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Welcome to the Indiana Dental Association online newsroom. We are pleased to bring you the latest dentistry and oral health updates in Indiana and across the country. For more information, or to share news, contact Karen Scharf, Director of Communications, at

Dr. Sarah Herd Appointed Trustee-at-Large


The IDA Council on the New Dentist appointed Dr. Sarah Herd (IDDS) to serve as our first New Dentist at-large Trustee.

American Dental Association Joins American Medical Association Task Force to Address America’s Opioid Crisis


The American Medical Association (AMA) formed a Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse that recently announced the first of several national recommendations to address this growing epidemic.

Board of Trustees approves IU School of Dentistry building expansion


The Indiana University Board of Trustees gave unanimous approval today for a 45,000-square-foot, $21.6 million expansion to the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

PLA Continuing Education Audits


IN PLA recently sent notices of continuing education audits to Indiana licensed dentists and hygienists. These notices are randomly sent to 10% of licensed dental professionals each licensure period; receipt of an audit notice does not mean that you are suspected of being noncompliant.

Satisfaction Levels Vary for Dentists Based on Practice Setting


Survey shows dentists in small group practices report greater job satisfaction. The study, first of its kind in the US, measured satisfaction with income, benefits, hours worked, clinical autonomy, work-life balance, emotional exhaustion and overall satisfaction.

Pediatricians Seek Collaboration


The new recommendation advises medical providers to apply fluoride varnish to primary teeth starting with the eruption of the first tooth through age 5 years.

OHP Newsletter Now Available


The first ever newsletter for the Oral Health Program (OHP) at the Indiana State Department of Health has been published and is now available.

Code of Ethics spurs public’s decision in choosing dentists, survey says


ADA member dentists are unique in that they have something that other dentists don’t: a Code of Ethics.

Non-enrolled Providers May Continue to Submit HIP Claims


Since we do expect the State to restrict the network to credentialed providers in the future, the IDA encourages all HIP providers to begin the credentialing process as soon as possible. The process is currently running approximately 30 days from the date all necessary documentation is received by DentaQuest.

IHCP Pricing updated for certain manually priced dental codes


Effective August 1, 2015, the Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) will update the pricing for the certain Current Dental Terminology (CDT) procedure codes.

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