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Survey: Help Improve IRS Small Business Communications

August 10, 2010

The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) is asking small business owners to participate in an anonymous survey designed to help improve outreach and provide better guidance to small business owners on tax rules.  The survey, which is administered by an independent, third-party group, is available online until September 9.  Please click here to get started.

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In Memoriam: Dr. Tom Grams

August 10, 2010

gramssmThe CDA extends our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Dr. Tom Grams, who was tragically killed during a humanitarian medical mission in Afghanistan last Thursday.  Dr. Grams was an active member of the CDA for many years – retiring four years ago to make the transition to full-time humanitarian dental work.  Several news sources have honored Dr. Grams and his work, including the Denver Post, the Durango Herald and the ADA News.

A memorial service for Dr. Grams will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 15 at the Smiley Building in Durango.

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Help a Colleague! Practice Monitor Training: Friday, September 10, 2010

July 19, 2010

If you have at least 5 years of experience in the practice of dentistry and are interested in sharing your expertise with a colleague, you could be a practice monitor.  

The Dentist Practice Monitor role makes it possible to protect the public and at the same time provide support for dentists who are making changes in their practices and in their lives.  As a Practice Monitor, you can help dentists who have experienced a health-related or substandard care issue requiring their practice be monitored.  Monitors provide direct monitoring service to another dentist, evaluate the practice in regular site visits, and offer suggestions and support.  Monitors enter a fee-for-service agreement with the monitored dentist for a specific time.  

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COMOM Volunteer Registration Now Available!

July 19, 2010

Online volunteer registration for COMOM 2010 is now available! The 4th Annual COMOM will be held in Colorado Springs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2010 (Oct. 1-2 are patient treatment days).   This 100+ chair portable dental clinic is truly makes a difference in the lives of patients and is an opportunity that you don't want to miss!

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Write Congress in Support of Federal Non Covered Services Bill

July 19, 2010

The ADA is backing a federal bill to stop dental benefit plans from dictating rates that dentists must charge for services not covered under a patient’s plan. 

H.R. 5000 would stop this practice at the national level and would apply to all ERISA or employer self-insured plans. Other provisions in the bill address coordination of benefits, assignment of benefits, downcoding by insurers, equal payment for participating and non participating providers, and other related insurer practices. 

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