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Court Approves $80M Settlement In Class Action Lawsuit Against Dental Companies


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federal court has approved the $80 million settle- ment agreement in a class action lawsuit against


dental product companies accused of violating antitrust laws by fixing prices on dental equipment and supplies. The preliminary approval of the settlement issued on Tuesday, January 8, indicates any person or company that purchased dental products directly from Henry Schein, Patterson, Benco, Burkhart or any combina- tion of those companies between August 31, 2008, and March 31, 2016, may participate in the class. About “142,000 dental offices and laboratories are expected to be eligible to take part. Dental products and equipment covered in the suit include such items as gloves, hand instruments, face masks, toothbrush- es, anesthetic solutions, imaging devices, dental chairs, CAD/CAM systems, and the like. Read the ADA News release at bit.ly/2sDZU5Z.


Career Milestones for Missouri CDTs E


STUDY INVOLVING DENTAL FLOSS


Recent, wide-spread news coverage based upon a re- cent research study may raise unwarranted con- cern about the safety of certain types of dental floss. The ADA Science Institute finds the data insufficient to support the conclusions presented in this research and associated media coverage. Read the full statement at bit.ly/2U70swK.


DENTISTS & TAXES: 179 DEDUCTIONS, BONUS DEPRECIATION


Dentists who own and operate practices and who have purchased or financed equipment during the calendar year may elect to take the Section 179 deduction when filing their taxes in order to maximize their savings. Details at bit.ly/2R6NDRv.


HOUSE RESOLUTION STATUS UPDATES


ach year the Focus publishes a list of Missouri-based certified dental lab technicians celebrating key milestones. This list is pro- vided by the ADA Council on Dental Practice in cooperation with the National Association of Dental Laboratories. We appreciate these dental laboratory technicians who work closely with Missouri den- tists to provide quality prosthetic treatment for patients. CDT hon- orees (and years of service) include: Bradley J. Chott, Fenton (25); W. Ken Stark, Springfield (25); Paul A. Ruzicka, Fenton (30); Rick L. Mainard, Lake Lotawana (35); and, Randell W. Slawski, St. Louis (40).


Bonding Agents: Preferred


techniques, products, challenges There are many options available when considering adhe- sive systems and bonding techniques. A new report from the ADA Clinical Evaluators (ACE) Panel dives into the challenges dentists experience with bonding agents and their preferred bonding products, based on a survey of nearly 300 practicing member dentists. Three key take- aways from the survey include 1) dentists’ preferred bond- ing techniques and products; 2) most common challenges when using bonding agents; and, 3) clinical insights on reducing post-operative sensitivity. Download the report at bit.ly/2FFGu9.


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At the 2013 House of Delegates, Resolution 2013H-10 House Resolutions on the MDA Website directed the MDA staff to add a section to the MDA website listing each of the previous three year’s adopted resolutions with a corresponding note on the status of each. The listing is updated every six months. This information has been updated on the House of Delegates webpage and will be updated again in July. Status updates can be accessed at modental.org/housestatus.


MO HEALTHNET PROVIDER MANUAL


Updates have been made to the Dental Man- ual, Section 13, to incorporate the November 14, 2018 Reimbursement Frequency for Preventive Dental Services. Access update at manuals.momed.com/manuals.


VETERANS REIMBURSEMENT FOR (DENTAL) LICENSING EXAMS


Veterans taking professional state licens- ing or certification exams required by the Department of Insurance, Finance and Professional Registration (Dental Board) can be reimbursed for the cost of the exam by Veterans Affairs up to $2,000 for each test. More info at bit.ly/2R5nXEw.


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