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Dental care plan audited by California ceases operations

Community Dental Services, a managed-care dental plan with about 16,000 Medi-Cal members in Sacramento and Los Angeles counties, will cease operations and transfer its enrollees to Liberty Dental Plan on June 1, state officials announced Friday.

The move came in response to an audit by the Department of Managed Health Care, the results of which can’t be released until it is finalized, said department spokeswoman Marta Bortner.

But during previous audits, the department identified problems with the way the plan approved or denied care, its grievance and appeal system and its oversight of quality of care, she said.

The plan informed the state during the audit that it would voluntarily cease operations.

“We are taking quick action to ensure that our Medi-Cal dental managed-care enrollees receive quality, timely services from our dental plans,” said Toby Douglas, director of the Department of Health Care Services, which administers Medi-Cal.

That audit was prompted by a CHCF Center for Health Reporting story published in February in The Bee about Sacramento County’s Medi-Cal dental managed-care program.

The story gave examples of children who had trouble obtaining treatment for painful, rotted or broken teeth, including some who endured pain for more than a year as they awaited care.

Community Dental Services, also known as SmileCare, represents about 12,200 Medi-Cal recipients in Sacramento and about 4,300 in Los Angeles County.

Those children can keep their dentist under Liberty, state officials said, or choose a new dentist in Liberty’s network.

SmileCare’s 4,000 members who have coverage outside of Medi-Cal also will be transferred to Liberty.

“There’s no excuse for bureaucracy and lousy providers to get in the way of giving kids the critical medical care they deserve,” said state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.

“Putting pressure on unreliable providers to get out of the program is a great first step to help these children and their families.”

Steinberg has been among the most vocal critics of Sacramento County’s dental managed-care program and has introduced legislation that would make managed care voluntary in Sacramento.

It is currently mandatory for children on Medi-Cal.

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Fewer than one in 4 kids in county with Medi-Cal get dental care

For many of Los Angeles County’s bad children, removing in to see a dentist can be as tough as creation it in Hollywood, state information show.

Last year, fewer than one in 4 L.A. County children with Medi-Cal dental managed caring saw a dentist, one of a misfortune annals in a state.

As a result, many children humour for months with unpleasant or rotted teeth before saying a dentist or removing a mention to a specialist, dentists and children’s advocates say.

“It would be

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Seeing a dentist in L.A. County isn't easy for low-income children

For many of Los Angeles County’s bad children, removing in to see a dentist can be as tough as creation it in Hollywood, state information show.

Last year, fewer than one in 4 LA County children with Medi-Cal dental managed caring saw a dentist, one of a misfortune annals in a state.

As a result, many children humour for months with unpleasant or rotted teeth before saying a dentist or removing a mention to a specialist, dentists and children’s advocates say.

“It would be like winning a kitty if we could find a provider who is tighten to you

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Dental caring for impecunious children in LA County problematic

For many of Los Angeles County’s bad children, removing in to see a dentist can be as tough as creation it in Hollywood, state information show.

Last year, fewer than one in 4 LA County children with Medi-Cal dental managed caring saw a dentist, one of a misfortune annals in a state.

As a result, many children humour for months with unpleasant or rotted teeth before saying a dentist or removing a mention to a specialist, dentists and children’s advocates say.

“It would be like winning a kitty if we could find a provider who is tighten to you

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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 Los Angeles Dentists No Comments

Big bucks and dentistry’s ownership

That’s since we support a bill. But we’re adult opposite an competition that is lifting large income from a dental government companies to conflict a legislation. The Alliance for Access to Dental Care domestic cabinet is using TV ads aggressive a bill.

Watching a ads, we would consider a alliance’s members distortion watchful during night worrying about children’s dental care. Do we trust that Wall Street private-equity supports are spending over $1 million to change a North Carolina legislature since they caring about children? Or do you, like many dentists here, think that their genuine ground is aloft profits?

The companies must

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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 Dentistry No Comments

Under Roy Hodgson England expects, well, zero …

That peripatetic life lent a new England manager an finish of confidence
that becomes some-more apparent by a day. He wants to make it clear: he was not
propitious to land this job. He was ready, competent and able.

Given Harry Redknapp’s standing as a beaten favourite in a competition to a FA
salary, Hodgson competence have pulled on a tracksuit gingerly. Instead he has
imposed his management with considerable effect and will not let a football
media execute him as a kind of lottery winner.

All opposite a English diversion senior

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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 Salary Of A Dentist No Comments

Glidewell Laboratories Debuts Chairside Live Web Series

New Online Video Series from Glidewell Dental Lab Launched as Multimedia Supplement to Chairside Magazine

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 24, 2012

Glidewell Laboratories, industry-leading provider of dental lab products and services, announced today the arrival of Chairside® Live, a new Web series designed to accompany its quarterly publication on general dentistry, Chairside magazine. Chairside Live, featuring Editor-in-Chief/Clinical Editor Dr. Michael DiTolla and co-host Megan Strong, is a recurring Web series highlighting the latest news from the dental world, as well as a Case of the Week, presented by Dr. DiTolla. Each episode is designed to give dentists an insider’s look at some of the unique and interesting cases processed at the lab, in an effort to guide dentists through routine clinical situations for increased efficiency and greater restorative success.

