The ADA provided its members and their patients detailed guidance on March 18 on what to consider dental emergencies and nonemergency dental care as part of an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and alleviate the burden on hospital and emergency departments. The guide is meant to provide additional guidance following an Association recommendation that dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures to do their part to “mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
The ADA is recommending that dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures in response to the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, across the country. “The American Dental Association recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and all health care professionals face related to growing concern about COVID-19,” according to the March 16 statement from the ADA President Chad P. Gehani.
The state of Washington passed a bill in its senate “creating the dental laboratory registry within the department of health and establishing minimum standards for dental laboratories serving dentists in Washington state.” According to National Association of Dental Laboratories Chief Staff Executive Bennett Napier, this was the first new laboratory standards bill on registration passed by any state legislature in more than 30 years.
There is no question that dental insurance has had a positive influence in availing the public to dental healthcare services. Unfortunately for dental consumers, the insurance industry’s primary responsibility is profit generation for shareholders. This is in direct contrast to a doctor’s primary obligation of placing patient interests to the fore.
According to research by the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), only four states in the U.S. require dental technicians to be certified or obtain continuing education. In order to increase awareness of the lack of standards in the dental industry, NADL created the “What’s In Your Mouth?” campaign to inform patients that their dentists might use technicians that lack the skills and knowledge they should have.
When FDA began studying the use of CAD/CAM in dental laboratory technology, the FDA’s initial focus was on angulation and the implant/abutment interface. FDA ultimately made clear statements that anyone making the implant/abutment interface is a “manufacturer” as such must obtain 510(k) clearance to do so…
Tallahassee, FL: At the recent ADA Annual Session, the ADA House of Delegates passed Resolution 52. This resolution says “Resolved that in order to enhance dental patient health and safety, the ADA urges all state dental boards to register U.S. dental laboratories”. The culmination of ADA taking this step has been more than ten years […]
The U.S. Senate showing uncommon bi-partisan support, last night overwhelming passed a budget amendment expressing strong support for repeal of The Affordable Health Care Act’s, better known as ObamaCare, 2.3% medical devise tax. The non-binding amendment to the annual Budget Resolution passed 79-20, with 33 Democrats and one Independent joining all Senate Republicans in passing the measure. […]
The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) was able to fund a legal analysis of the proposed rule for the Medical Devise Tax that went into effect on January 1, 2013. The final rule, released in December, outlined that the vast majority of devices made by domestic dental laboratories do not meet the IRS’s proposed […]