January 2020 Volume LV Number 1


Insurance Update

July 2019 Volume LIV Number 4

 Medicaid-Medicare-CHIP Services Dental Association
The Medicaid-Medicare-CHIP Services Dental As- sociation (MSDA) hosted its 2019 Symposium from June 1 – June 3, 2019, in Washington D.C. The AAPD Pedi- atric Dental Medicaid and CHIP Advisory Committee members attend every year to demonstrate advocacy and passion for children’s oral health. The theme this year focused on Medicaid Transformation: How Value-Based Strategies are Making a Difference. Surgeon General Je- rome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., was the keynote speaker and announced that his team is working on the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health in America. Oral health is one of Dr. Adams’ passions. AAPD Chief Policy Officer Paul S. Casamassimo is serving as a man- aging editor for the Surgeon General's Report, and AAPD President-Elect Dr. Jessica Y. Lee is serving as a section editor.
ADA’s Contract Analysis Service
A clear understanding of the obligations and expectations for all parties is essential in a relationship between a dentist and an insurance carrier. If you are considering signing a provider contract with an insurance carrier, you may wish to take advantage of the members-only ADA Contract Analysis Service. The analysis offers a plain-language explanation of the provider contract terms, which is designed to allow you to make informed and independent decisions on the merits of the contract. The analysis is not a substitute for legal advice. Members can utilize the service at no charge by submitting an unsigned contract and an analysis request through their state dental society.  Contact your state dental society or go to https:// www.ada.org/en/member-center/member-benefits/ legal-resources/contract-analysis-service  for  more information.
For more information on negotiating den- tal reimbursement rates, please see the fol- lowing article from the ADA NEWS: https:// www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2019- archive/january/theres-a-way-to-negotiate-for-potentially-higher-reimbursement-rates?nav=news.
Please feel free to contact the AAPD Dental Benefits Director Mary Essling at messling@aapd.org or (312) 337-2169.

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