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  1. White House spending bill framework fails to include expanded dental coverage
    A new framework for Congressional Democrats' proposed reconciliation package shared Oct. 28 does not include expanded dental benefits under Medicare, The Hill reported Oct. 28.
  2. California dental students giving COVID-19 vaccinations
    Students at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco have begun administering COVID-19 vaccinations, the school said Oct. 26.
  3. Align Technology reports $1.16B in Q3
    Tempe, Ariz.-based Align Technology earned $1.16 billion in revenue in its third quarter, the medical device company said Oct. 27.
  1. 5 companies hiring dental supply chain talent
    Below are five companies seeking dental supply chain expertise:
  2. Minnesota dental practice with waiting list of 1,300 asked to open another clinic
    Two nonprofit dental clinics are in talks to alleviate long patient waiting lists for Detroit Lakes, Minn., residents enrolled in the state's dental health program, DL-Online reported Oct. 27.
  3. Kentucky county without dentist for 50 years
    There isn't a single dental office in Robertson County, Ky., and there hasn't been one since the mid-1970s, Fox affiliate WXIX-TV reported Oct. 27.
  4. Teledentistry education called pivotal to oral health innovation
    Dental education is key to reaching the full potential of teledentistry, the American Dental Education Association said in an October report.

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  1. 13 DSOs making headlines in October
    Below are some of the latest updates from dental support organizations occurring this October.
  2. Iowa Dental Board takes aim at workforce shortages
    The Iowa Dental Board is forming a work group to address workforce shortages affecting local dental offices.
  3. Minnesota dental group to launch state's 1st rural general dentistry residency program
    Mounds View, Minn.-based Apple Tree Dental will launch the state's first rural general dentistry residency program in affiliation with New York University Langone Dental Medicine postdoctoral residency programs.
  4. 6 recent dental company acquisitions
    Chase Dental Supply was acquired by a healthcare product manufacturer. Here are five other dental acquisitions:
  1. Delta Dental Community Care Foundation to give $20M to oral health nonprofits
    The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation will give out $20 million in funds to several nonprofits with dental and oral health initiatives, the organization said Oct. 26.
  2. Pennsylvania dentist with license suspended for being 'immediate and clear danger' deemed unfit to stand trial
    A 61-year-old dentist who had his license suspended following criminal charges last year has been deemed currently incompetent to stand trial, NBC and CW affilliate WFMJ-TV reported Oct 27.
  3. HIPAA doesn't ban providers from requesting COVID vaccination status of patients, staff
    HIPAA doesn't prohibit businesses and individuals, including certain healthcare providers, from asking if someone has been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a news release from HHS.
  4. 12 recent dental industry collaborations
    From supply chain partnerships to oral health initiatives, here are 12 collaborations happening in the dental industry:
  5. Delta Dental Foundation directory identifies low-cost care in 3 states
    The Delta Dental Foundation has created a directory for patients in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to find dentists who provide more affordable dental care.
  6. SmileDirectClub launches 2 water flossers
    SmileDirectClub has expanded its oral care product line with the addition of two water flossers, the Nashville, Tenn.-based teledentistry company said Oct. 25.
  7. PDS becomes 1st DSO to offer staff full tuition coverage
    Irvine, Calif.-based Pacific Dental Services is launching a college advancement program, making it the first DSO to offer eligible employees 100 percent tuition coverage for an undergraduate degree of choice, according to an Oct. 26 news release.
  8. Mouth rinses reduce COVID-19 virus in saliva, new study finds
    Mouth rinses can reduce the SARS-CoV-2 viral load in saliva of both asymptomatic and symptomatic patients, according to a study published by The Journal of the American Dental Association.
  9. TempStars expands dental hiring services to Chicago
    TempStars has launched its services in Chicago, the dental hiring company said Oct. 25.

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