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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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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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Colorado State Legislature Adopts Two Key Dental Bills

May 19, 2015

Colorado’s state legislative session ended May 6, 2015. Two key dental bills received legislative support and approval during this year’s state legislative session.

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Do Changes to the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program Affect You?

May 19, 2015

The Colorado Medicaid Dental Program continues to evolve based on feedback from providers. Recently of note, the Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) program for disabled adults will be incorporated into the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program in July 2015, the state implemented changes to the Adult Dental Services Rule, and DentaQuest released an updated office reference manual (ORM). Read below for details and additional updates.

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CDA House of Delegates Meeting – 2015 Resolutions

May 8, 2015

The CDA’s governing body convenes each year at the Annual Session.  The House of Delegates votes on resolutions that impact the CDA and its membership.  To read this year’s resolutions and to view the proposed budget for 2015/2016, click here.  Among the resolutions is one brought forth by the CDA Finance Council to increase member dues by $34 per active member. The dues amount for other membership categories will reflect the adjustment per the CDA Bylaws. Click here to read 09-15-BA.

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