Give Your Input on the PDMP Sunset Review

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The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform is currently conducting a sunset review of the Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).  Dentists are required to register as a user of the PDMP and check patient prescribing history before the second fill of any opioid prescription. To help the CDA advocate for you, please participate in this survey regarding …

2020 Legislative Preview

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By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Lobbyist From the Winter 2020 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association The CDA had a busy summer and fall with a several legislative interim committees and rulemaking processes debating changes that impact dentists and dental offices. The CDA actively engages on these topics to protect and improve the practice environment and parameters for members. We Need …

Opioid Training Resources

CE Courses CE Courses from Dental Pharmacologist Tom Viola CDC Opioid Training Series – Free Guidelines and Tools for Improving Pain Management: Opioid Stewardship Safe and Responsible Prescribing of Opioid Analgesics Emergency Department Referral Model in Action: Addressing Dental Access Opioid Prevention and Pain Management – Free  Become a Lifesaver- Free Opioid Use Disorder Training CDA Annual Session – Coming …

Dental Board Adopts One Hour Opioid Prescriber Training Requirement

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As shared with Colorado dentists this summer, a 2019 state bill (SB19-228) added a new training requirement for all prescribers of opioids, including dentists. The training seeks to help address Colorado’s opioid crisis by requiring all prescribers of opioids to complete training in four key areas: Best practices for opioid prescribing, according to the most recent version of the DORA …

Enforcement Coming: Register and Use the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

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Colorado’s electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is a secure online database that provides objective information about patients’ controlled substance prescription records to assist Colorado healthcare providers in offering appropriate treatment to their patients. The PDMP was enacted into law in 2005, in part, to reduce prescription drug abuse. All providers – including dentists – who maintain an active DEA …

New Opioid Prescribing Policies for Medicare and Medicaid

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Federal Updates On Oct. 24, federal legislation to address the opioid crisis – the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) – was signed into law. The new law includes grant funding to support improvement of state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) and to incentivize continuing education expansions for prescribers. …

New Opioid Prescribing Limitations – Are You in Compliance?

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From the Summer 2018 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association In late May, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 22: Clinical Practice for Opioid Prescribing. This new state law limits the number of opioid pills that can be prescribed by all healthcare providers. Colorado dentists who prescribe opioids are affected by this new law. Be sure your prescribing practices comply. …

Adjust Your Prescribing Practices: New Law Limits Opioid Prescriptions

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On Monday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB18-22: Clinical Practice for Opioid Prescribing. This state law limits the number of opioid pills that can be prescribed by all healthcare providers. Colorado dentists who prescribe opioids are affected by this new law. Though there is likely to be some enforcement flexibility to start, you should make changes in your prescribing practices now, …

Preventing Opioid Abuse from the Dental Chair

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Dentistry is at a crossroads when it comes to prescribing opioids for dental pain. That’s why the American Dental Association (ADA) recently published an article by Dr. Joseph Crowley, ADA president, titled “Preventing Opioid Abuse from the Dental Chair,” along with ways for dentists to implement practices to help ensure safe and effective prescribing of pain medications. More than 42,000 …