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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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  1. 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.
  2. 8 dentists making headlines
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  3. Delta gives $1.1M to charitably run Tennessee dental practices
    Delta Dental of Tennessee is providing 24 safety-net dental practices with $1.1 million in funding for operating costs.
  4. Delta donates $3M to help Virginia dentists reopen
    Delta Dental of Virginia is providing $3 million to its in-network dentists to support the implementation of new safety measures during their reopenings.
  5. Nebraska dentist shares experience operating during pandemic
    Jessica Meeske, DDS, discussed how she successfully handled her rural Nebraska pediatric practice's closure and reopening in a May 27 interview with ADA News.
  6. New York dentists spend thousands to reopen despite unclear timeline from state
    Some New York dentists may spend up to $30,000 preparing to reopen, though they still don't know when they will be allowed to resume routine care, according to Syracuse.com.
  7. Dentists rebounding from pandemic faster than anticipated
    Dental practices are recovering from extended closures better than projected, according to survey results released by the American Dental Association May 26.
  8. Wisconsin dentist gets 3 years probation for opioid misuse
    A Wisconsin dentist who used his dental practice employees to fill oxycodone prescriptions for his own use received three years' probation, with the first six months in home confinement, according to the Portage Daily Register.
  9. Tennessee dentist sued for improper sterilization files for dismissal of $50M case
    Attorneys are asking a judge to dismiss a $50 million proposed class-action lawsuit against Knoxville, Tenn.-based Clarence "Buzz" Nabers, DDS, who allegedly exposed thousands of patients to infectious diseases, according to USA Today affiliate Knox News.

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