CDPHE Licensed Healthcare Facilities Required to Get Vaccine

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On Aug. 30, the State Board of Health convened an emergency rulemaking hearing to discuss the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)’s proposed rule – 6 CCR 1011-1 Chapter 2, General Licensure Standards and the COVID-19 Vaccine. The proposed emergency rule would require licensed healthcare facilities to mandate their personnel (i.e., employees, direct contractors, and support staff) who …

First COVID-19 Vaccine Granted Full FDA Approval

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The Food and Drug Administration on Aug. 23 granted full approval for the first vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. The vaccine, previously referred to as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, will be marketed as Comirnaty, “for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older,” according to an FDA news release. The FDA also said the vaccine …

CDA Urges Additional Actions to Protect Colorado Communities from COVID-19

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On Aug. 12, 19 of Colorado’s leading healthcare organizations, including the Colorado Dental Association, joined together in urging support for the following steps to stop the spread of COVID-19: All healthcare employees should become vaccinated. Join us in expressing support for healthcare organizations that independently adopt policies requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees and staff, with local factors determining whether, how, …

Denver Requires Dental Teams to Be Vaccinated by Sept 30

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On Aug. 2, 2021, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock held a press conference and Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) released an updated public health order in response to the Delta variant and rise in COVID-19 positive cases.  The PHO requires, “personnel of the following entities, or types of entities, to be fully vaccinated by September 30, 2021.” The entities …

Colorado’s Workforce Shortage

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By Carrie Mauterer, D.D.S., CDA Immediate Past President and NEW CDA Editor An Excerpt From the Summer 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Witnessing the strategy, the nimbleness and the effectiveness of the Colorado Dental Association during a time of crisis absolutely humbled me. I wish you could have seen it through my eyes this past year. Our collective …

Retiring the Gavel and Embracing the Keyboard

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By Carrie Mauterer, D.D.S., CDA Immediate Past President and NEW CDA Editor From the Summer 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Before I launch into the meat and potatoes of this delicious ode to organized dentistry, I wanted to introduce you to someone very special to me: my great grandfather, Mr. Walter Clyde Jones. He served the great state …

Lengthy Legislative Session Produces Several Outcomes for Dentistry

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Lobbyist From the Summer 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Colorado’s General Assembly closed its regular legislative session on June 8—delayed almost a full month by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDA tracked nearly 50 bills for the Colorado dental profession this year. Healthcare (reducing costs, expanding access and addressing gaps in health equity) was a primary …

Servant Leadership Needs No Reward

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By Nate Kunzman, D.M.D., CDA President From the Summer 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association It seems like yesterday that I moved to Colorado from my residency in Philadelphia. In reality, it has been nearly a decade. I was born in Greeley, CO, but my mother moved back to her home state of Massachusetts when I was just 8 months …

Dental Practices “largely exempt” from OSHA Rule

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The OSHA emergency standard, released June 10, provides additional guidance for healthcare settings, including hospitals and nursing homes, where all employees may not be screened for COVID-19, and non-employees and patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 are allowed to enter and may be treated. Dental offices most likely to be affected by the new standard include hospital-based oral …

The Legislative Session That Keeps Going

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It has been a long legislative session in Colorado for 2021. In a “normal” year, the session would end in early May. This year, Colorado’s session will end this week (prior to June 12). Throughout the session the CDA has actively monitored more than 50 bills that have an impact on the dental profession or oral health. The CDA’s initial …