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Requirements for Inspection of Volumetric Dental Imaging Systems Revised

June 10, 2010

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has announced additional changes to its radiology (x-ray) regulations.  Extensive changes to the rules were adopted in October 2009.  Most of the new changes are non-substantive, grammatical corrections. 

For dentistry, the notable change is in the “Part 2” language that will require annual inspections for volumetric dental imaging systems.  Most dental x-ray equipment must be inspected every three years.  An exception is made for portable handheld units, which must be inspected every year.  The revision is intended to clarify the department’s existing policy for volumetric dental imaging systems.

CDA Presents Awards at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair

June 10, 2010
The 55th Annual Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.  This three-day event showcased winning science projects from regional fairs across the state in a competition for awards, scholarships, and a chance to attend the International Science Fair with all expenses paid.  The awards are presented by more than 60 organizations and judged by more than 150 professionals from those organizations.  The Colorado Dental Association was one of those organizations.

Medicaid Provider Payment Delay

June 10, 2010

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing sent a notice this week regarding Medicaid claims and reimbursement:

  • Any Medicaid claims submitted by June 11 will be paid on June 18, as usual.
  • However, any Medicaid claims submitted after June 11 will NOT BE PAID UNTIL July 9.

Dentists May Be Eligible for Payment under United Healthcare Class Action Settlement

June 10, 2010

A group of patients and providers filed a class action lawsuit against United Healthcare and its affiliates alleging violations of state and federal law in providing insufficient reimbursement for covered out-of-network services.  Those involved have agreed to settle the lawsuit in exchange for $350 million in monetary compensation to patients and providers, and ongoing business practice changes by United Healthcare.

If you are a dentist who has claimed assignment of benefits as an out-of-network provider with United Healthcare in the past 15 years, you may be eligible to receive a payment under this settlement.

Red Flags Rule Enforcement Delayed Again

June 10, 2010

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it will further delay enforcement of its Red Flags Rule, which would have gone into effect on June 1, 2010.  With the new extension, enforcement is postponed until Jan. 1, 2011.

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