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How Will the New CE Requirement Affect You?

March 16, 2015

When it comes to continuing education (CE) credit, the CDA has remained ahead of the curve in ensuring the highest standards for its members. All CDA member dentists, to keep their memberships in good standing, must complete at least 15 hours of CE each year. But now it’s also a requirement by law for all Colorado dentists and dental hygienists.

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USA Today Article Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

February 24, 2015

USA Today recently ran a story about dentistry, shedding light on the perception some members of the public and media have about dentists and access-to-care. The story also cites the Medicaid benefit in Colorado and floats mid-levels as a solution to access-to-care concerns. Click here to read the USA Today article.

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Calling All Fluent Spanish Speakers

February 24, 2015

Are you fluent in Spanish? If so, the CDA needs your help.

About 20% of Coloradans identify as Hispanic or Latino. The CDA wants to do all it can to reach this population via Spanish language television networks. That’s where you come in. If you are a fluent Spanish speaker and are comfortable in front of a camera, the CDA would love to have your talents as a spokesperson for the profession. The CDA will provide talking points and media training to those who are interested.

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Don’t be a Victim of Doctor Shopping

February 24, 2015

Doctor shopping by patients seeking pain relief/controlled substances happens every day across the country. Recently, it’s even hit close to home, with several Boulder area dentists unknowingly writing prescriptions for these types of drugs to the same patient within a couple-week time period. Despite its prevalence, this scenario can be prevented in Colorado with the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

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Medicaid Dental Benefit Enhanced

February 24, 2015

The implementation of the full adult dental benefit for Colorado Medicaid beneficiaries has had its share of hiccups, but there’s some good news to share. DentaQuest, the program’s administrator, and Medicaid have listened to dental professionals’ feedback and made some much-needed adjustments—including adding new benefits to the program and reducing prior authorization requests, extending provider participation incentives, and rolling out a new office reference manual.

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Thank You, GKAS Volunteers!

February 24, 2015

The CDA would like to thank Colorado dentists and their teams that volunteered for the 2015 Give Kids a Smile Day Feb. 6 as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Because of you, hundreds of children across the state received much-needed dental care at no cost and learned the importance of good dental hygiene.

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CDA Member Dentists Honored

February 24, 2015

In The Denver Post’s inaugural Strength in Health Award program, two CDA member dentists received the Dental Excellence in Healthcare Award. On Jan. 14, Dr. Brett Kessler, CDA president, was presented with the award as a general dentist, and Dr. Doug Heller was recognized as a specialist.

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CDA Offers Condolences to Family of Murdered Dental Student

February 23, 2015

The CDA extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family of University of North Carolina dental student, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and sister in law, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who were shot and killed Feb. 10 in an apartment close to the school.

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Have You Implemented Amalgam BMPs for Your Denver-Area Practice?

February 23, 2015

If your dental practice is in the Denver metro area, Feb. 19, 2015, was the deadline to implement best management practices (BMPs) for placement, removal and disposal of dental amalgam. The BMPs are based on the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District’s (Metro District’s) new amalgam control requirements for dental offices in its service area. (Click here to see the cities and sanitation districts affected.)

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Dental Board Sunset Review Rulemaking – Anesthesia Rules

February 23, 2015

The Colorado Dental Board scheduled a follow up rulemaking hearing on the anesthesia rules for Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. at 1560 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202 (Conference Room 110D). The final rule draft may be viewed here. There will be an opportunity to provide testimony and/or written comments on the proposed rules during this formal rulemaking hearing.

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