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  1. How oral surgeon pay compares to inflation
    The average annual salary for oral and maxillofacial surgeons increased by 8.04% between 2023 and 2024, while inflation is currently down by 19.5%.
  2. 5 numbers making the dental industry nervous
    Here are five statistics Becker's has reported on recently that could lead to future roadblocks in the dental industry:
  3. Hurricane Beryl shutters dental offices
    Several dental offices are closed and without power after Hurricane Beryl made landfall along the Texas coast July 8. 

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  1. Aetna launches virtual dental care offerings
    Aetna, a subsidiary of CVS Health, has begun offering virtual dental care options through Dental.com. 
  2. How DSOs can stand out in a crowded industry
    As the DSO space becomes increasingly congested, bringing a unique aspect and value proposition is crucial to recruiting and retaining dentists, oral surgeons and patients.
  3. Frontier Dental Lab Group rebrands
    Frontier Dental Lab Group recently rebranded to Denbright Dental Labs.
  4. MB2 Dental in 2024: 11 headlines
    Here are 11 updates on Dallas-based MB2 Dental that Becker's reported on in the first half of 2024:

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  1. Aflac partners with Skygen to improve dental coverage
    Aflac's dental and vision divisions partnered with Skygen, a dental and vision benefits technology company, to add automation to Aflac's claims and billing processes.
  2. Dental ASC to open in Ohio
    Glen Rock, Pa.-based Blue Cloud Pediatric Surgery Centers plans to open an office in Cincinnati.
  3. 7 states updating Medicaid dental policies
    A handful of states have recently implemented changes to their Medicaid dental programs, including expanding Medicaid programs and increasing dental benefit limits.
  4. Beacon Oral Specialists adds Florida practice
    Dallas-based Beacon Oral Specialists recently added Vero Beach (Fla.) Surgical Arts to its network. 

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  1. Nearly 24M people disenrolled from Medicaid: 9 notes for dentists
    About 23.8 million people have been disenrolled from Medicaid as of June 28, according to data from KFF.
  2. 2 challenges the dental industry can't shake
    For some dentists, the end of the COVID-19 pandemic provided hope that some of the issues plaguing the dental industry would subside. 
  3. Aspen Dental champions dental care accessibility with new Maryland practice
    Chicago-based Aspen Dental opened a practice in Annapolis, Md., June 20 to increase accessibility for patients in the state.
  4. Dental insurance legislation misses the mark for many dentists
    There have been a number of dental insurance and benefit bills passed throughout the first six months of 2024, including claims reviews and more protections for dentists.
  5. 7 dental technology updates from June
    Here are seven dental technology updates that Becker's reported on in June:
  6. How dental assistant pay compares to inflation
    The average annual salary for dental assistants increased by 5.9% between 2023 and 2024, while inflation is currently down by 19.5%.
  7. 16 updates on the dental AI industry so far in 2024
    From new artificial intelligence programs to record breaking investments, here are 16 of the biggest headlines and updates from the dental AI sector that Becker's reported on in the first half of 2024:
  8. Heartland Dental adds Mississippi practice
    Effingham, Ill.-based Heartland Dental recently added a Mississippi practice to its network. 
  9. California dentists still facing challenges from Change Healthcare cyberattack
    Some Medi-Cal Dental providers are still working through processing times and unpaid claims issues stemming from the Change Healthcare cyberattack in February.

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