Kool Smiles Performed "Unnecessary" Procedures on Children, DOJ Says
The Justice Department said that Kool Smiles submitted false Medicaid claims for "medically unnecessary" procedures performed on children.
January 11, 2018
Dental Chain Violated New York Law, Settlement Says
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.
June 22, 2015
Dental Chain May Be Booted From Medicaid Program
Small Smiles, which has been under federal scrutiny for years for performing unnecessary dental treatments on children, could be barred from the Medicaid program beginning next month.
March 11, 2014
Dental-Care Credit Card to Pay for Deceptive Practices
CareCredit, a major lender, was slammed for misleading customers about high-interest rates.
December 12, 2013
Senate Report Faults Children's Dental Chain for "Fundamentally Deceptive" Care
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.
July 25, 2013
Texas Law Cracks Down on Unnecessary Dental Treatments
Its sponsor says FRONTLINE's "Dollars and Dentists" investigation sparked the bill.
June 27, 2013
DentalWorks Chain Misdiagnosed for Money, Dentists Say
The chain, which is one of several dental chains under scrutiny for its practices, allegedly pushed for diagnoses that would lead to more expensive treatment.
March 13, 2013
Texas Legislator Proposes Crackdown on For-Profit Dental Chains
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.
January 8, 2013
Aspen Dental Facing Class-Action Lawsuit
The suit accuses one of the nation's largest corporate dental chains of illegally owning dental practices and of deceiving patients.
October 19, 2012
Sen. Grassley Investigating Abuse at Corporate Dental Chains
For months, Grassley’s staff has been asking questions of three dental chains serving poor children on Medicaid.
July 2, 2012
How The Supreme Court's Ruling Affects Dental Care
June 28, 2012
Dental Professionals Speak Out About America's Care Crisis
From the cost of dental school to care alternatives, a selection of responses to our film "Dollars and Dentists" from those who work in the field.
June 27, 2012
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