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Amalgam Separators - Proposed Rule

October 7, 2010

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to issue a proposed rule next year to mandate amalgam separators. The EPA's announcement stated, "EPA expects to propose a rule next year and finalize it in 2012. Dental offices will be able to use existing technology to meet the proposed requirements.  Amalgam separators can separate out 95% of the mercury normally discharged to the local waste treatment plant."

The CDA will monitor this rule development as progress is made and keep membership informed. 

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Endorsed for Your Benefit!

October 7, 2010

COPIC Financial Group is an endorsed company of the Colorado Dental Association for insurance coverage for CDA members.  Most recently this endorsement was extended to include health benefits/insurance.  Please contact Wendy Heckman at 720-858-6280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   to get a quote on medical insurance coverage.

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Give Kids a Smile Day Registration Open!

October 7, 2010

Give Kids a Smile Day registration is now open!
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Kids back in school and the end of summer means that it's that time of the year again.  Please register to help kids in need through the ADA's 9th annual national Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS).  GKAS is a day of free treatment and education for children without access to dental care.  Please join us to help these children 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 2010 - Making a Difference!

October 4, 2010

The fourth annual Colorado Mission of Mercy was held Oct. 1-2, 2010 at the Phil Long Expo Center in Colorado Springs, CO.  Preliminary estimates are that this 100-chair dental clinic provided free dental treatment to over 1,400 adults and children who do not have dental insurance and cannot afford regular care.  In two days, roughly 225 dentists and 125 dental hygienists provided over $1 million in dental services.  Final numbers, photographs and a full report will be published in the coming months.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered for, donated to and supported COMOM 2010. Your time, talent and dedication to this cause truly made a difference!

For complete information on COMOM, please click here.

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Why Hello, Future President

September 15, 2010

Interested in being a future leader of the CDA?  Don’t miss the Colorado Leadership Workshop on Oct. 23, 2010.  Hosted in conjunction with the CDA New Dentist Committee, the workshop is open to all CDA members and will offer information on volunteer and leadership opportunities within the CDA.  Whether interested in charitable opportunities, political involvement or the CDA executive board track, come match your talents and interests with great opportunities for involvement.

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Transparency Reporting Required for Most Dentists in Feb 2012

September 15, 2010

During the 2010 legislative session, legislators considered a bill to extend certain disclosure requirements that are in place for physicians to numerous other healthcare professions, including dentistry.  SB 124, also known as the “Skolnik transparency bill,” was enacted by the governor this past June and requires healthcare professionals to report practice history information including disciplinary actions, malpractice settlements, criminal convictions and more during the initial licensure, renewal and reinstatement processes.  The reported information is made available to patients and the public through an online search tool. 

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CDA Bids Farewell to Executive Director Jim Young

September 15, 2010

CDA Executive Director Jim Young has accepted a new position in Colorado Springs and recently left the CDA on Sept. 15, 2010.  A search for a new executive director is currently underway.  The CDA is a strong organization with an outstanding reputation.  The Board of Trustees is confident in its ability to attract outstanding candidates, and select someone who can continue to lead the CDA in successful endeavors.  CDA Director of Finance Pam Brockhaus will be serving as interim executive director while the search is conducted.   We wish Jim the best in his new endeavors and appreciate his work while here at the CDA.

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Call for Nominations CDA Editor

September 15, 2010

After many years of devoted service, current CDA Editor Dr. Joe Tomlinson plans to retire the post, opening the opportunity for another CDA member.

The CDA is looking for a new editor.  If you are detail-oriented, good with the English language and grammar, have an interest in writing, and have several hours each month to serve your profession – the CDA editor position may be for you.

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Drug Take Back Program

September 15, 2010

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is hosting a nationwide drug take-back event on Saturday, Sept. 25.  Patients will be able to drop off unwanted and expired drugs at sites around the state to be disposed of properly.  The event is being organized to provide a safe and environmentally friendly disposal option for these drugs. The service is free and anonymous, and can accept narcotics and other controlled substances (which is a new and much needed service). 

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Dental Offices Recognized as Environmental Leaders

September 15, 2010

The Environmental Leadership Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently expanded to recognize practices within the dental community.  Three dental offices will be recognized by the governor as Bronze Achievers for their sustainable practices at a banquet in early September:

• CDA member Dr. Heidi Winquist of Heidi Winquist, DDS, PC;
• CDA members Dr. F. Robert Murphy, Dr. Paul Sica, Dr. Julie Ann Brown and Dr. David Welden of the North Boulder Dental Group; and
• Shelby Kahl, R.D.H., P.C.

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