Joint Budget Committee Votes to Restore Funding for Dental Items

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In March 2021, the state’s Joint Budget Committee (JBC) considered funding for a number of dental items – with great news for the dental community. While these decisions are not final until budget balancing is complete and the long bill is through the legislative process, the JBC’s initial recommendations hold in more cases than not. Below are additional updates on …

Credit Card Processing Changes in April

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Does your office key-in credit cards rather than reading the card via chip? Best Card, the CDA and ADA endorsed credit card processor, has some time-sensitive information to remember the next time your office processes a credit card. All the major credit card brands make changes to their base cost structure every April and October, and this April’s changes are …

Employers Beware: Colorado Unemployment System Targeted by Scammers

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States across the country are seeing fraudulent unemployment claims and Colorado is no exception. Colorado employers are seeing unemployment claims being filed either in the name of active employees or in the name of people who have never worked for them before. The state has stopped more than 800,000 fraudulent claims, preventing about $7 billion in fraudulent unemployment payments. It …

12th Amended PHO 20-29 Released

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CDPHE released the 12th amended Public Health Order that impacts dental procedures and treatment. Read the latest version of PHO 20-29 The latest revision of PHO 20-29 made substantial changes and the CDA and Colorado Dental Hygienists’ Association (CODHA) are working together to obtain additional guidance from CDPHE and DORA. The PHO that for the past year has been up to …

2021 Colorado Legislative Session Convenes (again)

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On Feb. 16, the Colorado General Assembly resumed its 2021 legislative session. It felt far more like a traditional opening day than the original opening day in January. Leadership gave traditional opening speeches highlighting priorities for the session. Common themes in the speeches included COVID relief, housing, education, healthcare costs, mental health service access, climate change, transportation, and veterans support, …

11th Revised PHO 20-29 Released

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Late last week, CDPHE released its 11th revision of PHO 20-29.    As of Feb. 11, 2021, there are 409,683 known cases of COVID-19 in Colorado; 22,655 Coloradans have been hospitalized and 5,568 Coloradans have died from COVID-19. Very few changes were made in this PHO revision.   Here are the noted changes:   Medical Facility Infection Control Policies: While fairly straightforward, it …

HPV Pilot Education Program

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Dental providers play a key role in promoting and protecting oral health in their patients. In addition, they are in a unique position to provide patient education that promotes healthy behaviors to prevent or reduce the risk of potential oral health issues, including oral cancers. Oral cancer diagnoses are dramatically increasing in the U.S., with oropharyngeal cancer driving this increase. …

Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020

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The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief (TCDTR) Act of 2020 was enacted Dec. 27, 2020 to provide tax relief in the form of tax credits for eligible employers. It’s important to note the difference between a ‘tax break (or write-off)’ and a ‘tax credit.’ A tax credit is dollar-for-dollar relief on payroll taxes in this instance, where as a …

In Memoriam: Dr. James H. Pearce, Jr. – CDA Past President

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Dr. James H. Pearce, Jr. (8-28-1930 to 1-31-2021) Dr. James Pearce, a retired endodontist and CDA past president (1986-1987) passed away at the age of 90. A 1955 graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, Dr. Pearce served two years in the Dental Corps of the U.S. Air Force, then practiced privately in Denver until 1990. Dr. Pearce was a past …

Thank You Denver Health and Thank You COMOM!

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The CDA did a flash survey among members two weeks ago to better understand the continued need for COVID-19 vaccinations for dental professionals. We found that one third of our members had received the first dose; one third had received both doses; and one third had yet to be vaccinated despite substantial efforts. The dentists in metro-area counties, Larimer County …