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A Win to the Fourth Power

By Cal Utke, D.D.S., CDA Immediate Past President
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

As 2015 starts to settle in, we look at those pesky New Year’s resolutions and rebalance our life goals, both personal and financial. It’s one thing to rebalance your investment portfolios—but why stop there? I think it’s time and imperative to rebalance another equation that has morphed for me and my colleagues in dentistry over the past 10 years.

The dental world balance I’m referring to is significantly more challenging than developing a balanced occlusion on your next denture case or balancing your office check book. The equation in need of balance involves four factors—business employers, dental insurance companies, dentists and patients. All are interchangeable and dynamic within the balanced equation. All are ever-changing models that need to be rebalanced to regain equilibrium—or what I envision as an “exponential epiphany” to gain a win to the fourth power.

This takes collaboration, initiative and willingness to admit the errors of the past. This is not a request for all the groups to hold hands in a circle and sing “Kumbaya,” but ego and competition must stay in the parking lot for it to work. Let me highlight the issues I think the four groups must address for future progress.

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Rust Never Sleeps

By Michael Diorio, D.D.S., CDA Editor
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Assocation

The sun has set on the review of our Dental Practice Act and it will next be revisited in 2025.  With that milestone behind us, you might be thinking that it’s time for the CDA to go into hibernation, at least for legislative issues—however, if you really believe that, then this is a great time to read a little deeper into this issue of the journal.

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PANDA Dental Awareness in Colorado

By Katya Mauritson, D.M.D., M.P.H.(c), Dental Director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,
and Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants play an important role in identifying abuse and neglect among their patients. Individuals who commit abuse often avoid taking their victims to the same physician, but usually return to the same dental office. Vulnerable populations of maltreatment often include children  and at-risk adults,  which include any person 70 years or older (at-risk elder) as well as any person who is 18 years or older with a developmental/physical disability. No one is immune from maltreatment, which is why any individual who is suspected to be a victim of abuse, neglect, violence, or exploitation should be screened and potentially reported.

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Dealing with the Measles Outbreak

By Judith H Holmes, J.D.
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Question:  We have a general dentistry practice, and we see patients of all ages.  We are concerned about the effects of the recent measles outbreak on our patients and employees.  Are there some guidelines on how to address this issue in our practice?

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Jumping in With Both Feet

By Brett Kessler, D.D.S., CDA President
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

As I wind down my term as the 128th president of the Colorado Dental Association, I find myself in a reflective mood.  I wonder, did I make a difference? Was I an effective leader? Did I leave the organization better than when I found it?

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Are You Protecting Your Patients from Identity Theft?

By Jennifer Nieto, Best Card
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Dentists protect their patients’ personal information for obvious ethical reasons and HIPAA compliance. Many times, however, they may not realize that preventing identity theft is another very important reason behind this practice. Processing credit card transactions in a safe manner is crucial in protecting patients from cyber attack. Whether it’s their health record or credit card information, no one is completely safe. Dentists can take steps, however, to ensure this information is as secure as possible for their patients.

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Handshakes Don’t Always Seal the Deal

By Susan Spear, SAS Dental Practice Brokers
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

When inviting another dentist into your practice as an associate or selling your practice, the most important objective is finding the right person for your situation. This not only means a brief meeting with someone who has a nice personality, but someone who will meet your transition needs as well.

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Mandatory CE for Dentists and Dental Hygienists in Colorado

From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

During last year’s 2014 state legislative session, the Colorado Dental Practice Act was reviewed and updated pursuant to HB 14-1227, the dental sunset review bill. Substantial changes were made to the Dental Practice Act that will impact dental practices in the months and years to come. One of the key changes in this bill was the addition of a new requirement that dentists complete 30 hours of continuing education (CE) per two-year license renewal cycle. The bill also required that dentists holding an anesthesia permit complete 17 hours of CE specific to anesthesia or sedation administration during the five-year anesthesia permit renewal cycle.

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Breckenridge Upholds Fluoridation

March 16, 2015

Last week, the town of Breckenridge, under the leadership of mayor and town dentist Dr. John Warner, made the decision to continue fluoridating water to benefit oral health. Despite nearly three decades of water fluoridation, the topic has been a longstanding debate between the health community and anti-fluoride activists in the ski town. Thanks to the efforts and support of the Summit Community Care Clinic and local health department, a majority of town council members were in favor of maintaining community water fluoridation in the town of Breckenridge.

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X-Ray Fees to Increase in April

March 16, 2015

By April 2015, dental practices that renew x-ray certification labels will see a $10 increase on label fees. Most dental offices renew certification labels once every three years. You will see this $10 increase the next time your labels are renewed. There is no change in the renewal schedule. In early April, the state will also send out invoices for a new annual $50 radiation machine facility registration fee. Dentists will be required to pay this fee and update facility information every year.

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