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Even-numbered years means it is time for license renewal for every dentist and hygienist in the state of Indiana. The process is straightforward, but it is important for dental professionals to know what is expected ahead of time.
On Jan. 3, 2012, the American Dental Association was alerted that many dentists across the country had received a fraudulent membership renewal communication via fax to their dental offices.
Dr. Lloyd J. Phillips, a past IDA president from 1979 to 1980, died Jan. 15 in Indianapolis. He was 89. In the IDA, he was a past president (1979-80) and a past secretary. He also served on several committees and councils.
The Indiana Senate Health and Provider Services Committee will hear testimony regarding the Fair Dental Care Act (Senate Bill 303) on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at 9 a.m. EST. Members and patients will testify on behalf of the IDA at the hearing, which coincides with IDA Dental Day at the Capitol.
“If it weren’t for the dentists in Indiana who have helped support my campaign, I would be in a far less promising position,” said Dr. Zent. “There are many colleagues who have expressed serious interest in having a fellow dentist in the legislature. I believe this would be a huge win for the Indiana Dental Association and dentistry.”
The Indiana Dentist recently had the opportunity to ask U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) six key advocacy questions currently on the minds of IDA members. In the interview Sen. Coats outlined how current state and national legislation impacts the dental profession.
The Indiana State Board of Dentistry requires Indiana-licensed dentists and hygienists to renew their licenses biannually. Indiana study clubs must also renew their standing with the Board of Dentistry during the 2012 licensure renewal cycle.
The IDA is taking a new approach to Assignment of Benefits and Non-Covered Services advocacy. Due to concern about the AOB legislation’s affect on health insurance premiums, the IDA will be supporting a “dental only” bill that will address dental assignment concerns without impacting other health care providers.
Allcare Dental Management, Inc., and 14 related companies have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York in Buffalo, New York. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy case is a liquidation. The Allcare companies previously operated dental clinics at multiple locations in 13 states, including Indiana.
An Indiana federal judge has ruled on a class action lawsuit that the state must fully cover dental services that are medically necessary for Medicaid participants. The decision affirms the Indiana Dental Association’s position that a $1,000 cap on Medicaid is a hindrance to Medicaid patients seeking dental care.