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Medicaid Orthodontists Give Input on Administrative and Payment Changes

December 21, 2011

The state Medicaid program hosted a full-day stakeholder retreat on Dec. 7 to gather feedback from dentists about possible administrative changes to the Medicaid orthodontic benefit. The discussion addressed both comprehensive and interceptive orthodontia. Medicaid is considering clarifying the prior authorization process for orthodontics through the addition of transparent scoring criteria. There has also been discussion of revising payment protocols for orthodontic services.

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“Dentists at the Capitol” State Lobby Day

December 21, 2011

Mark your calendar and save the date for the CDA’s “Dentists at the Capitol” State Lobby Day on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, Colo.  Meet with your legislators to discuss issues that will impact dentistry. It’s important to develop a relationship with your legislator before the 2014 Dental Practice Act sunset review, a process that will impact your practice for the next 10 years.

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Vendor Spotlight: Sharkey, Howes & Javer – CDA-endorsed since 1993.

December 21, 2011

Sharkey, Howes & Javer has been serving the CDA dentists, families and staff for almost 20 years. They are a nationally recognized, award winning financial planning and investment firm that specializes in providing clients with intelligent choices. A comprehensive interview allows the company to get to know you so they can create a unique plan and investment strategy.

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Dental License Renewal 2012: Available Mid-January, Fees Reduced

December 21, 2011

Please be on the lookout for a yellow license renewal postcard sent to you from the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE). The postcard is your renewal notice and will be sent to the address you have on file with the SBDE. Postcards will be mailed in mid-January, and contain instruction on how to renew your license.

Fees for renewing an active dental license have been reduced to $412 for this two-year renewal cycle. This is a decrease of approximately $200 from the 2010 renewal fee and good news for Colorado dentists.

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State Board Meeting Update: Should dental hygienists be required to carry their own separate liability policy?

November 17, 2011

At the Nov. 2 meeting of the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners, one topic of debate was whether dental hygienists in Colorado should be required to carry liability insurance separate from the dental practice policy.

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Medicaid Revises Orthodontic Rule

November 17, 2011

The Board of Directors that oversees Medicaid met on Oct. 8 to consider changes to the rule governing orthodontic services provided to Medicaid patients. Several dentists attended the hearing and commented about the importance of these services. They also commented that the rule as written seemed too vague and asked for further clarification of the acceptance criteria for orthodontic cases.

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Dr Ken Versman - Newly Elected ADA 2nd Vice President

November 17, 2011

On Oct. 13, Dr. Ken Versman, a CDA past president and periodontist in Aurora, Colo., was elected as the new American Dental Association Second Vice President.  Dr. Versman was elected at the ADA House of Delegates meeting in Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with the ADA Annual Session.

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Register for Give Kids a Smile Day!

November 17, 2011

gkas08-250Kids back in school and the end of the year means that it’s time to register for Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS).  Please register to help kids in need through the ADA’s 10th annual GKAS program.  GKAS is a day of free treatment and education for children without access to dental care.  Please join us by volunteering to treat children at a nearby clinic, treat children in your private office or by providing educational presentations.  As in years past, the CDA can help you with patient recruitment, educational presentations or finding a clinic to volunteer at for GKAS. 

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COMOM Gives Brush, CO Something to Smile About

November 17, 2011

Thank you to all of the dentists, dental professionals and community volunteers who donated their time Oct. 20-23, 2011 for the fifth annual Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM).  More than 1,300 adults and children, who could not afford dental care, were provided with free treatment and education through this program.

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Dental Line 9

November 17, 2011

The CDA and MDDS host Dental Line 9 a few times each year in conjunction with 9 News.  This is a call-in program for 9 News viewers where they can get answers to their dental questions.   Thank you to Dr. Eric Van Zytveld, Dr. Kim York, Dr. Kendal Carlson and Dr. Jennifer Berwick for participating at the Oct. 18 program.

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