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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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Congratulations 2011 CU Dental Graduates!

June 6, 2011

On May 27, the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine presented 48 dental graduates with their Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees.  CDA Executive Director Dr. Quinn Dufurrena was the commencement speaker this year, and encouraged the class of 2011 to get involved and be active participants in the dental profession and their communities.

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Colorado Dentists Attend Washington Leadership Conference

June 6, 2011

Each spring, the American Dental Association hosts a legislative and lobbying conference in Washington, D.C.  Dentists from around the U.S. participate in a three-day conference that provides a mix of prominent speakers, issue briefings, grassroots education and political training. This year’s event, held May 9-11, was organized by Colorado’s own Dr. Rhett Murray.  Eight CDA dentists were able to participate in the Washington Leadership Conference, with the CDA sponsoring three members’ participation and five additional Colorado dentists attending as ADA representatives.  

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Medicaid Seeks Input to Streamline Provider Applications

June 6, 2011

The Colorado Medicaid program has asked for input on revisions that would help streamline and improve the enrollment process and application form for providers.  If you or your office staff have any suggestions, please let us know. Contact Jennifer Goodrum at 303-996-2847 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Boulder County Dentists Care for Community

June 6, 2011

For the ninth year, dentists in Boulder County participated in the annual Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) Adopt-a-Smile/Free Dental Care Program.  Teresa Marshall, R.N., M.S.N., and Susan Rowley, R.N., M.S., C.P.N.P., have administered the program for its entirety and contacted the CDA to express their gratitude toward the dental profession.  

“I am so impressed, considering our current economic downturn, that each year our local dentists demonstrate their caring and generosity by becoming volunteer dentists stepping forward to donate their services,” said Marshall.

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Colorado Seeks New State Dental Director

June 6, 2011

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking a new director to oversee oral health activities for the state of Colorado. We want to help ensure that the state gets qualified applicants who have a thorough understanding of oral health issues and will help improve the oral health of Coloradans.

The job opening is a public service position that presents an incredible opportunity to help shape oral health policy for the state. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this opportunity, please encourage them to apply by June 10. The full job description is available by clicking here.

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It’s a Wrap: 2011 Legislative Session Concludes

June 6, 2011

The Colorado state legislature completed its regular session on May 11 this year.  As always, the CDA worked hard on your behalf at the statehouse.  This year, the CDA monitored more than 40 bills with direct and indirect impacts on the dental profession.  

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IRS Tax Center

June 6, 2011

In an effort to assist taxpayers with compliance, the Internal Revenue Service has implemented a Tax Center Website with information for the small business owner.  This site contains a plethora of information including educational videos on many tax topics and virtual tax workshops.  To access this information, go to http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small.

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State Board Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Anesthesia Committee

May 5, 2011

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners is seeking five dentist volunteers to serve on a committee to review anesthesia permit applications. Volunteers will serve a two-year term on the committee, which will meet monthly (with one exception) and is expected to require about 6-10 hours of time per month. Volunteers must hold an active permit in moderate or general/deep sedation. 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 prior to its July 14 meeting, when committee members will be appointed. For complete information on this volunteer opportunity and instructions on how to apply, please click here.

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