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New Opioid Prescribing Policy for Colorado Dentists

September 30, 2014

In July, the State Board of Dentistry adopted a new policy aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse by better managing opioid prescribing. In short, the policy states that providers prescribing and/or dispensing opioids should:

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Improvements to Colorado’s CHP+ Dental Program

September 30, 2014

As of July 1, the CHP+ dental program was expanded with the annual max increasing from $600 to $1,000 for covered children, and new periodontic, prosthodontic and orthodontic codes were added. These newly added codes include:

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In Memoriam: Dr Shaklee and Dr Bedard

September 30, 2014

This past month, the CDA has lost two of its members.
Dr. Roberta Shaklee
passed away on Aug. 29, 2014 after battling ovarian cancer for over two years. She began her career in dentistry nearly 40 years ago as a dental assistant and later became a dental hygienist and then a periodontist.  Please click here to read more about Dr. Shaklee.  In lieu of flowers, she wanted any gifts in her memory to be contributed to one or more of the following: Denver Hospice, History Colorado, Historic Denver, or the Dr. Roberta L. Shaklee Periodontal Excellence Award. This recognition is awarded to an outstanding Dental Hygiene Student from the Community College of Denver (CCD). Please contact Paige McEvoy at 4821 East Missouri Ave., Denver, CO 80246 to contribute to the award.

Dr. Jean-François Bédard passed away suddenly on Sept. 8, 2014. He graduated from dental school at the Universite de Montreal in 1993 and maintained a successful prosthodontic practice in Englewood, CO from 2001 until his death. The family requests donations be made in his honor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, or www.stjude.org.

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Save the Date: Cory Gardner Fundraiser

September 30, 2014

Mark Your Calendar and Join Us for an Event Honoring Congressman Cory Gardner
Colorado dentists will be hosting a fundraising event on Oct. 24, 2014 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for Congressman Cory Gardner, the Republican candidate who is seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mark Udall. Cong. Gardner has been a good friend of dentistry, supporting the dental profession in his role on the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which oversees healthcare issues) and through his ongoing support of the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM). Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the event.

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State Board of Dentistry Releases Sunset Review Rulemaking Schedule

September 15, 2014

On Saturday, the Colorado State Board of Dentistry published dates for upcoming rulemaking hearings related to the 2014 Sunset Review bill (HB14-1227). Four committees have been established to address topics addressed in the Sunset Review bill. Rulemaking will cover topics like anesthesia, continuing education, fines, licensing changes and more. Dates and details on the topics covered in each hearing are listed below. All meetings will be held at DORA’s facility at 1560 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202.

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