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Calling for CDA Delegates, Officer Nominations and More!

March 16, 2014

All dentists are invited to attend the CDA Annual Session and House of Delegates meeting.  At this meeting, current topics affecting the profession will be discussed, and delegates can voice their opinions and vote on matters brought up by CDA members.  No experience is necessary to attend and new delegates are always welcome.  The meeting takes place June 5-7 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort.

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Colorado Marijuana Law – time to adjust your health history questions!

February 19, 2014

Now that your patients can legally access and use medical or recreational marijuana in Colorado, it is a good time to review and modify your patient health history questionnaire.  Consider including the following questions:

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Teledentistry, a Growing Trend

February 19, 2014

The use of teledentistry is growing here and across the U.S.  At the end of January, legislation passed in California (73-1) promoting teledentistry and making it reimbursable through Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. Teledentistry has gained interest across a number of states. Teledental platforms may present treatment options to a new and underserved patient base.  These developments have led more dentists to consider teledental options for their own offices and now legislatures are following their lead. 

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Medicaid Proposes Coverage Policy for Adults

February 19, 2014

The state Medicaid department recently published the first major proposal on the upcoming adult dental benefit.  The current policy coverage standard can be accessed by clicking here.
 
A draft coverage policy was shared with Take 5 participants in January for feedback. It was finalized late last week. The policy includes information on coverage for diagnostic procedures, x-rays, preventive procedures, minor and major restorative procedures, endodontic procedures, periodontal treatment, removable prosthetics, oral surgery and anesthesia, as well as policies on non-covered services, prior authorizations and billing guidelines that will apply to adults covered by Medicaid. The document lists code descriptions for procedures and any frequency limitations or prior authorizations required.

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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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