‘Direct Primary Care’ Could Expand To Dentists

Mar 28, 2019
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Dave Buchwald

The House on Wednesday backed expanding a law that encourages the use of “direct primary care” agreements between patients and doctors. 

Loan Repayment Program Pitched For Dentists

Feb 6, 2019
Child receiving a mouth exam
Dave Buchwald

Florida dentists could qualify for up to $250,000 in student-loan repayments under a bill filed Tuesday by Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater. 

Child receiving a mouth exam
Dave Buchwald

There is a void of dentists in Florida.

A coalition calling itself Floridians for Dental Access has a plan to fill the cavity: dental therapists.

The group is asking lawmakers to sign off on a new health care license for what are known as dental therapists, who could perform a bevy of activities such as basic clinical dental treatment and preventive services under the supervision of dentists.

Panel Backs Aid To Dentists In Underserved Areas

Oct 22, 2015
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A Senate committee Tuesday approved a proposal that supporters hope will help address longstanding shortages of dental care in some areas of Florida.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists violated federal law against unfair competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other fields from offering teeth-whitening services. 

By a 6-3 vote, the justices rejected arguments from the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners that it was acting in the best interests of consumers when it pressured nondentists to get out of the lucrative trade in teeth-whitening services.

Investigators from the Florida Attorney General's office and other agencies searched an Ocala dentist's office Wednesday as part of a Medicaid fraud investigation, the Ocala Star Banner reports.

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 Over two days at the Florida State Fairgrounds, volunteers organized by the Florida Dental Association provided more than $1 million in free services.

When volunteers got there to open the doors on the first day at 5 a.m., there were more than 800 people in line, according to association president Terry Buckenheimer. By the end of the event, volunteers served 1,660 patients.

Child receiving a mouth exam
Dave Buchwald

Florida is the worst state in the country at providing dental care for children insured through Medicaid, the Orlando Sentinel reports. According to a study by the Pew Children's Dental Campaign, three-fourths of children who are covered by Florida Medicaid did not get regular dental care in 2011. Experts say the problem is reimbursements that are so low that only about 15 percent of Florida’s dentists will take Medicaid patients.