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Don't Forget to Vote!: Nov. 4

Don't Forget to Vote!: Nov. 4

October 28, 2014

CODPAC Endorses Key State Legislators for the Nov. 2014 Election 
 
The deadline for submitting your 2014 ballot is right around the corner on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Ballots have been mailed, and now is the time to cast your vote. The 2014 ballot asks your input on the election of both federal and local officials, as well as several possible changes to the state constitution and laws.

The 2014 election is critical for dentistry, as you will be electing the state senators and representatives who will decide key issues for dentistry in the upcoming years, including important insurance reform, Medicaid and access to dental care (like the non-dentist "mid-level" provider) issues in Colorado. Please take time to educate yourself on candidate positions and vote in the important election on Nov. 4!

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Free Product is Available for Give Kids a Smile Day

Free Product is Available for Give Kids a Smile Day

October 28, 2014

Deadline to Request Free GKAS Product: Nov. 10  
 
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 is Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS) across the nation.  This is a day of donated treatment and education to kids who need it most.  It is organized through the American Dental Association, however, several state entities support their local GKAS efforts.
 
As always, Henry Schein and Colgate are generous sponsors of this event and allow participating offices and clinics to register for free product to be used for GKAS.  The deadline to register for this free product is Nov. 10.  Click here to register today!

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All Dentists Must Register with Colorado's PDMP by THIS FRIDAY, Oct. 31

All Dentists Must Register with Colorado's PDMP by THIS FRIDAY, Oct. 31

October 28, 2014

All dentists with a DEA registration are required to register with Colorado's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) by Oct. 31. The PDMP is a secure, online database created in 2005 that provides objective information about patients' controlled substance prescription records to assist Colorado healthcare providers in offering appropriate treatment to their patients. If you have not already signed up to use the PDMP, you may register for an account at: http://www.hidinc.com/copdmp. If you are already registered or are a current user of the PDMP database, no future action is needed at this time to meet the state requirement.

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State Board of Dentistry to Consider Sunset Review Rules: Oct. 29 and Nov. 6

State Board of Dentistry to Consider Sunset Review Rules: Oct. 29 and Nov. 6

October 28, 2014

The Colorado State Board of Dentistry will meet to review the initial draft rules related to the 2014 Sunset Review Bill (HB14-1227) tomorrow, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. at 1560 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202, Conference Room 110D. In addition, an expected overflow meeting of the Colorado State Board of Dentistry is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6 at 8 a.m. at 1560 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202, Conference Room 110D. Copies of the draft rules to be discussed are linked below.

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Sunset Review Spotlight: Continuing Education

Sunset Review Spotlight: Continuing Education

September 30, 2014

The rulemaking process for the implementation of the 2014 Dental Sunset Review Bill has just begun. As rulemaking progresses, the CDA will provide in-depth information on key topics to help answer commonly asked questions from CDA members. A common area of interest related to the Sunset Review Bill is the new continuing education (CE) requirement for dentists and dental hygienists.

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DEA Tightens Rules on Hydrocodone

DEA Tightens Rules on Hydrocodone

September 30, 2014

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently published a final rule putting additional restrictions on hydrocodone-containing drug products, moving them from Schedule III to Schedule II of the federal Controlled Substances Act. Earlier this year, the American Dental Association (ADA) joined several other health organizations in expressing concern over the move, which imposes additional regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions on persons who handle or propose to handle hydrocodone combination products, since hydrocodone drugs are often used to treat severe pain related to dental surgery.

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New Opioid Prescribing Policy for Colorado Dentists

New Opioid Prescribing Policy for Colorado Dentists

September 30, 2014

In July, the State Board of Dentistry adopted a new policy aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse by better managing opioid prescribing. In short, the policy states that providers prescribing and/or dispensing opioids should:

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Improvements to Colorado’s CHP+ Dental Program

Improvements to Colorado’s CHP+ Dental Program

September 30, 2014

As of July 1, the CHP+ dental program was expanded with the annual max increasing from $600 to $1,000 for covered children, and new periodontic, prosthodontic and orthodontic codes were added. These newly added codes include:

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Save the Date: Cory Gardner Fundraiser

Save the Date: Cory Gardner Fundraiser

September 30, 2014

Mark Your Calendar and Join Us for an Event Honoring Congressman Cory Gardner
Colorado dentists will be hosting a fundraising event on Oct. 24, 2014 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for Congressman Cory Gardner, the Republican candidate who is seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mark Udall. Cong. Gardner has been a good friend of dentistry, supporting the dental profession in his role on the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which oversees healthcare issues) and through his ongoing support of the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM). Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the event.

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In Memoriam: Dr Shaklee and Dr Bedard

In Memoriam: Dr Shaklee and Dr Bedard

September 30, 2014

This past month, the CDA has lost two of its members.
Dr. Roberta Shaklee
passed away on Aug. 29, 2014 after battling ovarian cancer for over two years. She began her career in dentistry nearly 40 years ago as a dental assistant and later became a dental hygienist and then a periodontist.  Please click here to read more about Dr. Shaklee.  In lieu of flowers, she wanted any gifts in her memory to be contributed to one or more of the following: Denver Hospice, History Colorado, Historic Denver, or the Dr. Roberta L. Shaklee Periodontal Excellence Award. This recognition is awarded to an outstanding Dental Hygiene Student from the Community College of Denver (CCD). Please contact Paige McEvoy at 4821 East Missouri Ave., Denver, CO 80246 to contribute to the award.

Dr. Jean-François Bédard passed away suddenly on Sept. 8, 2014. He graduated from dental school at the Universite de Montreal in 1993 and maintained a successful prosthodontic practice in Englewood, CO from 2001 until his death. The family requests donations be made in his honor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, or www.stjude.org.

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