Groups ‘remain concerned’ about CMS waivers, ask agency not to implement upcoming guidance

In response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Request for Information on state relief empowerment waivers, the ADA, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Children’s Dental Health Project said they remain concerned that the agency’s waiver guidance could adversely impact children’s access to oral health care and urged the agency not to implement the guidance.

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Doctors share reconstruction story from the heart

Dr. Joseph Massad calls it “the gift of a challenge.” Four years ago, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based dentist received a call from the Oklahoma Veteran Affairs and oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Brett Shirley. They were looking for a dentist who could help reconstruct the nose and jaw/teeth of a Vietnam veteran. The patient, George Purifoy, had received radiation therapy and undergone multiple surgeries for a nasal squamous cell carcinoma that resulted in a total rhinectomy and the loss of his front teeth. He was also in terrible pain from the after-effects of the radiation.

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