5 CMS updates for dentists to know

Here are five updates about dental services under Medicare and Medicaid that have taken place since Feb. 20: 

1. The American Dental Association voiced its support for the "Medicaid Dental Benefits Act of 2023," which would expand Medicaid dental coverage for adults in every state. 

2. The ADA told CMS it would like to see the agency promote standards for electronic health records that are compatible with the dental industry.

3. The ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry asked CMS to consider the needs of dental practices in the organization's proposed prior authorization rule.

4. The American Dental Association asked CMS to improve Medicare Advantage plans by making it easier to understand and compare benefits for dental consumers. 

5. Nebraska legislators are considering a bill to increase reimbursement rates for Medicaid dental services.

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