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PANDA Dental Awareness in Colorado

By Katya Mauritson, D.M.D., M.P.H.(c), Dental Director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,
and Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants play an important role in identifying abuse and neglect among their patients. Individuals who commit abuse often avoid taking their victims to the same physician, but usually return to the same dental office. Vulnerable populations of maltreatment often include children  and at-risk adults,  which include any person 70 years or older (at-risk elder) as well as any person who is 18 years or older with a developmental/physical disability. No one is immune from maltreatment, which is why any individual who is suspected to be a victim of abuse, neglect, violence, or exploitation should be screened and potentially reported.

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Dealing with the Measles Outbreak

By Judith H Holmes, J.D.
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Question:  We have a general dentistry practice, and we see patients of all ages.  We are concerned about the effects of the recent measles outbreak on our patients and employees.  Are there some guidelines on how to address this issue in our practice?

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Jumping in With Both Feet

By Brett Kessler, D.D.S., CDA President
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

As I wind down my term as the 128th president of the Colorado Dental Association, I find myself in a reflective mood.  I wonder, did I make a difference? Was I an effective leader? Did I leave the organization better than when I found it?

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Are You Protecting Your Patients from Identity Theft?

By Jennifer Nieto, Best Card
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

Dentists protect their patients’ personal information for obvious ethical reasons and HIPAA compliance. Many times, however, they may not realize that preventing identity theft is another very important reason behind this practice. Processing credit card transactions in a safe manner is crucial in protecting patients from cyber attack. Whether it’s their health record or credit card information, no one is completely safe. Dentists can take steps, however, to ensure this information is as secure as possible for their patients.

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Handshakes Don’t Always Seal the Deal

By Susan Spear, SAS Dental Practice Brokers
From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

When inviting another dentist into your practice as an associate or selling your practice, the most important objective is finding the right person for your situation. This not only means a brief meeting with someone who has a nice personality, but someone who will meet your transition needs as well.

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Mandatory CE for Dentists and Dental Hygienists in Colorado

From the Spring 2015 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

During last year’s 2014 state legislative session, the Colorado Dental Practice Act was reviewed and updated pursuant to HB 14-1227, the dental sunset review bill. Substantial changes were made to the Dental Practice Act that will impact dental practices in the months and years to come. One of the key changes in this bill was the addition of a new requirement that dentists complete 30 hours of continuing education (CE) per two-year license renewal cycle. The bill also required that dentists holding an anesthesia permit complete 17 hours of CE specific to anesthesia or sedation administration during the five-year anesthesia permit renewal cycle.

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Breckenridge Upholds Fluoridation

March 16, 2015

Last week, the town of Breckenridge, under the leadership of mayor and town dentist Dr. John Warner, made the decision to continue fluoridating water to benefit oral health. Despite nearly three decades of water fluoridation, the topic has been a longstanding debate between the health community and anti-fluoride activists in the ski town. Thanks to the efforts and support of the Summit Community Care Clinic and local health department, a majority of town council members were in favor of maintaining community water fluoridation in the town of Breckenridge.

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X-Ray Fees to Increase in April

March 16, 2015

By April 2015, dental practices that renew x-ray certification labels will see a $10 increase on label fees. Most dental offices renew certification labels once every three years. You will see this $10 increase the next time your labels are renewed. There is no change in the renewal schedule. In early April, the state will also send out invoices for a new annual $50 radiation machine facility registration fee. Dentists will be required to pay this fee and update facility information every year.

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Know Your Rights When It Comes to Insurance Payments

March 16, 2015

Many insurance companies have begun paying claims with virtual credit cards. But practitioners end up paying more than they would via an electronic funds transfer (EFT) or a paper check. When insurance companies use virtual credit cards, the practitioner is required to write off a portion of the amount charged to the insurer for the services rendered and also is charged a transaction fee to run the card to receive reimbursement for the claim. It also can be more time-consuming for the staff member in charge of processing the transaction. 

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CDA Fights Dentist Rating Systems Based Solely on Fees

March 16, 2015

Last summer, one of the state’s dental insurance plans implemented a new provider rating system—a three-star “designation” system based solely on treatment fees. Under this rating system, dentists with higher fees for services would get lower ratings, and dentists with lower fees would get higher ratings. During the 2015 legislative session, the CDA is running a bill that would disallow this practice in the future. Far more than simply the cost of care should be included in the design of a provider rating system for the public. 

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