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  1. Western Dental switches to Voya for 401(k) retirement savings plan
    Orange, Calif.-based Western Dental & Orthodontics has selected Windsor, Conn.-based Voya Financial as the DSO's new recordkeeper and service provider for its 401(k) retirement savings plan.
  2. OIG opens fraud investigation into 4 Texas dentists
    Fraud investigations based on statistical records analyses have been opened for four Texas dentists, according to a March 24 news release from the Texas Office of Inspector General.
  3. 3 reasons why dental providers may be flagged for potential fraud, per Texas OIG
    The Texas Office of Inspector General runs claims analyses to identify dental providers that may be outliers of normal behavior and require further examination, according to a March 24 news release.

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  1. Coronavirus infects cells in mouth, can spread via saliva in asymptomatic cases: Study
    The SARS-CoV-2 virus infects cells in the mouth and can be transmitted via saliva, according to research from the National Institutes of Health and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published March 25 in Nature.
  2. California dentist gets 5 years in prison for violating probation in child pornography case
    Gary Klugman, DDS, has received a five-year prison sentence for violating probation after being convicted on charges of possessing child pornography and an illegal assault weapon, reports KION-TV.
  3. Advice for emerging dental leaders: 7 industry leaders weigh in
    As the industry shifts and changes, seven established leaders shared advice for emerging dental leaders.
  4. Florida university to pay $5.5M to settle lawsuit over unsterile dental tools
    Davie, Fla.-based Nova Southeastern University will pay $5.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit after students at its post-graduate orthodontic clinic used improperly sterilized equipment, the Florida Bulldog reported March 24.

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  1. Endo1 Partners closes $115M of debt facilities, allows for accelerated growth
    Houston-based Endo1 Partners, an endodontic partnership organization, has closed $115 million of debt facilities, with Waterbury, Conn.-based Webster Bank arranging the senior facility.
  2. Aspen Dental opens 101st Florida practice
    Aspen Dental has officially opened its 101st Florida practice.
  3. Henry Ford surgeon leads international team of ENTs, dental providers to generate awareness of underrecognized infection
    An ear, nose and throat surgeon at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System recently led a team of 16 dental specialists and otolaryngologists to develop an international consensus statement that aims to increase diagnosis of odontogenic sinusitis, an infection of the paranasal sinuses that stems from a dental infection or dental procedure, the health system said March 23.
  4. New York reboots school-based dental services program after COVID-19 shutdown
    More than 300 school-based health centers across New York were cleared to reopen, restoring dental care access for pre-K through grade 12 children in underserved communities, the state's dental association announced March 24. The school-based programs were shut down at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last March.
  1. Harvard dental school sees 13% jump in applicants
    Harvard School of Dental Medicine saw a 13 percent uptick in completed applications during this year's admissions cycle, according to The Harvard Crimson.
  2. SmileDirectClub must pay Align $45M+: Arbitrator
    An arbitrator has determined Nashville, Tenn.-based SmileDirectClub owes San Jose, Calif.-based Align Technology a $99.7 million award, including $54.2 million already paid, Yahoo Finance reports.
  3. Can teledentistry tackle the big issues in dental care?
    Julia Hallisy, DDS, a San Francisco-based dentist, sees clear advantages of teledentistry for diagnostic purposes, especially for pediatric patients.
  4. 3 supply chain issues top of mind for a Pennsylvania dental practice
    Tom Green, DMD, a Washington, Pa.-based dentist, faces three main supply chain challenges in his private practice.
  5. Mission Children's Dental transitions to Blue Ridge Health of North Carolina
    Mission Children's Dental, part of Asheville, N.C.-based HCA Healthcare, will transition to Blue Ridge Health effective April 1.
  6. Women make up only 12% of Idaho dentists
    Of the 925 currently licensed dentists in Idaho, only 116 (12 percent) are women, reports ABC affiliate KIVI-TV.
  7. Minnesota dentist honored for pulling woman from burning car
    The Mankato (Minn.) Department of Public Safety honored Drew Neumann, DDS, March 22 with the Medal of Valor, the city's highest honor, for saving a woman from a burning car, The Free Press reported.
  8. Oregon proposal to license dental therapists 'poses a danger,' 3 dental associations say
    The Oregon Dental Association, Oregon Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Oregon Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are opposing a proposal that would license dental therapists statewide, and are instead offering amendments to the bill, according to The Lund Report.
  9. 20 states where dentists are reporting zero-day supply of N95/KN95 masks, per ADA
    Some dentists in 19 states and the District of Columbia are reporting a zero-day supply of N95/KN95 masks as of March 15, according to the American Dental Association's latest COVID-19 economic impact survey.

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