E-News June 18, 2015

Dental exam promotion to get underway

Although school has just recessed for the summer, preparations are underway informing school personnel, parents and guardians of children and the dental profession of implementation of the WV Board of Education Policy 2423, which requires PreK and Kindergarten children to have a dental exam by a dentist before entering the 2015 school year.  Supported and encouraged by WVDA, the required exam was adopted by the Board in March 2014.  WVDA will be mailing a copy of the School Dental Exam Requirement Tool Kit, published by the Department of Education, to members so they can be informed of the new policy.  The Kit is being distributed to all schools throughout the State.

ADA offers tutorials on third party issues

Today’s ADA Morning Huddle contains a link to video tutorials addressing a variety of third party issues, such as “understanding PPOs”, “avoiding claim errors”, “addressing denials” and “discount dental plans”.

House to repeal medical device tax

According to an email received today, the U. S. House of Representatives plans to repeal the onerous “medical device” tax imposed on manufacturers of such devices in the Affordable Care Act of 2010.   Dentists witnessed an increase in charges by dental suppliers and equipment manufacturers after the 2.3 percent tax was imposed.  (It will be interesting to see if suppliers reduce their prices IF the tax is repealed.)

FTC preparing guidance for regulatory boards

In a June 17 news release, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plans to offer guidance to states amid confusion over the implications of the recent S. Supreme Court decision involving the powers of state boards that regulate dental, medical and other professions.  In February, the Court ruled state licensing board made up of active members of the profession, such as dentists, are not immune from antitrust laws unless they are actively supervised by the state.  That decision raised questions about what constitutes active supervision.  In the 6-3 decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that active supervision requires the state supervisor to review the substance of board decisions and have the power to veto or change the decisions to make sure they’re in line with state policy.  In addition, the supervisor may not be an active licensed professional regulated by the board.