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NADP On The Move 

2015

As the representative and recognized voice of the dental benefits industry, NADP continues to advance your positions among key stakeholders and the media. The following are highlights of key meetings, interviews, articles and press releases which advanced the dental benefits industry.

June

NADP continues to serve as your voice to wide array of industry stakeholders including providers, brokers and organizations that set standards for electronic data interchange (EDI) transactions. Highlights for the month of June include:

Meetings

X12

NADP Informatics Manager Brian Flynn represented the dental benefits industry at the X12, Code Maintenance Committee and Dental Caucus meetings May 30 - June 4 in San Antonio. Discussion topics included 7030 changes and timing for release, the effect of ICD-10 going live Oct. 1, 2015 and the potential use of the 838 transaction. X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute, develops and maintains standards, which drive business processes globally. As your representative, NADP monitors developments of healthcare standards to ensure the unique needs of the dental industry are met.

NAHU

Because the broker community outreach remains a high a priority, NADP Director of Research Jerry Berggren and Director of Membership and Communications Rene Chapin are participating in the National Association of Health Underwriters Trade Show in New Orleans, Louisiana June 28-30. NADP promoted the value of dental benefits and increased brand awareness for the association during this event.

Media

Reuters - Journalist Mark Miller interviewed NADP Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE, about seniors and dental care/insurance.



May

NADP continues to advance the dental benefits industry by sharing your perspectives, needs, requirements and views with key stakeholders and the media.

Meetings

Washington, D.C.

On May 5, NADP Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE, and Director of Government Relations Kris Hathaway presented your views to various Members of Congress, regarding implementation issues related to the Affordable Care Act.

DentalPlans.com

NADP Director of Research Jerry Berggren served as your industry representative at the recent DentalPlans.com Summit May 7-8 in Orlando, Florida.

HL 7

Deputy Executive Director Timothy L. Brown and Dental Informatics Manager Brian Flynn shared the unique positions of the dental industry at the recent 2015 Health Level 7 International Working Group Meeting, May 10-15 in Paris, France. HL7 is a leader in the development, adoption and implementation of electronic data interchange standards. NADP holds a voting position on the Dental Caucus.

GUAA

NADP Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE, presented at the Group Underwriters Association of American Annual Conference May 18-19 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

WEDI

Dental Informatics Manager Brian Flynn offered dental industry perspective during the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange Annual Conference May 17-22 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Media

NADP Press Release: On May 19, NADP distributed the press release, “New Analysis Shows Choice of Dental Policies Key to Protect Families from High out of Pocket Costs for Kids' Dental Care.” The release appeared in 298 media outlets including the Anchorage Daily News, Arizona Herald, Boston.com, Colorado Star, Dallas Morning News, Detroit Star, Houston Mirror, Miami Mirror, Milwaukee Sun, Nashville Herald, New York Statesmen, Northwest Cable News, Oklahoma Star, Oregon Telegraph, Orlando Echo, Pennsylvania Sun, Pittsburg Star, Us News, and Wall Street Select.

U.S. News and World Report: Reporter Elizabeth Renter cited NADP research in her May 20 article, “No Dental Insurance? Don’t Wait for Something to Go Wrong.

Star Tribune (Minnesota): NADP provided background information regarding the number of Americans without insurance for reporter John Ewoldt.


April

NADP volunteers and staff served as your representative to influential stakeholders and the media this past month. Following are highlights.

Meetings

ADA Council on Dental Benefits

Members of the NADP Board of Directors and staff members Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE; Deputy Executive Director Timothy L. Brown and Dental Informatics Manager Brian Flynn as well as leaders from the American Dental Association Council on Dental Benefits discussed trends and issues impacting the industry and profession at their joint meeting April 23 in Chicago, Illinois. (See The Big Picture for additional info).

