Coping with COVID-19 in the dental profession

By |2020-04-05T21:45:52-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Covid, News|

It’s 11:07 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, and I’m at home trying to conjure my thoughts and write something that will have an impact on you, my fellow colleagues, as we wade in the unknown waters of what came and broadsided us so quickly. Yes, I’m talking about COVID-19. If I had to summarize this

ADA develops guidance on dental emergency, nonemergency care

By |2020-04-05T21:24:44-04:00March 18th, 2020|Covid, News|

The ADA provided its members and their patients detailed guidance on March 18 on what to consider dental emergencies and nonemergency dental care as part of an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and alleviate the burden on hospital and emergency departments. The guide is meant to provide additional guidance following

How Bad Is It to Skip the Dentist?

By |2020-01-23T16:40:34-05:00January 23rd, 2020|News|

When was the last time you saw your dentist? While there’s no hard-and-fast rule about how often adults should go, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that we keep up with routine cleanings and dental examinations, with the frequency of these checkups usually depending on how well we keep up with our dental hygiene at

Epic’s CEO is urging hospital customers to oppose rules that would make it easier to share medical info

By |2020-01-23T11:11:58-05:00January 22nd, 2020|News|

Epic Systems, one of the largest medical records companies, emailed the chief executives of some of the largest hospitals in the U.S. on Wednesday, urging them to oppose proposed regulation designed to make it easier to share medical information. The email, which was written by Epic CEO Judy Faulkner and addressed to CEOs and presidents of

Keep insulting doctors, and good luck finding a physician in 10 years

By |2020-01-19T11:47:26-05:00January 17th, 2020|News|

If physicians are “muggers” and co-conspirators in “taking money away from the rest of us,” then journalists and economists are pontificating parasites who produce no goods or services of any real value. I don’t think either is true, but the recent attacks on physicians by economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, and “media professional” Cynthia

1 big thing: Private insurance is a pot of gold

By |2020-01-20T08:45:38-05:00January 17th, 2020|insurance, insurance executives, News|

Politicians love private insurance. The health care industry loves private insurance. And so this very expensive part of the health care system will keep getting more expensive, Axios' Bob Herman writes from at the conclusion of the JPMorgan Health Care Conference in San Francisco. "Prices are definitely going up," Owen Tripp, CEO of health tech

Medicare doesn’t cover dental care. For many Florida seniors, that’s a problem

By |2020-01-13T08:40:07-05:00January 12th, 2020|Medicare, News, seniors|

Sonia Domínguez, 74, and her husband, Miguel Morejón, 81, can’t recall the last time they’ve seen a dentist in Miami, the city they’ve called home for more than two decades. “It may have been around three, four years ago,” said Domínguez. “Probably more.” At issue isn’t a lack of dental problems, but a lack of

Should I Pay for Dental Care With a Credit Card?

By |2020-01-10T08:59:46-05:00January 8th, 2020|News|

THE ONLY THING WORSE than a root canal is getting the bill after it's all over. With all that Novocain in the dentist's office, you'd think someone could develop a shot to numb the mental anguish that occurs when it's time to pay up. If you have dental insurance, that reduces some of the financial

Medicare dental legislation: A popular and wise investment

By |2019-12-26T17:01:30-05:00December 25th, 2019|Medicare, News, seniors|

Amidst all of the political noise in recent weeks, the House of Representatives passed a policy that could transform health care for tens of millions of Americans. It may even be something that will please everyone. The provision is based on an idea that is wildly popular with voters of all political stripes and backgrounds:

Movement Grows to Add Dental Coverage to Medicare

By |2019-12-20T13:41:16-05:00December 20th, 2019|insurance, Medicare, News, seniors|

Medicare does not offer much in the way of dental benefits. To get dental coverage, you need to purchase separate and often costly dental insurance or sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan that includes dental care. Advocates for Medicare beneficiaries are arguing for a change. Common dental procedures or supplies, such as cleanings, fillings,