Planet DDS Blog

Dental anesthesia rules for children under debate.

July 20, 2017 · By Planet DDS

In 2015, the Sears family lost their 6-year-old boy during a routine dental procedure. The anesthesia administered to Caleb by the oral surgeon—who was also performing the extraction—interrupted the child’s breathing, raising questions about sedation protocol for children and prompting the family to lobby for tighter regulations. Oral surgeons are the only medical professionals authorized…

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Will blockchain reviews pave the way for cryptocurrency in dentistry?

July 13, 2017 · By Planet DDS

The internet of money, as some call it, has gained prominence in the last few years with the rise of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum and blockchain networks. Some industries have embraced these new digital currencies for the extra security and transparency they provide. A recent article on Bitcoin Insider mentions Dentacoin, a blockchain…

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Dental visits and domestic violence.

July 07, 2017 · By Planet DDS

Many healthcare professionals are on the front lines in the fight against domestic violence. While examining patients, they are in a unique position to ask screening questions and detect evidence of physical or emotional trauma. Some medical professionals have even considered mandatory continuing education on how to spot the telltale signs of domestic violence. According…

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Massachusetts dentists express concern over new proposed low-cost Delta Dental plans.

June 28, 2017 · By Planet DDS

Delta Dental of Massachusetts, the state’s largest dental insurer, recently proposed a new low-cost plan that could cut reimbursement rates by as much as 20-30%. Many dentists in the Bay State are worried that the introduction of this plan will result in lower-quality care. Delta Dental of Massachusetts sought approval from the state Division of…

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Washington State DSO bill is now law.

June 01, 2017 · By Planet DDS

Earlier this year, we discussed a Washington State bill that would remove a barrier of sorts between DSOs and patients, allowing DSOs to own or lease the assets and work more directly with their associated practices. A short time after our initial post, the language from the proposed bill was rolled into another bill concerning…

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The dental care divide.

May 17, 2017 · By Planet DDS

Last fall, we wrote a post about the dental care divide in the U.S. A recent Washington Post feature story put a human face on this public health challenge. The Post article describes the work of Mission of Mercy, a non-profit that provides free dental care to those who “fall through the cracks” of the…

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Virginia enacts e-prescription mandates for opioids.

May 10, 2017 · By Planet DDS

As the Department of Health and Human Services makes clear in the starkest terms, the U.S. faces an unprecedented opioid epidemic. On an average day, 3,900 people initiate non-medical use of prescription opioids, while 78 people die from an opioid-related overdose. In 2014, more than 240 million scripts were written for prescription opioids—more than enough…

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Denti-Cal reimbursement bill update.

April 18, 2017 · By Planet DDS

At the end of 2016, we discussed a proposed bill (AB 15) in the California state legislature aimed at increasing reimbursement rates for providers under the Denti-Cal program. This bill was drafted in direct response to comparatively low reimbursement rates in California, which some have blamed for the “silent, hidden epidemic of tooth decay and…

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2017: The Year of the DSO?

April 13, 2017 · By Planet DDS

The first few industry shows of 2017 (including the ADSO Summit in Florida and the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting) made one thing clear: dental groups are on the march. Although the American Dental Association estimates that only 7.4% of dentists are affiliated with a dental support organization, that percentage is growing, and it’s much…

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