Recent News & Breakthroughs

Read the latest news stories from the Santa Fe Group, its programs and partners.

Recent Santa Fe Group News

In Memoriam, Art Dugoni, 1925-2020

Santa Fe Group · October 15, 2020 · The Editors

“It is impossible for me to pick one vignette which adequately captures the scores of interactions with my dear friend, colleague, role model, mentor and fellow Santa Fe Group Founding Member, […]

Santa Fe Group Congratulates Dr. Michael C. Alfano and Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Timothy L. Ricks on their Shils Fund Awards

Santa Fe Group · October 13, 2020 · The Editors

The Santa Fe Group congratulates founding member and immediate past president Dr. Michael C. Alfano, and Senior Scholar Dr. Timothy L. Ricks, as tonight, Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30pm EST […]

Santa Fe Group Announces Robert A. Ganley, Retired Global CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent, as Emeritus Member of it Strategic Advisory Council

Santa Fe Group · October 9, 2020 · The Editors

NEW YORK, N.Y., October 7, 2020 — The Santa Fe Group (SFG), a not-for-profit, action-oriented think tank with a passion for improving lives through oral health, announced today that Ivoclar […]

HRSA Webcast on the Medicaid and CHIP Distribution of the Provider Relief Fund

Santa Fe Group · July 7, 2020 · The Editors

On behalf of The Santa Fe Group’s Senior Scholar, Tim Ricks, join HRSA Wed., July 8, at 4 p.m. ET for a webcast on the Medicaid and CHIP Distribution of […]

Recent COVID-19 News

HHS Secretary Azar Meets with President Tsai of Taiwan and Praises Taiwan’s Transparent COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 · August 10, 2020 · The Editors

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and members of the U.S. delegation to Taiwan met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office Building. Secretary Azar congratulated […]

How COVID-19 is Impacting Dental Practices and Patient Attitudes Toward Visiting the Dentist

COVID-19 · August 5, 2020 · The Editors

In case you missed last week’s American Dental Association webinar, How COVID19 is Impacting Dental Practices and Patient Attitudes Toward Visiting the Dentist, you can download these slides on the ADA Health Policy Institute website.

Preparedness Tools for Healthcare Professionals and Facilities Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 · July 29, 2020 · The Editors

The CDC’s official “Preparedness Tools for Healthcare Professionals and Facilities Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)”

How a 230-Location DSO Is Planning to Test All Patients for COVID-19 and Assist With Follow-Up Care

COVID-19 · June 30, 2020 · The Editors

Last week, North American Dental Group began COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Learn more about NADG’s extensive coronavirus response in this interview with Chief Medical Officer […]

Recent Health News

ADA Board of Trustees: Dentistry is Essential Health Care

Health · August 10, 2020 · The Editors

The American Dental Association Board of Trustees has adopted an ad interim policy stating dentistry is essential health care to help guide advocacy for the dental profession during the COVID-19 […]

Accessible Care is Equal Care

Health · July 29, 2020 · The Editors

People with disabilities have a long history of unequal access to, and discrimination in, oral health and primary care, which has resulted in large health disparities between disabled individuals and […]

New National Health Objectives in Healthy People 2030

Health · January 8, 2019 · The Editors

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding the Healthy People 2030 objectives. Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all […]

National Study Finds Higher Blood Pressure with Poor Oral Health

Health · October 23, 2018 · The Editors

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the tissues surrounding the teeth, with evidence of systemic effects. Some studies showed the benefit of periodontal therapy on blood pressure (BP), but […]

Recent Medicare News

HHS Extends Application Deadline for Medicaid Providers and Plans to Reopen Portal to Certain Medicare Providers

Medicare · August 5, 2020 · The Editors

HHS announcing an application deadline extension, until August 28, for the Medicaid/CHIP and dentist distributions from the Fund. Additionally, starting the week of August 10, HHS will give providers who […]

Rep. Nanette Barragán (CA) Introduces Bill to Include Dental Benefits in Medicare

Medicare · June 4, 2019 · The Editors

In May, Rep. Barragán introduced the Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2019, H.R. 2951, a bill that would repeal the exclusion of dental care on Medicare Part B coverage and provides necessary oral […]

Making the Case for Integrating Oral Health in Medicare

Medicare · May 21, 2019 · The Editors

Advocates for an adult dental benefit in Medicare met last week in Arlington, VA, to hear the latest evidence supporting this policy goal and explore opportunities to further its adoption. […]

Comprehensive Health Without Oral Health: The Medicare Paradox

Medicare · May 9, 2019 · The Editors

Could dental care keep you out of the hospital? Reduce your overall health care costs? Increase your life longevity? The Santa Fe Group Salon on Comprehensive Health Without Oral Health: […]