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.

Guidance on COVID-19 Positive Team Members

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As the number of COVID-19 cases surges in more than half the states across the country, make sure you and your team are prepared if an employee tests positive. The ADA has released new guidance on its COVID-19 resource page that includes protocols, flowcharts and return to work strategies. Download: Protocols to Follow if a Staff or Household Member is …

Ethics Corner: What Would You Do?

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From the Spring/Summer 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Q: A new patient came into our office for a second opinion. I could see that the previous dentist was treatment planning for a crown, but I feel like a filling is the correct procedure. In my opinion, the crown is inappropriate. What should I do? What should I say …

Change and Transition in a Dentist’s Career: How to Cope During the Challenging Phases of Dentistry

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By Susan Spear From the Spring/Summer 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Change: To cause to be different. The act of passing from one state or phase to another. A variation, deviation or modification. Change is external. Transition: Passage from one form, state, style or place to another. The period of time during which something changes from one state …