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CDA Dentists Headed to Capitol Hill for the 2015 Washington Leadership Conference

May 19, 2015

A delegation of eight CDA member dentists traveled to Washington, D.C., April 27-29 to participate in the American Dental Association’s 2015 Washington Leadership Conference. As part of a nationwide effort held every spring to increase awareness about oral health issues, the group lobbied Colorado’s U.S. senators and representatives on three key federal bills—the Action for Dental Health Act (H.R. 539), the Student Loan Refinancing Act (H.R. 649), and the RAISE Health Benefits Act of 2015 (H.R. 1185). The goal of this annual conference is to allow dentists to advocate for their patients and peers at the federal level.

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New Dentists Mentor Graduating Dental Students at Two Fun Events

May 19, 2015

The first week of May, the CDA held two events as a way to introduce soon-to-be graduates of the CU School of Dental Medicine to the association.

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Updates to Medicare Opt In/Opt Out Process and Medicare Advantage Plans

May 19, 2015

In the winter 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association, the CDA published detailed information about the requirement for dentists to either enroll in or opt out of Medicare before June 1, 2015. Since then, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made some updates in regard to the opt-in/opt-out deadlines and in regard to patients who use Medicare Advantage plans.

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Anesthesia Rule Changes Adopted by State Dental Board

May 19, 2015

During fall 2014 and spring 2015, the State Dental Board conducted rulemaking hearings to help implement the dental sunset review bill. The State Board established four related rulemaking committees: anesthesia; CE and fining; licensure; lasers, dental hygiene prescribing and dental laboratories. Ten committee meetings were held through the fall, as well as five rulemaking sessions. These meetings were all open for dentist participation, and the CDA encouraged member dentists to attend and provide input.

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Clearing Up Confusion about Collecting Fees from Medicaid Patients

May 19, 2015

With the addition of the adult dental benefit, there seems to be some confusion in the dental community about when a Medicaid patient may be charged out-of-pocket for dental services. Prior to the addition of a comprehensive adult dental benefit, some dentists were collecting out-of-pocket payments from adult Medicaid patients, as nearly all dental benefits were not covered by Medicaid for this patient population. It is important to note that the addition of adult dental benefits in Medicaid changes the permissibility of this practice. 

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