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ADA Action Alert: Repeal Insurance Industry Antitrust Exemptions

October 23, 2009

The ADA has long encouraged Congress to repeal an insurance industry exemption from federal antitrust laws. The exemption allows health insurance companies to work jointly in setting rates without fear of federal antitrust scrutiny. When this type of behavior is allowed, consumers are hurt by a reduction in innovation and variety in the marketplace compared to what would be offered in an atmosphere of robust competition between insurance providers.

Dentists have recently come together to ask Congress to revisit this exemption, asking that the antitrust exemptions be repealed as part of healthcare reform. If you have not already done so, please take 5 minutes today to send a letter to your members of Congress in support of the repeal. Click here to send a letter using the easy-to-use Capwiz software.

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U.S. House Passes Legislation Providing Red Flags Rule Exemption, Senate to Consider

October 23, 2009

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would exempt small businesses, including most private practice dentists, from the "Red Flags" identity theft rules slated to take effect November 1. The bill, H.R. 3763, would provide an exemption for healthcare, law and accounting practices with 20 or fewer employees and give the Federal Trade Commission the flexibility to waive the rule for other industries and professions.

The bill will now go before the Senate for consideration. The Senate must also pass the bill before the exemption will take effect.

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State Board Adopts Licensure Rule, Returns Anesthesia Rule to Committee

October 23, 2009

On Wednesday, the State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) met to consider proposed revisions to its licensure and anesthesia rules.

The Board adopted proposed changes to the licensure reinstatement rule with minor amendments for clarification. The revisions improve consistency across licensees and type of licensure, and give more flexibility in reinstatement of lapsed licenses than previously had been allowed. This revision applies only to dentists and dental hygienists whose licenses have lapsed.

Discussions continued on the rule proposal that would modify the anesthesia permit structure.

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Board of Health Approves New X-Ray Regulations

October 23, 2009

On Wednesday, the Colorado Board of Health met to consider proposed revisions to its rules on radiation control, which include provisions governing the use of dental x-ray equipment.

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Carve Out Bill for Medicaid Dental Program Moves Forward

October 23, 2009

Medicaid provider participation and provider reimbursement rates are dangerously low in Colorado. A "carve out" is one option that could help address this issue and ensure sustainability and success for the program into the future.

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Reminder! Rule Hearings Scheduled for Oct 21

October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 21 is a big day for dental regulations. There will be two notable public hearings that day.

The department of health will hold a hearing on proposed revisions to it x-ray rules at 10:00 a.m. in the CDPHE Sabin-Cleere Conference Room. The CDPHE is located at 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Bldg. A., Denver, CO 80246.

In addition, the SBDE will hold hearings on anesthesia and licensure rule revisions at 1:00 p.m. at 1560 Broadway, Ste. 1380, Denver, CO 80202.

Be sure to mark your calendar to attend the hearing if you have comments or concerns with any of the noted rules.

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CDA Files Formal Comments on X-Ray Rule Revisions

October 15, 2009

As broadcast in a recent CDA e-Alert, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is considering revisions to its rules on radiation control, including changes to rules governing the use of x-ray technology in dentistry. The CDA conducted an extensive review of the rule revisions and filed formal comments to address a few concerns. Primary concerns addressed in the comment include restrictions on the use of handheld x-ray devices and records retention requirements that would potentially conflict with State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) rules. To view a copy of the CDA’s comments, click here.

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X-Ray Rules Revised - Portable handheld devices affected by rule, comments due by Sept. 30

Sept. 25, 2009

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recently proposed revisions to its rules on radiation control, which include changes to rules governing the use of x-ray technology in dentistry.

The most noteworthy change for the dental profession is in regard to the use of portable handheld x-ray equipment, like the NOMAD x-ray system. New rules would require that handheld devices like the NOMAD be placed on a stand during use. This would severely limit the portability of the device. The CDA will file a comment objecting to this requirement and encourages dentists who use this technology to file written comments as well.

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Introducing the New cdaonline.org!

Sept. 22, 2009

If you haven’t visited cdaonline.org recently, we invite you to check out the newly improved CDA Website. The site has been redesigned, refreshed and reprogrammed to give you better functionality, more features and more member resources.

Each month we’ll spotlight a new section of our Website to help you get acquainted with the new look and features.

Please visit the “Find a Dentist” section of cdaonline.org (click on the button in the top right corner of the screen) to view your office listing(s).

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Licensure Reinstatement Rule Gains Additional Flexibility

Sept. 22, 2009

The SBDE has proposed revisions to the reinstatement section of its licensure rule. The Board made several revisions to the licensure rules this year to improve consistency across licensees and type of licensure (initial licensure and reinstatement).

This revision would apply only to dentists and dental hygienists whose licenses have lapsed. The rule gives more flexibility in reinstatement of lapsed licenses than previously had been allowed.

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