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  1. Connecticut dentist to pay $300K settlement for fraudulent billing, uncertified assistants performing X-rays
    A Connecticut dentist must pay a $300,000 settlement after allegedly overbilling for services and allowing uncertified dental assistants to perform procedures they were not qualified to do, according to an Oct. 1 news release from the state's attorney general.
  2. New Mexico dentist reopens practice after recovering from COVID-19
    A Santa Fe, N.M.-based dental practice reopened after closing for nearly two weeks when the dentist contracted COVID-19, reports the Santa Fe New Mexican.
  3. 6 dentists making headlines
    From a Japanese dentist using an in-mouth camera to reduce his exposure to aerosols to a Wyoming dentist facing three years of probation for releasing asbestos when renovating his office, here are the dentists making headlines this week.

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  1. Scientist receives $450K+ to develop self-cleaning dental material
    The National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has granted $459,000 to Jirun Sun, PhD, a scientist with the American Dental Association Science & Research Institute, to develop self-cleaning dental material.
  2. Man convicted of murder in stabbing death of California dentist
    An Orange County man was convicted of first-degree murder Oct. 1 in the stabbing death of California dentist Xuan Liu, DDS, PhD, according to the Orange County Register.
  3. Tech advances, advocacy needed before point-of-care COVID-19 testing will meet dental needs
    The COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to which the FDA has granted emergency use authorization are not sufficient ways for dentists to decide which patients they can treat, because negative tests require confirmation from a polymerase chain reaction test, according to the California Dental Association.
  4. New dental startup raises $37M; investors say traditional dentistry 'outdated,' 'broken'
    New dentistry startup Tend raised $37 million in a Series B round that will help the company's aim of making dental visits a positive experience, reports Forbes.

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  1. DSOs making headlines
    Below are some of the latest updates from dental support organizations.
  2. Dental practices using Windows Server urged to apply security update
    Dental practices using Microsoft Windows Server as a domain controller should apply the security update Microsoft issued in August to avoid a cybersecurity incident, according to ADA News.
  3. Top 10 dental, DSO stories in September
    A Massachusetts dental practice fined for seven safety measure violations captured the attention of readers this September.
  4. Delaware Medicaid patients now receive dental coverage
    Adult Medicaid patients in Delaware will automatically receive dental coverage as part of their health insurance plans beginning Oct. 1, according to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.
  1. Wyoming dentist sentenced for neglecting asbestos when renovating practice
    Richard Cutler, DDS, was sentenced to probation for knowingly exposing workers to asbestos when he was renovating the building he now uses for his Cheyenne, Wyo.-based practice, U.S. Attorney Mark Klaassen's office announced Sept. 29.
  2. What dental conditions are on the rise amid the pandemic
    Dentists are reporting significant increases in certain conditions, according to the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute's latest poll.
  3. New dental council forms to boost AI's role in the industry
    The Dental AI Council, a trade organization focused on advancing the role of artificial intelligence in dentistry, launched Sept. 29.
  4. Founder, former CEO of Mortenson Dental Partners retires
    Wayne Mortenson, DMD, who founded Mortenson Dental Partners with his wife, said he will retire from the DSO Sept. 30.
  5. Majority of dentists would consider raising fees if patient volume does not improve, ADA poll finds
    Patient volume at dental practices across the country is leveling off, but many dentists are still struggling financially, according to the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute's latest poll.
  6. How Aspen Dental is leveraging virtual learning to improve patient care: 5 things to know
    By this point, virtual learning has secured a firm position in future education, but how does it fit into the world of dentistry?
  7. UnitedHealthcare wins 7-year contract to provide dental benefits for federal employees
    Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealthcare has been awarded a seven-year contract to provide dental and vision benefits to federal employees.
  8. Former ADA president, California dental school dean dies
    Arthur Dugoni, DDS, the first and only person in the country to have a dental school named after them while holding the position of dean, died Sept. 23 in his Palo Alto, Calif., home at age 95, according to ADA News.
  9. How new COVID-19 response bills affect California dental practices
    Most California employers will have to alert employees of potential virus exposure within one business day and, if experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, must now provide workers' compensation benefits, according to the California Dental Association.

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