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  1. ChildSmiles acquires first Pennsylvania practice
    Newark, N.J.-based the ChildSmiles Group has entered the Pennsylvania market with its acquisition of Smiles 4 Keeps, the dental group said Oct. 7.
  2. License renewal deadline extended for California dental professionals
    California dental professionals with licenses expiring in October now have until March 28, 2022, to renew their licenses under a Sept. 28 waiver from the state's Department of Consumer Affairs.
  3. Patient data at Indiana dental practice may have been compromised after phishing attack
    Patient data at Professional Dental Alliance of Indiana in Valparaiso may have been compromised after its administration and technology support services provider were hacked, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported Oct. 6.
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  3. Illinois dentist faces wrongful death lawsuit, patient's family claims he didn't have deep sedation license
    A patient's family members are suing an Illinois dentist after the patient died following a tooth surgery for which he was sedated, according to a lawsuit filed Oct. 6 and cited by WREX.
  4. AI dental startup launches management network
    Retrace Labs, a dental artificial intelligence company, has launched a management network that automates payment for dental services, SiliconAngle reported Oct. 4.

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  1. Police raid Maryland dental practice, charge dentist with fraud
    A Maryland dentist faces fraud charges after an investigation into billing practices at his practice, according to a news release from Jamie Dykes, interim state attorney for Wicomico County.
  2. Midway Dental Supply to use Pearl AI software
    Midway Dental Supply Partners will now offer Pearl's dental artificial intelligence software through a partnership between the two companies, the companies said Oct. 5.
  3. Pediatric Medicaid dental reimbursement rates 2017 vs. 2020: National & state trends
    In 2020, Medicaid reimbursement was, on average, 60.9 percent of private insurance reimbursement for child dental services, a slight dip from 61.8 percent in 2017, according to data from the American Dental Association.
  4. National Dentex acquires Florida dental lab
    National Dentex Labs has acquired Jacksonville, Fla.-based Dynamic Dental Solutions, the dental lab network said Oct. 5.
  1. College network adds accelerated dental hygienist program to Texas campus
    Concorde Career Colleges has added an accelerated dental hygienist program to its Grand Prairie, Texas, campus to address the dental workforce shortage, the healthcare school network said Oct. 5.
  2. Medicaid reimbursement rates for pediatric dental care, by state
    In 2020, the national Medicaid reimbursement rate was, on average, 60.9 percent of private insurance reimbursement for child dental services, according to new data released by the American Dental Association.
  3. Medicaid reimbursement rates for adult dental care, by state
    In 2020, the average Medicaid reimbursement rate among states providing data was 54.1 percent of private insurance reimbursement for adult dental services, according to new data released by the American Dental Association.
  4. Former dental office manager gets year in prison for Medicaid fraud
    The former office manager of a Washington, D.C-based dental clinic was sentenced to a year in prison for defrauding the district's Medicaid program.
  5. Recruitment And Retention Checklist
    Thank you for reading my previous articles and listening/watching my podcast appearance on The Group Dentistry Now Show!  I realize that I’ve given you a LOT of information in a very short amount of time!  Don’t know where to start?  Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Follow this foolproof easy-to-follow checklist, created by yours truly, Priyanki Amroliwala. It explains what to do when you need to Recruit and Retain top talent in a time when there are HUGE staffing shortages!
  6. SmileDirectClub gains patent for mobile dental clinic
    Nashville, Tenn.-based SmileDirectClub will receive a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office covering the concept of its mobile dental clinics, the teledentistry company said Oct. 5.
  7. Rhode Island dentist who defied vaccination mandate ordered to stop seeing patients
    A Rhode Island dentist who defied the state's COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare providers has been ordered by the state health department to stop seeing patients, WJAR, an NBC affiliate, reported.
  8. Oklahoma dental clinic seeing fewer patients after Medicaid expansion
    Enid, Okla.-based Great Plains Family Dentistry saw fewer patients during its second round of free dental care as more patients enroll in the state's Medicaid program, Enid News & Eagle reported Oct. 2.
  9. Sun Life Financial to acquire DentaQuest for $2.4B
    Wellesley Hills, Mass.-based Sun Life will acquire oral healthcare company DentaQuest for $2.4 billion, the financial services company said Oct. 3.

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