October 2018

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New benefit available for Delta Dental PPO participating dentists

College tuition can be costly, but a new benefit available to Delta Dental PPOSM participating dentists and their staff helps ease the burden and put more colleges within reach.

Through a partnership between Delta Dental of Ohio and SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards®, eligible dentists and their staff can earn Tuition Rewards points that can be applied toward college tuition for children, stepchildren, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or godchildren.

Eligible dentists and staff earn Tuition Rewards points that represent a guaranteed  minimum discount equivalent to $1, with a maximum discount of up to one year’s tuition spread equally over four years of undergraduate, full-time education at one of SAGE’s participating colleges.

  • Delta Dental PPO participating dentists earn 5,000 points per year, per contracted dentist.
  • Staff at participating Delta Dental PPO offices earn 3,000 points per year, per staff member.

Points are not awarded retroactively; you start earning points when you complete your enrollment. Colleges reserve the right to include Tuition Rewards as part of other institutional awards.

This opportunity costs you nothing! Learn more, register and review applicable restrictions at www.deltadentaloh.com/tuitionrewards. With questions, email tuitionrewards@deltadentaloh.com or call 888-240-1414.

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Important notice regarding phone inquiries

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Effective December 1, 2018, Delta Dental plans in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana will no longer accept phone inquiries from third-party solutions, for example Medusind, BPOSS and Clinicspectrum, that initiate calls to obtain benefits and eligibility information on behalf of dental offices. Research shows that some of these entities are not accredited with the Better Business Bureau and cannot be adequately verified.

Although Delta Dental plans in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana will no longer provide member benefits information to third-party services by phone, dental providers can still retrieve benefit and eligibility information by phone, by accessing the Delta Dental website, or by submitting pre-treatment estimates.  

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ODA recognizes Delta Dental Center at Oyler School

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The Children’s Oral Health Network and the Delta Dental Center at Oyler School received the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) Access to Dental Care Program Award in September at the Callahan Celebration of Excellence.

The ODA Access to Dental Care Program Award honors an outstanding program that helps reduce the access to care problem in Ohio by offering free or reduced-fee dental care to underserved populations.

The Delta Dental Foundation provided $133,000 to build the Delta Dental Center at Oyler School, which is a Cincinnati public school for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. The center is operated by the Cincinnati Health Department and is a Federally Qualified Health Center. Open year-round, the center also sees children from Head Start programs and members of the community outside of school hours. Cincinnati Public Schools will also bus children from schools that do not have a dental center to Oyler for care.

When the school year begins, the center has a goal of seeing each student within the first quarter. They then create treatment plans for students and prioritize care, and make sure each senior leaves with good oral health. Additionally, staff works to educate students and their families about the importance of oral health and oral hygiene, like brushing twice a day and avoiding sugary foods and drinks.

In conjunction with the center, and at the request of its dental team, Oyler School implemented a program where students in kindergarten through third grade receive toothbrushes to brush their teeth at school, and are given toothbrushes to take home for themselves and their family members.

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New school-based clinic to open in Cincinnati

AWLAs a result of a Delta Dental Foundation contribution of $200,000, students and members of the  community surrounding the Academy of World Languages magnet school will soon have better access to comprehensive dental  care with the opening of the Delta Dental Center.

The dental clinic, which is a part of the school’s Schiff Wellness Center, is scheduled to open in mid-November. It will be operated by the Cincinnati Health Department and provide dental care to students, families and community members.

The Academy of World Languages serves prekindergarten through eighth grade students in the Cincinnati Public School District. About half of the students are refugees from 50 countries and speaking 35 different languages.

The Schiff Wellness Center also offers primary care, behavioral health and vision care, and utilizes case workers to help students and their families navigate the immigration system.

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Quarterly update mailings

MailingAs a reminder, all participating dentists will receive quarterly (four times a year) mailings asking you to confirm dental office information or to make corrections or additions as needed. Failure to notify Delta Dental of any changes is a violation of your participation agreement. All offices are required to return the letters, regardless of whether there are changes. These quarterly audits help us provide accurate directory listings, and timely and accurate claims processing. For faster service, please call provider records at 800-656-6495 for correct forms and any required documentation to add a provider to your location.

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