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Convergence of Dental, Health Insurance Increases

By |2020-07-09T09:08:54-04:00July 2nd, 2020|insurance, insurance executives, News|

Of the 87% of executives who see convergence already happening, 89% say it is accelerating—up from 21% who said the same in 2018. While dental payers feel less threatened by health plans, health insurers are much more interested in offering dental benefits now than they were two years ago, according to the report, “Convergence of

The Surprising Reason You Need to Know If Your Dentist’s Office Is Open

By |2020-06-22T13:02:08-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Covid, News|

If your local dentist's office is busy post-lockdown, we've all got reason to smile! The New York Times recently reported that dental offices serve as a bellwether for our economy: when business is booming, it's typically a sign of economic stability. This would be very welcome news post-lockdown, given that so many Americans have lost

Dentists face the coronavirus, and patients’ fear, as they reopen for elective procedures

By |2020-06-11T17:34:12-04:00June 10th, 2020|Covid, News|

Daniel Roberts kept the broken tooth — or what was left of it. He can joke about the souvenir a month later, but initially found nothing funny about needing a dental procedure in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. “Basically, it was just rotten, and a good chunk of it was cracked,” Roberts says. He

What to expect when you next see your dentist

By |2020-06-10T11:35:32-04:00June 10th, 2020|News|

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things about our daily lives. Your regular visits to the dentist have changed, too. In March, the ADA recommended that dentists postpone all but emergency procedures until April 30 at the earliest to help reduce the spread of the virus; save masks gloves and other personal protective equipment

Teledentistry: Limiting patient–provider encounters & upping game as a dental provider post–COVID

By |2020-05-23T19:31:22-04:00May 21st, 2020|News, telemedicine|

Telemedicine is the use of information-based technologies and communications systems to deliver health care across geographic distances.1 The use of this concept is widespread in the medical community, and its application in the field of dentistry has grown exponentially in recent years.2 The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic spurred dentists and medical professionals alike to

Some doctor, dental practices may never reopen in N.J. due to financial toll of coronavirus, health officials say

By |2020-05-19T17:07:11-04:00May 18th, 2020|Covid, News|

Some surgical centers and physician and dental offices across New Jersey that closed during the coronavirus outbreak or dramatically cut back their patient visits may have to shutter permanently, New Jersey’s health care leaders told state lawmakers Monday. Despite Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that elective and invasive medical and dental procedures can resume next week,

COVID-19 Adds Suspense to Dental Insurance

By |2020-04-29T12:16:39-04:00April 29th, 2020|Covid, insurance, News|

COVID-19 is shaking up a strong, steady health insurance sector: the dental insurance market. Amy Friedrich, president of the U.S. insurance solutions division at Principal Financial Group Inc., talked about the impact of the pandemic today, during a conference call with securities analysts that was streamed live on the web. Federal officials have advised dentists

CVS’ Merlo was the top paid health insurance CEO in 2019. Here’s a look at what other payer CEOs earned

By |2020-04-27T10:03:10-04:00April 27th, 2020|insurance, insurance executives, News|

Health insurance CEOs earned a pretty penny in 2019. At the top of the list is CVS Health chief Larry Merlo, who earned $36.5 million in total compensation last year. That was about $10 million ahead of the next-highest earner, Centene Corporation's Michael Neidorff. CVS Health was also among the profitable payer companies overall last

COVID-19 May Cut Dental Services Spending for 3 Years: Actuaries

By |2020-04-15T12:52:06-04:00April 15th, 2020|coronavirus, Covid, News|

The COVID-19 pandemic could cut dental insurance claims sharply this year, and a little bit for two years after that. Joanne Fontana and Thomas Murawski, actuaries at Milliman, make that prediction in a new analysis of the pandemic impact. Their base scenario shows that COVID-19 could lead to a 34% reduction in dental claims this year, a 7%