The Winners of Free 2019 Dues Are …

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The CDA entered those who paid their 2018 membership dues into a drawing for free 2019 CDA and/or component dues. Here are the winners. Free 2019 CDA Dues Dr. Betty Jo Schope and Dr. James Woller Free 2019 Component Dues Boulder/Broomfield County: Dr. Byford Jarvis and Dr. Cherie Appleton Colorado Springs: Dr. Toan Chung Larimer County: Dr. Catarina Krutsinger and …

Medicare Made Easier: Changes to Opt-In/Opt-Out Process

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Dentists no longer need to opt in (enroll) or opt out of Medicare to continue to provide dental care, supplemental services, and prescriptions for patients on Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans. Background In 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guideline that required dentists and other healthcare providers to either opt in or opt out …

RSVP for 2018 Lobby Day

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Mark your calendar for Feb. 16 and plan to join the CDA for the 2018 Dentists at the Capitol Lobby Day. Lobby day is intended for dentist members of the CDA and ASDA student members only.  New Lobby Day Format Lobby day has a new format this year. The CDA and its lobbyists will offer training sessions to participants by …

PDMP Website Now Easier to Use

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Colorado’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was created to tackle prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion. The state has seen rates of use increase as the database continues to serve as an important tool for meeting the standard of care for safe prescribing. To get even more healthcare professionals to use the database, the Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA) has …

New CE Rules for Dentists: What You Need to Know

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From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association In March 2016, a new requirement that dentists complete 30 hours of continuing education (CE) per two-year license renewal cycle took effect. Dentists should be aware of the following details from the CE rule: Who: Any dentist who holds an active dental license, including academic dentists. Retired and inactive licensees …

The Law of the Garbage Truck

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By Larry Chatterley From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association A few years ago, my older brother was dying of congestive heart failure. As I visited with him in the hospital a few months before he passed away, he relayed a story called the “Law of the Garbage Truck.” Since this was the last time I would …

Decoding Dental Benefits: The Top 5 Concerns of Dentists

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By David Burger From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Dentists have many concerns when it comes to their patients’ dental plans, benefits and third-party payers. Among them are pre-authorizations, delays in processing claims, claim denials, refund requests and the lack of assignment of benefits to non-participating dentists. Staff of the ADA Center for Dental Benefits, Coding …

Sexual Harassment: How Well Do You Understand?

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By Lynne Curry From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Sex harassment—we think we know what it is—unwelcome sexual conduct that impacts the workplace. But what happens when one of your colleagues, employees or patients believes something is or isn’t harassment, when you believe the opposite? What if you’re the one who is wrong? You might think …