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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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Students Explore Careers in Dentistry

November 17, 2011

The Explorer Post Careers in Dentistry program gives students who are interested in the dental profession hands-on experience and education through monthly programs conducted by volunteer CDA dentists.  This program, sponsored by the CDA and the Metro Denver Dental Foundation, was created to provide a unique experience to high school students, college students and young adults who are considering a future career in dentistry. This program gives students an understanding of dental careers to help them make the right choices now to succeed later.

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State Board of Dental Examiners Revises Licensure Rule

October 25, 2011

The State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) is revising its regulations on licensure for dentists and dental hygienists. Major changes to the rule include:

  • Clarifying that financial responsibility (liability coverage) requirements apply to dental hygienists (unless they are covered under a dentist’s policy),
  • Consolidating all licensing rules into one section for ease of reference,
  • Adding limited recognition for training received in the military, and
  • Renumbering rules due to consolidation of the licensure provisions.

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Revisions to X-Ray Regulations: Use of Radionuclides in the Healing Arts

October 25, 2011

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has proposed revisions to regulations governing the use of radionuclides by medical professionals (Part 7 of the radiology rules). A copy of the proposed changes can be accessed by clicking here.

The proposed rule changes appear to have minimal impact on the dental profession, as the changes would primarily impact healthcare practitioners who use nuclear pharmaceuticals for diagnostic, therapeutic or research purposes. These applications are uncommon in dental practice.

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Next Tuesday: Don’t Forget to Vote

October 25, 2011

Mark your calendar! Election day is right around the corner on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The 2011 ballot will ask your input on the election of local officials and several ballot initiatives.

From a dental perspective, the Denver City Paid Sick Leave initiative has implications for small business employers. This measure, Initiative 300, would require that all businesses in Denver offer their employees paid sick leave.

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Late on Your Taxes? Take Advantage of Ongoing City, State and Federal Tax Amnesty Programs

October 25, 2011

Colorado Tax Amnesty Program
The State of Colorado is offering a grace period to pay outstanding individual and business state taxes including:

  • Personal, corporate and partnership income taxes,
  • State sales and use tax, and
  • City/county sales and use tax collected by the Colorado Department of Revenue.

If you failed to file a past state tax return in a timely manner or accidentally underreported taxes on a previous return, this is a great opportunity to fix the oversight and avoid most of the associated tax penalties (both criminal and monetary). The program runs Oct. 1, 2011 through Nov. 15, 2011.

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