Non-Medicaid Providers Can Collect Copays

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From the Summer 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Non-Medicaid providers may now collect copays for dual covered patients. In the past, there have been two conflicting sections of state law that disagreed on whether a co-pay or deductible associated with a dually covered patient’s primary insurance plan can be collected from Medicaid patients. If a dentist did not …

Infection Control FAQ

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By Kim Laudenslager, R.D.H., M.P.A. From the Summer 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Q: I know it’s a long standing requirement to heat-sterilize high-speed and slow-speed handpieces between each patient but what about slow-speed handpiece motors and hygiene handpieces? A: The CDC made very strong statements in their 2003 and 2008 guidelines reaffirming the fact that “handpieces and …

EPA Amalgam Separator Mandate Reinstated

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From the Summer 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association As shared with CDA members in the Winter 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final regulation Dec. 15, 2016, regarding the handling of dental amalgam waste. New regulations require most U.S. dental offices to use a qualifying amalgam separator and comply …

What Is Earnest Money?

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By Susan Spear From the Summer 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Why is there an “earnest deposit” required when purchasing a dental practice? To answer that question, it is best to understand what an earnest deposit is and its value. West’s Encyclopedia of American Law defines earnest money as, “A sum of money paid by a buyer at …

Fluoride Victory in Durango

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From the Summer 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association When the oral health of Colorado comes into question, our state’s dentists respond. That was the clear case this past spring in Durango, where local dentists partnered with public health organizations and community members to defeat a citizen initiative to prohibit the addition of fluoride to the city’s drinking water.When …

Brace for Impact

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By Greg Hill, J.D., C.A.E., CDA Executive Director From the Summer 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association I recently had a conversation with a dental association leader about our strategic plan and what we hoped to achieve over the next five years. During that conversation I noticed that I used the word “impact” over and over, to the point …

Colorado ASDA Offers Something for Everyone

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By Danny Adler, ASDA President, D.D.S. Candidate Class of 2019 From the Summer 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is the largest dental student group in the nation, with over 20,000 members who make up 90% of dental students. ASDA works to protect and advance the rights, interests and welfare of dental students …

CDA Honors Its Finest at Annual Session

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From the Summer 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association The CDA was honored to present these awards and scholarships to leaders in the dental profession during the House of Delegates meeting on June 10, 2017. CDA Exceptional Leadership Award Dr. Stephenie Kaufmann has been a longtime leader both in the Intermountain Dental Society and on the CDA Board of …