CDA Shares Stories of Coloradans Helped by Medicaid Dental

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Medicaid dental coverage has played a key role in improving lives and health across the state. It has improved nutrition. It’s helped women have healthier pregnancies. It’s prevented poor medical outcomes. It’s enabled people to find better jobs and businesses to grow.  That’s why the CDA and its dental partners launched in early November the Health First: Dental Is Essential …

Four Fall Focus Areas for CDA Government Relations

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Even when the state legislature is not in session, the Capitol remains busy with post-2017-session and pre-2018-session work. This fall has been particularly busy to that end with a number of legislative interim committees and rulemaking processes affecting dentists and dental offices.  …

Medicaid Regulatory Efficiency Review

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As highlighted in the August 2017 CDA eNews, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) gave stakeholders the opportunity to comment on rules governing both the child and adult Medicaid dental benefits. The CDA submitted comments Aug. 30 on behalf of the Medicaid provider community. The topics addressed in the CDA comments include: Restrictive interpretation of the …

Non-Medicaid Providers May Now Collect Copays for Dual Covered Patients

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In the past, two conflicting sections of state law have disagreed on whether a copay or deductible associated with a dually covered patient’s primary insurance plan could be collected from Medicaid patients. If a dentist did not collect a required private plan copay, he/she could be subject to insurance fraud penalties. If a dentist did collect the required private plan …

Non-Medicaid Providers Can Collect Copays

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From the Summer 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Non-Medicaid providers may now collect copays for dual covered patients. In the past, there have been two conflicting sections of state law that disagreed on whether a co-pay or deductible associated with a dually covered patient’s primary insurance plan can be collected from Medicaid patients. If a dentist did not …

Comments Requested on Future of Colorado Medicaid Dental Program

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The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) is looking to assess the continued need, appropriateness, and cost-effectiveness of its rules and determine whether those rules should be continued, modified, or repealed. In regard to the Colorado Medicaid dental program, for both adults and children, dentists who either love or dislike aspects of what’s covered versus not covered …

Medicaid Revises Orthodontic Payment Policy Proposal

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In October 2016, Medicaid (now known as Health First Colorado) announced changes to its payment methodology for orthodontic providers, which was met by many concerns within the orthodontist community. Many major issues came up, including potential rate cuts and lack of coverage for denied cases, which are highlighted in an updated bulletin issued in early April. Fortunately, the CDA was …

Have Dental Practice, Will Travel

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By Dr. Carol Morrow, CDA President-Elect From the Spring 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association When you’re a rural dentist, there is one thing you don’t have to worry about: being busy. While I know this is something that would be coveted in urban areas, it does pose an entirely new set of problems. The biggest one being, how …

Advocating For You: 2017 Legislative Update

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Spring 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Colorado’s 2017 legislative session is in full swing and it has been an extremely busy session for dentistry. The CDA represents its members every day at the state Capitol monitoring the nearly 500 bills being considered by the state legislature this year. …