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Access to Care: Have Dentist Will Travel

Access to dental care in rural communities in Colorado continues to be a hot button issue in the state. In underserved areas, seeking treatment from a dentist isn’t always as easy as calling up a local dental practice, Federally Qualified Health Center, or Community-Based Dental Clinic and making an appointment. It sometimes involves taking time off of work and traveling substantial distances to a dental practice. In extreme cases, patients might forego treatment, causing their dental problems to persist or escalate, forcing them to visit the emergency room instead of a dentist. 


What’s This Got to Do With Me?

By David Lurye, D.D.S.
I was sharing an Uber (a first for me) on the way from my hotel to the O’Hare airport recently. I shared the car with three dentists from “back east.”  They were telling me about how wonderful a presenter was at a meeting they attended, and how he did a computer mock-up showing “ideal,” Hollywood smiles for people, regardless if it fit in with their occlusion. Being inquisitive and respecting occlusion, I asked them what they do with that info.  They told me that they present it to their patients to get the “emotional sell” so that the patients want the smile so badly they are willing to have whatever done to the rest of their teeth to achieve it.


Is it Time to Refinance Your Student Loans?

From the Spring 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Dentists, young and old, have student loans. That hard-earned education provides a great future, but it can leave a lasting impression on the bank account. In many cases, the debt accumulation total is astonishing. According to the American Dental Education Association, the average dental student graduates with $247,227  of debt. The average annual tuition for dental students is $38,8261 for in-state schools and $53,7741 for out-of-state schools. 


Rules Under Revision

By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA director of Government Relations
Every Colorado dental practice is governed by the Colorado Dental Board’s rules and policies.  As shared with CDA members through email and social media, the Colorado Dental Board is currently conducting a comprehensive review of its rules and policies. Nearly all dental board rules along with all dental board policies are being reviewed and revised through this process. Be sure to take time to review and submit any feedback on proposed changes, as they will impact your dental practice! 


Renewing Your Lease: Important Things to Know

By Ryan Nolan and Stephen Strecker
Leases and lease renewals are not typically conducted on a level playing field. After all, the landlord is in the real estate business and most doctors are not. By planning, however, it is possible to negotiate a lower lease rate, receive a substantial tenant improvement allowance and free rent.


UPDATE: Medicare Enrollment Opt In or Opt Out

By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA director of Government Relations
Dentists who treat Medicare patients must either enroll in the Medicare program or opt out by Feb. 1, 2017. Please note that this requirement applies to the federal MediCARE plans (generally senior and disabled patients) as opposed to the state-based MediCAID plans (for low-income patients). Medicare generally applies to patients over the age of 65, as well as certain adults receiving federal disability payments.



By Marie Chatterley
Can your job satisfaction increase by focusing on the positive? Positive psychology has infiltrated workshops and trainings throughout corporate America in the last seven years and many are seeking to model this new approach in business. Shawn Achor published the Happiness Advantage in 2010, and suggested five daily exercises for a positive change.


Becoming Noble

By Deanna Goodrich, R.D.H.
Every successful business owner begins with these three questions: Who are you? What do you believe? Who do you need to become? Becoming noble is defined by Webster’s dictionary as “having, showing, or coming from personal qualities that people admire (such as honesty, generosity, courage, etc.).” This little five-letter word can revolutionize your practice, your life and your happiness.


CDA Endorsed Products Spotlight: Officite

March 9, 2016

Officite is the leading Web Presence provider in the dental industry and has been providing dentists with attractive, effective online marketing strategies since 2002. Officite provides everything your practice needs to start attracting more new patients through the internet. The complete Web Presence platforms can come with any combination of the following:


PDMP Releases Video Training on Creating and Activating Delegate Accounts

March 7, 2016

This new video will teach you how to create and activate a delegate account on the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Any prescriber or pharmacist can now have up to three trained delegates who can access the PDMP on the prescriber's or dispenser's behalf. This helps prescribers and pharmacists use the PDMP more frequently to get the most complete medical history possible. Don't miss the opportunity to establish delegates in your practice and use the PDMP more than ever. 


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