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%

How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

By |2020-04-05T21:40:17-04:00April 5th, 2020|Covid, News|

Good dental hygiene might not be in the front of your mind in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. That could change quickly if you develop a painful cavity and can’t get in to see a dentist. “I understand that this isn’t the most normal of times, but it’s very important to control the things

Top 4 Tips To Maximize Your Dental Insurance Coverage

By |2020-04-05T21:10:22-04:00April 4th, 2020|insurance, News|

Not All Dental Insurance Plans Are Created Equal Insurance for your dentistry needs can be extremely comprehensive, or it might just cover something like 10% of your total bill. Just because your job offers benefits like “dental” doesn’t mean those benefits will totally cover associated costs. Oftentimes they won’t. You won’t find out how little

Should You Still Go To The Dentist During COVID-19?

By |2020-04-05T21:35:01-04:00March 26th, 2020|Covid, News|

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has many of us readjusting to a new way of life in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus. On March 18, as part of the new guidelines put in place to encourage social distancing as well as free up equipment to care for patients in need, the

Dental Care & Coverage After 65: Experiences & Perspectives

By |2020-03-25T13:05:23-04:00March 25th, 2020|insurance, Medicare, News|

The National Poll on Healthy Aging team acknowledges the unprecedented challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, especially for older adults and their families. Although our work has shifted to a remote format, the NPHA team remains committed to continuing to share poll results to help inform and improve the overall health and well-being of

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