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State Board Seeks Volunteers for Anesthesia Committee

September 8, 2011

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners is still seeking volunteers to help review anesthesia permit applications. Volunteers must hold an active permit in moderate or general/deep sedation. Volunteers will serve a two-year term on the review committee, which will meet monthly (with one exception) and is expected to require about six to 10 hours of time per month. Teleconferencing will be available for dentists outside the Denver metro area.

Dentists interested in this opportunity are asked to submit a current CV to the state board. For complete information on this opportunity and instructions on how to apply, please click here.

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Health Dept. Names New Oral Health Director

September 8, 2011

In late August, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment named Katya Mauritson, DMD, MPH(c), as the new director of its Oral Health Unit.

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Oral Health Named Colorado Priority “Winnable” Battle

September 8, 2011

The state of Colorado recently chose 10 priorities – or “winnable battles” – as areas of focus for public health time and resources in the coming months. Oral health was chosen as a priority winnable battle. It is encouraging to see oral health recognized among the state’s health priorities. “Winnable battles” largely target health problems with proven programs that can save lives and reduce harm.

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Vendor Spotlight: COPIC Financial Service Group

September 8, 2011

Understanding the complexity of insurance coverage for your dental practice can be a challenge. COPIC Financial Service Group provides some expert advice as to what you need (and don’t need) in terms of general liability coverage, workers’ compensation, employment practice liability and more.

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Medicaid Reschedules Orthodontic Rule Hearing

September 7, 2011

Alert for Dentists who Provide Orthodontic Services Under Medicaid

Medicaid is currently accepting comments on proposed changes to the orthodontic benefit. There has been some recent public concern over the amount of money spent on Medicaid orthodontic codes and some misunderstanding about what is covered. The policy on orthodontic services is likely being revised to help address these concerns.

Medicaid issued a new revision of its policy draft in early September. Comments on the proposed rule changes can be submitted in person or by email, as detailed below. The current markup of Medicaid's orthodontic rule, including the September amendments, can be viewed here. Please note that Medicaid's Medical Services Board hearing on this policy has been rescheduled to Friday, October 14.

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Surviving the First Ten Years

August 17, 2011

New dentists, those who are 10 years or less out of dental school, are invited to attend an interactive study club organized by the CDA New Dentist Council (NDC).  Next month, don’t miss “What Your Banker Can do for You.”  The seminar will cover basic credit reporting information, scratch-start/practice acquisition loan details, practice loan refinancing advantages, and additional questions from the audience. 

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CDA Women’s Dentist Group Keeps Everyone in the Loupe

August 17, 2011

On July 16, the CDA “Ladies in the Loupe” group was officially launched with a brunch at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  Despite the high heat and humidity, over 90 women dentists from across Colorado attended the event.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin, the ADA executive director.  Dr. O’Loughlin spoke to the female audience about the fact that women need to embrace leadership in their association to help shape their professional future in Colorado and nationally. 

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CDA Action Team Leader Training

August 16, 2011

If you're interested in becoming more involved in educating the legislature about topics that affect the dental profession, you're invited to attend the CDA's Action Team Leader Training on Sept. 10.  With a sunset review of the Dental Practice Act quickly approaching and issues like dental mid-level providers on the horizon, it’s more important than ever that you learn how to effectively talk to legislators as an advocate on dental issues.

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Dentists Respond to Washington Fee Cuts

August 16, 2011

Dentists in Washington recently experienced a reimbursement rate cut from one of their largest dental insurance carriers.  This situation is a reminder to all dentists of the importance of reading insurance contracts upon initial signing, and actively participating in the governance of insurance companies, whether by attending board meetings, electing board members, voting, etc.

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New Prescribing Notification Requirements - Prepare Your Office for Compliance by July 1

June 29, 2011

Starting July 1, healthcare professionals who prescribe controlled substances must comply with new patient notification requirements. Prescribers, including dentists, must notify any patient who gets a prescription for a controlled substance that the patient's identifying information will be entered into a statewide database of controlled substance prescriptions. The database is called the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program or PDMP. CDA members, click here to download sample forms and labels with notification language available to members only on the CDA Website.

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