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  1. Dentists hold ground on infection control fees amid patient complaints

    Dentists nationwide are adding charges to patient bills to pay for the infection control materials needed to safely reopen their practices, according to NBC News.  By Katie Adams -
  2. Delta gives aid to Massachusetts dentists after petitioning

    Delta Dental of Massachusetts will give dental practices assistance in the form of premium credits, funding for essential stock and free access to its card discount plan, according to a June 1 news release.  By Katie Adams -
  3. ADA releases COVID-19 hazard assessment guide

    The ADA provided a hazard assessment guide and checklist for the safe reopening of dental practices as a part of the organization's continued efforts to ease confusion and anxiety among dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Katie Adams -

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  1. Only 27% of dentists being paid fully & 3 other ADA poll findings

    Only 27 percent of employed dentists reported being paid fully for the week of May 18, compared to 58 percent of dentists reporting paying staff in full, according to an American Dental Association Health Policy Institute biweekly poll.  By Gabrielle Masson -
  2. Emerging surgical mask company donates entire stock to front-line workers

    Eta Products, a company that makes surgical masks with additional protection for dentists' eyes, donated its stock of 20,000 masks to healthcare employees, according to TuftsNow.  By Katie Adams -
  3. Top 10 dental, DSO stories in May

    Stories about dental offices reopening during the pandemic were the most read in May.  By Gabrielle Masson -
  4. New York dentists can reopen June 1

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave dentists explicit permission to return to work during a May 31 news conference after they'd been given unclear guidelines for months.  By Katie Adams -

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  1. Dental care picks up; still at 27% of pre-pandemic volume

    As dental treatment volume increased for the week ending May 10, overall national treatment volume is still at 27 percent of the pre-COVID-19 weekly average, according to a May 19 news release from P&R Dental Strategies and DentalMarketIQ.  By Gabrielle Masson -
  2. Connecticut dentist pays $82.5K settlement after allegations of overcharging

    Connecticut dentist Rawa Hassan, DDS, reached an $82,500 settlement with the state for overcharging dental procedures and filing claims for operations she never performed, according to Westfair.  By Katie Adams -
  3. South Carolina dental hygiene students uncertain of licensure exam dates

    South Carolina dental hygiene students' licensure exams are being delayed due to the pandemic, leading them to worry about the trajectory of their future careers.  By Katie Adams -
  4. California dentists eligible for free PPE kits

    All licensed California dentists can receive free personal protective equipment from the California Dental Association regardless of membership status, according to a May 28 news release.  By Katie Adams -

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  1. 8 dentists making headlines

    Here's the latest roundup of dentists making headlines.  By Katie Adams -
  2. Delta gives $1.1M to charitably run Tennessee dental practices

    Delta Dental of Tennessee is providing 24 safety-net dental practices with $1.1 million in funding for operating costs.  By Katie Adams -
  3. Delta donates $3M to help Virginia dentists reopen

    Delta Dental of Virginia is providing $3 million to its in-network dentists to support the implementation of new safety measures during their reopenings.  By Katie Adams -
  4. Nebraska dentist shares experience operating during pandemic

    Jessica Meeske, DDS, discussed how she successfully handled her rural Nebraska pediatric practice's closure and reopening in a May 27 interview with ADA News.  By Katie Adams -
  5. New York dentists spend thousands to reopen despite unclear timeline from state

    Some New York dentists may spend up to $30,000 preparing to reopen, though they still don't know when they will be allowed to resume routine care, according to Syracuse.com.  By Gabrielle Masson -
  6. Dentists rebounding from pandemic faster than anticipated

    Dental practices are recovering from extended closures better than projected, according to survey results released by the American Dental Association May 26.  By Katie Adams -
  7. Wisconsin dentist gets 3 years probation for opioid misuse

    A Wisconsin dentist who used his dental practice employees to fill oxycodone prescriptions for his own use received three years' probation, with the first six months in home confinement, according to the Portage Daily Register.  By Gabrielle Masson -
  8. Tennessee dentist sued for improper sterilization files for dismissal of $50M case

    Attorneys are asking a judge to dismiss a $50 million proposed class-action lawsuit against Knoxville, Tenn.-based Clarence "Buzz" Nabers, DDS, who allegedly exposed thousands of patients to infectious diseases, according to USA Today affiliate Knox News.  By Gabrielle Masson -
  9. Dentists explore UV light technology as sanitation tool

    Dentists nationwide are purchasing UV light technology to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in their practices, but there are many factors to consider before buying these costly products, according to CNBC.  By Katie Adams -

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