National Oral Health Conference

State Affairs Manager Eme Augustini represented NADP members at the 2015 National Oral Health Conference, April 27-29 in Kansas City, Missouri. Sponsored by Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the meeting focused on advancements in oral health, including a presentation on impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Media

LA Times –Reporter Lisa Zamosky interviewed NADP Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE, regarding the cost of dental care: what insurance does and does not cover and options for getting needed care while managing costs.

Comings and Goings

Congratulations to past NADP Board Chairman Forrest Flint who was recently name the Vice

President of Strategy and Innovation for Delta Dental of Minnesota.


March


In March, NADP represented our members at the following key industry stakeholder meetings and served as an authoritative resource to the media.

Meetings

ADA Code Maintenance Committee

Dr. Charles Stewart, Aetna; Dr. Fred Horowitz, Nevada Dental Benefits and NADP Deputy Executive Director Timothy L. Brown represented you at the recent American Dental Association Code Maintenance Committee (ADA CMC) meeting, March 3-5 in Chicago. Serving as CMC voting members, NADP submits proposed Code revisions on behalf of the membership. At this meeting, all but one NADP submission passed.

ADA RefSet Task Force

Dr. Fred Horowitz, Nevada Dental Benefits and NADP Deputy Executive Director Timothy L. Brown represented the dental benefits industry at the RefSet (Reference Set) Task Force meeting, March 26 in Chicago.

ADSO

NADP Board Chair Chris Swanker, Guardian, and Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE, represented the membership at the recent Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) Annual Meeting March 19-21 in Las Vegas.

NAIC

NADP Director of Government Relations Kris Hathaway traveled to Phoenix to represent the views of the dental benefits industry at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2015 Spring Meeting.

Private Exchange Forums

NADP Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE, and State Affairs Manager Eme Augustini are serving as the industry voice during the Institute for HealthCare Consumerism’s Private Exchange FORUM held in Dallas, March 31 through April 1.

Media

Dallas Morning News – NADP provided this newspaper with background information based on our research cited in Oral Health America’s State of Decay report.

Inside Dental Technology NADP provided information about trends in dental benefits.

 

February

This past month NADP served as the voice of the dental benefits industry to multiple stakeholders and the media.

Meetings

ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI)

NADP Informatics Manager Brian Flynn is representing the dental benefits industry at the American Dental Association Standards Committee on Dental Informatics meeting, Feb. 23-25 in Chicago. SCDI develops industry standards and guidelines for electronic transactions.

CADP

NADP Director of Government Relations Kris Hathaway represented members at the California Association of Dental Plans (CADP) Legislative and Regulatory Conference Feb. 10-11 in Sacramento.

Hill Visits

During her visit to Washington, D.C. Feb. 18, NADP Director of Government Relations Kris Hathaway shared industry views and insights with Healthcare.gov CEO Kevin Counihan and senior staff from the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.

Media

Baylor College of Dentistry  NADP Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland provided background information regarding Texas dental benefits for a publication by Assistant Professor, Dr. Helena Tapias.



January

As the representative and recognized voice of the dental benefits industry, NADP advanced your positions among key stakeholders and the media this month.

Meetings

HL7

Serving as your voice, Dental Informatics Manager Brian Flynn represented NADP members at the recent Health Level 7 (HL7) meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 18-23. HL7 workgroups develop the content for electronic transactions standards. As voting members of the HL7 Attachments, Clinical Quality and Electronic Health Records Workgroups, NADP advocates for the unique needs and requirements of dental transactions to ensure your company's operations run smoothly.

U.S. NOHA

NADP Executive Director Evelyn Ireland, CAE, represented our members at the recent Executive Committee and Board meeting of the U.S. National Oral Health Alliance in Boston, Jan. 20. 

Members in the News

Congratulations to Matt McLaughlin on his new position at Premera Blue Cross. Matt is in Product Development.

Congratulations to John Rice on his new position at Avesis. John is the Vice President, Dental Programs.

Congratulations to Dr. Doyle Williams on his new position with Aspen Dental Management Inc. He is the VP Carrier Relations and Insurance Operations.




 

 


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