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New Dentists Mentor Graduating Dental Students at Two Fun Events

May 19, 2015

The first week of May, the CDA held two events as a way to introduce soon-to-be graduates of the CU School of Dental Medicine to the association.

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Anesthesia Rule Changes Adopted by State Dental Board

May 19, 2015

During fall 2014 and spring 2015, the State Dental Board conducted rulemaking hearings to help implement the dental sunset review bill. The State Board established four related rulemaking committees: anesthesia; CE and fining; licensure; lasers, dental hygiene prescribing and dental laboratories. Ten committee meetings were held through the fall, as well as five rulemaking sessions. These meetings were all open for dentist participation, and the CDA encouraged member dentists to attend and provide input.

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Updates to Medicare Opt In/Opt Out Process and Medicare Advantage Plans

May 19, 2015

In the winter 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association, the CDA published detailed information about the requirement for dentists to either enroll in or opt out of Medicare before June 1, 2015. Since then, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made some updates in regard to the opt-in/opt-out deadlines and in regard to patients who use Medicare Advantage plans.

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Clearing Up Confusion about Collecting Fees from Medicaid Patients

May 19, 2015

With the addition of the adult dental benefit, there seems to be some confusion in the dental community about when a Medicaid patient may be charged out-of-pocket for dental services. Prior to the addition of a comprehensive adult dental benefit, some dentists were collecting out-of-pocket payments from adult Medicaid patients, as nearly all dental benefits were not covered by Medicaid for this patient population. It is important to note that the addition of adult dental benefits in Medicaid changes the permissibility of this practice. 

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Do Changes to the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program Affect You?

May 19, 2015

The Colorado Medicaid Dental Program continues to evolve based on feedback from providers. Recently of note, the Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) program for disabled adults will be incorporated into the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program in July 2015, the state implemented changes to the Adult Dental Services Rule, and DentaQuest released an updated office reference manual (ORM). Read below for details and additional updates.

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Colorado State Legislature Adopts Two Key Dental Bills

May 19, 2015

Colorado’s state legislative session ended May 6, 2015. Two key dental bills received legislative support and approval during this year’s state legislative session.

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CDA House of Delegates Meeting – 2015 Resolutions

May 8, 2015

The CDA’s governing body convenes each year at the Annual Session.  The House of Delegates votes on resolutions that impact the CDA and its membership.  To read this year’s resolutions and to view the proposed budget for 2015/2016, click here.  Among the resolutions is one brought forth by the CDA Finance Council to increase member dues by $34 per active member. The dues amount for other membership categories will reflect the adjustment per the CDA Bylaws. Click here to read 09-15-BA.

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New Optimal Level of Fluoride in Drinking Water Announced

April 29, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services released its final Public Health Service recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. The recommended ratio of fluoride to water is 0.7 parts per million (ppm), which results from years of scientific analysis of the amount of fluoride people receive from all sources. This recommendation replaces the previous recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 ppm issued in 1962.

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2015 Legislation That Affects You

By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

The Colorado state legislature meets from mid-January until mid-May each year. During this time, the CDA is present daily at the Capitol advocating on your behalf. This year, the CDA is involved in tracking more than 30 bills with potential impacts on the dental profession. Primary bills of interest and their current status include:

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Hub and Spokes Route Dental Care to Destinations in Need

By Krysia Gabenski, CDA Strategic Communications Specialist
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

According to a February Colorado Health Institute (CHI) report, eight of Colorado’s 64 counties are “dental deserts,” meaning they are without a licensed dentist, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or a Community-Based Dental Clinic (CBDC). It’s important, however, to point out that these eight counties only account for 1% of the total state population. But nonetheless, the need for access to quality dental care for this underserved population is real and urgent. That’s why the CDA, through its new Community Dental Health Program (CDHP), has stepped up to lead this effort to improve access-to-care issues statewide.

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