Reimbursement rates to drop 2.7% for dentists: 5 stats

Dentists continue to struggle with reimbursement as the market changes. Morgan Staley research firm AlphaWise examined the past and future reimbursement rates for dentists.

Here are five statistics:

1. In 2017, dentist's reimbursement rate dropped 0.7 percent. However, between May 2018 and May 2019, dentists are predicted to experience a 2.7 percent reimbursement rate decline.

2. For orthodontists, reimbursement rates are predicted to drop 4.9 percent. In 2017, the reimbursement rate decreased 4.7 percent.

3. Solo practitioners will see the biggest reimbursement rate decrease at 8.7 percent by May 2019. In 2017, solo practitioners saw a 6.7 percent decline in reimbursement rates.

4. Group practices are expected to see reimbursement rates increase 1.6 percent during the 12-month period. In 2017, the reimbursement rate grew 0.5 percent.

5. In total, dental reimbursement rates are anticipated to drop 3.3 percent.

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