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  • Deadly Dentistry

    Government failures allow dentists to endanger and even kill their patients. A death occurs about once every other day in America, but regulators rarely take public action. They often keep important safety information secret. Even when discipline is meted out, dentists often go right on treating patients. And the criminal justice system offers victims little hope.
  • Denticaid: Medicaid Dental Abuse in Texas

    A nearly two-year-long probe of Medicaid dentistry by WFAA’s Byron Harris discovered what authorities now say is a system of corporate fraud, propelled by Wall Street. News 8 found taxpayer money has gone to finance lavish lifestyles of dentists who have billed the government for unnecessary orthodontics and other procedures that, in many instances, harmed children. WFAA also uncovered a network of Medicaid recruiters who, for at least one clinic, lured children into a van with cash and food, had them sign their parents' names on treatment forms, then performed extensive and unnecessary work on their teeth without their parents’ permission. The FBI is currently investigating this and other Medicaid fraud schemes brought to light by WFAA's reporting.
  • Lead in Dental Work

    "WBNS-TV spent the past year probing into the presence of toxic lead in dental work such as crown, bridges and dentures. The team discovered a lack of state and federal regulation in the dental laboratory industry, an industry largely overlooked and unknown to the consumer until WBNS-TV broke the story in February 2008. An increasing number of laboratories outsource dental work to other companies. The FDA doesn't track the materials in foreign or domestic dental work. The lack of oversight results in patient risk.
  • Drilling for Dollars: Children's Dentistry Investigation

    After a five month investigation WJLA found that the leading chain of dental clinics, Small Smiles, for Medicaid children used assembly line treatment that rewarded profit over compassionate care. The parent company of Small Smiles "set daily production goals for its 63 clinics and gave enormous bonuses to the clinics that billed the most to Medicaid."
  • Scandal At UMDNJ

    "A series of investigative and enterprise stories into how the University of Medicine and Dentistry of new Jersey violated the public's trust- which uncovered widespread fraud and abuse at the nation's largest public health sciences university, ranging from the payment of illegal kickbacks to cardiologists for patient referrals, to inside deals that threatened a bio-research lab deemed crucial to the security of the New York metropolitan area. The stories led to federal and state investigations, dozens of resignations, likely indictments, and a governor's task force now seeking to restructure the university."
  • Toothless: Washington's Lax Dental Oversight

    The series revealed that the Washington dental board has been slow to act and has cut generous deals with some of the state's most complained-about dentists. The investigation revealed that dentists had been allowed to continue working in Washington after they lost their licences in other states, have been caught running dangerously unsanitary clinics, or have repeatedly injured patients.
  • Turmoil at UMDNJ

    This extensive nine-month investigation into the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey first began with a "mysterious check made out to a dead man." What resulted were more than 70 stories uncovering years of corruption, political patronage, conflicts of interest, millions of dollars in no-bid contracts and bonuses for administrators and more. At the end of the investigation into UMDNJ, the U.S. Attorney ordered a federal monitor to take over--the first time ever that a state university had to be taken over by the federal government.
  • Dentists pay for errors, but state pays little heed

    This article examines New Jersey's dentists who have made repeated malpractice payments and are not disciplined by the New Jersey Board of Dentistry. The report finds that more than 90 percent of the $40.2 million the New Jersey dentists paid out since 1990 came from dentists who were not disciplined by the board.
  • Fighting for a Smile

    WCCO-TV reports profiles of three victims of inefficiency at Minneapolis' VA Medical Center, which had been keeping dozens of patients waiting in line for dentures, some for more than a year.
  • Franchises eating up SBA loans

    "A surge in loans backed by the Small Business Administration has given the federal government a growing stake in the proliferation of New Jersey's fast-food outlets....(the fast food sector), comprised largely of franchises, is the SBA's largest customer, consuming about $1 of every $6 loaned under the SBA's popular 7(a) program in New Jersey, or 143.8 million from 1993 through fiscal 1998..But dentists take a healthy bite too...Dentists often meet the agency's criteria as small-business owners who need capital to establish themselves or buy equipment..."