FTC Bans Noncompete Clauses in Employment Agreements

Molly PereiraFeatured News

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a new rule in 2024 banning noncompete clauses in employment agreements (effective 120 days from publication in the Federal Register). This rule potentially affects practice-owning dentists who have employment agreements with associates, hygienists or other staff as well as dentists who are employees and currently subject to a noncompete clause. The new FTC final …

Mom’s Meatloaf

Becky O'GuinFeatured News, Featured News

Mom’s Meatloaf By Carrie Mauterer, D.D.S., CDA Editor From the Spring  2024 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association I want to remind you of the most leaned upon, but rarely acknowledged, ADA resource: ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. It is a member benefit we all use on the daily, but we never really give them knuckles or a high five. …

ADA Releases Comprehensive Medicare and Dentistry Overview

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If you take Medicare or want to provide service to Medicare patients, the ADA has released a comprehensive overview of what dentists need to know. This comprehensive overview goes over Parts A, B, C, and D and shows how Medicare has recently changed its coverage of routine dental services in the ADA’s “The Basics of Medicare”. The overview also answers …

Oral Screening Bill for Elementary Students Awaits Governor’s Signature

Becky O'GuinFeatured News, Featured News, Government Relations & Advocacy

Senate Bill 142 (SB 142) was overwhelmingly approved by the legislature in the final days of the 2024 Colorado legislative session. It is waiting for the governor’s signature to become law. The CDA created this legislation as an initial step in a broader plan to incorporate dental screenings in schools as a “norm” in Colorado—much like they are already for …

Access to Care/Workforce Expansion: Dentist/Hygienist Compact Signed by Governor

Becky O'GuinFeatured News, Featured News, Government Relations & Advocacy

With Gov. Polis signing SB24-10 late May 17, Colorado became the eighth state to join the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact (leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb24-010). The CDA strongly supported this legislation that seeks to provide licensees with opportunities to practice in other participating states, which increases mobility for individuals who are relocating, improves public safety and promotes workforce development by reducing unnecessary licensure …

Legislation to Counter Harmful Ballot Measures Awaits Governor’s Signature

Becky O'GuinFeatured News, Featured News, Government Relations & Advocacy

The Problem The Colorado Trial Lawyers Association introduced a series of ballot initiatives earlier this year that would completely eliminate the cap on non-economic damages, essentially meaning that if a healthcare provider (including a dentist) were to get sued by a patient, there would be no limit on how much could be collected in a successful judgement for things like …

Gov. Polis Signs State Budget: CDA Secures Substantial Medicaid Rate Hike for 28 Dental Codes

Becky O'GuinFeatured News, Featured News, Government Relations & Advocacy

Gov. Polis signed the fiscal year 2024/2025 state budget, which will go into effect on July 1, 2024. Among several important budget inclusions was over $78 million dedicated to meaningful reimbursement rate increases for Medicaid dental providers. This increase resulted from 18 months of work by the CDA Medicaid Task Force initially chaired by Dr. Carol Morrow in 2022/2023 and …

The Breath of Life

Becky O'GuinFeatured News

By Brett Kessler, D.D.S., CDA Past President and ADA President-Elect, From the 2024 Spring Journal of the Colorado Dental Association The interesting thing about trauma is that sometimes you don’t know you even went through it. As dentists we spend so much time helping others that we often internalize our own needs and experiences. This happened to me last fall …

Roundtables Provide Opportunity to Have a Voice

Becky O'GuinFeatured News

In 2023, CDA leadership began holding virtual roundtable discussions to provide CDA member dentists detailed updates on current CDA priorities and also listen to members and get their feedback. Here are links to those roundtables. April 2024, Dental Assistant Scope of Care March 2024, Medicaid for Dummies November 2023, Solutions to Workforce Shortages October 2023, How are your colleagues addressing staffing shortages and …

Program Seeks to Enrich Diversity in Dentistry

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The Colorado Welcome Back: Oral Health program at Spring Institute supports internationally trained dental professionals to navigate licensure or alternative pathways as they reclaim their careers in Colorado. The cohort-based program includes support through 1-1 career coaching, licensure navigation, exam preparation (INBDE and TOEFL), employability skills training, and networking opportunities to 6 internationally trained dentists per year. The program seeks to enrich the diversity of Colorado’s oral …