Archive for April 25th, 2012

Dental clinics turn away Medicaid patients

Parents of Head Start students are now scrambling to find dental clinics for their children after several private clinics recently stopped accepting Medicaid clients due to the nonpayment of reimbursements.

At Seventh-Day Adventist Clinic, employee Imee Fernandez confirmed yesterday that services for Medicaid clients are temporarily on hold since March 13 this year after the clinic failed to collect unpaid obligations from Medicaid. She said the suspension is in effect until further notice.

Also suspending similar services is Dental Care Clinic, which took effect since two months ago. Like Seventh-Day Adventist, Dental Care is unsure as to when it will re-implement the program and that it will depend on the payment made by the government, which handles the Medicaid program.

A check with Toothworks also confirmed that the clinic had stopped serving Medicaid clients until all obligations are settled.

Clinic employees interviewed by Saipan Tribune all disclosed that the delinquency in Medicaid payments covers several months since late last year. They declined to disclose the amount owed by the government.

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. recently shut down the dental office at the Commonwealth Health Center to streamline operations. This move resulted in the transfer of dental services to private clinics. Unfortunately, most of these private clinics have stopped accepting Medicaid clients.

Two other private dental clinics were also checked yesterday. One declined to comment on the issue while the other stated that it has never served Medicaid clients at all.

A single mother from San Vicente shared that she has been scouting since April 9 for a dental clinic that can accommodate her 4-year-old child. Frustrated that none of the four private clinics want to accept Medicaid dental clients, the 35-year-old mother ended up paying $30 for the dental checkup of her child.

If further test determines the child needs more dental services, this means additional money from her own pocket. Dental and physical examinations are among the major requirements of the Head Start program.

Saipan Tribune tried yesterday to obtain comments from both Medicaid administrator Helen Sablan and the governor’s adviser for the program, Esther Muña, on what is causing the delay in the payment to providers. There was no statement received from either two as of press time.

The Medicaid program is administered by the state and is funded by both federal and state revenues through matching funds. Among the services covered is dental treatment of eligible children.

At the Public School System Head Start program, all enrollees are required to undergo a dental checkup as a requirement.

In an interview at the recent PSS leadership summit for parents, Education Commissioner Rita A. Sablan disclosed that this concern has been raised by PSS to the Legislature. She said that PSS will appeal to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. to reopen the dental clinic.

“I think we need to go back to meet with the CEO to discuss the tremendous impact of the closure of the dental clinic at CHC. There are 462 kids from Head Start who are availing of that service and we also inform about the dental/health program at PSS. So I think there’s room to go back and discuss it with the CEO and see what they can do to help our children and their families,” said Sablan.

She also encouraged parents to possibly include dental services in their health insurance.

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Dentistry and Continued Growth

In February of 2012, Robert Korwin DMD, MICOI, MAGD and his entire staff at Advanced Dentistry with a Gentle Touch joined a large group of dental practices for a extensive seminar aimed at making dental practices a model of growth and efficacy.

Red Bank, Middletown, New Jersey (PRWEB) April 24, 2012

“How do you manage continuing growth?”… is not a question discussed often in the recent unstable economy, but with the constant growth in Dr. Korwin’s practice, his team recognized the need for a structural approach that would allow for economic adjustments. With the help of Whitehall Management, everyone in attendance shared methods of untangling snafus in administrative areas of dentistry in order to promote more efficiency and productivity.

Information shared at the seminar included streamlining new patient visits, better insurance processing, automating processes, new equipment for improved organization, scheduling and documentation.

Other practices at the course ranged in size from solo practitioners to large groups treating many thousands of patients.

With these new strategies, Dr. Korwin and his team hope to make the dental experience an even more successful one for both the patient and the dental team.

All the teams joined in celebrating 30 years of continuing success at a party hosted by Greg Stanley at an entertaining Western style ‘hoe down’ at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse, where casual dress is the order of the day, and neckties are cut off and stapled to the rafters!

About Dr. Robert Korwin

Robert Korwin DMD, MICOI, MAGD is a renowned general dentist with 30 years of experience, teaching innovating, and practicing in Middletown and Red Bank, NJ. With extensive academic, clinical and didactic training, he is one of only a handful of dentists worldwide who have dual Mastership awards from The Academy of General Dentistry and The International College of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Korwin is a highest honors graduate of Progressive Orthodontic Seminars, awarded to only 2 of 4,000 students in 24 years. Dr. Korwin promotes excellence in preventing orally linked disease and provides highly cosmetic dental repair and reconstruction utilizing orthodontics, implants, surgery, prosthetics and sedation, with laser, digital and computer assisted diagnostics. The practice works with patients to maximize their dental health, ensure their comfort and minimize financial concerns.

For more information, please visit http://www.drkorwin.com or call (732) 219-8900.

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http://www.drkorwin.com

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Dentistry and Continued Growth

In February of 2012, Robert Korwin DMD, MICOI, MAGD and his entire staff at Advanced Dentistry with a Gentle Touch joined a large group of dental practices for a extensive seminar aimed at making dental practices a model of growth and efficacy.

