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."
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.
• All toothbrushes and project grants must be used for dental health in Washington state.
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 email@example.com or 800-448-3368.