PDMP Survey: Your Opinion Counts!

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The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has been identified as a promising practice to reduce risky opioid prescribing. To improve provider use in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is directing multiple projects to improve access to the PDMP and the overall user experience. To guide Colorado’s PDMP enhancement projects, CDPHE is requesting your participation in …

EPA Amalgam Separator Mandate Reinstated

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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 with industry best management practices to reduce amalgam waste. With …

Don’t Fall Victim to the Ransomware Virus

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One of the nastiest types of virus in the world these days is called “ransomware” – a virus that silently infects one computer on the network and, quietly in the background, starts encrypting your user files so you can’t access them. After a certain period of time, the ransomware virus will display a message telling you your files are encrypted …

2017 CODPAC Board Meeting to Be Held in August

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The Colorado Dental Political Action Committee (CODPAC) Board of Directors will hold its 2017 Annual Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the board room at the CDA Headquarters (8301 E. Prentice Ave., Ste. 400, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Any interested CODPAC contributor is welcome to attend. For more information, email Jennifer Goodrum, …

CDA Gives: Bitte Geben Biergarten Raises $6,000 for the CDA Foundation

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During the 2017 CDA Annual Session in Beaver Creek, Colo., the Past President’s Reception doubled as a fundraiser for the CDA Foundation. Because of the generosity of CDA members in attendance, the first-ever Bitte Geben Biergarten raised $6,000 through the sale of CDA Foundation-branded beer steins. All of the biergarten proceeds will go directly toward funding scholarships for University of …

How to Earn 5 Types of New Patients

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CDA-endorsed Officite has created a 20-page document that guides dental professionals through the ins and outs of websites and online marketing. What’s Inside the Guide? You’ll find out why websites and online marketing are important and how to use them efficiently so that patients find your practice. The guide looks at five patient profiles—Newcomer Nathan, Dissatisfied Debbie, Specialist Steve, Millennial …

2017 Annual Session Venue FAQ

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The location of the 2017 CDA Annual Session has changed. The meeting will now be at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Hotel and Spa in Beaver Creek, Colo., instead of the originally contracted Vail Cascade/Hotel Talisa property in Vail, Colo. Annual Session dates remain the same, June 9-11, 2017.    

Medicaid Revises Orthodontic Payment Policy Proposal

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In October 2016, Medicaid (now known as Health First Colorado) announced changes to its payment methodology for orthodontic providers, which was met by many concerns within the orthodontist community. Many major issues came up, including potential rate cuts and lack of coverage for denied cases, which are highlighted in an updated bulletin issued in early April. Fortunately, the CDA was …

Membership Matters in the House of Delegates in June

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The CDA’s governing body convenes each year at the Annual Session. The House of Delegates, made up of representatives from the state’s component societies, votes on resolutions that affect the CDA and its membership. This year’s resolutions are now available on the CDA website. Read the resolutions and view the proposed budget for 2017-18. Among the resolutions is one brought …