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After Years of Waiting, EPA Finally Moves on Proposed Amalgam Separator Rule

August 6, 2014

The ADA has learned that the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is now reviewing an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to reduce the amount of dental amalgam that dental offices release into wastewater systems. Following the OMB's review (assuming OMB approval, usually within 90 days) EPA will publish the proposed rule for comment. This is the first significant development on an amalgam separator mandate since the EPA first announced its intention to develop a rule in September 2010.

The ADA has consulted with the EPA a number of times since 2010. The EPA understands that the ADA supports a reasonable national pretreatment standard for amalgam waste as long as it is not unduly burdensome on dental professionals.

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CO Medical Services Board Member Needed

August 6, 2014

The governor’s office is seeking applicants for a vacant position on the Medical Services Board (the state board that oversees the Medicaid program across many professions). While a dentist has served in the past, currently no dentist serves on this board.  Having a dentist would provide good expertise, given the ongoing changes to Medicaid dental benefits. The person appointed to this position must reside in Congressional District 7 (generally north and west metro Denver area), be either a registered republican or an unaffiliated voter and have knowledge of medical assistance programs. Anyone who is interested in being considered for an appointment to the board should submit an application for membership through the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions.

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All Dentists Must Register with Colorado’s PDMP by Oct. 31

August 6, 2014

A recently passed bill, HB14-1283, requires all dentists with a DEA registration to register with Colorado’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) by Oct. 31. The PDMP is a secure, online database created in 2005 that provides objective information about patients’ controlled substance prescription records to assist Colorado healthcare providers in offering appropriate treatment to their patients. If you have not already signed up to use the PDMP, you may register for an account at: http://www.hidinc.com/copdmp. If you are already registered or are a current user of the PDMP database, no future action is needed at this time to meet the state requirement.

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Full Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit Launches July 1

July 1, 2014

Starting today, July 1, a comprehensive dental benefit for Medicaid-eligible adults is available.

What does that mean?
This means that over 300,000 adults who qualify for Medicaid can access a robust schedule of dental services including restorative treatment, root canals, crowns, surgical procedures and full/partial dentures (note that prior authorization is required for certain designated codes).

What else is new?
Starting today, July 1, DentaQuest is the new administrator of the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program.  This means that all Medicaid claims billed on or after July 1, for both adults and children, will be processed through DentaQuest.  DentaQuest also has a team in Colorado dedicated to serving providers, and their provider service phone number is equipped to answer any day-to-day questions that providers may have: 855-225-1731.

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Dr. Brett Kessler, New CDA President

June 6, 2014

Dr. Brett Kessler became the CDA's 128th president on June 6 at the CDA House of Delegates meeting.  Having served the CDA as an officer for the past four years, it is an honor to have Dr. Kessler lead the association and organized dentistry in Colorado. Dr. Kessler has a private practice in the Stapleton area of Denver.  He is a past board member of the Metro Denver Dental Society as well as a former part-time faculty member of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He also serves as the chair of the Dental Well Being Committee for the State of Colorado.  In 2007, Dr. Kessler testified before congress on behalf of the ADA on the ravages of methamphetamines on oral health. He speaks internationally regarding this subject.  Dr. Kessler is passionate about organized dentistry, and advocacy for oral health and patient care.

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Governor Signs Sunset Review Bill

June 6, 2014

On Friday, June 6, Gov. Hickenlooper signed HB 1227, the Sunset Review of the Dental Practice Act, into law.  The revised Dental Practice Act will be in effect as of July 1, however, several changes must still undergo rulemaking.  The CDA will keep members posted as these modifications take effect.  The Sunset Review is a process where the laws that govern dentistry are reviewed and updated. This process occurs approximately every 10 years.  Working with dental stakeholders and the Colorado Dental Hygienists' Association, the CDA was successful in lobbying for a bill that will best serve the entire dental profession for years to come. 

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DPLTC to Return Surplus to Members

May 14, 2014

The Board of Directors for the Dentists Professional Liability Trust of Colorado, the CDA’s endorsed malpractice trust, has approved a return of surplus to current Trust members.  A check will be mailed to each member in early July.  The Trust has now returned $1.45M to its members since 1987.  If you have questions regarding this return of surplus, please contact DPLTC at 303-357-2600.

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Family Day at Elitch Gardens

May 14, 2014

The CDA New Dentist Committee has declared Saturday, June 21, to be Family Day at Elitch's for all dentists! The amusement park is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the water park is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.   All CDA members are welcome to attend.  In addition, members are encouraged to take advantage of discounted tickets all season long as a member benefit. Click here to purchase individual tickets for Elitch's between now and November 2 at the discounted rate of $32.99.  $5 from each ticket will be sent to the NDC to sponsor supplies for future dental missions.

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CDA Honored

May 14, 2014

Last month, the CDA received the ADA Membership Outreach Award for the “Greatest Percentage of New Dentists Transitioned from Reduced Dues to Full Dues (5th Year Out).”  Congratulations to the CDA New Dentist Committee and CDA Director of Membership Jeanne Nicoulin for fostering a productive network where new dentists can meet others, discuss dental practice experiences and create a community of like-minded dentists.  To be a part of this active member group, visit www.facebook.com/ColoradoNewDentistCommittee or call 303-740-6900.

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Annual Session in Vail, CO – There’s still time to register!

May 14, 2014

The CDA Annual Session is June 5-7, 2014 at the Vail Marriott in Vail, CO.  There is still time to register for CE, networking and family activities.  To learn more and to download this year’s brochure, click here. (Of special note, the venue location for the New Dentist Networking Event has been changed to The George in Vail Village.)

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