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about me!

i am a new graduate of Harper College and very excited to start this journey with my new career! I am now trying to find the best offices to work and I didn't think I would have my license this quickly so i committed myself to a mission trip in mexico! I have never done anything like this. My best friend erin and i are going to help with a dental clinic in juarez. I'm thinking about blogging while there...… Continue

Added by Trish RDH on July 18, 2008 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

CMS pilot program saves millions

(7/14) Report shows CMS pilot program saved nearly $700 million in improper Medicare payments

Report shows CMS pilot program saved nearly $700 million in improper Medicare payments



On July 11, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a report offering evidence that the recovery audit contractors (RACs) pilot program is successfully identifying improper payments. The findings will also help the agency improve the program as it is expanded nationwide within two… Continue

Added by cher on July 17, 2008 at 7:55am — No Comments

Senate Follows House to Override Medicare bill veto

Leading The News



Senate follows House to override Medicare bill veto

By Jeffrey Young

Posted: 07/15/08 06:29 PM [ET]

Congress voted Tuesday to override President Bush’s veto of legislation that would undo a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare fees to physicians.



The Senate voted 70-26 to override the veto following action by the House earlier in the day. The lower chamber voted 383-41 to enact the bill over Bush’s objections. In both houses, the votes exceeded the… Continue

Added by cher on July 17, 2008 at 7:52am — No Comments

“Osteoporosis and Bone Health — It Isn’t Just About Broken Bones”

There’s an interesting article in Woman Dentist eJournal this month titled “Osteoporosis and Bone Health — It Isn’t Just About Broken Bones.”



The article gives a good overview of osteoporosis, why calcium is essential, risk factors, and the importance of exercise. But three things jumped out at me.



The first is one that I suppose I should have been aware of much sooner — the fact that you shouldn’t take calcium supplements with iron supplements, because they may… Continue

Added by Vicki Cheeseman on July 15, 2008 at 11:19pm — 2 Comments

Bipartisan bill HR 6331 passes regardless of presidential veto

The Senate just joined the House in voting to override the President's

veto of H.R. 6331 with a vote of 70 to 26. The legislation was enacted

into law instantaneously, pursuant to the effective dates in statute.



This vote marks an historic moment in the existence in KCP. Since its

founding in 2003, KCP has sought long-overdue reform to the Medicare

ESRD program. In 2004, the community joined forces for the first time

to develop and support comprehensive… Continue

Added by cher on July 15, 2008 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Community water fluoridation numbers now reach 70 percent

Nearly 70 percent of U.S. residents who get water from community water systems now receive fluoridated water, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



The proportion of the U.S. population receiving fluoridated water, about 184 million people, increased from 65.8 percent in 1992 to 69.2 percent in 2006, said the study in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.



"Community water fluoridation is an equitable, cost-effective, and… Continue

Added by Kevin Henry on July 10, 2008 at 11:36am — No Comments

Update on California hygienists

This information was written by Katie Dawson, the former CDHA president. It offers more insight on dental hygienists in California becoming a self-governed profession.



I thought it would be worth sharing.



--Mark



CDHA Celebrates Passage of SB853 (Perata), our Legislation for Self-Regulation!



Imagine an autonomous dental hygiene profession without oversight by the Dental Board of California. SB853 makes the autonomous Dental Hygiene Committee of… Continue

Added by Mark Hartley on June 30, 2008 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

Take Your Dog To Work Every Day!

Scene: A typical dental office. Action: Patient lying back in the dental chair with napkin around his neck, as the dentist begins a procedure. Now here’s where the scene changes from usual — out from under the napkin pops the tiny, cute head of an adorable Yorkshire terrier! Even more unusual, the patient is not surprised. The dog lays back down in the patient’s lap, and the patient rubs the back of this adorable terrier all through the procedure.



Welcome to the dental practice of… Continue

Added by Penny Anderson on June 20, 2008 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Bipartisan effort fails : (

www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-ap-medicare-doctors,0,2210264.story



chicagotribune.com

GOP blocks consideration of Medicare bill

By KEVIN FREKING



Associated Press Writer



4:49 PM CDT, June 12, 2008



WASHINGTON



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.



Mark





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

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