Have Dental Practice, Will Travel

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By Dr. Carol Morrow, CDA President-Elect From the Spring 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association When you’re a rural dentist, there is one thing you don’t have to worry about: being busy. While I know this is something that would be coveted in urban areas, it does pose an entirely new set of problems. The biggest one being, how …

7 Decades Practicing Dentistry

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By Krysia Gabenski, CDA Strategic Communication Specialist From the Spring 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Upon retirement, people tend to look back at their lives and reflect on the careers they built in that time. For Dr. Lawrence M. Willis, that time spanned almost 70 years in the field of dentistry. He experienced a lot in his career, …

You Don’t Need 25 Hours in a Day: Take Advantage of This Instead

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By Dr. Jason Ehtessabian, CDA Treasurer From the Spring 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Have you ever stayed with a vendor or company simply because it was less work than finding a new and better option? I’ll admit it, I have. That said, I don’t do that anymore, now that I’ve become more aware of the research literally …

Advocating For You: 2017 Legislative Update

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Spring 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Colorado’s 2017 legislative session is in full swing and it has been an extremely busy session for dentistry. The CDA represents its members every day at the state Capitol monitoring the nearly 500 bills being considered by the state legislature this year. …

A Look Back to the Future

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By Greg Hill, J.D., CDA Executive Director From the Spring 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association On April 5, 1887, in a downtown Denver dental office, 10 pioneering dentists met and created the Colorado State Dental Society. Over the next 130 years, this organization would, of course, become the Colorado Dental Association, and has grown from those 10 Denver …

CDA Receives Gies Award for Vision from ADEAGies Foundation

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The ADEAGeis Foundation selected the Colorado Dental Association as the 2017 recipient of its Gies Award for Vision—Public or Private Partner for its successful efforts to expand licensure options for graduating dental students. Dr. Michael Varley, CDA president; Greg Hill, CDA executive director; and Dr. Ken Peters, clinical assistant professor of the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the CU School …

Sleep Apnea Workgroup to Meet March 31: Lend Your Voice to the Conversation

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The Colorado Dental Board has organized a sleep apnea workgroup to draft new rules and policies regarding sleep apnea services offered by dentists. The board has announced its first meeting, which is open to the public. The CDA encourages members who might be affected by these changes to share their opinions with the workgroup. Meeting Details Date: Friday, March 31 …

Weld County Hosts Bowling and Dinner Event for New Dentists

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The Weld County Dental Society held a bowling and dinner event Feb. 16 for new dentists and their families in Northern Colorado. The event was a success, with about 20 families attending. All in all, with dentists’ spouses, children and sponsors, more than 50 people enjoyed free bowling and laser tag as well as a buffet dinner. Held at the …

Medicaid Provider Update: 3-Week Payment Delay Expected for Systems Transition

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On March 1, Colorado Medicaid, now known as HealthFirst Colorado, and CHP+ will undergo a transition in vendors and claims payment systems for the programs. This transition primarily affects medical claims submission, but there are a couple of important considerations dentists should keep in mind. For the dental community, nothing will change in terms of claims submission or provider portals …