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State Board Meeting Update - Jan. 2014

February 19, 2014

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) met on Jan. 23. Much of the meeting focused on discussion of the Sunset Review of the Dental Practice Law. A new dentist and a new public member are expected to be appointed to the SBDE shortly. The SBDE plans to conduct rulemaking on opioid prescribing and licensure rules in April. We will share the draft rules with CDA member dentists when they are published for comment ahead of this meeting. The SBDE also plans to appoint a committee to assist in review of anesthesia applications at its April 2014 meeting.

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Renew Your Dental License

February 19, 2014

If you have not done so, please remember to renew your state dental license.  All Colorado dentist and dental hygienist licenses will expire on Feb. 28, 2014.  Dentists and dental hygienists are not permitted to practice dentistry without a current license.  The license renewal process is administered by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).  All questions regarding this process should be directed to 303-894-2984 or 303-894-7800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   Some changes were made to the renewal process this year.  For a guide on how to navigate the license renewal process, click here.

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Dental Sunset Review Bill Introduced

February 19, 2014

On Jan. 30, HB 1227 – the 2014 Sunset Review of the Dental Practice Act – was introduced before the state House of Representatives. 2014 marks a year where the laws that govern dentistry are reviewed and potentially revised. Many of CDA’s priority recommendations, including continuing education and anesthesia updates, were included in the introduced bill draft. The bill still has a long legislative process ahead, but is off to a good start for the dental profession. The CDA will continue to provide updates throughout this process.

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Bill Expanding Pediatric Dental Benefits Becomes Law

February 19, 2014

HB 1053, a bill that ensures that pediatric dental benefit coverage is available in all plans purchased through the state healthcare exchange and in the private market, was signed by the governor into law. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Beth McCann (D-Denver) and Sen. Irene Aguilar (D-Denver), allows the commissioner of insurance to require that health plans purchased through the state exchange require purchase of pediatric dental benefits, expanding access to dental care for kids.

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Sign-up Today to Take 5!

January 6, 2014

This spring, for the first time, Colorado will offer a dental benefit under Medicaid for adults.  Details are still being worked out and the process to establish a non-state adminstrator for the benefit is underway. This benefit will qualify over 300,000 adults in the state for dental care.  To address this influx in dental patients, the CDA created "Take 5," a program that asks all dentists to treat 5 Medicaid families or patients each year.  The CDA commits to helping Take 5 dentists enroll in Medicaid and provide resources to support their practice.  Click here to learn more and make the Take 5 pledge!

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CDA Airs Radio Ads Starting Dec. 9!

December 4, 2013

Phase two of the CDA’s commercial campaign will start Monday, Dec. 9 on radio stations during the morning and evening commute times.  This campaign launched last month on statewide television to raise public awareness about the importance of going to a CDA member dentist.  The commercial will air between 5 a.m./6 a.m. to 8 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on KOA, KBCO and KTCL. The commercial informs the listener that CDA members are held to the highest standard of ethics and care, and that CDA dentists are required to take continuing education.  At the end, the listener is encouraged to ask if his/her dentist is a CDA member. 

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Renew Your Membership Online Today

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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