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Bipartisan effort fails : (,0,2210264.story

GOP blocks consideration of Medicare bill


Associated Press Writer

4:49 PM CDT, June 12, 2008


Republican senators blocked legislation Thursday that would trim payments to private health insurers serving people in Medicare and use the savings to raise reimbursement rates for doctors.

Some 600,000… Continue

Added by cher on June 14, 2008 at 9:19am — No Comments

Good news for California hygienists

It's late on a Friday night, and I'm getting ready to head to Dallas for a wedding. But my good friend Tricia Osuna just sent this news from the West Coast. Hip hip hooray for California! I'll comment more on it later.


Ending several decades of struggle by California dental hygienists to achieve independence as a distinct public health profession, Governor Schwarzenegger today signed Senate Bill 853 (Perata). The measure creates the Dental Hygiene Committee a… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on June 13, 2008 at 9:57pm — 1 Comment

Upcoming Speaking Engagement - Troy, Michigan

I'm so exicited! I'm leaving tomorrow for Troy, Michigan. This is my first time to present in Michigan - how great is THAT??? If you're in the area, I'll be presenting for RDH Services. It's a six hour presentation on Organ Transplantation, Dialysis, and Dentistry. Even if you've seen my presentation before, you'll be excited to know there have been many updates and now and new video! As that I'm a kidney transplant recipient, this is a presentation near and dear to my heart (and kidney, lol!).… Continue

Added by cher on June 11, 2008 at 10:09am — No Comments

My Trip to DC/Bay Area Dental Hygienists Society (Texas) President

After two years of advocating for patients with kidney disease in DC - it appears that our efforts have made a difference. HR 1193 and S691 are not going to pass in their entirety; however, a good number of the resolutions are! Yeah! Including patient education for patients whose kidneys have not failed - giving them the much needed guidance to select the treatment modality which is right for them. For my dental friends - this would be equivalent to getting Oral Hygiene Instruction covered :… Continue

Added by cher on June 6, 2008 at 7:27pm — 1 Comment

Washington, D.C.

Hello all!

I just returned from two wonderful trips. The first was two weeks ago with the Renal Support Network. It was my second trip to Washington D.C. advocating for patients living with kidney disease. After living a decade with renal disease, I continue to learn more and more every year. This year was no exception. I was given a DVD of a 1965 documentary of the Life or Death Committees. At that time, not everyone could have dialysis. When we look at our past, it can give us such… Continue

Added by cher on May 23, 2008 at 9:51pm — 2 Comments

We still need your help with the 2008 practice survey!

Just a reminder that we're still gathering data for the 2008 Practice Survey, a joint effort of Dental Economics and Levin Group. We need your help building the survey, so please take a few moments and fill it out for us.

click here

It's always amazing how much information we gather from these surveys, and how many practices around the country use this as a barometer (good or bad)… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on May 19, 2008 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Thoughts on digital dentistry from 3M ESPE meeting

Sitting at the 2008 Global Symposium inside the 3M Innovation Center, I’m amazed at the worldwide reach seated around me. There are 42 countries represented by more than 140 guests, including some of the most notable names in the field. It was said earlier that the people here represent the “cutting edge” of dentistry, and I think that description is very appropriate.

All of these people have ventured to St. Paul, Minn., this week to take part in a conference focused on “transforming… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on May 19, 2008 at 10:02am — 5 Comments

The Big Fib

Oral Health America launches National Smile Month on May 18 to raise the importance of good oral health habits, including brushing, healthy food choices, and regular dental visits.

According to a new public opinion survey sponsored by Oral Health America and Philips Sonicare, oral health is a top health priority for 64% of adults in the United States right now, but even more adults (82%) are unaware of the role that infectious bacteria can play in tooth decay, or cavities. The… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on May 15, 2008 at 10:08am — 6 Comments

Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction recipients

Just in case you missed it coming to the community site, this press release appears on the home page of the Web site:

Sunstar Americas and RDH magazine identified the eight recipients of the 2008 Sunstar/RDH Healthy Gums, Healthy Life Award of Distinction, a group that included the first Canadian to be honored during the award’s seven-year history.

Ann Foppe, a marketing director for Sunstar Americas, notified the recipients in early May after three judges moderated by RDH… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on May 14, 2008 at 2:08pm — 2 Comments

A new product I found at the CDA meeting in Anaheim

I was introduced to the Cubex Supply Management System yesterday at the California Dental Association's spring scientific session here in Anaheim. VSupply, the maker of Cubex, has already introduced this supply management system to the veterinary industry and is now bringing the technology to dentistry.

