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Insurance Benefits News

September 2012 Volume XLVIII Number 5

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Launching a Statewide Age One Visit Public Service Campaign

deltadentaldeltadentalThe Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is launching a statewide public service campaign to educate parents about the importance of taking their babies to the dentist within six months of getting the first tooth or no later than the first year. Early visits can detect structural issues, potential speech problems and soft tissue abnormalities, according to Dr. Katina Morelli, dental director for Delta Dental of Illinois.

As part of their efforts, the Naperville-based non-profit foundation promises to donate one oral health kit to underserved children for every Illinois parent who pledges to take their child to the dentist by age 1 or to maintain regular dental visits for children older than 1. To pledge, parents need to

visit The kit contains a youth tooth

brush, childrens tooth paste, floss and a tip sheet with the dos and don’ts that affect dental health.

"Knowing this is a big issue, we felt we needed to educate the public on this," said Ann Marie Walker, director of corporate communications for Delta Dental of Illinois.

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Anesthesia Bill

This May, Pennsylvania Governor Corbett signed the Anesthesia Bill--Act 94/HB532--to mandate that medical insurance must cover general anesthesia for children under 7 and people with developmental disabilities who need it to complete dental care for children. Pennsylvania is the 34th state to enact general anesthesia legislation.

The text of the bill is available online at: sets/1/7/PAGaBill.pdf.

ICD-10 is Coming! Prepare Now

The implementation of ICD-10 will be complex and will impact many areas of pediatric dentistry. While the compliance date has been delayed to October 2014, this does not mean that you should procrastinate in getting ready for the changes. Dental practices need to begin working now to assess where they use diagnostic codes, how to use them, and who uses them so they are prepared to make the necessary process and system changes. Dentists are required to submit diagnostic codes when filing medical claims.

To view the AMA White Paper, go to resources/doc/bookstore/no-index/icd-10-transition.pdf.