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  1. Michigan dentist must pay $200K to settle narcotics allegations
    Joseph Kirkwood, DDS, has agreed to pay $200,000 to resolve allegations that he forged and issued illegitimate prescriptions for narcotics, according to a Dec. 8 news release from the U.S. Justice Department.
  2. 4 things to know about Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics in 2021
    Fort Worth, Texas-based Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics is a multispecialty dental group that has opened several locations in 2021 to expand its footprint in Texas and Colorado.
  3. SmileDirectClub CFO to step down in 2022
    Kyle Wailes will step down as SmileDirectClub's CFO in March 2022, the teledentistry company said Dec. 7.
  1. State pulls Vermont dentist's license
    The state of Vermont has revoked the license of Randall Miller, DDS, dentist and senior member of the state board of dental examiners, citing four unprofessional conduct charges related to improper dispensing and use of prescriptions.
  2. SmileDirectClub appoints senior VP to lead international growth
    SmileDirectClub has named Brett Deaver senior vice president and general manager of its global partner network, the teledentistry company said Dec. 6.
  3. Aspen Dental to link offices with preferred dental labs through new partnership
    Aspen Dental has partnered with dental software provider MyLabConnect to help Aspen Dental offices collaborate with dental labs in real time, the Chicago-based DSO said Dec. 6.
  4. Delta Dental of Tennessee promotes CFO to executive vice president
    Delta Dental of Tennessee has promoted its CFO Jeff Ballard to executive vice president, the dental insurance company said Dec. 6.

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  1. Georgia man charged with practicing dentistry without a license
    A Georgia man has been charged with practicing dentistry without a license, Fox 5 Atlanta reported Dec. 3.
  2. 5 dental leadership moves
    The American Orthodontic Society elected its next president and three dental schools appointed deans.
  3. 15 dental partnerships in 2021
    Dental companies, organizations and DSOs collaborated this year to help solve some of the industry's most pressing challenges, advance care and further innovation.
  4. 8 dentists making headlines
    From recently appointed dental school deans to North American Dental Group's new chief research and strategies officer, here are nine dentists making headlines:
  1. 3 deans appointed at dental schools
    Three dental schools have recently appointed interim and permanent deans.
  2. What 20 dental schools achieved in 2021
    Dental schools were active this year in establishing new programs, funding research and expanding services to increase access to dental care in their communities.
  3. 3 dentists' strategies to tackle stress, burnout
    Knowing how to cope with stress and burnout can be helpful to dental professionals dealing with the everyday challenges the industry can bring.
  4. Staffing, supply, Medicare & more: 10 dental insights from 2021
    Becker's spoke to several dental professionals this year to gain insight into issues affecting the industry, including the COVID-19 pandemic, rising supply costs and workforce shortages.
  5. Dental reimbursement rates boosted via Illinois Medicaid program
    Reimbursement rates for Illinois dentists have been increased under the state's Medicaid program, the Illinois State Dental Society said Dec. 1.
  6. Guardian Dentistry taps new COO
    Miami-based Guardian Dentistry Partners has appointed Houmam Ali to the newly created position of chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, according to a Dec. 3 news release obtained by Becker's.
  7. 'We are facing a real significant crisis ': 7 notes on Alabama's shrinking dental care
    Access to dental care in Alabama is diminishing as dentists become more concentrated in urban areas and those over the age of 60 near retirement, WBRC reported Dec. 1.
  8. Mark Feldman, former ADA president, dies
    Mark Feldman, DMD, past president and treasurer of the American Dental Association and executive director of the New York State Dental Association died Nov. 25.
  9. Consider inflation when negotiating practice fees, ADA asks payers
    The American Dental Association's council on dental benefit programs is requesting dental insurance payers to consider rising costs when negotiating fees with practices, the organization said Dec. 1.

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