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State Board of Dentistry Releases Sunset Review Rulemaking Schedule

September 15, 2014

On Saturday, the Colorado State Board of Dentistry published dates for upcoming rulemaking hearings related to the 2014 Sunset Review bill (HB14-1227). Four committees have been established to address topics addressed in the Sunset Review bill. Rulemaking will cover topics like anesthesia, continuing education, fines, licensing changes and more. Dates and details on the topics covered in each hearing are listed below. All meetings will be held at DORA’s facility at 1560 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202.

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New Amalgam Separator Requirement for Denver Metro Area

September 2, 2014

The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Metro District), which serves the Denver metro area, has implemented new amalgam control requirements for dental offices in its service area. By February 19, 2015, dental offices served by the Metro District will be required to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) for placement, removal and disposal of dental amalgam. These dental offices will also be required to install amalgam separators by August 19, 2015.  The Metro District service area includes most of the Denver metro and surrounding suburban areas. Click here to see the cities and sanitation districts affected.

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The Trust Announces Referral Program and New Board Position

August 6, 2014

The Dentists Professional Liability Trust of Colorado Board of Directors is always working to attract new dentists into the plan.  To further those efforts, beginning this month (August 1) if you, as a Trust participant, refer a dentist who applies and receives coverage from The Trust, you will receive a $200 (Visa/MC) gift card in appreciation for the referral.

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Updated Draft Rule for the Medicaid Children’s Benefit

August 6, 2014

The state recently released an updated draft of the rules outlining approved Medicaid dental benefits for children ages 0 to 20. A copy of the draft children’s benefit rule can be accessed by clicking here. The draft children’s benefit rule addresses coverage for exams, diagnostic imaging, preventive, restorative, periodontal, prosthetic, oral surgery and anesthesia services. The document lists code descriptions for procedures and any frequency limitations or prior authorizations required. This rule does not address adult dental benefits or children’s orthodontic benefits, as these topics are addressed in separate rules.

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After Years of Waiting, EPA Finally Moves on Proposed Amalgam Separator Rule

August 6, 2014

The ADA has learned that the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is now reviewing an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to reduce the amount of dental amalgam that dental offices release into wastewater systems. Following the OMB's review (assuming OMB approval, usually within 90 days) EPA will publish the proposed rule for comment. This is the first significant development on an amalgam separator mandate since the EPA first announced its intention to develop a rule in September 2010.

The ADA has consulted with the EPA a number of times since 2010. The EPA understands that the ADA supports a reasonable national pretreatment standard for amalgam waste as long as it is not unduly burdensome on dental professionals.

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CO Medical Services Board Member Needed

August 6, 2014

The governor’s office is seeking applicants for a vacant position on the Medical Services Board (the state board that oversees the Medicaid program across many professions). While a dentist has served in the past, currently no dentist serves on this board.  Having a dentist would provide good expertise, given the ongoing changes to Medicaid dental benefits. The person appointed to this position must reside in Congressional District 7 (generally north and west metro Denver area), be either a registered republican or an unaffiliated voter and have knowledge of medical assistance programs. Anyone who is interested in being considered for an appointment to the board should submit an application for membership through the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions.

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All Dentists Must Register with Colorado’s PDMP by Oct. 31

August 6, 2014

A recently passed bill, HB14-1283, requires all dentists with a DEA registration to register with Colorado’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) by Oct. 31. The PDMP is a secure, online database created in 2005 that provides objective information about patients’ controlled substance prescription records to assist Colorado healthcare providers in offering appropriate treatment to their patients. If you have not already signed up to use the PDMP, you may register for an account at: http://www.hidinc.com/copdmp. If you are already registered or are a current user of the PDMP database, no future action is needed at this time to meet the state requirement.

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Full Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit Launches July 1

July 1, 2014

Starting today, July 1, a comprehensive dental benefit for Medicaid-eligible adults is available.

What does that mean?
This means that over 300,000 adults who qualify for Medicaid can access a robust schedule of dental services including restorative treatment, root canals, crowns, surgical procedures and full/partial dentures (note that prior authorization is required for certain designated codes).

What else is new?
Starting today, July 1, DentaQuest is the new administrator of the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program.  This means that all Medicaid claims billed on or after July 1, for both adults and children, will be processed through DentaQuest.  DentaQuest also has a team in Colorado dedicated to serving providers, and their provider service phone number is equipped to answer any day-to-day questions that providers may have: 855-225-1731.

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Dr. Brett Kessler, New CDA President

June 6, 2014

Dr. Brett Kessler became the CDA's 128th president on June 6 at the CDA House of Delegates meeting.  Having served the CDA as an officer for the past four years, it is an honor to have Dr. Kessler lead the association and organized dentistry in Colorado. Dr. Kessler has a private practice in the Stapleton area of Denver.  He is a past board member of the Metro Denver Dental Society as well as a former part-time faculty member of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He also serves as the chair of the Dental Well Being Committee for the State of Colorado.  In 2007, Dr. Kessler testified before congress on behalf of the ADA on the ravages of methamphetamines on oral health. He speaks internationally regarding this subject.  Dr. Kessler is passionate about organized dentistry, and advocacy for oral health and patient care.

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Governor Signs Sunset Review Bill

June 6, 2014

On Friday, June 6, Gov. Hickenlooper signed HB 1227, the Sunset Review of the Dental Practice Act, into law.  The revised Dental Practice Act will be in effect as of July 1, however, several changes must still undergo rulemaking.  The CDA will keep members posted as these modifications take effect.  The Sunset Review is a process where the laws that govern dentistry are reviewed and updated. This process occurs approximately every 10 years.  Working with dental stakeholders and the Colorado Dental Hygienists' Association, the CDA was successful in lobbying for a bill that will best serve the entire dental profession for years to come. 

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