CDPHE Seeks Feedback on X-Ray Regulations

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Radiation Program is proposing changes to its x-ray regulations, specifically Part 6 (X-Rays in the Healing Arts) and Part 2 (Registration of Machines, Facilities and Services), which apply to dental offices. The CDA is working with dental radiology experts to evaluate these potential changes and how they might affect dental practices. …

2017 Lobby Day Registration Is Open!

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The CDA needs dentists from across the state to join us in meeting legislators and providing them with information on the importance of dental health. Why? Because dental health matters. Prior experience is not needed. The CDA will supply resources and training to those who volunteer for the event. Event Details Date: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 Time: 8 a.m.-noon Where: …

15 Do’s and Don’ts for Your Facebook Advertising

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By Erin Wiggers From the Winter 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Keeping up with best practices on Facebook is getting harder. The more sophisticated the platform gets, the steeper the learning curve for advertising effectively. But one thing remains the same: Using Facebook advertising to reach your patients and potential new patients is a great way to find …

Practice Overhead: Does It Matter When Buying a Dental Practice?

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By Susan Spear From the Winter 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association When a buyer chooses the right dental practice for their future, they consider income and expenses, cash flow, practice statistics, location, office space and size, lease, equipment, patient demographics, and the availability of quality practices on the market. Which of these characteristics is most important when purchasing …

To Seal or Not to Seal Primary Molars: Existing Constraints versus Current Evidence

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By Camille V. Gannam, D.M.D., M.S. and Roopa P. Gandhi, B.D.S., M.S.D. From the Winter 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Introduction Disparities among children can be found in nearly every marker of health, however, oral health disparities are particularly disturbing given that dental caries, for the most part, are completely preventable. Despite a significant reduction in caries prevalence …

2017 Legislative Preview

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Winter 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association In 2017, budget issues will continue to be a hot topic for Colorado, as state spending continues to be heavily constrained by TABOR. Federal policy changes, especially those that impact funding for federally financed programs like Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+ and the state …

FAQ: Does My Dental Assistant Need to Register as a Surgical Technician?

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From the Winter 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Dentists who provide care in hospitals or surgical centers and wish to have their employee dental assistants present during cases performed in these settings may be asked to have their dental assistants complete a state registration process. Hospitals and surgical centers are required to confirm the state registration status of …

Federal EPA Issues Final Rule Requiring Use of Amalgam Separators

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From the Winter 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association On Dec. 15, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final regulation regarding the handling of dental amalgam waste. The new federal rules will require most U.S. dental offices to use a qualifying amalgam separator and comply with industry best management practices (BMPs) to reduce amalgam waste. Dental offices …

New State Board Recordkeeping Rules

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From the Winter 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association As regularly shared with CDA members over the last year, the Colorado Dental Board extensively revised state rules regulating dentists. Nearly all dental board rules were reviewed in this process, including recordkeeping rules for dental practices (Rule IX). These new rules took effect on June 30, 2016. While laws and …