Sixth Amended PHO 20-29 Released

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Earlier today, CDPHE released the sixth amended Public Health Order that impacts dental procedures and treatment.  Read the latest PHO 20-29. Please review the PHO in its entirety and note the following highlights: The CDA provided feedback to the health department last week regarding its PPE guidelines for aerosol generating procedures – specifically around masks and respirators. We are pleased to …

Take Your Compliant Communication to the Cloud

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By Robert McDermott, President and CEO / iCoreConnect (a CDA-endorsed company) There are real benefits to choosing a cloud-based, fully HIPAA-compliant email service. Using the cloud means that all of your data is backed-up with every keystroke and stored in extremely secure centers, not on a vulnerable server in your office. The cloud also means speed, freedom and flexibility in …

Colorado Dental Board Rule Review – September 2020

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Every four years the Colorado Dental Board conducts a routine rule review to assess the continuing need, appropriateness, and cost-effectiveness of the Colorado Dental Board’s rules. This determines if the rules should be continued in their current form, modified or repealed. The board will hold a virtual hearing about these rules on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9:00 a.m. Draft rules …

September Podcasts – Help Prevent Suicide

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September is National Suicide Awareness Month. We can all help prevent suicide and we urge you to tune in to one of these podcasts to learn more about suicide prevention and dealing with burnout. Suicide and Hope: A podcast discussion, with Stanford psychologist and suicidologist Dr. Rebecca Bernert, 30 minutes https://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2019/06/25/suicide-and-hope-a-podcast-discussion/ Preventing Suicide in Young People, A Cup of Health …

DORA Revises Guidelines on Latest PHO Regarding Masks

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Late last week, the CDA retained legal counsel to engage the Governor’s office regarding the latest PHO 20-29 interpretation by DORA and CDPHE, specifically pertaining to N-95 respirators. A revised interpretation was released today, Sept. 9, 2020, by DORA that acknowledges supply chain shortages and removes language that would have mandated N-95 or higher respirators starting Sept. 21. Read the …

DEA Increasing Fees for Prescribing Licenses

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If your DEA prescribing license expires before Oct. 31, you’re encouraged to renew now, before the new fee schedule is implemented. Only dentists with registrations expiring in September or October can re-register using the current fee schedule.   The new DEA fee schedule for registration and re-registration for a three-year DEA certification is scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1. …

Revised Public Health Order as of August 21, 2020

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Based on changes from the CDC released earlier this month, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a revised public health order over the weekend for voluntary or elective surgeries and procedures in Colorado. Read the August Revised  Public Health Order 20-29     There are a few notable changes in this fifth amended version of the PHO. Please …

Mindfulness: The link between personal and workplace wellness

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August 2020 Wellness By Myriah Shimatsu, Owner, Movement 1st Wellness   Mindfulness is quietly noticing what is happening in the present moment, without passing judgement. A mindful individual is not constantly reflecting on the past or fretting about the future; he/she is simply being in the present. And while thoughts of the past and future are unavoidable, making an effort …

Honoring a Leader Who Has Left a Legacy

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It is with great sadness that we report the unexpected passing of Dr. Jeanne M. Salcetti (August 22,1958 to July 26, 2020). She was the CDA’s first female president and the epitome of strength, courage, professionalism, and perseverance. She proved that anything was possible despite barriers and stereotypes. In 2007, she broke the mold at the CDA, becoming the first …

FDA Expands Hand Sanitizer Recall

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The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its recall of hand sanitizers to at least 75 brands. The affected brands are sold at Costco, Walmart and other national retailers. They contain methanol or wood alcohol, which can be harmful or even deadly when absorbed through the skin or ingested. To read a full list of the affected brands, click here.