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CDA Members Honored By the Academy of General Dentistry

August 4, 2016

At the 2016 Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) meeting July 16 in Boston, the AGD honored seven CDA members with the AGD Mastership, AGD Fellowship and Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition awards. The recipients are listed below under their respective award categories.

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Colorado Board of Education Seeks Feedback on Potential Healthy Beverages Policy Change

August 4, 2016

The Colorado Board of Education is holding a rulemaking hearing in Grand Junction, Colo., Aug. 10 to discuss changes to its policy on healthy beverages in schools. Specifically, the board will consider a change that would allow diet sodas to be sold in high schools. 

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4 Smart Student Loan Repayment Strategies for New Grads

August 4, 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016! May your lives after graduation be a reflection of everything you’ve worked so hard for—a successful career, stable finances and much more. And if you’re one of the 40 million people in the U.S. with student loans, may your student loan repayment strategy help you eliminate that debt efficiently, so you can focus on your life’s journey.

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New Health First Colorado Provider Enrollment Specialists Are Here to Help You

August 4, 2016

The Aug. 1 deadline for provider revalidation for Colorado’s Medicaid program, Health First Colorado, has passed, but help is available—from provider enrollment specialists—if you have questions about the process. The Health First Colorado Enrollment and Revalidation Information Center now staffs specialists who can help you with anything from general enrollment questions and questions about the status of your application to questions about starting the revalidation process. 

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Clearing Up Confusion About the Affordable Care Act

August 4, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) issued a recent rule that implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rule went into effect July 18. This part of the ACA prohibits discrimination in healthcare on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identification and sex stereotyping. These prohibitions apply to any healthcare provider receiving certain funds through HHS, including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Despite the rule’s good intentions to prohibit discrimination in healthcare, it has left some healthcare providers with many unanswered questions.

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SB16-009: What Your Practice Needs to Know

August 4, 2016

The Colorado Dental Board recently emailed dental licensees regarding SB16-009, a 2016 bill that made a technical fix to a longstanding state law on fee splitting by dentists. Information was provided to members about SB16-009 in an April eNews article, as well as the recently published summer 2016 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association. A few additional questions have been generated by members, however, following the dental board’s communication. The CDA wants to make sure dentists have the most up-to-date information on this new law.

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5 Ways to Make Your Practice Sellable

By Susan Spear
 
What makes a dental practice sellable in today’s marketplace? A good place to start is to understand and quantify your assets both tangible and intangible. Tangible assets or “hard” assets are the equipment, instrumentation, supplies, computers, software, office lease and leasehold improvements such as cabinetry, office furnishing and décor. Intangible assets or “goodwill” are those assets that include management and operational practices, quality staff, owner’s commitment to help with transitioning patients, location of the practice where the buyer wants to practice, and other assets such as the practice name and reputation. Every asset is important to the value of your practice. 

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Welcoming New Dental Graduates to the Dental Community

By Denise Kassebaum, D.D.S., M.S.,
Dean, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
 
A commencement celebrating the graduation from dental school is a major milestone in the life of a dentist. For 78 new graduates of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, this special event took place on May 27, 2016.

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Bringing More Smiles to Colorado Seniors

By Kelly Caldwell, M.B.A.
 
Jacob Alarid was all smiles as he entered the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he is now receiving free care thanks to a new program aimed at helping low-income seniors address their oral health needs. As he took off his U.S. Air Force cap and donned a patient bib, Alarid excitedly expressed his gratitude for the CU Senior Smiles program.

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Improving Ethical Licensure Options for Graduates: Non-Patient Exams

By Jennifer Goodrum, Director of Government Relations
 
The 2015 CDA House of Delegates charged the CDA to work to implement alternatives to a live patient exam for licensure, given concerns about some ethical implications of the current examination structure. 

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