Vacancies on Dental Board and Senior Dental Advisory Committee

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The Colorado Dental Board will have two open seats beginning in January – one for a dentist and one for a public member. The Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions is accepting applications for these positions. Pediatric dentists in particular are encouraged to apply. The CDA extends its sincere thanks to former Colorado Dental Board Chair Dr. Lisa Fox and …

How to Pay Off Dental School Debt and Thrive as a New Dentist

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In dental school, you’re taught all you need to become a successful dentist—but what you don’t learn is how to effectively handle your dental school debt. According to a recent survey of dental school seniors by the American Student Dental Association, the typical dental school graduate enters the profession with a student loan burden topping $260,000. That’s $70,000 more than …

CDA Gives: Support the Dental Community This Giving Tuesday

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After you’ve kicked off your holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consider giving back to help a good cause—the CDA Foundation—as part of the Giving Tuesday movement Nov. 28. What the Foundation Supports The CDA Foundation supports many aspects of dentistry, helping causes that affect anyone from dental students to those with established practices and retirees.  Recently, the …

Proposed Opioid Prescribing Reforms

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An interim legislative task force met over the summer to discuss Colorado’s current opioid abuse epidemic and possible solutions. The task forse has primarily focused on prescribing behavior, among numerous other topics ranging from education and prevention to treatment options. Possible prescriber reforms the task force discussed included opioid reduction CE for providers, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) system improvements, …

Dental Board Discontinues Sleep Apnea Policy Discussions

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At its October meeting, the Colorado Dental Board voted to discontinue discussions and take no further action on sleep apnea. No rule or policy will be considered or adopted by the board at this time, meaning the current status quo prevails (which leaves some uncertainty in terms of policy and enforcement).  The board conducted discussions on sleep apnea in executive …

CDA Shares Stories of Coloradans Helped by Medicaid Dental

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Medicaid dental coverage has played a key role in improving lives and health across the state. It has improved nutrition. It’s helped women have healthier pregnancies. It’s prevented poor medical outcomes. It’s enabled people to find better jobs and businesses to grow.  That’s why the CDA and its dental partners launched in early November the Health First: Dental Is Essential …

CHP+ Dental Benefits at Risk

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The U.S. Congress has not authorized continued federal funding for the entire nationwide Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program in spite of broad, bipartisan support for medical and dental benefit this program provides for many working class families. CHP+ program funding expired Sept. 30.   While Colorado has reserve funds to continue its CHP+ program through January 2018, beginning Nov. 20, …

New 2018 Requirement: Dental Offices Must Disclose Fees for Top 15 Procedures By Jan. 1

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In the age of high-deductible health plans and plans that cover fewer and fewer services, there has been a growing chorus of consumer voices pushing for greater price transparency from healthcare providers. Healthcare price transparency bills have come before the Colorado state legislature for the last several years. In 2017, the Colorado state legislature passed Senate Bill 65, which requires …

Give Kids a Smile Product Request Deadline Is Nov. 6

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Registration is open for 2018 Give Kids a Smile (GKAS). GKAS program coordinators should sign up their programs with the ADA Foundation by Nov. 6 to be eligible for free product donations to support their volunteer efforts. Dental offices are encouraged to offer GKAS programs in their offices. GKAS participating private offices are responsible for recruiting patients for their programs. …

CDA Foundation Supports Hurricane and Fire Relief Efforts

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Recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico and fires in California have had a major effect on dentists and the dental profession. The American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation has stepped forward through its Emergency Disaster Grant, along with donations from dentists from across the country, to support relief efforts for to cover urgent personal needs. The CDA Foundation is …