According to the company, VSupply automates the inventory management process through a proven cabinet technology designed to control the cost of dental supplies and increase… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on May 3, 2008 at 10:06am — No Comments

It's time for the 2008 Practice Survey!

While the calendar may have just turned to May, we at Dental Economics are already looking ahead to the fall. That's when the results of the 2008 Practice Survey, a joint effort of Dental Economics and Levin Group, will be released. We need your help building the survey, so please take a few moments and fill it out for us.

click here

It's always amazing how much information we gather… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on May 1, 2008 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments

Our fair for technology, everything but the corn dogs

The DDS Tech Fair is our third virtual dental conference. Many of the hygienists in our community know what we mean by "virtual" since the first two, simply called RDH Event, were for hygienists.

The third virtual dental conference is called DDS Tech Fair, and it is scheduled for June 6-7.

Where? To me, the virtual conferences mean I can leave the suitcase in the closet, since all I do is turn on the computer to wander from the seminars to the exhibit floor and then back… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on April 28, 2008 at 8:42am — 2 Comments

Member #199! Congratulate her! Send her a note. Do you know how?

At some point today or overnight, we'll have the 200th member join this site. Ought to celebrate, huh?

Instead of toasting #200, anyone want to toast Member #199? Her name is Susan Fredericks, and she's one of Deb Hartley's pals who joined the site earlier today.

Hip hip hooray to Susan!

Send her a note. Not a comment. Send her a private note. Do you know how?

This brings up one of the hardest things I had to get used to with this site. See that… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on April 25, 2008 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Cavities: Do We Still Have a Long Way To Go?

I read a story published today in The Ottawa Citizen with some surprise. It began like this ...

“Too many little kids with decaying teeth and cavities is a major concern for most dentists, says Dr. Ian McConnachie, a specialist in pediatric dentistry and past president of the Ontario Dental Association.”

He went on to say, “He cites a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that points to a 15.2% increase in tooth decay during the last decade among… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on April 17, 2008 at 3:57pm — 5 Comments

Shakeup at the ADA ... how will it affect things?

In a stunner, the American Dental Association has informed its members that Dr. James B. Bramson, executive director, and Mary K. Logan, chief operating officer, are no longer employed with the ADA. Dr. Mark J. Feldman will be serving as the interim executive director of the ADA.

It will be interesting to see what effect these moves have on the ADA office in Chicago and see how those changes are filtered down through the membership. I know many people thought that Dr. Bramson would… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on April 17, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

Oral health linked to overall health

No big surprises there. But I admit, I'm becoming a dental nerd, and this is a topic that's always fascinated me. When I mention this to my friends, unfortunately, they do act surprised. (I'll slip into conversation, "Did you know that dentists can tell their patients who have diabetes from looking at their mouths? Did you know that studies have linked heart disease and gum disease, Alzheimer's and gum disease, premature birth and gum disease, to name a few? The mouth is the gateway to… Continue

Added by Meg Kaiser on April 15, 2008 at 11:30am — 8 Comments



Dental professionals around the world have a great new place for discovery. It’s called the A-dec Education Center, a state-of-the-art showroom and training facility… Continue

Added by Dr. Joe Blaes on April 14, 2008 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Medicare Fraud or Poor Practice Management?

On March 6, Dr. Roy S. Shelburne of Pennington Gap, Va., was convicted of 10 felony charges involving racketeering, health care fraud, structuring funds, and money laundering. He was convicted by a federal jury in Abington, Va. According to the prosecution, he maximized his practice's income by overbilling insurance carriers and Medicaid for services that were never performed and for services that were performed, but not medically necessary.

In trial testimony, a dental assistant to… Continue

Added by Penny Anderson on April 10, 2008 at 4:00pm — 34 Comments

Dental erosion and the youngest patients

I'll quickly admit that I am an avid soda drinker. I have two cans of Diet Pepsi or Diet Dr. Pepper first thing in the morning along with my breakfast bar. The true breakfast of champions, eh? Unfortunately, my love for soda has been passed along to my 10-year-old daughter. She will commonly request… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on April 9, 2008 at 4:41pm — 7 Comments

Is your life complicated?

In the February issue of Woman Dentist Journal, Dr. Stephanie Houseman addressed the topic of dentists juggling their personal and professional lives in her "Mentor's Mind" column titled "Simplify Your Complicated Life." The column began with the question ...

"I have come to the conclusion that my life is just too complicated. I find it difficult to juggle home, office, and my outside interests, and to make matters worse, I keep adding more onto my plate. Then I become… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on April 9, 2008 at 1:41pm — 9 Comments

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