dental claims? Learn how at
There are a lot of interetesting presentations at this dental conference.<br /><a href="http://www.bcdentalcare.ca/NewPatients/tabid/472/Default.aspx" rel="nofollow">Dental Richmond Hill</a>
Posted by: Dr. David Cheng (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011
Note: Dentists still waiting for undelivered goods and services
will receive a
refund within 60 days.
CHICAGO-ADA Intelligent Dental Marketing of Salt Lake City, a joint
venture with ADA Business Enterprises, Inc., has experienced
significant production and operational difficulties.
The American Dental Association leadership regrets that this has
occurred. After careful consideration, ADABEI--a wholly owned
subsidiary of the ADA, has determined that the best solution for
our members, ADAidm customers and our Association, is to resolve
outstanding contractual obligations and to dissolve our business
relationship with ADAidm.
ADAidm will be providing customers with a full refund for paid
undelivered goods and services on their contracts with the company.
Refunds will be made within 60 days. Customers are being notified
and a special team is working to resolve customer issues.
ADABEI announced the formation of ADAidm in February 2007 to help
ADA members build and market their dental practices. ADAidm offered
a comprehensive suite of customized dental marketing products and
services designed to attract and retain customers, including direct
mail, Web site development, advertising and logo and identity
The Board of Trustees took definitive action and appointed ADA
trustee Dr. Robert Faiella to be chair of ADABEI and to resolve the
ADAidm issues, as well as to oversee the successful ongoing ADABEI
programs. The ADA Board has directed teams at ADABEI and ADAidm to
work diligently to resolve the ADAidm situation.
Back in 2005, we surveyed
our members to find out whether they thought men or women were more
fearful in the dental chair. Almost half of dentists surveyed said
men are more anxious than woman about visiting the dentist,
compared to 36 percent who felt there was no difference and 14
percent who thought women were more nervous. Shortly after our
findings came out, a study done in Canada found that female
patients report being more afraid of the dentist than men.
Four years later, the
Edomonton Journal revisits this issue, with some interesting
- As suspected, men do underreport their fear of the dentists, or
perhaps exaggerate their comfort with the dentist.
- Evidence suggests that fear of dental pain is a "learned
- Those with dental fear have similar pain thresholds as patients
without dental anxiety.
- According to a survey by the Massachusetts Dental Society,
women are far more likely to request cosmetic procedures.
It is true that men are more afraid of the dentist.<br /><a href="http://www.bcdentalcare.ca/CosmeticDentistry/tabid/471/Default.aspx" rel="nofollow">Thornhill Dentist</a>
Posted by: Dr. David Cheng (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 05/16/2011
I think my children are more afraid of the dentist than my husband. I was lucky to find a good hygienist in my area from dentist.net ... i was shopping for a toothbrush, and ended up finding a family dentist lol
Posted by: lilly (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011
It is natural to be afraid of dentist due to the pain while the treatment is going on. But I think this is not an important issue whether men or women are more afraid of the dentist.<br />-------------------------<br /><a href="http://www.highlanddentalgroup.com/" rel="nofollow">salem ma dental implants</a>
Posted by: al (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 05/16/2011
Crain's Communications has posted an
article on how dental benefits are faring in the economy. The
article cites a survey
conducted by CDS last fall that found 22 percent of Chicagoans
had a family member with an untreated dental issue and almost half
were without insurance.
In addition, the American Dental Association reports that its
survey of members has found "dentists' decreased incomes and gross billings
decreased in the fourth quarter of 2008 vs. the third quarter."
First-quarter 2009 statistics do show "a small improvement," the
news is still bad, said Wayne Wendling, managing VP of the ADA's
Health Policy Resource Center, to
However, employers and employment consultants are saying that
dental benefits coverage--and employees' use of the benefit is
"While we hear
from dentists that the amount of work being done is less than it
was last year, our claim activity does not show that,'' said Jon
Seltenheim, senior vp of customer service operations at dental
insurer United Concordia Cos. Inc. in Harrisburg, Pa.
"The dentists that I speak with are saying they are having fewer
requests for cosmetic procedures and in some cases are seeing
openings in their hygiene schedules, which they rarely see, but
it's too early to have any strong conclusions. Hopefully, we'll see
some clarity in the middle part of the third quarter," Mr.
One insurer tells reporter Louise Kertesz that fear of layoffs may
be spiking demand for preventative dental services:
Chris Swanker, VP
of group dental and vision for New York-based Guardian Life
Insurance Co. of America, said the industry's emphasis on
preventive services, plan designs that stretch benefits-including
allowing annual maximums to roll over-and fears of layoffs are
"driving a fairly substantial increase in utilization...."
Mr. Hirschberg said there has been "some trail-off'' in use of
higher-cost services such as orthodontia, which is covered at 50%
up to a certain maximum. "There's a slowdown, not that it fell off
the ledge," he said.
the full article
. Related: the ADA will be hosting its annual
Dental Benefits Conference
in August in Chicago. Attendance for
members is free.
We made mention of it last week--the new proficiency requirements Invisalign is demanding of dentists who use the product.
The ADA published an article last week on the controversy. An excerpt:
As part of what the company calls a "proficiency program," Align is requiring all its system users to start at least 10 cases and complete at least 10 Invisalign-specific continuing education courses per calendar year or lose their status as active providers. Align's new policies took effect June 2.
Dentists who fail to comply with the new requirements could reactivate by retaking Align's Invisalign Clear Essentials I training course, offered at tuition ranging from $1,600 to $1,900. Reactivated dentists then would have to meet the program proficiency requirement for the calendar year....
Among dozens of calls and e-mails to the ADA, some members questioned the ethics of imposing yearly minimum case starts-quotas that seem to pressure dentists into treatment plans related to a product rather than to the best interests of their patients.
There is also a fact sheet about the new requirements posted to the ADA Web site for those dentists looking for a brief background on how these changes will affect their practice.
It looks like Align wants dentists to be more competent in using their product. On the other hand these courses are ordered and offered by Align! Conflict of interest?<br /><br />As a patient I want access to more info and case-based evidence on the competence of dentists.<br /> <br />The ADA should police itself more rigorously and be ***proactively pro-patient***. <br /> <br />When ANY professional organization pays attention to its patients/clients/customers, it earns more credibility. <br />Go ADA, Do your job
Posted by: Chithra.KarunaKaran (KarunaKaran.Chithra@gmail.com) on 05/16/2011
It's interesting that while Invisalign pushes their product as the simple alternative to traditional braces, they will then go ahead and make it more difficult for the <a href="www.millenniumdental.net/services.html" rel="nofollow">cosmetic dentist</a> to offer the service. I feel it shows a lack of confidence in their proprietary technology, rather than the capabilities of the dentists administering.
Posted by: informationjunkie (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011
ada should have a class action lawsuit against invisalign for doing this. Plus restrict all kickbacks and marketing at all levels even CDS. They'll get the message.<br />Sincerely,<br />Dr. BDC<br />http://www.invisaligndownersgrove.com/
Posted by: Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 05/16/2011
CDS President Dr. David Kumamoto
interviewed for an
article on mouthguards and Little League. From Stan Goff at Dental Products
Do you talk with your patients about keeping their teeth safe
Advice from IRS agents on how dentists can avoid tax problems.
Includes six cautionary tales that will have you slapping your
forehead in disbelief! From our friends at
PennWell Dental Group.