The prevalence of more than 60 workplace benefits has increased this year compared with last year, but fewer workplaces offer 15 benefits, including preventive health care for employees with chronic conditions, flexible spending accounts, benefits for domestic partners and short-term disability insurance, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. Discounts, coverage for elective procedures and on-site health clinics have become less common since 2015.
A law in Illinois effective Jan. 1 will require ninth-graders to get a dental checkup before starting school. Dental exams are already required for children entering kindergarten and second and sixth grades.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will receive a $370,000 grant from the CDC to promote oral health and provide dental care, say Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
An app called Toothpic allows users to take photographs of their mouth using a smartphone and send the photos to one of 300 participating dentists for a basic assessment. The price of a consultation is $39, but the service is being offered to Florida residents for free for the next few months.
Floss Bar offers dental cleanings, exams and whitening at workplaces in New York City, Boston and Connecticut including WeWork, General Electric and Lego, and plans to expand to California and Texas next year. The startup accepts most dental insurance plans, and employers may see it as a way to attract and retain employees.
Two studies presented at an International Association for Dental Research meeting found significant correlations between poor periodontal health and chronic kidney disease. Periodontal inflammation was associated with impaired kidney function, and low clinical attachment levels were linked to future kidney function decline.
A Fidelity survey found 14% of sponsors this year said the main reason for working with an adviser was fiduciary compliance, compared with 4 in 10 sponsors in 2017 who said the top reason was to help meet statutory fiduciary obligations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. With the Labor Department's fiduciary rule no longer in the mix, the top concern among plan sponsors for 2018 was whether their plan was designed to prepare workers for retirement.
Fintech startup Genivity is working with financial advisers, brokers and others to help project client life expectancies and long-term health care costs. Genivity collects medical and other data and runs it through an algorithm to produce detailed health projections that can help financial professionals better tailor planning for their clients.
The US government filed a civil forfeiture complaint against Muhammad Cheema, a licensed doctor from Pittsford, N.Y., who was charged with health care fraud and making false statements relating to health care matters for allegedly submitting inflated claims to private insurers and fraudulent claims to health benefit programs for unprovided psychiatric services. The complaint seeks forfeiture of Cheema's New York residence, two cars and $806,871.91 from three bank accounts, which authorities believe were obtained through fraud and were involved in money laundering.
Pennsylvania-based hospital operator Post Acute Medical and some affiliated entities agreed to pay almost $13.2 million to the US government, Louisiana and Texas to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit accusing them of violating the False Claims Act and defrauding Medicare and Medicaid. Authorities said the company deliberately submitted fraudulent claims to the programs resulting from violations of the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute.