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Updates for Medicaid Providers – Study Casts, Web Portal Claims Submissions, Billable Hygiene Codes

February 18, 2011

Colorado Medicaid recently published provider updates, which included several dental-specific changes. Medicaid clarified that no dental provider (including orthodontists) should submit diagnostic models or study casts with claims or prior authorization requests, unless specifically requested by the Medicaid program.

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February 2011 Members Spotlight

February 18, 2011

Dr. Joe Tomlinson, Dr. Chris Biety, Dr. Makala Hubbell and Dr. Sean Whalen were featured in recent news. 
Dr. Tom Pixley recently represented the CDA at the American Dental Association.
Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) is one of 10 finalists for the Toms of Maine Grant for Mobile Dental Health.  The winners are decided by public vote online.

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Oral Health Screenings at the 2011 National Western Stock Show

February 18, 2011

The Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus hosted a booth at the January 2011 National Western Stock Show in Denver, offering free health screenings to all 644,000 attendees.  Health screenings at the stock show have been an ongoing project for Colorado AHEC.  2011 represents the fifth year of providing this valuable service to the public. 

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Thank You GKAS Volunteers

February 18, 2011

On Feb. 4, 2011, dentists across the state volunteered for Give Kids a Smile Day, a national access-to-care day for underserved children.  Thank you to the hundreds of Colorado volunteers who made this year’s program a success!  Your volunteer time and support of this annual program is greatly appreciated.
 
The CDA is busy compiling the reports from this year’s event, but we need your help.  If you have NOT submitted your GKAS reporting forms, please take just a few minutes to fax or mail them to the CDA. 

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Red Flags Legislation Signed by President Obama

January 11, 2011

In late December, President Obama signed and passed legislation exempting certain businesses, including dental practices, from the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Red Flags Rule.  In a measure to protect the public, the FTC and federal financial institution regulatory agencies established the "Red Flags Rule," which would require certain businesses to develop and implement a written identity theft prevention program to combat identity theft in new and existing customer/patient accounts. 

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Slam Dunk for TeamSmile

December 13, 2010

On Dec. 4, as part of the NBA Season of Giving, the Denver Nuggets partnered with TeamSmile to host a free dental care clinic for children in need in the Denver community.  TeamSmile provided free oral health assessments, dental treatment and dental instruction to over 120 low-income children. 

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State Revisions to X-Ray Rules Continue

December 13, 2010

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) proposed changes to its radiology (x-ray) regulations in late October 2010.  The department also revised regulations in October 2009 and May 2010.  Under the newest revisions, penalties for lack of compliance have been increased.  These penalty increases in HB10-1149 were intended to address industrial radiation users, not healthcare professionals.

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Member Spotlight: CDA Members in the News (Dec 2010)

December 13, 2010

Dr. Andre Gillespie (Aurora), Dr. Brett Kessler (Denver) and Dr. Damien Mulvany (Englewood) made headlines in November in various media outlets.  In addition, Dr. Michael Diorio is making news of his own, providing education to students and patients about the harms of tobacco use.  Kudos to these dentists for the great work they do. 

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GKAS 2011 Product Recipients Announced!

December 13, 2010

Thank you to those who registered as volunteers for Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day 2011.  Free product recipients were announced this month.  Each year, corporate sponsors Henry Schein and Colgate generously donate supply kits to GKAS volunteers to help them with their patient treatment and education in February.  Click here to see if you were granted GKAS supplies (scroll down to Resources).

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CDPHE Drafts Guidance on Medical Waste

December 13, 2010


In early 2010, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) convened a stakeholder group to draft guidance related to the disposal of medical waste. The group has drafted three documents, many with potential impacts on the dental profession.

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