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December 4, 2013

Thank you for your membership in organized dentistry this year.  2014 is a big year for dentistry in Colorado, as the legislature will review virtually every law that governs dentistry.  This process is called sunset review; it occurs every 10 years.  The CDA is prepared to act on behalf of the dental profession and organized dentistry and will keep members informed of future changes to rules and regulations.  Don’t miss out on these critical updates in addition to the countless business, networking and CE benefits available to members of the tripartite.  Click on the "Renew Your Membership" button on the CDA homepage today, cdaonline.org.

 

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Ladies in the Loupe Holiday Tea Time – Dec. 15

December 4, 2013

Attention women dentists!  It’s high time for tea, treats, manicures, massages and networking with your colleagues!  Take a break from the busy holiday season; mingle with your fellow women dentists while enjoying a mini-mani (back by popular demand) and/or a relaxing chair massage.  The fun takes place on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 2:30-5:00 p.m. at the Wellshire Inn & Event Center (3333 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO  80222). In the spirit of the holiday season, we will also be collecting donations (cash or check) for the Food Bank of the Rockies.  Participation in this gift-giving is optional. 

NOTE:If you'd like to take part in a mini-mani, PLEASE do NOT polish your nails before this event. There is no charge for this event, but we do request that you RSVP to Jeanne Nicoulin, Director of Membership, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-996-2842.

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New Dentist Event Draws a Crowd to Larimer County

December 4, 2013

On Nov. 9, over 80 attended the New Dentist Committee seminar and networking event about  third party payors and insurance companies.  Dr. Mary Smith, a dentist from Washington, provided information to dentists about how to best communicate with third party payers and how to correctly code procedures for maximum benefit.  Attend seminars, network with your colleagues and get involved with the CDA New Dentist Committee!  Information about future gatherings and photos from this event can be found at www.facebook.com/ColoradoNewDentistCommittee.
 

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Update: 2014 Adult Medicaid Dental Benefit

November 8, 2013

Colorado recently announced that it will seek applications from administrative service organizations (ASO’s), usually private insurance plans, to manage the state’s Medicaid dental benefits. Medicaid will select a single vendor to act as the ASO for both the children’s and adult’s dental benefits under Medicaid. The new arrangement is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2014. Medicaid released a draft proposal for interested vendors in mid-October. The CDA submitted several suggestions to ensure providers are protected in the ASO arrangement, including:
• vendor requirements for prompt payment
• language prohibiting the vendor from requiring Medicaid providers to accept their commercial plans
• clarification on reasons for provider termination
• streamlining a system for prior authorizations

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State Board Seeks Volunteers for Anesthesia Committee

November 8, 2013

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee that will review anesthesia permit applications. Volunteers must hold an active permit in moderate sedation or deep sedation/general anesthesia. Volunteers will serve a three-year term on the review committee, which will meet monthly (with one exception). Click here to access a list of 2014 meeting dates (reference the Panel B schedule). Teleconferencing will be available for dentists outside the Denver metro area.

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NDC Pedals for Charity!

November 8, 2013
On Saturday, Oct. 19, a group of CDA new dentist’s “Pedaled for Charity” and raised several hundred dollars for Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) and the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM).  They also had a lot of fun pedaling and visiting several of LoDo’s hot spots!

Network with colleagues and get involved with the CDA New Dentist Committee (NDC). Space is still available for the NDC Fort Collins seminar and networking event Saturday, Nov. 9 (7-10 p.m.) featuring “what dentists need to know when working with insurance companies or 3rd party payors.” 

Presented by Dr. Mary Smith, who has served as a member of the American Dental Association's (ADA) Board of Trustees, the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, and ADA House of Delegates.  Please RSVP to Jeanne Nicoulin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-996-2842.
 

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State Board Drafts Rules on Opioid Prescribing, Licensure of Military Spouses

November 8, 2013

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) is revising its rules related to opioid prescribing and licensure of military spouses.

The intent of the proposed opioid prescribing policy is to reduce overprescribing and prescription drug abuse. Parallel rulemaking efforts are being conducted by the Colorado boards of medicine, pharmacy and nursing. To view a copy of the proposed policy, click here.

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CDA Commercial Airs on Monday, Nov. 11

November 8, 2013   
 
The CDA is excited to launch a TV commercial to the show the public the benefit of seeking dental care from a CDA member dentist.  Our hope is to also gain new members from this media campaign. The CDA commercial will air on NBC stations throughout Colorado, Nov. 11 - Nov. 22 in the following time slots.

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Are you interested in serving on the State Board?

November 7, 2013

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) will have two vacant positions available as of January 2014. The state will appoint one dentist and one public member to fill these vacant positions.  Each appointment will be for a four-year term.  The commitment to serve on the State Board includes participation in quarterly full board, monthly panel and additional committee meetings throughout the year. 

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Oct. 1 Employer Deadline for Issuing Insurance Exchange Notices

September 13, 2013

As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all employers must provide notice to new hires and current employees about their state’s health insurance marketplace, also known as the insurance exchange, which will be in operation by 2014.  In Colorado, the exchange is called Connect for Health Colorado.  Open enrollment under the exchange begins on Oct. 1, 2013.  

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