E-News June 26, 2015
Dental exams begin with 2015/16 school year
WVDA active members will be receiving a special edition of WVDA News in the next few days containing information regarding the WV Board of Education’s new policy requiring Pre-K and Kindergarten children to have a dental examination by a licensed dentist during the 2015/16 school year. WVDA reported on the new policy in the March/April 2014 WVDA News. Exams are also required of second graders in the 2016/17 school year, seventh graders in 2017/18 school year, and 12th graders in 2018/19 school year.
Dentists are reminded to register for the 109th Annual Session prior to July 1 to take advantage of reduced fees. Two announcements of the meeting and registration have been mailed dentists. Dentists can call WVDA 304-344-5246 to register by telephone with a credit card.
Confirmations in the mail
Dentists registered for the Annual Session were mailed confirmations of their registration. A reservation pass to each event requiring registration, such as the celebration dinner, silent auction, lunch with exhibitors, women in dentistry luncheon, new dentists seminar and CE course, is included with the confirmations. Announcements of the meeting and registration form have been mailed dentists.
WV leads nation in drug overdose deaths
Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury deaths in the U.S. and half of those injuries – 22,000 per year – are related to prescription drugs, according to a report from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, The Facts Hurt, reveals WV ranked highest for drug overdose deaths at a rate of 33.5 per 100,000 residents in 2011-13. That’s up from 22 deaths per 100,000 in 2007-09. The national average is 13 deaths per 100,000 people.
Providers feeling impact of ACA
The Healthcare Financial Management Association says providers are collecting 18-cents to 34-cents on the dollar from patients with high deductible insurance. Once the bill exceeds 5% of household income a patient’s propensity to pay drops to nearly zero, according to the national orgnizations of hospitals and other entities who collect debts owned by patients. Many people purchasing insurance required by the Affordable Care Act end up with higher deductibles than they can afford to pay.