Everyone Wins When You Offer a 401(k) Plan

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By Darren Royal From the Spring 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Dentists, like physicians, and other small business owners have similar concerns when setting up a 401(k) plan. They want to provide employees with an attractive workplace and a rewarding benefits package that includes a 401(k) plan, but they don’t have a dedicated staff member to assist with …

Starfish and Ripples

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By Dr. Brett Kessler From the Spring 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association In March, my wife, Dr. Gina Kessler, and I, along with 15 other colleagues from Dentistry Making a Difference went to Guatemala for a dental mission trip. We have always wanted to do something along these lines, and when the opportunity presented itself, we decided to …

The Halfway Point: Mid-Term Legislative Update

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HB 1045 Signed into Law Dental hygienists soon can administer silver diamine fluoride in cooperation with a dentist.  On Thursday, March 22, Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB18-1045 into law. The bill authorizes dental hygienists, who have received appropriate training, to administer SDF when working in cooperation with a dentist. Prior to the passage of this bill, the Colorado Dental Board …

Annual X-Ray Fees Due April 30

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The annual x-ray facility registration fee dentists are required to pay is due April 30. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) implemented this new annual x-ray facility registration fee in 2016 requiring dentists to pay a $50 fee and update their facility information annually. How to Register Visit the CDPHE website to complete the Application for Facility …

Take Our Survey and You Could Win Great Prizes

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The CDA is surveying ALL Colorado dentists (Medicaid and non-Medicaid providers, those who see children and those who don’t) and dental hygienists. The survey results will help the CDA better understand dentists’ experiences with the Take 5/pay-for-performance program to gather data on what influenced them to sign up or not sign up as Medicaid providers when the program was expanded …

Preventing Opioid Abuse from the Dental Chair

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Dentistry is at a crossroads when it comes to prescribing opioids for dental pain. That’s why the American Dental Association (ADA) recently published an article by Dr. Joseph Crowley, ADA president, titled “Preventing Opioid Abuse from the Dental Chair,” along with ways for dentists to implement practices to help ensure safe and effective prescribing of pain medications. More than 42,000 …

Medicaid Provider Rate Review Advisory Committee Seeks Input

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The Medicaid Provider Rate Review Advisory Committee (MPRRAC) assists the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) in the review of provider rates to determine whether rates are sufficient to ensure client access and provider retention. Its next meeting is April 3. This year the dental rate codes will be reviewed. Some of the defined goals of this process …