Were the Odds Ever in Our Favor? 2018 Legislative Wrap-Up

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Summer 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Colorado’s 2018 state legislative session began on Jan. 10 and ended on May 9. Legislators considered several bills that affect dental offices. Bills with the greatest impact on dentists are detailed below. Dental Hygiene Authorization to Administer Silver Diamine Fluoride In 2017, …

Colorado ASDA Rises Yet Again

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By Austin Tyler, D.D.S. Candidate Class of 2020, Colorado ASDA President From the Summer 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association On April 21, over 140 runners and volunteers braved the cold snow to participate in Colorado American Student Dental Association’s (ASDA) inaugural Beat Tooth Decay 5K. The race was organized to raise money for the Dental Lifeline Network. ASDA ended …

A Family Tree with Many Roots

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By Karen Foster, D.D.S., CDA President From the Summer 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Family is very important to me. I’m fortunate to have many different families in my life. To me, family isn’t just about DNA and whom you spend holidays with, it’s also about who you care about unconditionally, who has your back and who comprises …

Member News and Accomplishments

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Dr. Natalie Jean Schafer Appointed to CO Dental Board Gov. John Hickenlooper recently announced the appointment of Dr. Natalie Jean Schafer of Littleton to the Colorado Dental Board. Dr. Schafer will assist the board in forming rules and regulations, examining and licensing dentists and hygienists, and conducting license suspension and revocation hearings through her term’s expiration in January 2020. CO …

New Rules on SDF Application by Dental Hygienists Take Effect

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New rules governing the application of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) by dental hygienists have officially taken effect as of Aug. 14. Under the new rules adopted by the Colorado Dental Board, hygienists can now apply SDF when working in collaboration with a licensed dentist. To qualify, a licensed dental hygienist must complete a live, interactive training course offered by a …

CDT 2019: Spend Less Time on Coding, More Time with Patients

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Make your life easier with the CDT 2019 Kit. This essential ADA resource helps your team code more accurately for fewer claims rejections and faster reimbursement. This CDT 2019 Kit includes several tools: CDT 2019: Dental Procedure Codes with all the new and updated codes, including 15 new codes, five revised codes and four deleted codes, plus complete descriptors. CDT …

Take 5 Survey Winners

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the Take 5 survey participant drawing. Prize winners include: Dr. Raj Patil: Bose QuietComfort 35 earphones Dr. Reed David: Apple Watch Dr. Nika Pesaran: Apple iPad Dr. Dale Farmer: Nikon DSLR camera Dr. Mason Miner: GoPro HERO5 Dr. Alexa Johnson: Bose Free Space Outdoor speakers Thank you to all CDA members – Medicaid and non-Medicaid providers alike – …

CDA Comments on State Medicaid and CHP+ Dental Vendor Rebidding

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The CDA recently submitted comments to the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing (HCPF) regarding the rebidding process for Medicaid and CHP+ dental vendor contracts. While the state currently contracts with DentaQuest for Medicaid and Delta Dental of Colorado for CHP+, the agency plans to use one administrative service organization as the vendor for both programs. In response to …

CDA Comments on Proposed X-Ray Regulation Changes

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The CDA recently submitted feedback to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regarding proposed changes and updates to x-ray machine regulations for healthcare providers. The changes are intended to align state x-ray regulations with national standards that were updated in 2015. In response to the broad proposed changes, the CDA’s comment letter urged the state to: reject …

Honoring CDA’s Finest

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2018 CDA Award Recipients CDA Exceptional Service Award: Dr. Justin Pearson Dr. Justin Pearson served the CDA New Dentist Committee (NDC) as chair for the past two years. He has worked tirelessly alongside CDA Director of Membership Erica Carvin to bring new energy and life to this active section of the CDA. The NDC is comprised of dentists who are …