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  1. How dentists view DSOs in 2024
    An increasing number of dentists have become more open to joining DSOs as these organizations work to refute misconceptions and support dental professionals, according to Barry Lyon, DDS.
  2. Rhode Island dentist loses federal appeal in vaccine mandate case
    A Rhode Island dentist who was ordered to stop seeing patients for defying the state's COVID-19 vaccination mandate lost his appeal in federal court, WJAR reported June 4.
  3. US needs nearly 1,000 dental professionals to fill shortage areas: HRSA
    There are currently 6,842 dental professional shortage areas in the U.S., according to data from the Health Resources and Services Administration. 

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  1. Oral surgeon hourly pay vs. minimum wage by state
    Oral and maxillofacial surgeons earn about $173.79 per hour in North Carolina, the state with the highest average hourly wage for oral and maxillofacial surgeons, compared to the state's minimum wage of $7.25.
  2. Dr. Amisha Singh appointed director of Delta Dental of Colorado
    Amisha Singh, DDS, will begin serving as director of Delta Dental of Colorado June 10. 
  3. Arkansas to end Medicaid managed care dental program: 4 notes
    The Arkansas Department of Human Services is ending its Medicaid managed care dental program and returning to a fee-for-service program.
  4. California dentist to pay $200K+ to resolve billing fraud allegations
    A California dentist will pay more than $200,000 to resolve allegations of billing insurance companies for services not provided, contracting without a license and failing to pay worker’s compensation insurance.

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  1. New York FQHC to close 2 dental clinics, citing funding cuts, workforce shortages
    Rochester, N.Y.-based Mosaic Health will close two of its dental clinics after experiencing changes in funding and workforce shortages, Rochester Business Journal reported June 4.
  2. Patients remain in the dark after Missouri dental office closes
    Patients have been left stranded after a dental office in Independence, Mo., closed unexpectedly last month, FOX4 reported June 3. 
  3. Where the top 10 DSOs stand halfway through 2024
    The top 10 largest DSOs in the U.S. support approximately 7,000 dental offices combined.
  4. 10 dental insurance updates to know
    From new legislation to company mergers, here are 10 dental insurance updates Becker's has covered since May 2:

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  1. 8 dental updates in Florida
    Here are eight dental industry updates that have taken place in Florida since April 3: 
  2. Align Technology awards universities $300K in research grants
    Dental technology company Align Technology recently awarded $300,000 in research grants to 11 universities around the world.
  3. Private equity companies struggle to exit dental investments: 5 notes
    The dental industry is facing particularly extensive holding periods for private equity investments, according to a recent analysis from Pitchbook. 
  4. Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention rebrands to Association for Dental Safety
    The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention has rebranded to the Association for Dental Safety.
  5. Most expensive states for dental insurance
    West Virginia is the most expensive state for dental insurance, according to a new ranking from LV Dental Braces.
  6. University of Pikeville selects new location for upcoming dental school
    The University of Pikeville (Ky.) has switched the location of its upcoming dental school.
  7. Imagen Dental Partners adds Florida practice
    Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Imagen Dental Partners recently added a Florida dental practice to its network. 
  8. 4 dental-medical MSOs to know
    Several organizations supporting dental and medical organizations have launched in recent years as consolidation efforts continue in the healthcare industry. 
  9. North Carolina woman, dental board in legal dispute over licensing rules: 9 notes
    A North Carolina woman is fighting the state dental board's denial of her hygienist license, Carolina Coast Online reported May 31.

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