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Friday
Aug012014

Dr. Mary Jennings' Editorial: Making my Eyes Twitch!

Every now and then a policy comes through that is so irritating that it makes my eyes twitch. The latest one comes from Medicare. Like most irritating policies, it was created with the best of intentions.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) changed the healthcare playing field in many ways. Several government agencies are struggling to write rules to fit this new act. One of the drivers for the creation of these new rules is cutting the costs created by fraud.

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Thursday
Jul312014

DQAC News

On Friday, July18, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) held a public meeting to discuss ongoing business. Here are some of the current issues before the commission:

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Wednesday
Jul302014

Can you help in Prescott, Wash.? WOHF Needs You!

MTI Vans is conducting a mini-mission trip August 27-29 at the Broetje Orchards in Prescott, Wash., just outside of Walla Walla. The goal of these clinics is to treat migrant farm workers who typically have little or no access to dental care. The Washington Oral Health Foundation has agreed to help facilitate organizing dentists to participate in the three-day event.

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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."

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