PDMP Website Now Easier to Use

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Colorado’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was created to tackle prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion. The state has seen rates of use increase as the database continues to serve as an important tool for meeting the standard of care for safe prescribing. To get even more healthcare professionals to use the database, the Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA) has …

New CE Rules for Dentists: What You Need to Know

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From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association In March 2016, a new requirement that dentists complete 30 hours of continuing education (CE) per two-year license renewal cycle took effect. Dentists should be aware of the following details from the CE rule: Who: Any dentist who holds an active dental license, including academic dentists. Retired and inactive licensees …

The Law of the Garbage Truck

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By Larry Chatterley From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association A few years ago, my older brother was dying of congestive heart failure. As I visited with him in the hospital a few months before he passed away, he relayed a story called the “Law of the Garbage Truck.” Since this was the last time I would …

Decoding Dental Benefits: The Top 5 Concerns of Dentists

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By David Burger From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Dentists have many concerns when it comes to their patients’ dental plans, benefits and third-party payers. Among them are pre-authorizations, delays in processing claims, claim denials, refund requests and the lack of assignment of benefits to non-participating dentists. Staff of the ADA Center for Dental Benefits, Coding …

Sexual Harassment: How Well Do You Understand?

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By Lynne Curry From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Sex harassment—we think we know what it is—unwelcome sexual conduct that impacts the workplace. But what happens when one of your colleagues, employees or patients believes something is or isn’t harassment, when you believe the opposite? What if you’re the one who is wrong? You might think …

19 Years, 4 Months and 1 Week

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By Sarah Werner, D.D.S. From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Cemeteries reveal a lot about our life and times. A modern headstone identifies the person and states a birthdate and day of death. Older head stones are different. They display grief and lamentations. Old gravesites of children are especially poignant, with their time on earth noted …

Think You Know the Answers to These OSHA Questions?

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From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Q: How often is OSHA training required and which employees have to attend? A: Annual training is required for all dental office employees who are at risk for occupational exposure. This includes exposure to bloodborne pathogens and hazardous chemicals. Given the small working environment found in most dental offices, this …

Under the Gold Dome

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association The CDA had a busy fall with a number of legislative interim committees and rulemaking processes, debating a number of issues that can impact dentists and dental offices. The CDA is always working to protect and improve the practice environment and parameters …