Under the Gold Dome

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Winter 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association The CDA had a busy fall with a number of legislative interim committees and rulemaking processes, debating a number of issues that can impact dentists and dental offices. The CDA is always working to protect and improve the practice environment and parameters …

Meeting to Look at Limited Prescriptive Authority for Hygienists

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A Colorado Dental Board stakeholder meeting will be held at noon Jan. 3, 2018, to collect input on draft revisions to Rule XIII – Limited Prescriptive Authority for Dental Hygienists. Draft Rules Download the official notice and draft rules for the stakeholder meeting. 3 Ways to Participate In Person: Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Conference Room 1250A, Denver, CO 80202. …

Vacancies on Dental Board and Senior Dental Advisory Committee

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The Colorado Dental Board will have two open seats beginning in January – one for a dentist and one for a public member. The Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions is accepting applications for these positions. Pediatric dentists in particular are encouraged to apply. The CDA extends its sincere thanks to former Colorado Dental Board Chair Dr. Lisa Fox and …

Proposed Opioid Prescribing Reforms

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An interim legislative task force met over the summer to discuss Colorado’s current opioid abuse epidemic and possible solutions. The task force has primarily focused on prescribing behavior, among numerous other topics ranging from education and prevention to treatment options. Possible prescriber reforms the task force discussed included opioid reduction CE for providers, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) system improvements, …

Dental Board Discontinues Sleep Apnea Policy Discussions

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At its October meeting, the Colorado Dental Board voted to discontinue discussions and take no further action on sleep apnea. No rule or policy will be considered or adopted by the board at this time, meaning the current status quo prevails (which leaves some uncertainty in terms of policy and enforcement).  The board conducted discussions on sleep apnea in executive …

Four Fall Focus Areas for CDA Government Relations

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations From the Fall 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association Even when the state legislature is not in session, the Capitol remains busy with post-2017-session and pre-2018-session work. This fall has been particularly busy to that end with a number of legislative interim committees and rulemaking processes affecting dentists and dental offices.  …

Colorado Dental Board Releases Updated Sleep Apnea Rule Revisions

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The Colorado Dental Board and Colorado Medical Board joint workgroup regarding sleep apnea rules and policies has released the latest round of revisions ahead of its next meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to evaluate, discuss and possibly modify suggested revisions to the dental board’s proposed rule/policy regarding sleep apnea and to determine next steps and timeframe to reach …

Update on Dental Board’s Sleep Apnea Rulemaking

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In March 2017, the Colorado Dental Board started a stakeholder process to develop a rule regarding the involvement of dentists in sleep apnea services. The CDA encouraged the participation of key dental experts throughout the stakeholder process to ensure the development of sound policy, as rules developed regarding sleep apnea could have broad ranging implications for other areas where dentistry …

Colorado Dental Board Appoints New Members

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Congratulations to the following dental professionals, who were appointed or reappointed to the Colorado Dental Board for the term ending Jan. 1, 2020. Sarah Elise Butler of Highlands Ranch, to serve as an at-large public member, reappointed; Dr. James Edward Dost of Englewood, to serve as a professional member, appointed; Dr. Mason O. Miner of Durango, to serve as a …

Sleep Apnea Rules and Policies Under Review

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The Colorado Dental Board has organized a sleep apnea workgroup to draft new rules and policies regarding sleep apnea services offered by dentists. Reason for the Review The Dental Practice Act defines dentistry and details what constitutes the practice of dentistry, but the topic of sleep apnea is not specifically addressed in these law, nor is it clarified through the …