Aspen Dental, one of the nation’s largest dental management chains, is being called on to pay $450,000 for allegedly pressuring dentists to increase revenue by using high-pressure sales techniques on its low-income patients.
The bipartisan report recommends removing Small Smiles, one of the nation’s largest dental chains for children, from the Medicaid program for encouraging dentists to perform unnecessary treatments to boost profits.
Outraged by allegations that corporate chains put profits ahead of patients, a leading Texas Republican has proposed legislation that would allow the state to regulate chains and forbid them from forcing dentists to meet revenue quotas.
Join a live chat about “Dollars and Dentists” on 6/27 at 2:30 p.m. ET with correspondent Miles O’Brien, producer Jill Rosenbaum, Center for Public Integrity reporter David Heath, and guest questioner Mary Otto.
In response to questions from the Center for Public Integrity and FRONTLINE, Kool Smiles presented two documents totaling 85 pages challenging the reporting on this project, refuting some criticism of the company and presenting data to support the quality of its dental and business practices.
The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) within the next two weeks, a decision that could possibly overturn the health care reform bill passed in 2010 that has been a cornerstone of the Obama presidency.
More Americans are visiting the emergency room for toothaches and routine dental problems — at 10 times the cost of preventative care and with far fewer treatment options than a dentist’s office, according to a new report out today.
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