E-News for October 20, 2015

Dr. Nibert to be on stage with President Obama

At the request of the American Dental Association’s Washington, DC, office yesterday, WVDA President Dallas Nibert, DDS, will be among health care professionals meeting with the United States President, October 21, in Charleston.   The President is coming to Charleston to speak about the need to curb abuse of prescription drugs and other products.  The ADA has joined other health care organizations supporting the President’s efforts.

 

‘Taxes on the Table’

The WV Legislature is going into its third day of Interim Committee meetings today, discussing a variety of issues in preparation for the 2016 session which begins January 13.  Fifteen (15) meetings were held Sunday, and 20 were held Monday.  The special committee on tax reform will continue more meetings today in its efforts to reach agreements regarding taxes.

Sunday evening, an attorney with the Attorney General’s Office reported on the U. S. Supreme Court ruling that affects all licensing board of all states.  He reported to legislators that the Court ruled a licensing board whose members are among those licensed in that profession must have “active supervision” by another state agency that has authority to “veto” the board’s actions.  This ruling was a result of the FTC’s challenge of the North Carolina Board of Dentistry ceasing non-dentists administration of “teeth whitening” services.  The NC Board acted without oversight, according to the FTC.

 

Medicaid Update

Dr. Carol Buffington and Richard Stevens, Executive Director, are meeting with Medicaid and managed care organizations, Friday, October 23, to address issues relating to the agency’s dental program.  Items on the agenda include Fluoride codes 1206 and 1208; bundling of .multiple procedures and missed/broken appointments,

 

Board meets this week

The WV Board of Dentistry is meeting Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Board’s office in Crab Orchard (near Beckley).