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November 20, 2009

Accept Credit Cards? Make Sure you are PCI Compliant to Avoid Potential Fines

PCI stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards ( For the most part, PCI focuses on protecting credit card numbers, and compliance with these regulations are required of every merchant that accepts credit cards as a form of payment. The main impetus of the compliance regulations is to deter identity theft. Keep in mind that dental staff members are often privy to patient’s date of birth, social security number and credit card numbers. In the wrong hands, this information makes your patients easy targets.

Medicaid Provider Rate Cut Another 1%

October 30, 2009

Earlier this week, Gov. Ritter announced new budget cuts in response to the state's September 2009 revenue forecast, which projected an additional $270 million budget shortfall for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Again, many state programs - ranging from higher education to corrections to clean energy to healthcare - were impacted.

As Colorado's fiscal crisis continues, healthcare providers, including dentists, have been hit with another Medicaid rate cut. The new 1% cut is in addition to previous rate cuts of 1.5% in Sept. 2009 and 2% in July 2009. The latest provider rate cut will take effect on Dec. 1, 2009.

ADA Action Alert: Repeal Insurance Industry Antitrust Exemptions

October 23, 2009

The ADA has long encouraged Congress to repeal an insurance industry exemption from federal antitrust laws. The exemption allows health insurance companies to work jointly in setting rates without fear of federal antitrust scrutiny. When this type of behavior is allowed, consumers are hurt by a reduction in innovation and variety in the marketplace compared to what would be offered in an atmosphere of robust competition between insurance providers.

Dentists have recently come together to ask Congress to revisit this exemption, asking that the antitrust exemptions be repealed as part of healthcare reform. If you have not already done so, please take 5 minutes today to send a letter to your members of Congress in support of the repeal. Click here to send a letter using the easy-to-use Capwiz software.

Red Flags Rule Compliance Delayed Through June 1, 2010

October 30, 2009

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it would further delay enforcement of its "red flags" identify theft rule, which would have gone into effect this Saturday, Nov. 1. The new compliance date is June 1, 2010.

Thanks to many ADA and CDA members contacting lawmakers, the FTC has granted this extension to assist small businesses. This latest extension of the enforcement moratorium gives more time to build support in Congress for a bill that would permanently exempt most dental offices from the rule.

U.S. House Passes Legislation Providing Red Flags Rule Exemption, Senate to Consider

October 23, 2009

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would exempt small businesses, including most private practice dentists, from the "Red Flags" identity theft rules slated to take effect November 1. The bill, H.R. 3763, would provide an exemption for healthcare, law and accounting practices with 20 or fewer employees and give the Federal Trade Commission the flexibility to waive the rule for other industries and professions.

The bill will now go before the Senate for consideration. The Senate must also pass the bill before the exemption will take effect.

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