"Medicaid Expands Coverage for Smoking Cessation Counseling (SCC) by Dental Practitioners
The NYS Department of Health (DOH) has prioritized tobacco cessation as a public health initiative. DOH now is including coverage for smoking cessation counseling (SCC) for Medicaid patients by dental practitioners.

Coverage for SCC in Medicaid became effective on April 1 in the fee-for-service Medicaid program and on July 1 for the Medicaid managed care program. To be eligible for reimbursement, claims for SCC must meet very specific criteria. Dental practitioners will be allowed to provide two smoking cessation counseling sessions to a Medicaid beneficiary within any 12 continuous months.

According to DOH, reimbursement to office-based dental practitioners will be at the rate of $10.00 per visit. NYSDA advises dentists who provide treatment to Medicaid recipients enrolled in managed care to review their contracts to determine how this change affects their reimbursement and whether any changes need to be made to their participating provider contracts. For additional information, please see the May 2014 Medicaid Update. The Medicaid Update is available online at www.health.ny.gov.

"The Bronx County Dental Society: A Very Short History" by Milton Wechsler
The Dental Society of the State of New York was given the authority to organize in 1868. At that time, the Bronx, as we know it today, was partially in Westchester County. Southern Boulevard was the northern border of the Bronx.
"Remembering" by Richard P. Herman
1975 A young dentist knowing none of his colleaques walks with trepidation into a Bronx County Dental Society meeting. He is welcomed, made to feel at home and finds a instant source of information and support. Thank you Matthew Hertz.
"Providing leaders and dental education: Our accomplishments" by Bertram Bildner
he Bronx County Dental Society has every right to congratulate itself. We started with a small membership and a limited bankbook. Enthusiasm was in great supply. Our membership had leadership experience with dental organization at all levels.