4 Signs Your Website Has Met Its Expiration Date

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Some things last forever, but websites aren’t one of them. True, your website will never grow mold or start turning green. But it does have a shelf life. Thanks to the continual advances of technology, the way your patients use the internet is always changing. And if your website is too outdated, it can cause more harm to your practice …

Tips to Avoid HIPAA Technology Pitfalls

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By Herb Miner From the Spring 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Dentistry is rapidly changing in response to a number of factors, not the least of which is technology. Advances in technology now allow you to run your dental practice more effectively and efficiently than you did years, or maybe even just months ago. The benefits technology has …

5 HIPAA-Relevant Questions You Should Ask Before Sending That Next Gmail

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From the Spring 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association By the end of 2017, Google estimated that 1.2 billion people used Gmail for countless personal and business uses. However, healthcare providers may be putting themselves at risk by using Gmail for any message that contains Protected Health Information (PHI). This can include even the smallest bits of health information, …

SDF in Colorado: HB18-1045 Passes

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From the Spring 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association In the last two years since Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has become more widely used by Colorado dentists, and especially pediatric dentists. Given the safety profile of SDF treatment and its potential for expanding access in many underserved and non-traditional settings, states around the …

UCSF Protocol for Caries Arrest Using Silver Diamine Fluoride: Rationale, Indications and Consent

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By Jeremy A. Horst, DDS, PhD; Hellene Ellenikiotis, DDS; and Peter L. Milgrom, DDS From the California Dental Assoication, With Permission to Reprint In the Spring 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Abstract The Food and Drug Administration recently cleared silver diamine fluoride for reducing tooth sensitivity. Clinical trials document arrest and prevention of dental caries by silver diamine …

Everyone Wins When You Offer a 401(k) Plan

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By Darren Royal From the Spring 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Dentists, like physicians, and other small business owners have similar concerns when setting up a 401(k) plan. They want to provide employees with an attractive workplace and a rewarding benefits package that includes a 401(k) plan, but they don’t have a dedicated staff member to assist with …

Starfish and Ripples

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By Dr. Brett Kessler From the Spring 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association In March, my wife, Dr. Gina Kessler, and I, along with 15 other colleagues from Dentistry Making a Difference went to Guatemala for a dental mission trip. We have always wanted to do something along these lines, and when the opportunity presented itself, we decided to …

The Halfway Point: Mid-Term Legislative Update

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HB 1045 Signed into Law Dental hygienists soon can administer silver diamine fluoride in cooperation with a dentist.  On Thursday, March 22, Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB18-1045 into law. The bill authorizes dental hygienists, who have received appropriate training, to administer SDF when working in cooperation with a dentist. Prior to the passage of this bill, the Colorado Dental Board …

Annual X-Ray Fees Due April 30

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The annual x-ray facility registration fee dentists are required to pay is due April 30. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) implemented this new annual x-ray facility registration fee in 2016 requiring dentists to pay a $50 fee and update their facility information annually. How to Register Visit the CDPHE website to complete the Application for Facility …