BENECARE TEAMS WITH UP LOCAL SCHOOLS TO CELEBRATE CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Children sitting at desk working on school materials

THE MISSION OF CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). The purpose of this month-long observance is to bring together healthcare providers, educators, and other professionals to help teach children, their parents, and caregivers the importance of good oral health. According to the Centers … Read more

BENECARE AWARDS ANNUAL DENTAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

BENECARE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD As a carrier founded by dental professionals, BeneCare emphasizes the clinical side of the coverage equation and its importance to overall good health. To support that mission, BeneCare has established an annual scholarship at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine to help support future generations of dental professionals. SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFICATIONS Each year, … Read more

HOW UTILIZATION CAN STABILIZE COSTS

Young Asian girl smiling positive doing ok sign with hand and fingers. Successful expression symbolizes good oral health, a key to rate stabilization.

Summary BeneCare’s outcomes-based dental plans are designed to help remove the barriers to care that can suppress utilization. This encourages members to address accumulated need and consistently maintain preventive care. This creates a shift in the service distribution from treatment towards prevention, helping to lower cost trends and stabilizing premium rates over the long term. … Read more

THREE KEYS TO BENDING THE COST CURVE

A roll bending machine illustrates bending a steel rod symbolizing the bending of the cost curve for dental benefits

By Patrice Ierardi, DMD, BeneCare Dental Director SUMMARY. On average cost trends in medical and dental care services have consistently outpaced inflation.[i] Utilization is one of the primary drivers, but reducing utilization strictly for cost-control reasons is not a long-term strategy towards achieving improved oral health outcomes. The key to making cost control a result … Read more

TIPS TO HELP AVOID SURPRISE DENTAL BILLS

African American woman has a perplexed look on her face as she looks at a surprise dental bill.

SUMMARY. Everyone wants to avoid surprise bills. And the “No Surprises Act,” which went into effect January 1, 2022, does not apply to excepted benefits such as stand-alone dental and vision plans.[i] The “No Surprises Act” (NSA) primarily applies to fully insured and self-funded medical plans, including grandfathered plans.[ii] So, how do members help avoid … Read more

PLAN DESIGN – BALANCING COST AND ACCESS

Feet of woman gymnast on balance beam competition metaphorically representing balance.

SUMMARY. Selecting the proper dental plan design is key to striking a balance between cost and access. The proper plan design can help mitigate costs while still providing access to care that is usable and offers the best value. DHMOs MAY NOT BE THE BEST VALUE. Dental Health Maintenance Organization (DHMO) plans may offer the … Read more