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  1. Lone Peak Dental Group gains investments from BlackRock, Texas health system
    Denver-based Lone Peak Dental Group recently received an investment from BlackRock and Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System, PE Hub reported Jan. 31.
  2. 2 Missouri dental offices purchased in $3.6M property deal
    A building housing two dental offices in Wentzville, Mo., were recently purchased as part of a $3.6 million property deal, Rejournals reported Jan. 31.
  3. $16M dental Medicaid fraud case could be sent back to trial court
    The Texas Supreme Court is considering sending a $16 million Medicaid fraud judgment against a Dallas dentist back to a trial court, according to a Jan. 31 report by Bloomberg Law.

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  1. Align Technology launches upgraded intraoral scanner
    Align Technology announced the iTero Lumina intraoral scanner, an upgraded version of previous models.
  2. Dental loss ratio model legislation gets a nod
    The National Council of Insurance Legislators, a group of state lawmakers focused on insurance law, adopted model legislation for a dental loss ratio, with language approved by the American Dental Association and National Association of Dental Plans.
  3. 10 states with the worst dental health
    Arkansas is the state with the worst dental health, according to personal finance website WalletHub, dropping from second worst in 2023.
  4. 3 dental fraud cases totaling $16M+
    Here are three cases of fraud in the dental industry Becker's has reported on since Jan. 29: 

How a leading DSO quickly grew to $150M in revenue and improved patient outcomes

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A first-of-its-kind DSO made $150M in annual revenue & increased valuation nearly 3,000% in its first few years (during COVID, no less). This case study tells you how.
  1. 10 states with the best dental health
    Illinois is the state with the best dental health, according to personal finance website WalletHub, jumping from No. 2 in 2023.
  2. California dentists work to continue patient care after offices burned down
    A California dental practice is working to resume operations after its office was burned down in a "suspicious" fire, NBC affiliate KSBY reported Jan. 29.
  3. Tennessee asks SmileDirectClub to repay $6M in grants: 8 notes
    The state of Tennessee is requesting that SmileDirectClub pay back $6 million in grants for allegedly failing to meet the terms of its contract, CBS affiliate WTVF reported Jan. 31. 
  4. Wisconsin governor to sign bill authorizing dental therapists
    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers plans to sign a bill that will allow dental therapists to provide care in the state, according to a Jan. 31 report by the Wisconsin State Journal.

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  1. Heartland Dental to add 150+ practices in 2024
    Effingham, Ill.-based Heartland Dental is planning to open at least 90 de novo practices and affiliate with 60 to 80 additional practices in 2024.
  2. Dental365 acquires 6-practice group in Pennsylvania
    New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Dental365 added Dynamic Growth, a group with six dental practices throughout Pennsylvania.
  3. 3 updates on DSO activity in the Midwest
    Here are three practice additions, acquisitions and openings from DSOs and other dental organizations in the Midwest that Becker's has reported on since Jan. 8:
  4. 5 compensation notes on 2 top dental jobs
    Dental hygienists and dental assistants were both included on the best 28 healthcare support jobs list by U.S. News & World Report.
  5. 4 things to know about MB2 Dental's CEO
    Chris Villanueva, DMD, founded Dallas-based MB2 Dental in 2007 and has helped the dental partnership organization grow to support more than 660 total practices. Here are four things to know about the company's founder. 
  6. Sage Dental adds Marietta Dental Group to its network
    Boca Raton, Fla.-based Sage Dental recently added Marietta Dental Group to its network. 
  7. A new norm arises as solo dentists decline
    The dental industry has seen an increase in group practices and DSOs as the number of solo dentists has declined, according to a recent report from the Association of DSOs. 
  8. Florida dentist sues man over negative reviews
    A Florida dentist is suing a man for posting negative reviews about him online, bocanewsnow.com reported Jan. 30. 
  9. How much does it cost to open a dental practice?
    The cost to open a new dental practice can range between $120,000 and $480,000, according to a recent report from the Associations of DSOs. 

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