The Dental Quality Alliance has published reports on the quality of oral health care provided through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program in 18 states, ADA News reported. State-level differences in data collection and reporting have made it difficult to take action to improve access to oral care, said James Crall, D.D.S., DQA implementation and evaluation committee chair. "Having access to this critical baseline data can help states ... identify areas in need of improvement and begin or accelerate targeted efforts to improve the performance of their programs," Dr. Crall said. The reports will be explored in a Sept. 1 webinar hosted by the ADA.
Dentists say the dental benefits solution offered by Bento meets the needs of patients and practices, and the company's model has earned it endorsements from the ADA, the TDA Perks Program and other state societies. Bento allows for real-time verification of benefits, and it can be set up within days. Care decisions remain fully in the hands of dentists and patients, and dentists say they appreciate the ability to customize parameters to meet practice needs. "It lets me control my practice," said Rita M. Cammarata, D.D.S., past president of the Texas Dental Association.
The first group of 24 students has completed the Destination Dental School program at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in Buffalo, N.Y., which included hands-on learning about the dental profession and a capstone research project, according to ADA News. The program seeks to expand racial and ethnic diversity in the dental profession, building on findings of a study in The Journal of the American Dental Association that showed pipeline programs helped increase enrollment of underrepresented students in dental schools. "Personally, the biggest highlight of the program for me was being able to meet and network with other thriving and inspiring individuals because I know I will have a group of individuals whom I can collaborate with to revolutionize the delivery of oral care within and beyond the boundaries of our communities," said Frandy Castellano Gutierrez, a 2021 Rutgers University graduate who participated in the program.
Stynt is the newest endorsement from ADA Member Advantage! This innovative platform streamlines staffing by connecting offices with qualified individuals to fill vacancies on a temporary or long-term basis. Stynt's professionals, including office managers, hygienists and dental assistants, are all vetted by the company and are W-2 employees.
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While the move toward subspecialized practice has increased among early-career radiologists, experts still recognize the important role played by general radiologists. "A well-rounded radiology education is fundamental to our specialty. Graduating residents should have the knowledge, experience, and confidence to provide medical imaging expertise in various delivery models," ACR Board of Chancellors Chair Dr. Howard Fleishon and radiologist Dr. Robert Pyatt wrote in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. They also advocated for generalists turning into multispecialists and added that they "look forward to the day that early-career radiologists declare they are a proud multispecialty [general] radiologist."
The Biden administration hit its goal of having 70% of Americans inoculated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine nearly a month after the initial July 4 timeline, according to the CDC. The White House said on Monday that 468,000 vaccine doses had been administered in the past day, including 320,000 first-dose vaccinations, up from 257,000 in the previous week.
Nasal septal abscess was more common among patients with type 2 diabetes who underwent nasal septoplasty, compared with those who did not have diabetes, according to a study in The Laryngoscope. Based on data for 764 individuals, the likelihood of nasal septal abscess was greater for patients with more severe type 2 diabetes.
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate announced that a new round of grant funding will start today and run through Sept. 16, and it will focus on applications from small businesses that were put on a waitlist in previous rounds, according to the Sacramento Business Journal. The second round will start Aug. 27 and will be open to nonprofit cultural institutions, while a third round will run from Sept. 9 to 30 and accept new applicants as well as applicants who were waitlisted. The grants will be funded by the California Comeback Plan.
The first ADA webinar on mental health and wellness, presented by Kasey Franco, chief education officer at NAMI Chicago, was held June 27 and focused on the definition of wellness, how to recognize when someone at work is struggling with mental health and how dental practices can be supportive, New Dentist News reported. Ms. Franco said the four pillars of mental wellness are health, home, purpose and community, with equity at the center of them all. Dental practices can help destigmatize mental health by normalizing mental health discussions, displaying posters to increase awareness, asking colleagues how they are feeling during team meetings and considering use of the term wellness days instead of sick days, Ms. Franco said.
Researchers evaluated adult patients injected with iohexol 350 intravenously while undergoing CT exams and found no significant differences in the overall rates for allergic/allergic-like reactions, adverse events and extravasation between those who received the contrast media warmed up or at room temperature. While the ACR has not released guidance on the use of warmed contrast media, it has suggested using it in certain instances, such as injections with viscous contrast material, study authors wrote in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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