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Update: 2014 Adult Medicaid Dental Benefit

November 8, 2013

Colorado recently announced that it will seek applications from administrative service organizations (ASO’s), usually private insurance plans, to manage the state’s Medicaid dental benefits. Medicaid will select a single vendor to act as the ASO for both the children’s and adult’s dental benefits under Medicaid. The new arrangement is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2014. Medicaid released a draft proposal for interested vendors in mid-October. The CDA submitted several suggestions to ensure providers are protected in the ASO arrangement, including:
• vendor requirements for prompt payment
• language prohibiting the vendor from requiring Medicaid providers to accept their commercial plans
• clarification on reasons for provider termination
• streamlining a system for prior authorizations

State Board Seeks Volunteers for Anesthesia Committee

November 8, 2013

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee that will review anesthesia permit applications. Volunteers must hold an active permit in moderate sedation or deep sedation/general anesthesia. Volunteers will serve a three-year term on the review committee, which will meet monthly (with one exception). Click here to access a list of 2014 meeting dates (reference the Panel B schedule). Teleconferencing will be available for dentists outside the Denver metro area.

State Board Drafts Rules on Opioid Prescribing, Licensure of Military Spouses

November 8, 2013

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) is revising its rules related to opioid prescribing and licensure of military spouses.

The intent of the proposed opioid prescribing policy is to reduce overprescribing and prescription drug abuse. Parallel rulemaking efforts are being conducted by the Colorado boards of medicine, pharmacy and nursing. To view a copy of the proposed policy, click here.

NDC Pedals for Charity!

November 8, 2013
On Saturday, Oct. 19, a group of CDA new dentist’s “Pedaled for Charity” and raised several hundred dollars for Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) and the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM).  They also had a lot of fun pedaling and visiting several of LoDo’s hot spots!

Network with colleagues and get involved with the CDA New Dentist Committee (NDC). Space is still available for the NDC Fort Collins seminar and networking event Saturday, Nov. 9 (7-10 p.m.) featuring “what dentists need to know when working with insurance companies or 3rd party payors.” 

Presented by Dr. Mary Smith, who has served as a member of the American Dental Association's (ADA) Board of Trustees, the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, and ADA House of Delegates.  Please RSVP to Jeanne Nicoulin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-996-2842.

CDA Commercial Airs on Monday, Nov. 11

November 8, 2013   
The CDA is excited to launch a TV commercial to the show the public the benefit of seeking dental care from a CDA member dentist.  Our hope is to also gain new members from this media campaign. The CDA commercial will air on NBC stations throughout Colorado, Nov. 11 - Nov. 22 in the following time slots.

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