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Tuesday
Jul292014

CDC study: HPV vaccines could prevent most oropharyngeal cancers

A recent article on Dr. Bicuspid.com reveals that "vaccines that are currently available for the human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent most oropharyngeal (OP) cancers in the U.S., according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Emerging Infectious Diseases, May 2014, Vol. 20:5, pp. 822-828). The retrospective study of patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) found that most were HPV-positive, especially for HPV types 16 and 18, and the majority of patients were white men."

Read the entire article here

Monday
Jul282014

Yakima Herald story on Medicaid features interviews with WSDA Members, Staff

In a story titled Medicaid rates at root of dental care problems Yakima Herald reporter Molly Rosbach shines a light on the state's abysmal Medicaid reimbursement rates with the help of WSDA Members Drs. Michael Buehler and Mark Koday, with additional input from WSDA Vice President of Government Affairs Bracken Killpack. The article is is one of the best in recent memory. Read the Medicaid piece here.

Friday
Jul252014

ALLIANCE OF THE WSDA CREATES TWO FUNDS TO SUPPORT DENTAL COMMUNITY

The Alliance of the Washington State Dental Association (AWSDA) has created two funds to support the dental community of Washington State.
 
Grant Guidelines:
• There is approximately $5,500.00 in each fund.
 
• Fund #1 is to supply toothbrushes to those in need – up to 500 per project. It may be for a free dental clinic, a safe house program, or other not-for-profit organization.
 
• Fund #2 is to be used for grants of $500 to $1,000 to support community dental health projects. Projects might be educating children about good oral hygiene or educating youth about the dangers of smoking and meth mouth.

  • All toothbrushes and project grants must be used for dental health in Washington state.
 
The Alliance believes in supporting our dental communities and looks forward to hearing from you. You can request a copy of the grant by writing to theminahan@aol.com.
Thursday
Jul242014

DQAC's July 2014 Newsletter published online

Recently, the Dental Quality Assurance Comission (DQAC) released its July 2014 Newsletter. This issue focuses on corporate dental practices, rules on prescribing drugs, and a piece on informed consent, along with other timely articles. Both members of the Commission and Department of Health staff provide content for the newsletter.

DQAC also operates an interested parties listserv which sends subscribers important notifications on new laws, new and modified rules and Commission meetings and actions. Subscribing to the listerv is easy and can also be done by visiting the Department of Health website.

If you have any additional questions about regulatory information or DQAC, please contact WSDA's Government Affairs Coordinator, Mike Walsh at michael@wsda.org or 800-448-3368.