Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor,     I haven’t said this often, but a comment from a patient’s mother made me disappointed in my profession. And I found it personally insulting. I was doing a new patient exam. After we were finished, the mother looked around my nice office, sized me up and decided I didn’t quite fit the bill for what she was about …

HR Corner – You Ask, We Answer

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Question: What is the proper procedure to terminate an employee? Answer: As an employer, there will be a time when you are faced with the challenge of terminating an employee. Having a clearly outlined termination policy in your employee handbook is your first line of defense to avoid liability and potential complications.  Your policy should mention some basic disciplinary procedures …

Pause Before Sending That Next Gmail

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From the Fall 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Over 1 billion people use Gmail for countless personal and business messages. However, healthcare providers may be putting themselves at risk by using Gmail for any message that contains PHI. This can include even the smallest bits of health information, such as patient names and appointment times. You may have read …

Do Hackers See Your Practice as Easy Money?

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By Robert McDermott From the Fall 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association There are reports from around the country about dentists being hacked. One dentist reported that her patients received “aggressive” emails telling them they owed money for services they never received.  Those patients were told to send money immediately. The practice had been hacked. Hackers know they can go …

Are You Leaving a Patient Generation Behind?

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By Susan Spear From the Fall 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association According to the Population Reference Bureau (PBR), the data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that there are 76.4 million baby boomers living in the U.S. Baby boomers in general are defined as individuals born in 1946-1964.  Their youngest age is 54 years old.  The oldest age is …

Year-End Planning Can Lower Your Tax Bill

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By Darren Royal From the Fall 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association As the end of the year draws near, the last thing anyone wants to think about is taxes. But if you are looking for ways to minimize your tax bill, there’s no better time for tax planning than before year-end. That’s because there are several tax-smart strategies you …

Golf Tournament for Charity – A Hole in One!

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From the Fall 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association On Sept. 24, the CDA Foundation hosted its golf tournament for charity at the Golf Club at Bear Dance in Larkspur, CO. Money earned from the tournament went to support the CDA Foundation’s grant program, which helps fund non-profit organizations that champion dental access statewide. All players in the tournament …

Screening Beyond Teeth in Adolescent Patients – Can it be Confidential?

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By Katherine Garcia, MA, LAC, MAC, Clinical Services Manager, Peer Health Assistance Programs From the Fall 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association During the CDA annual session in June 2018, Peer Assistance Services, Inc. (PAS) and Dr. Brett Kessler presented a lunch and learn session focused on Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). SBIRT is an evidence-based …

Meet Your CDA Board of Trustees

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From the Fall 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association The CDA is composed of 11 local component societies. The CDA Board of Trustees has a representative from each of these components in addition to the New Dentist Committee and the Colorado chapter of the America Student Dental Association. These are the volunteers representing you at the state level. Arkansas …

2018 Voting Guide for Colorado Dentists

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From the Fall 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Colorado Dentists at the Polls The 2018 election is critical for dentistry, as you will be electing the federal and state senators and representatives who will decide key issues for dentistry in upcoming years, including important insurance reform, Medicaid and access to dental care issues in Colorado. The 2018 ballot …