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Friday Dental Download: August 8, 2014

This week, we learn how the Affordable Care Act is helping to create a dental clinic, discover a new electronic health record platform for dentists and discuss how the new health law might call for some workers to be automatically enrolled in coverage. Join the conversation on Twitter using #FridayDentalDL.

1. The impact of patient and payer mix on dental program sustainability: The DentaQuest Institute’s own Dr. Mark Doherty describes the importance of patient and payer mix on dental program sustainability. In safety net dental programs, payer mix has a huge impact on financial sustainability, and can be a significant challenge to manage.

2. Health Law Calls For Some Workers To Be Automatically Enrolled in Coverage: Newly hired employees who don’t sign up for health insurance on the job could have it done for them under an Affordable Care Act provision that may take effect as early as next year. Under the health law, companies with more than 200 full-time workers have to enroll new, full-time employees in one of the company health plans unless the employee chooses not to join. However, the controversial provision is raising questions.

3. iMedicor Launches Proprietary iCoreDental, Cloud-Based, Customizable Electronic Health Records Platform: iMedicor, Inc. announced the launch of a customizable, cloud-based dental Electronic Health Record (EHR) software system that provides dentists with powerful tools at their fingertips to make dental care delivery more efficient and less costly.

4. Dental visits are a good habit to start (again): While about two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) visit the dentist at least once a year, nearly half of them (47 percent) have gone three years or more without seeing the dentist at least once during their lives. According to the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being survey, respondents reported feeling fear regarding a dental visit but despite the fear and reluctance, many Americans say they feel refreshed after the visit.

5. Obamacare pays for dental clinic: Health officials are putting the finishing touches on a $3.4 million dental clinic in Long Branch, NJ. The idea behind this clinic is to help alleviate uninsured patients winding up in hospital emergency rooms to find relief for their toothaches. Money for the expansion comes from a grant through the Affordable Care Act.