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Statement by ADA President Raymond F. Gist, D.D.S., on the Institute of Medicine’s Report "Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations"

CHICAGO, July 13, 2011 - "We welcome the IOM’s ambitious 243-page report on ways to improve the nation’s oral health care delivery system, and we look forward to reviewing it in greater detail.  Based on the report’s summary, we agree wholeheartedly with many of its recommendations.  In fact, many of them reflect policies and programs that the ADA has had in place for years. 

American Dental Association Foundation Hires New Executive Director

CHICAGO, July 5, 2011 –The American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) Board of Directors recently announced the appointment Gene R. Wurth, J.D., M.B.A., as the Foundation’s new executive director effective July 5. Wurth, 60, will manage the ADAF,  the charitable arm of the American Dental Association, which secures contributions and provides grants for dental research, education, access to oral health care for underserved populations and assistance for dentists and their families in need.

American Dental Association Offers New Dental Billing Code Check App

CHICAGO, June 29, 2011 –The American Dental Association (ADA) is making it easier and faster for dentists to find dental billing codes by introducing the new CDT Code Check app for the iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android-powered mobile devices (phones and tablets).

ADA Hosts Conference to Help Dentists Improve and Enhance their Quality of Life

CHICAGO, June 28, 2011 – The American Dental Association (ADA) is hosting the 2011 Conference on Dentist Health and Wellness to provide dentists and their staff with tips to maintain, improve or enhance their quality of life inside or outside of the office. 

American Dental Association Honors Illinois Dentist with Hillenbrand Fellowship

CHICAGO, June 16, 2011 –The American Dental Association (ADA) recently selected Dr. Elizabeth Shapiro, 48, of Waterman, Ill., as the 2011-12 ADA Hillenbrand Fellow. The ADA awards the fellowship every other year to a dentist who has demonstrated strong leadership potential and the desire to transition from practicing dentistry to a nonclinical dental career in a health-related organization.

American Dental Association, The Forsyth Institute Again Offering Popular Evidence-Based Dentistry Training Course

CHICAGO, June 15, 2011 – After enthusiastic feedback from its classes of students in 2009 and 2010, the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) and The Forsyth Institute’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, have announced they will hold an ADA/Forsyth EBD Training course for 2011.

ADA Comment on AAPHD Dental Therapist Curriculum Development

Washington, D.C., June 10, 2011—Lawmakers, charitable organizations and other stakeholders—some of them with very little experience in or understanding of oral health care—are proposing various models for so-called “midlevel” dental providers, non-dentists who would perform surgical/irreversible procedures.  To date there has been no consensus on the specific prerequisites, scope or duration of educational program, or other critical attributes needed to define any academic model.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Begins Sending ADA Dental Billing Codes Directly to Medicaid and Medicare Programs

CHICAGO, May 24, 2011 – As part of an updated licensing agreement between the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Dental Association (ADA), dental codes will no longer be available through the downloadable Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) file available on the CMS Web site. CMS will continue sending the complete HCPCS code set, including the dental procedure codes, directly to entities that qualify under CMS guidelines.

Compare Dental Product Features on New ADA Seal of Acceptance Web Area

CHICAGO, May 20, 2011 – The American Dental Association (ADA) launched its new ADA Seal of Acceptance Web area this week.

ADA Invites Dentists to Apply to Evidence-Based Dentistry Conference

CHICAGO, May 13, 2011 - Dentists interested in learning how to implement evidence-based dentistry (EBD) in their practices or mentoring colleagues about EBD are invited to attend the American Dental Association (ADA) Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference in Chicago in July.

New ADA Book Helps Dentists Market their Practices

CHICAGO, May 12, 2011 - The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering a new guide for dentists interested in growing their practice entitled, "The ADA Practical Guide to Internal Marketing: The Key to Dental Practice Success."

Comment by American Dental Association President Raymond F. Gist, DDS On "Disparities in Child Access to Emergency Care for Acute Oral Injury"

Washington, D.C., May 23, 2011—"The conclusion of the study, 'Disparities in Child Access to Emergency Care for Acute Oral Injury' in the current issue of Pediatrics speaks volumes:  'These results have implications for developing policies that improve access to oral health care.'

ADA Commends Institute of Medicine on First Oral Health Report

Washington, D.C., April 19, 2011 - The American Dental Association today commended the Institute of Medicine for its balanced report on the nation's oral health, delivered last week to the Health Resources and Services Administration. Advancing Oral Health in America deals mainly with the role of the Department of Health and Human Services in improving the nation's oral health and stresses the need for the agency to partner with multiple stakeholders, including those in the private sector.  

ADA Encourages Wearing Mouthguards During Recreational Activities

CHICAGO, April 7, 2011 - As Spring gets into full swing, many people look forward to getting out and enjoying the sunshine. So when you suit up with your kneepads and wrist guards, don't forget your mouthguard too, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

Registration Open for 2011 ADA Annual Session in Las Vegas: "The Future of Dentistry Meets Here"

CHICAGO, April 8, 2011 - Registration is now open for the American Dental Association's (ADA) 152nd Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition to be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas from Oct. 10-13. 

American Dental Association Encourages Public to Get Screened For Oral Cancer

CHICAGO, April 11, 2011 - The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) encourage people  to take part in Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April by visiting a dentist for a free oral cancer screening.  So far, more than 1,250 sites across the nation have registered their screening events with the OCF.

Third Cohort of Students Enter ADA Community Dental Health Coordinator Pilot Program

Chicago, March 28,  2011—The American Dental Association's (ADA) Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) pilot program welcomes its third group of students today, while the second student group moves on to the internship phase of their training. The first group is now practicing in clinics, schools and other public health settings.

American Dental Association Names New Vice Presidents

CHICAGO, March 14, 2011 – The American Dental Association (ADA) recently named Jerome Bowman, J.D., as Managing Vice President for Administrative Services and Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., as Managing Vice President, Health Policy Resource Center in the division of Dental Practice and Professional Affairs. 

ADA/UCLA School of Dentistry Community Dental Health Coordinator Pilot Project On Track for Fall 2011 Completion

Washington, D.C.—The American Dental Association and the UCLA School of Dentistry today announced that the completion of the program by the current cohort of students in the ADA Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) project will bring this phase of the pilot program to a close at UCLA. Students already enrolled in the UCLA program will complete their training there this fall and begin work in their home communities.

Community Dental Health Coordinator Program Coming To Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health

Washington, D.C.—The American Dental Association today announced the opening of a fourth education and training site for students in its Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) Pilot Project.  AT Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH) this week finalized an agreement to open a CDHC program based at that institution's Mesa, Ariz., campus.  The program will host Cohort 3 CDHC students-the final class in the CDHC pilot project-who are training to work in American Indian Communities.