As the representative and recognized voice of the dental benefits industry, NADP advanced your positions among key stakeholders and the media throughout the year. The association also celebrated a key milestone.
Meetings (Live, Virtual and Conference Calls)
ADA Annual Conference
Deputy Executive Director Timothy L. Brown represented members during the American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Conference held virtually Oct. 15-18.
Dr. Charles D. Stewart, Aetna, Ms. Strasheim, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., and NADP Deputy Executive Director Timothy L. Brown represented the dental benefits industry at the March 11-13 ADA Code Maintenance Committee meeting in Chicago. Attendees reviewed submissions for CDT 2021 revisions. In April, NADP Deputy Executive Director Timothy L. Brown represented the dental benefits industry during an emergency ADA CMC conference call to adopt two 2021 CDT Codes for coronavirus testing. The CMC voted unanimously to add the two codes.
ADA Health Policy Institute Roundtable
Serving as the voice of the dental benefits industry, NADP Executive Director Eme Augustini was a panelist on the Nov. 18 ADA Health Policy Institute industry roundtable. The topic for the roundtable discussions was “Will Patient Volume Decline in the Coming Months?”
NADP served as the voice of the dental benefits industry during three meetings of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI), which develops information processing standards and technical reports to assist the dental profession with hardware and software selection, digital photography, interoperability, data security and more. Meetings included:
- Feb. 17-19 in Chicago, attended by NADP Dental Informatics Manager Brian Flynn and Deputy Executive Director Timothy L. Brown
- Oct. 14, virtual, attended by NADP Dental Informatics Manager Brian Flynn
- Nov. 10, virtual, attended by NADP Dental Informatics Manager Brian Flynn
Director of Government Relations Teresa Cagnolatti and Director of Research Jerry Berggren represented NADP members during the California Association of Dental Plan Annual Conference + Capitol Day, Feb. 25-27 in Sacramento, California.
Dental Quality Alliance
Drs. Mark Jurkovich, HealthPartners; Lynn Mouden, Guardian; and NADP Deputy Executive Director Timothy L. Brown represented our members during the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) live, virtual meeting on Nov. 13. The mission of the DQA is to advance performance measurement to improve oral health, patient care, and safety through a consensus-building process.
NADP Dental Informatics Manager Brian Flynn served as the voice of the dental benefits industry at the HL7 meeting, Feb. 2-7 in Sydney, Australia.
At the February hearing of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators’ Health Committee, NADP Executive Director Eme Augustini voiced the dental benefits industry’s opposition to a model act proposed by the American Dental Association.
Oral Health System: Pandemic Response, Virtual Meeting
NADP Executive Director Eme Augustini offered insights and perspectives regarding stabilizing the oral health care system during the April 8 Virtual Meeting hosted by DentaQuest. Participants included a cross-section of groups comprising the oral health care system: providers, payors, plus philanthropic, public and government organizations.
Dental Informatics Manager Brian Flynn served as the voice of the dental benefits industry at the winter and fall X12 Standing Meetings, which were held Jan. 25-Feb. 5, and Oct. 4-14 (virtual) respectively. Chartered by the American National Standards Institute, X12 develops and maintains electronic data interchange standards which drive business processes globally.
AIA Press Release – The NADP press release, “NADP Members Advocate for Consumer Access to Dental Coverage in Public and Private Markets via Virtual Congressional Visits” appeared in numerous media outlets including the Washington Post, USA Today, MarketWatch plus AP and Reuters wire services.
Insurance.com – Reporter Susan Manning interviewed NADP Executive Director Eme Augustini about the fundamentals of dental coverage. NADP also provided information from The Industry Overview, located on WhyDental.org.
NADP Video – Executive Director Eme Augustini’s video message highlighted the association’s response to the pandemic and assured members NADP will continue to provide core services. This video message was also posted in Dental Interact and shared on social media.
New York Times –Reporter Sarah Kliff interviewed Executive Director Eme Augustini Oct. 27 regarding new charges resulting from the pandemic, such as personal protective equipment.
Periospectives Magazine – Freelancer John Pohl interviewed NADP Executive Director Eme Augustini about the future of dental insurance for Periospectives Magazine, the American Academy of Periodontology’s membership publication. The interview covered the most important trends in periodontal insurance over the past few years and what to expect in the future regarding both periodontal and dental insurance.
The NADP SmartBrief weekly e-newsletter celebrated its 10-year anniversary June 17. The NADP SmartBrief gathers top industry news from leading media outlets for multiple stakeholder audiences comprising a subscriber list exceeding 2,700 contacts.