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 Michigan 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.deltadentalmi.com/tuitionrewards. With questions, email tuitionrewards@deltadentalmi.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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CHAMPS enrollment deadline set

CHAMPS deadlineThe Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has set January 1, 2019, as the deadline for providers to enroll in the Michigan Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS).

Providers accepting Healthy Kids Dental, MIChild or Healthy Michigan Plan patients must enroll in CHAMPS in order to receive payment on claims. Beginning January 1, the MDHHS will not allow Delta Dental to pay claims administered for these programs if the treating dentist is not enrolled in CHAMPS.

Enrollment can take up to 30 days; we highly recommend you register for CHAMPS as soon as possible to ensure you will be actively enrolled by the January 1 deadline. Providers whose claims may be denied for failure to enroll cannot bill the patient for services rendered.

Complete your CHAMPS enrollment now.

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Delta Dental Foundation partners with Detroit Public Schools

DPSStudents and staff at Detroit Public Schools (DPS) will have access to clean drinking water during the school day thanks to a new $3 million project that involves financial commitments from more than a dozen philanthropic partners, including a $300,000 commitment from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF).

The long-term solution to the water issues facing the district is to purchase and install hydration systems in all 106 DPS buildings by fall 2019. The hydration systems provide technology to cool water and remove lead, copper and other contaminants. At the end of the project, DPS will be one of the nation’s largest public school districts with hydration systems in all of its school buildings.

The DDF’s investment in this project is a natural extension of its Rethink Your Drink—Water’s Cool at School initiative and reinforces the commitment to building healthy, smart, vibrant communities.

Major contributors to the project include:

  • United Way of Southeast Michigan—$500,000, with an additional $500,000 matching pledge
  • Quicken Loans—$500,000
  • The Delta Dental Foundation—$300,000
  • DTE Energy—$300,000
  • General Motors—$200,000
  • Ford Motor Company Fund—$200,000
  • FCA Foundation—$100,000
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield/Blue Care Network—$100,000
  • Ascension Michigan—$50,000
  • Detroit Medical Center—$50,000
  • Health Alliance Plan/Henry Ford Health System—$50,000
  • The Jewish Fund—$25,000

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Rethink Your Drink MI launches

RYD MichiganThe Delta Dental Foundation and the American Heart Association have teamed up on Rethink Your Drink MI, a new public campaign designed to increase awareness of how much sugar people are drinking every day and how it can affect their health.

The average American consumes 34 pounds of sugar each year from sugary drinks, despite the fact that these beverages are linked to tooth decay, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Soda pop, sweetened teas, specialty coffee drinks, fruit juice, and sport and energy drinks are all common drinks that can contain large amounts of sugar. In fact, one 20-ounce pop contains as much sugar as six donuts or 18 cookies.

Learn more about Rethink Your Drink MI at www.rethinkyourdrinkmi.org, and help spread the word about sugary beverages to your patients by ordering free Rethink Your Drink posters and brochures for your dental office.

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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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