Category Archives: Policy

Medicare resources for dentists

Figuring out whether to opt in or out of Medicare can be confusing for some dentists. The ADA has resources to help dentists make the decision that’s best for their practice. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, dentists who write prescriptions for Part D drugs must be enrolled in “an approved status or have a valid opt-out affidavit on file… Read More »

Study: Practice ownership declining among dentists

Private practice ownership for dentists is steadily declining among all age groups, according to data published in the September issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. The ADA News reports that while 84 percent of dentists owned practices in 2005, the number fell to 80 percent by 2015. More importantly, the decline was seen in all… Read More »

Dental licensure portability remains a work in progress

Oklahoma City — When Dr. Lajoi Wiggins moved from North Carolina to Oklahoma for a one-year general practice residency program, she was hoping to moonlight at a practice to earn some extra income or, at the very least, volunteer and provide services to those in need. “I genuinely wish things were different,” she said. “Ideally, it would be… Read More »

New dentists on ADA councils get voting privileges

Atlanta — To ensure they have a more “meaningful representation,” the House of Delegates voted Oct. 23 to give new dentist members voting privileges on councils, according to ADA News. Resolution 47H-2017 instructs all ADA councils to add one voting member — a new dentist who is recommended by the ADA New Dentist Committee and nominated by the… Read More »

Learn how to navigate the regulatory environment

The regulatory environment is full of ever-changing regulations that can make it difficult for dentists to ensure they’re up-to-date on, and in compliance with, the many regulations that need to be followed in the practice. To make it easier for dentists to become more knowledgeable about certain key federal regulations, the ADA Council on Dental Practice is sponsoring… Read More »

Webinar: Third-party payer contract – The most important decision

One of most important decisions any dentist will make is whether to participate in a managed care dental plan or not. There are several considerations when making this decision: Register Now for the webinar, Third-Party Payer Contract: The Most Important Decision. This webinar will discuss common contractual clauses within third-party payer contracts and their potential implications. In addition,… Read More »