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HIPAA Breach Reporting – Required by March 1

February 22, 2010

Did you have a HIPAA security breach – for example, the theft of records from your office or loss of a laptop containing patient records – between September and December 2009?

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GKAS – Thank You Volunteers!

February 22, 2010

There were lots of smiling kids on Friday, Feb. 5 thanks to Colorado dentists and dental professionals. About 250 dentists participated in the eighth annual Give Kids a Smile Day. In Colorado, this means children from low-income families without access to regular dental care are given free treatment and education by dental volunteers committed to this cause.

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Nuggets Tickets Discount

February 22, 2010

Don't miss your opportunity to take advantage of discounted Denver Nuggets tickets for March and April games! This is a CDA benefit for members and their friends and family. Better yet, a portion of all tickets sold will benefit the CDA Charitable and Educational Fund.

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COMOM 2010 – Save the Date

February 22, 2010

Please mark your calendar! This year’s Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) will be held at the Phil Long Expo Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2010 (patient treatment days are Oct. 1-2).

We welcome you and your dental team members to join us this year. Nearly 800 volunteers are needed for this event and we encourage both clinical and non-clinical individuals to register.

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SBDE Issues Revised Draft of Anesthesia Rule

December 17, 2009

This week the CDA received a new revision of the SBDE’s anesthesia rule proposal that would modify the anesthesia permit structure for Colorado dentists. To view a copy of the most recent rule revision, click here. The new rule addresses a number of concerns raised at the Board’s last public rule hearing in October, including:

  • Revision to use ADA definitions for the levels of sedation,
  • Clarification and specificity on EKG requirements,
  • Elimination of the term “anxiolysis” and clarification on premedication requirements, and
  • Addition of a section detailing patient monitoring requirements.

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Alert: Make sure you are coding indirect composites correctly!

December 17, 2009

The CDA was recently alerted to a problem with the coding and representation of indirect composite restorations, specifically procedures that involve taking an impression, making the restoration out of oven curable composite and cementing the restoration in place. We have been told that some dentists are representing the procedure to the patient as a porcelain crown and coding this procedure as such. However, the material used for the procedure is a composite, not glass. Thus, the SBDE has determined that this procedure cannot be represented or billed as a porcelain crown. Those who are engaging in this practice may be subject to disciplinary action for fraud. It is important that dentists know the board’s interpretation on this issue, and code and represent the procedure correctly to patients!

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Are you interested in serving on the SBDE?

December 17, 2009

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) has two positions opening in 2010 – one for a dentist and one for a public member.

These positions will be appointed in the next couple weeks, prior to the SBDE’s meeting on Jan. 21, 2010. The appointment is for a four year term. The commitment includes quarterly full board, monthly panel and additional committee meetings throughout the year.

If you would be interested in a board position – or know someone who would be good in the role – please contact the CDA at (303) 740-6900 for an application. Applications must be filed prior to the end of the year.

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Tech Tip docx conversion

December 14, 2009

Do you ever receive a Microsoft attachment that your computer can’t open? Chances are the attachment was created in a version of Microsoft that is newer than the version you have on your machine.

If the attachment ends in .docx (rather than .doc), this document was created in a newer version of Microsoft Word. Likewise, if you receive a document ending in .xlsx (rather than .xls), this spreadsheet was created in a newer version of Microsoft Excel.

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Rural Health Grants Available

December 14, 2009

At least $1M is available in grant funding to medical, oral and mental health projects that improve primary care services for the underserved in rural areas of Colorado. The maximum award amount is $50,000 per applicant.

The Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Program is available to support the health infrastructure in Colorado’s rural communities. The funds are intended to support outpatient primary care, which are considered to be the basic, entry level care (medical, oral and mental) provided by clinicians. The Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council was developed by Gov. Bill Ritter to provide oversight for this grant program.

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H1N1 for Dental Professionals

December 14, 2009

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance on preventing the transmission of 2009 H1N1 influenza in dental healthcare settings. The guidance includes new recommendations on the use of an airborne infection isolation room, N95 respirators, and infection control measures for personnel with influenza-like illness. The new guidance is available at http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/infectioncontrol/factsheets/2009_h1n1.htm.

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