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Jul 13 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much disruption throughout every facet of society. An impact it has had on dentistry has directly led to increased costs for dentists to provide care while at the same time significantly decreasing dentists' ability to recover those costs via the number of patients they may see in any given period of time. While ... [continue reading]
May 19 2020
  Even before Ohio dentists were permitted to re-open their dental offices to provide more than just emergency only dental care, there was much discussion about the increased costs that dentists would incur in order to provide dental care in the current and post COVID-19 era. These discussions have involved not only increased costs but also ... [continue reading]
Apr 7 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, orders from Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio State Dental Board have mandated that Ohio dentists defer all non-essential and elective procedures in order to preserve the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and prevent inadvertent spread of the coronavirus. Dentists ... [continue reading]
Mar 4 2020
Should dentists receive third-party payer reimbursement for providing dental services to family members? The Ohio Dental Association and the American Dental Association say yes, but a very small number of insurance companies or dental benefit plan sponsors apparently say no. The Ohio Dental Association has again received a number of calls from ... [continue reading]
Feb 14 2020
The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) recently revised its dental periodicity schedule to recommend that every Medicaid eligible child should have an oral examination at the eruption of the first primary tooth, no later than 12 months of age and semi-annual examinations thereafter. “The periodicity schedule follows professional ... [continue reading]
Feb 14 2020
Every month, volunteer member dentists who serve on the Ohio Dental Association’s Dental Insurance Working Group consider questions, concerns and complaints that are submitted by ODA member dentists relative to dental insurance. A common theme of many of the submissions involves problems associated with denied claims that could have been ... [continue reading]
Jan 16 2020
Representatives of the Ohio Dental Association and the Dental Care Plus Group (DCPG) met in mid-December to discuss recent changes that DCPG had made to its crown and core buildup claim review criteria. The changes, which went into effect on Oct. 1, 2019, caused much concern and controversy among many dentists in the Cincinnati area. DCPG is a ... [continue reading]
Dec 12 2019
The Ohio Dental Association has recently been contacted by a number of ODA members who have received a notice from an insurance company that they contract with concerning their participation/non-participation in Medicare. The notice has led many dentists to draw incorrect conclusions regarding both its intent and their options to respond to ... [continue reading]
Nov 21 2019
The Ohio Dental Association often receives questions from member dentists regarding whether they are able to receive reimbursement for services when the patient does not complete the prescribed course of treatment, e.g., a tooth has been prepped but for whatever reason the crown does not get seated. Patient non-compliance, benefit plan changes and ... [continue reading]
Oct 17 2019
The Ohio Dental Association's Dental Insurance Working Group and ODA member dentists throughout the state have identified an apparent trend when it comes to dentists' interactions with dental insurance companies and third-party payers. Many payers don't seem willing to simply take the dentist's word on some dental insurance claims that certain ... [continue reading]
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