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Update on Infection Control Requirements: Do all staff need to attend OSHA training?

February 18, 2011

Several dentists have contacted the CDA asking whether all office employees must now attend an OSHA training course, rather than sending just one designee.

OSHA training requirements have not changed. Training is and has always been required for all dental office employees who are at risk for occupational exposure. The requirements outlined by OSHA include:

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Insurance Credentialing: Should I provide my DEA number on the application?

February 18, 2011

In 2003, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) issued a policy statement, along with a number of medical organizations, discouraging disclosure of a provider’s DEA registration number to insurance companies or others not involved in the legal chain of distribution for controlled substances. There is concern that use of DEA numbers for provider identification purposes could increase instances of prescription fraud and diversion.

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Updates for Medicaid Providers – Study Casts, Web Portal Claims Submissions, Billable Hygiene Codes

February 18, 2011

Colorado Medicaid recently published provider updates, which included several dental-specific changes. Medicaid clarified that no dental provider (including orthodontists) should submit diagnostic models or study casts with claims or prior authorization requests, unless specifically requested by the Medicaid program.

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DentalLine9 Call-in Program Helps the Public

February 18, 2011

Twice a year, the CDA and the Metro Denver Dental Society partner for the DentalLine9 call-in program at 9 News in Denver.  A panel of five dentists takes calls from the public during the news broadcasts to provide dental information.  On Jan. 20, 2011 and Jan. 27, 2011, 9 News phone lines were flooded by callers with dental questions.  We would like to give our sincere thanks to Dr. Nelle Barr, Dr. Jeff Hurst, Dr. Brett Levin, Dr. Jeff Lodl, Dr. Mark Novelen, Dr. Ken Peters, Dr. Pasco Scarpella, Dr. Carrie Seabury, Dr. Eric VanZytveld, Dr. Walt Vogl and Dr. Sean Whalen

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February 2011 Members Spotlight

February 18, 2011

Dr. Joe Tomlinson, Dr. Chris Biety, Dr. Makala Hubbell and Dr. Sean Whalen were featured in recent news. 
Dr. Tom Pixley recently represented the CDA at the American Dental Association.
Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) is one of 10 finalists for the Toms of Maine Grant for Mobile Dental Health.  The winners are decided by public vote online.

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