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April 23, 2015

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SolmeteX is a VDA Services endorsed vendor that has been recommended to Members since 2009 for amalgam separators.  VDA Members receive the exclusive benefit of a free container ($179 value) and a $30 rebate when you purchase an amalgam separator from SolmeteX.

April 15, 2015

ADA News, Public News, VDA News

A final rule was published by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) in 2014 that requires practitioners who prescribe Part D covered drugs to be enrolled in Medicare or opt out for those prescriptions to be covered under Part D.  This means that neither the practitioner, nor the beneficiary submits the bill to Medicare for services rendered. Instead, the beneficiary pays the physician out-of-pocket and neither party is reimbursed by Medicare.

April 13, 2015

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The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) is now making student loan repayment funds available to help recruit dentists to work in health safety net facilities in Virginia’s dental professional shortage areas. VHCF will provide up to $15,000 per eligible individual per year for up to two years to match an equal amount of federal loan repayment dollars via the Virginia State Loan Repayment Program (VA-SLRP) for the same time period. For example, $15,000 from VHCF plus $15,000 from the VA-SLRP will result in a total of $30,000 per year in loan repayment.

April 13, 2015

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Dentistry may not be the first thing people think of when it comes to personalized medicine, but it ties into what’s known as “systemic health.” Dr. R. Lamont MacNeil, dean of the UConn School of Dental Medicine, explains that, and shares his perspective on the future of health care, in which a team of providers, rather than a single physician, is at the center of patient care.

April 02, 2015

New Dentist News, Public News

Take a few minutes to watch these two important videos on Virginia's Prescription Monitoring Program:

1. "Virginia's Prescription Monitoring Program Story" (Run time 4:32) provides a brief overview of the mission to promote the appropriate use of controlled substances for legitimate medical purposes while deterring the misuse, abuse, and diversion of controlled substances. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtX7q3NRa6s

March 24, 2015

Public News, VDA News

A Teleconference will be held to share important information and resources with dentists to help them comply with the new requirement to enroll or opt-out of Medicare when prescribing drugs to patients covered by a Part D drug plans.

March 19, 2015

Public News, VDA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes in states which use the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM). This special enrollment period will allow those individuals and families who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015 health insurance coverage through the FFM.

March 11, 2015

Public News, VDA News

A Virginia dental clinic that has provided free care to indigent people during more than 30,000 dental visits during the past eight years soon could be shuttered due to a lack of funding.

Community Dental Clinic, which opened in Martinsville, Va., in August 2006, has provided more than $6.7 million in donated services to people who go there because they can’t afford to pay for dental care in private dental offices.

March 11, 2015

Introduced in the Governor’s budget, Medicaid coverage for pregnant women was approved by the General Assembly.  The program took effect March 1, 2015 for pregnant women who are 21 and over and enrolled in a Medicaid and FAMIS.
 
Click on the following for further information from the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS):
 

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