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 …

CODA Nominations Open

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The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) requests nominations to fill vacancies on Review Committees. This call for nominations is for 2021 vacancies:  6 General Dentists 2 General Dentist Predoctoral Educators* – Predoc RC 1 General Dentist AEGD/GPR Graduate – AGDOO RC 3 General Dentists; Anesthesiology, Oral Medicine & Orofacial Pain RCs (one each) 1 Dental Assisting Educator* – DA RC 1 Dental …

Masks and Changing Mandates

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In the past week both the CDC and the State of Colorado have updated mask wearing guidelines. On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis relaxed mask wearing requirements for those who are fully vaccinated with Executive Order D 2021 103. The amended executive order states that fully vaccinated people can go without masks in public indoor spaces unless the setting requires otherwise. …

Uniting to Overcome Barriers, Contributing to the Next New Normal

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By Leah Schulz, D.D.S. From the Spring 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association  Like many of you, I’m a general dentist. Up until recently, most days I provided full-scope dental care to patients of all ages and precepted dental students and residents at Salud Family Health Centers (Salud). Salud is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that offers co-located, integrated medical, …

Colorado’s Opioid Solution: Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic

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By Susan Somerset, D.M.D., Pharm.D. From the Spring 2021 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association  In January 2016, the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) surveyed several health systems across Colorado to better understand the interventions being used to address the state’s opioid epidemic. This survey identified that, for the majority of organizations, opioid safety was an active area of interest. Based on …