California has given a cease-and-desist order to Pharmedium Services, a compounding pharmacy owned by AmerisourceBergen, after inspectors noted more than a dozen violations of federal law.
The percentage of adults in the US who visited a dentist at least once declined from 62% in 2016 to 58% last year, despite 42% of survey respondents saying they would like to receive more frequent dental care. Only 15% of the respondents to the Delta Dental survey said their oral health is excellent, and 85% said oral health care is extremely or very important to overall health.
Maryland's House of Delegates is considering a bill passed unanimously by the state Senate that would set up a pilot program extending Medicaid coverage for some dental care to adults. If the bill is approved, the state Health Department will determine the program's scope.
Missouri recently restored adult dental coverage to the state's Medicaid program, and Missouri Coalition for Oral Health Executive Director Gary Harbison says emergency department demand has since eased.
Dental implants are generally longer lasting than dentures or bridges and can prevent bone deterioration, leading more dentists to recommend implants for suitable patients. Implants are more expensive than the alternatives, and although most dental plans do not cover implants, some cover the cost of associated crowns, and some dentists offer discounts or installment payments.
Students at 12 schools in New York's Jefferson and Lewis counties will have access to in-school dental care through a partnership with North Country Family Health Center funded by a grant from Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield. Twice-annual checkups and cleanings as well as sealants will be provided for free.
Mouthrinses containing essential oils controlled plaque, gingivitis and gingival bleeding when added to twice-daily brushing better than brushing alone, regardless of whether the mouthrinse contained alcohol, in a six-month study.
Making up about a fifth of its economy, and impacting over 320 million Americans, health care has a major impact on the U.S. From individuals looking for ways to protect themselves and their families, to employers facing rising health care costs, the evolution of the health care system is an increasingly high priority across various stakeholder groups. What does 2018 hold for the future of U.S. health care? Learn more.
Haidar Aoun, a store owner from Detroit, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit fraud for stealing $2 million from the food stamp program over eight years by giving cash to beneficiaries in return for charging more to their debit-like cards. Under the plea deal, Aoun must pay the government almost $2.3 million in restitution for food stamp, Medicaid and Pell grant fraud.
Raleigh, N.C., residents Christopher Brown and Mark Brown received prison terms of 40 months and 30 months, respectively, plus three years of supervised release after being convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in a Medicaid fraud scheme. The defendants admitted to stealing provider and Medicaid beneficiary information and using the data and a shell company to submit fraudulent claims for unprovided health care services from about April 2014 to May 2015, court records show.