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Colorado Marijuana Law – time to adjust your health history questions!

February 19, 2014

Now that your patients can legally access and use medical or recreational marijuana in Colorado, it is a good time to review and modify your patient health history questionnaire.  Consider including the following questions:

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Medicaid Proposes Coverage Policy for Adults

February 19, 2014

The state Medicaid department recently published the first major proposal on the upcoming adult dental benefit.  The current policy coverage standard can be accessed by clicking here.
 
A draft coverage policy was shared with Take 5 participants in January for feedback. It was finalized late last week. The policy includes information on coverage for diagnostic procedures, x-rays, preventive procedures, minor and major restorative procedures, endodontic procedures, periodontal treatment, removable prosthetics, oral surgery and anesthesia, as well as policies on non-covered services, prior authorizations and billing guidelines that will apply to adults covered by Medicaid. The document lists code descriptions for procedures and any frequency limitations or prior authorizations required.

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Teledentistry, a Growing Trend

February 19, 2014

The use of teledentistry is growing here and across the U.S.  At the end of January, legislation passed in California (73-1) promoting teledentistry and making it reimbursable through Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. Teledentistry has gained interest across a number of states. Teledental platforms may present treatment options to a new and underserved patient base.  These developments have led more dentists to consider teledental options for their own offices and now legislatures are following their lead. 

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State Board Meeting Update - Jan. 2014

February 19, 2014

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) met on Jan. 23. Much of the meeting focused on discussion of the Sunset Review of the Dental Practice Law. A new dentist and a new public member are expected to be appointed to the SBDE shortly. The SBDE plans to conduct rulemaking on opioid prescribing and licensure rules in April. We will share the draft rules with CDA member dentists when they are published for comment ahead of this meeting. The SBDE also plans to appoint a committee to assist in review of anesthesia applications at its April 2014 meeting.

Renew Your Dental License

February 19, 2014

If you have not done so, please remember to renew your state dental license.  All Colorado dentist and dental hygienist licenses will expire on Feb. 28, 2014.  Dentists and dental hygienists are not permitted to practice dentistry without a current license.  The license renewal process is administered by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).  All questions regarding this process should be directed to 303-894-2984 or 303-894-7800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   Some changes were made to the renewal process this year.  For a guide on how to navigate the license renewal process, click here.

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Dental Sunset Review Bill Introduced

February 19, 2014

On Jan. 30, HB 1227 – the 2014 Sunset Review of the Dental Practice Act – was introduced before the state House of Representatives. 2014 marks a year where the laws that govern dentistry are reviewed and potentially revised. Many of CDA’s priority recommendations, including continuing education and anesthesia updates, were included in the introduced bill draft. The bill still has a long legislative process ahead, but is off to a good start for the dental profession. The CDA will continue to provide updates throughout this process.



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