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  1. West Virginia University School of Dentistry names interim dean
    Morgantown-based West Virginia University School of Dentistry appointed Fotinos Panagakos, PhD, as its interim dean effective July 1, according to a news release from the American Dental Association.
  2. Dentist workforce faces racial disparities, study shows
    The dentist workforce does not reflect the racial makeup of the U.S., according to the most recent data from the American Dental Association.
  3. Colorado Dental Association reverses Medicaid program defunding
    The Colorado Dental Association persuaded legislators to reverse their decision to cut the state's adult Medicaid benefits the same day the program's defunding was announced, according to ADA News.

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  1. How a Kentucky DSO is weathering the COVID-19 storm — 4 notes
    Mortenson Dental Partners, a dental service organization founded in Middletown, Ky., has shared strategies it used to adapt to the changing dental landscape during the pandemic.
  2. N95 masks, gowns still among top PPE dentists need
    N95 masks and gowns are the personal protective equipment items dentists are struggling the most to obtain, according to the latest report from the American Dental Association and Health Policy Institute.
  3. Pennsylvania dental practice hit by car for 2nd time
    No one was injured when an 88-year-old Pennsylvania woman crashed her Cadillac into Scott Family Dental June 2 after accidentally stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brake, according to TribLive.
  4. 5 things dentists should know about teledentistry billing
    As many dentists rush to adopt teledentistry during the pandemic, some feel unsure of how to go about billing and benefits, according to an article published June 2 by the California Dental Association.

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  1. American Dental Education Association issues statement on recent unrest
    The American Dental Education Association issued a statement June 2 reiterating its commitment to inclusion and diversity and promised to work with its members to create communities free of discrimination.
  2. Reopened Ohio dentist talks patient volume, fears
    About 75 percent of patients have been comfortable returning to see the dentist, Rajiv Taneja, DMD, a dentist in Austintown, Ohio, told WBKN-TV.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Top 10 dental, DSO stories in May
    Stories about dental offices reopening during the pandemic were the most read in May.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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