Red Bank, Middletown, New Jersey (PRWEB) April 24, 2012

“How do you manage continuing growth?”… is not a question discussed often in the recent unstable economy, but with the constant growth in Dr. Korwin’s practice, his team recognized the need for a structural approach that would allow for economic adjustments. With the help of Whitehall Management, everyone in attendance shared methods of untangling snafus in administrative areas of dentistry in order to promote more efficiency and productivity.

Information shared at the seminar included streamlining new patient visits, better insurance processing, automating processes, new equipment for improved organization, scheduling and documentation.

Other practices at the course ranged in size from solo practitioners to large groups treating many thousands of patients.

With these new strategies, Dr. Korwin and his team hope to make the dental experience an even more successful one for both the patient and the dental team.

All the teams joined in celebrating 30 years of continuing success at a party hosted by Greg Stanley at an entertaining Western style ‘hoe down’ at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse, where casual dress is the order of the day, and neckties are cut off and stapled to the rafters!

About Dr. Robert Korwin

Robert Korwin DMD, MICOI, MAGD is a renowned general dentist with 30 years of experience, teaching innovating, and practicing in Middletown and Red Bank, NJ. With extensive academic, clinical and didactic training, he is one of only a handful of dentists worldwide who have dual Mastership awards from The Academy of General Dentistry and The International College of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Korwin is a highest honors graduate of Progressive Orthodontic Seminars, awarded to only 2 of 4,000 students in 24 years. Dr. Korwin promotes excellence in preventing orally linked disease and provides highly cosmetic dental repair and reconstruction utilizing orthodontics, implants, surgery, prosthetics and sedation, with laser, digital and computer assisted diagnostics. The practice works with patients to maximize their dental health, ensure their comfort and minimize financial concerns.

For more information, please visit http://www.drkorwin.com or call (732) 219-8900.

Media Contact

Robert Korwin DMD

732-219-8900

http://www.drkorwin.com

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Robert Korwin DMD MICOI MAGD
Advanced Dentistry
732-219-8900
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The Morning Fix: 'Think Like a Man' on top. Chernin's new friends.

After the coffee. Before trying to remember life when “The Hunger Games” wasn’t the No. 1 movie.

The Skinny: My dentist sent me a survey after my last visit. I don’t know why, but it seems tacky. It’s not a gym or a restaurant. If I have a problem with the service, you’ll know it. Monday’s headlines include a new box-office champ, a big shakeup at Walt Disney Co. and Peter Chernin getting some new money.

Think Like a Man takes No. 1 number-one at the box office
Daily Dose: One expects morning shows to be shills for their parent companies. Seldom does a day go by when NBC’s “Today” isn’t promoting some NBC program or Universal movie. But aren’t the Sunday news magazines supposed to be more sacred? Maybe not. On Sunday, NBC’s “Meet the Press” not only had “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, but it devoted a segment aimed at hyping the network’s coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Thinking like a winner. After four weekends on top, “The Hunger Games” was knocked out of first place by the romantic comedy “Think Like a Man,” which took in $33 million in its debut weekend. “Man’s” performance was much stronger than industry analysts predicted. Coming in second was “The Lucky One,” a tear-jerker staring Zac Efron, which made almost $23 million. “The Hunger Games” fell to third, with $14.5 million. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter.

Chernin’s new partner. Providence Equity Partners is investing $200 million for a large stake in the Chernin Group, the production company founded by former News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin. The cash infusion is to be used for acquisitions of media companies here and abroad. Providence Equity will also get seats on the board of the Chernin Group, while Chernin will become a senior advisor to the private equity firm. Details from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Ross out as boss. Last Friday (which is usually when companies release bad news), Walt Disney Co. said Rich Ross was out as head of its movie studio. Ross, who took the job in 2009 after a successful stint running Disney Channel, struggled with some big flops (“John Carter,” “Prom”) and had put executives in place who failed to win the confidence of Hollywood producers. Analysis of what went wrong for Ross from the Los Angeles TimesDeadline Hollywood and Variety. No replacement has been made, but I am available. I promise no $200 million write-downs like the one Disney said it’d take on “John Carter.”

The spreading scandal. British regulators are now investigating satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting, which is 39% owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. BSkyB has admitted to hacking into emails for stories but is trying to make the case that it was serving the public interest by using the hacking to expose wrongdoing. News Corp.’s British tabloids are already mired in an ethics scandal for phone hacking. More from Reuters.

Hot summer ahead. We’re still a few weeks away from the official start of the summer movie season, but speculation has already started that it could be one of the biggest ever, thanks to “The Avengers” as well as new “Batman” and “Men in Black” movies. The Wrap with a summer preview.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: A preview of CinemaCon, the conference at which theater owners and Hollywood big shots get together to break bread.

— Joe Flint

Follow me on Twitter. If not for me, then for yourself. Twitter.com/JBFlint

Photo: A scene from “Think Like a Man.” Credit: Alan Markfield / Associated Press

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