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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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A Win to the Fourth Power

By Cal Utke, D.D.S., CDA Immediate Past President
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

As 2015 starts to settle in, we look at those pesky New Year’s resolutions and rebalance our life goals, both personal and financial. It’s one thing to rebalance your investment portfolios—but why stop there? I think it’s time and imperative to rebalance another equation that has morphed for me and my colleagues in dentistry over the past 10 years.

The dental world balance I’m referring to is significantly more challenging than developing a balanced occlusion on your next denture case or balancing your office check book. The equation in need of balance involves four factors—business employers, dental insurance companies, dentists and patients. All are interchangeable and dynamic within the balanced equation. All are ever-changing models that need to be rebalanced to regain equilibrium—or what I envision as an “exponential epiphany” to gain a win to the fourth power.

This takes collaboration, initiative and willingness to admit the errors of the past. This is not a request for all the groups to hold hands in a circle and sing “Kumbaya,” but ego and competition must stay in the parking lot for it to work. Let me highlight the issues I think the four groups must address for future progress.

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Rust Never Sleeps

By Michael Diorio, D.D.S., CDA Editor
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Assocation

The sun has set on the review of our Dental Practice Act and it will next be revisited in 2025.  With that milestone behind us, you might be thinking that it’s time for the CDA to go into hibernation, at least for legislative issues—however, if you really believe that, then this is a great time to read a little deeper into this issue of the journal.

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PANDA Dental Awareness in Colorado

By Katya Mauritson, D.M.D., M.P.H.(c), Dental Director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,
and Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants play an important role in identifying abuse and neglect among their patients. Individuals who commit abuse often avoid taking their victims to the same physician, but usually return to the same dental office. Vulnerable populations of maltreatment often include children  and at-risk adults,  which include any person 70 years or older (at-risk elder) as well as any person who is 18 years or older with a developmental/physical disability. No one is immune from maltreatment, which is why any individual who is suspected to be a victim of abuse, neglect, violence, or exploitation should be screened and potentially reported.

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Dealing with the Measles Outbreak

By Judith H Holmes, J.D.
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Question:  We have a general dentistry practice, and we see patients of all ages.  We are concerned about the effects of the recent measles outbreak on our patients and employees.  Are there some guidelines on how to address this issue in our practice?

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Jumping in With Both Feet

By Brett Kessler, D.D.S., CDA President
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

As I wind down my term as the 128th president of the Colorado Dental Association, I find myself in a reflective mood.  I wonder, did I make a difference? Was I an effective leader? Did I leave the organization better than when I found it?

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