Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department requesting an update on the agencies' efforts to rein in anti-competitive practices in the health insurance industry after the enactment of the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, ADA News reports. ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., thanked the lawmakers for their efforts and said enforcement of the law is a priority for dentistry because it is expected to lead to improved coverage for patients and more favorable terms for dentists. The ADA has developed a summary document and FAQ list explaining the implications of the law for dentistry.
The ADA is working with state dental associations to advocate for passage of retroactive claim denial laws that limit the amount of time insurers have to request refunds from dental practices, according to ADA News. Hope Watson, D.M.D., vice chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, said the ADA Fight Insurer Interference Task Force has an advocacy toolkit for state dental associations to use to talk about the importance of retroactive denial laws, which are in effect in more than half of states. "Retroactive denial laws help keep insurers accountable to perform their operations reasonably, just as insurers require dentists to file claims in a timely manner," Dr. Watson said. The ADA also has an online hub to help dentists address dental insurance questions.
A presentation hosted by the Society of Breast Imaging explained how radiologists can help provide screening spaces that are safe for transgender patients. Panelists recommend using pronouns to identify health care providers, avoiding assumptions when talking to patients, applying nongendered and welcoming language in informational materials, and employing inclusive and open language in questionnaires. The ACR and SBI released breast cancer screening guidelines last month that address the increased risk faced by Black women, LGBTQ people and other underserved and marginalized populations.
New COVID-19 testing initiatives backed by $1.6 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan were announced by the Biden administration on Thursday as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to spread and an increase in infections and hospitalizations are being reported. The funds will go to medical recovery facilities, homeless and domestic violence shelters and prisons for COVID-19 screening purposes.
The pathogen that causes plague was found in mammals and fleas in six Colorado counties, and health officials say people should treat their pets with flea-control products, contact a veterinarian if pets develop open sores or swollen lymph nodes, and report the sudden disappearance of prairie dog colonies to health agencies. Killing prairie dogs encourages fleas to find new hosts and raises the risk of plague, health officials say.
A national health insurance survey of 19,680 patients in Korea examined oral health indicators and hypertension to determine if there was a positive correlation between the number of teeth lost and hypertension. Sign in or sign up to PracticeUpdate Clinical Dentistry to read more. It's free!
Innovation and scientific resources provided by the ADA Science and Research Institute, which was launched in 2020, help make the professional lives of dentists easier and cover all areas of oral health, according to ADASRI CEO and ADA Chief Science Officer Marcelo Araujo, D.D.S., Ph.D. ADA News reported the institute has departments covering innovation and technology research, applied research, and evidence synthesis and translation research, and Dr. Araujo said it "delivers key insights for health professionals and policymakers, driving quality and innovation in dental care."
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A study in the Journal of American Society of Nephrology found that patients with stage 4 chronic kidney disease, regardless of their diabetes status, who received dapagliflozin experienced the same reductions in the risk for kidney function decline, kidney failure and death, as those with mild to moderate CKD who received the drug. The findings also showed that the rate of serious adverse events were the same between those treated with dapagliflozin and those treated with placebo.
A study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that patients with type 2 diabetes who received 2 mg of once-weekly injectable semaglutide for 40 weeks had a 2.1% mean decrease in A1C, while those who received 1 mg of the same drug had a 1.9% mean decrease in A1C. The double dose of weekly semaglutide was also associated with greater weight loss, and there were no significant differences in the rate of serious adverse events between the doses.
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