Healthplex Newsletters

Winter 2018

As of November 10, 2017, Chris Schmidt was named President and CEO of Healthplex, Inc.. Chris has been a part of the management team at Healthplex for over 30 years in various technical and strategic roles, and brings with him a thorough understanding of the business, including the importance of maintaining positive relationships with our providers. His people-focused leadership style, systems expertise, and market understanding will be instrumental in achieving Healthplex's long term goals. [Read more...]

Fall 2017

I am the Director for Oral Health Education for Healthplex and have been in healthcare for over 42 years. Having served on various Healthplex committees, I have the opportunity to observe the comments from Healthplex patients and the pressures that providers experience in their patient care in our utilization management conferences. I see that the patient - dentist communication beyond the definitive care is a frequent and significant concern. Specifically, the expectations of the patient, having a low understanding of dental care, what happens in their dental visit and their responsibility to the success of the visit is often not clear. I realize that "education" and time are difficult challenges in healthcare. Here are four areas that I recommend should receive more attention from providers. [Read more...]

Winter 2017

Alzheimer's Disease (Alzheimer's) is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer's affects approximately 5 million Americans today and is expected to rise to over 16 million cases by the year 2050. There is no known cause of the disease, which has led researchers to investigate a possible link between type II Diabetes Mellitus (Diabetes) and Alzheimer's. Research has begun to show a direct correlation between increased blood glucose levels and inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth. Furthermore, research is revealing that patients who suffer from Alzheimer's are also at an increased risk of developing periodontitis. [Read more...]

Summer 2016

Over 60 years ago the U.S. Public Health Service recommended adding controlled doses of fluoride to municipal water, and today the subject is just as controversial now as it was back then. It is easy to understand the reasons for community resistance to water fluoridation. There have been vague and misleading headlines in the news, and this is all a patient needs to form an opinion. [Read more...]

Spring 2016

Healthplex conducts quarterly After Hours Access surveys. The purpose of these surveys is to ensure that all providers participating in our programs have an "After Hours" method of communication in place for patients. [Read more...]

Winter 2016

The National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) began as two events that took place in Ohio in February 1941. From there, the American Dental Association created the Children's Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. Since then the program has grown into a nationally recognized, month-long celebration known as the NCDHM. The program reaches millions of people nationally and at numerous armed service bases. Local observances include essay, coloring and poster contests, class room presentations, museum exhibits, free dental screenings and health fairs, and tours of dental offices. Positive attitudes and habits established at an early age are essential in maintaining good oral health throughout life. [Read more...]