Recent News & Breakthroughs

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

Recent Santa Fe Group News

SFG Submits Letter to CMS in Support of Medically Necessary Dental Coverage

Santa Fe Group · August 24, 2022 · The Editors

The Santa Fe Group drafted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to their request for information/comments on Medicare Parts A and B Payment for medically necessary […]

SFG Receives “Special Recognition” Award from the Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund

Santa Fe Group · August 18, 2022 · The Editors

The Santa Fe Group has been chosen as the recipient of the “Special Recognition” Award for 2022 from the Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund. This award is given to honor […]

In Memoriam

Santa Fe Group · August 12, 2022 · The Editors

The Santa Fe Group is saddened today with the announcement of the passing of one of their Senior Scholars, E. Dianne Rekow, D.D.S., Ph.D. “It was a great pleasure to […]

SFG’s 2021 Annual Report

Santa Fe Group · May 20, 2022 · The Editors

We are pleased to present our inaugural Santa Fe Group (SFG) Annual Report. This report marks our 25th anniversary as a neutral convener, communicator, and catalyst for change in advancing […]

Recent COVID-19 News


COVID-19 · April 19, 2022 · The Editors

Executive Summary On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. By March 11, 2020, the number of cases […]

Update to Position Paper Series on COVID-19 Consequences and Challenges: A Look at April & May 2021

COVID-19 · June 22, 2021 · The Editors

This June 1 position paper update on COVID-19 focuses on the progress that has been made since the end of March 2021, identifies new developments – including vaccine updates - and addresses the most pressing challenges still facing the healthcare community.

New Position Paper Series Focuses on COVID-19 Consequences

COVID-19 · November 8, 2020 · The Editors

Examines the Role of Oral Health Care Providers in Current and Future Public Health Challenges The Santa Fe Group, an action-oriented think tank seeking to improve lives through oral health, […]

Santa Fe Group Coordinates Testing for Tomorrow [T4T] Collaborative

COVID-19 · October 19, 2020 · The Editors

T4T Education & Industry leaders seek to Identify Best Point of Care Test The Santa Fe Group is proud to coordinate the Testing for Tomorrow [T4T] Collaborative and announce its […]

Recent Health News

Spending on Emergency Care Due to Nontraumatic Dental Conditions in the United States

Health · July 14, 2022 · The Editors

As the only possible source of oral healthcare for those who have no dental insurance coverage, emergency departments are increasingly used to address nonurgent oral health problems in the United […]

June Is Oral Health Month!

Health · June 1, 2022 · The Editors

June is national oral health month in the United States. Supported by the American Dental Association (ADA), oral health month serves as a reminder of the importance of good oral […]

9th Annual Linda C. Niessen Geriatric Dentistry Symposium

Health · April 26, 2022 · The Editors

April 26, 2022 For nine consecutive years, the Linda C. Niessen Geriatric Dentistry Symposium has been addressing key topics to help to improve dental treatment outcomes in older adults. The […]

Your Teeth Are Worth Saving – May Is Save Your Tooth Month!

Health · April 19, 2022 · The Editors

Our teeth: a gateway to nutrition, a way to signal our emotions, and a reflection of overall good health. Our teeth are truly worth respecting, preserving, and saving. Before the […]

Recent Health Leadership News

Preventive Dental Care Is Associated With Improved Health Care Outcomes and Reduced Costs for Medicaid Members With Diabetes

Health Leadership · September 13, 2022 · The Editors

A new study reported in the August 2022 issue of Frontiers in Dental Medicine examines the relationship between specific dental services and healthcare outcomes and costs in Medicaid beneficiaries with […]

HELEN: The Journal of Human Exceptionality

Health Leadership · August 29, 2022 · The Editors

“The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place.” – Helen Keller Named in honor of Helen Keller, HELEN is the official journal of the […]

Historic Meeting: AMA & ADA Presidents Discuss IDD Policy Change at AADMD Conference

Health Leadership · July 8, 2022 · The Editors

For the first time in history, the Presidents of the American Medical Association (AMA), Gerald E. Harmon, MD, and the American Dental Association (ADA), Cesar Sabates, DDS, were brought together […]

Overjet Receives Second FDA Clearance for Caries Assist

Health Leadership · June 2, 2022 · The Editors

Overjet has received FDA clearance for Caries Assist, the AI-powered dental caries detection and outlining software for chairside aid and patient communication. Following the FDA clearance last year of Overjet’s […]

Recent Medicare News

Public Statement on Medicare Coverage of Medically Necessary Oral and Dental Health Therapies

Medicare · July 11, 2022 · The Editors

Most Medicare beneficiaries are unable to receive oral and dental care even when it is medically necessary for the treatment of Medicare-covered diseases. Historically, Medicare coverage has extended to the […]

Medicare for All – Act of 2022

Medicare · May 19, 2022 · The Editors

Last week, US Senator Bernie Sanders introduced his Medicare for All Act of 2022 in the senate. Fourteen other senators are cosponsoring the bill, which would establish a federally administered […]

2021 Santa Fe Group Updated Plan and Cost Estimates for Medicare Part B Dental Coverage

Medicare · October 6, 2021 · The Editors

As policies to improve dental care benefits for seniors are currently being evaluated by Congress, the Santa Fe Group has provided an updated plan for Medicare Part B expansion and an Expanded Dental Benefit. In this addendum, cost estimates for these plans are detailed.

Dental Coverage Under Medicare: Seeking Solutions

Medicare · August 4, 2021 · The Editors

Approximately half of all Medicare beneficiaries having no dental care coverage at all while evidence continues to prove a strong link between oral disease and serious – even life-threatening – comorbidities.