“When dentists attend my lectures, they are often fascinated by the clinical cases I show of what other dentists are sending in to the laboratory,” says Dr. DiTolla. “Chairside Live is a great opportunity for me to share these cases with dentists on an ongoing basis.”

Chairside magazine, first published by Glidewell Laboratories in 2006, features restorative dentistry, dental practice management and clinical tips. With a circulation of 120,000 general dentists, Chairside magazine is designed to provoke thought and help dentists take their techniques and knowledge one step further. Chairside Live continues the mission and purpose of the magazine through a new, exciting medium. The show aims to deliver quality education through Dr. DiTolla’s Case of the Week segment, as well as keep dentists informed of the latest news in the world of dentistry.

Chairside Live can be viewed online or on iTunes and YouTube. For more information about Chairside magazine or Chairside Live, call 888-303-4221 or visit http://www.chairsidemagazine.com.

Glidewell Laboratories is a privately owned corporation that has more than 40 years of history as a provider of high-quality restorations to dental practitioners nationwide. It has its own 73-person Research and Development team and is one of the most resourceful dental laboratories in the world. Its newly developed CAD/CAM processing capabilities are recognized as among the most advanced in the industry. To view our large selection of clinical videos, CE courses and our products and services, visit the Glidewell Laboratories website, http://www.glidewelldental.com.

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DoctorsHealthPress.com Supports Study Linking Specific Beverage to a Rise in Irreversible Teeth Damage

The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of several natural health newsletters, books and reports, including a renouned online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is ancillary a new investigate published in “General Dentistry,” that found that an shocking arise in competition and energy drink expenditure is causing irreversible damage to teeth.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 24, 2012

The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of several healthy health newsletters, books and reports, including a renouned online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is ancillary a new investigate published in “General Dentistry,” that found that an alarming

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Aspen Dental and Stewart-Haas Racing Celebrate Smiles at This Weekend's Charlotte (NC) Motor Speedway

SYRACUSE, N.Y., May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Linda Conder, a patient of the Aspen Dental office located in Elizabethtown, KY, will show off her pearly whites during this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (NC) Motor Speedway– a photo of Linda’s new smile will race around the track on the back panel of Ryan Newman’s No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120524/NY13601 )

Featuring a satisfied patient on the car is a way to celebrate the inspiring letters, phone calls and reviews that Aspen Dental practices receive every day from patients about how getting the right dental care hasn’t just changed their smile, but their life.

Linda was selected to have her smile featured on the car based on a review she wrote at AspenDentalReviews.com. A new Aspen Dental patient is featured each month throughout the season. Previous patients featured included Bethany Godin and Amy Navey, patients of the Aspen Dental offices in Worcester, MA and Spartanburg, SC, respectively.

Linda’s Aspen Dental Review

In her review, Linda had this to say about her experience at Aspen Dental in Elizabethtown, KY:

I hadn’t been to the dentist in years, because they hurt me. My teeth were in bad shape, did not even feel comfortable smiling, always hid my smile…

I’m very impressed with the staff at Elizabethtown, KY –the receptionist, a very nice person, did what she could to help me. The dental hygienist and the dental assistants made my visits very comfortable and they were very helpful as they worked on my teeth.

The dentist, Dr. Newbern –I have never been to a dentist that I have wanted to go back to until I met Dr. Newbern. To make a long story short, he is my dentist for life.

Aspen Dental will be the primary sponsor of SHR’s No. 39 Chevrolet with Newman at the July Sprint Cup race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and the September race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. On all other races this season, Aspen Dental is an associate sponsor with placement on the lower-rear quarter panel of the No. 39 Chevrolet and on the upper chest of Newman’s uniform.

About Stewart-Haas Racing

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in the western world. The team fields two entries in the elite Sprint Cup Series – the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart and the No. 39 U.S. Army/Quicken Loans Chevrolet for 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman. Based in Kannapolis, N.C., Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 140,000-square-foot facility with more than 160 employees. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing and on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng.

About Aspen Dental

One of the largest and fastest-growing networks of dental care providers in the U.S., Aspen Dental practices are committed to providing patients with affordable, high-quality care. With more than 340 locations in 22 states, Aspen Dental practices are nationally accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

In 2011, Aspen Dental practices recorded more than 2.2 million patient visits, including visits from more than 490,000 new patients. Patients can learn what to expect during their first visit at www.aspendental.com/appointment.first.visit.html.

For more information about Aspen Dental practices and services, visit www.aspendental.com. To learn more about careers at Aspen Dental, visit www.aspendentaljobs.com.  

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