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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

Medical and Dental Claims Processing Inappropriately


HP has identified an issue with the claims processing system. This issue affects claims processed December 24, 25, 26, and 29, 2014. Claims may have been inappropriately paid or denied with one of the following explanation of benefit (EOB) codes.

ADA Team Defines Oral Health


What is oral health? It's a short question that needs a comprehensive yet clear and simple answer.

IHCP Provides Clarification to Dentists


The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) is not making any changes to the way dental services under the fee-for-service (FFS) or Hoosier Healthwise programs are delivered or reimbursed.

Advanced Evidence-Based Dentistry Workshop Scheduled


The American Dental Association Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) is collaborating with the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry to offer a one-week intensive course on evidence-based dentistry.

Congress Takes Action on Extending 179 Provision


ADA urges its members to contact their Senators regarding extending 179 provision.

Quick Survey Seeks to Improve Access to Dental Care


IDA and IU Department of Health Workforce Studies is collecting data aimed at improving access to dental care; urging all members to participate in the valuable survey:

DEA clarifies drug waste disposal rules


The federal Drug Enforcement Administration wants to clarify how dentists should dispose of drug waste.

CDC data shows early childhood caries trending down


CDC data presented at an Oct. 23-24 dental conference shows a downward trend in early childhood caries in the United States.

Support the Action for Dental Health Act


In 2014, an estimated 181 million Americans will not visit a dentist1.
In 2010, more than 2.1 million people visited an emergency room due to unaddressed dental pain2.

The ADA is addressing these concerns to access to dental care through the Action for Dental Health (ADH) Campaign. It is a community-based, three-pronged approach to:

Congresswoman Susan Brooks Meets with IDA Members


IDA members Drs. Diane Buyer and Sue Germain met with Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R) at an October 24 community meeting at The Forum at The Crossing in Indianapolis.

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