2022: A Dental Year in Review

From legislative changes to emerging risks for patients and staffing challenges, this past year has been a whirlwind for dental professionals. If you blinked, you might have missed some pretty big events. Here’s a quick recap.

At Practice-Web in 2022…

In the Dental Industry in 2022…

  • A Pennsylvania appellate court ruled that an insurance company was required to pay out on a dentist’s claim related to income lost from COVID-19. (This was big because most other cases favored the insurance company.)
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finally agreed to cover certain “medically necessary” dental services.
  • The CDC put out a health advisory related to dental waterlines.
  • 79% of people who vape, compared to 60% of the general population, are considered high risk for dental caries, a new study revealed.
  • 52% of dentists said they’ve had patients come to appointments high per an ADA survey.
  • Dental pros, however, remain out of luck if they want medical marijuana as part of their workers compensation packages. The Supreme Court declined to hear a hygienist’s case.
  • 71% of dentists reported feelings of burnout.
  • 40% of practices that wanted to see more patients said they were limited due to staffing shortages.
  • Approximately one-third of assistants and one-third of hygienists said they plan to retire within the next five years.
  • Dentists reported widespread reductions in insurance reimbursements. Insurance companies stayed quiet on the topic.
  • The OCR cracked down on dental offices for “right of access” violations.
  • The No Surprises Act reinforced the need for accurate treatment plans and clear billing.
  • More than half the country now requires at least some prescriptions to be sent electronically. A growing number expects all prescriptions to be sent electronically.

Thrive with Practice-Web in 2023 and Beyond

Whether you’re trying to boost efficiency to cope with reduced reimbursements and staffing shortages or want to go paperless, we can help.

We also encourage you to check out the Practice-Web events calendar. It’s packed with virtual and in-person conferences, CE courses, workshops, and more, so it’s easy to keep a pulse on the industry and trends in the coming year.

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