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Red Flags – Passed Legislation Awaiting Signature

December 10, 2010

On Dec. 7, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation (S. 3987) exempting certain businesses, including dental practices, from the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Red Flags Rule. This follows on the heels of the U.S. Senate’s unanimous passage of the bill on Nov. 30. President Obama is expected to sign the bill by the end of the month.

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CDA Hires New Executive Director Dr. Quinn Dufurrena

December 10, 2010

The CDA is pleased to announce its new executive director: Quinn Dufurrena, D.D.S., J.D.  Quinn comes to the CDA from Idaho, where he was the executive director of the Idaho Dental Association.  He has over 27 years of experience in government, private practice and non-profit sectors.

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Online Dues Renewal Available in early December

Save a postage stamp and renew your dues online! Just click on the blue "Renew" button on the homepage to get started. Through the renewal function, members are taken through a 3-step process to update their Find a Dentist listing, verify their member profile information and pay their dues electronically.

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2010 Election Wrap-Up

November 18, 2010

The 2010 general election concluded on Tuesday, Nov. 2.  There are a number of changes that will transpire in the state of Colorado as a result of the election. Please look through the list of winning candidates provided in this article and let us know if you have a relationship with any elected official. Personal relationships with legislators are often key to success on legislative issues.

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Take Action to Repeal Insurance Anti-Trust Exemptions

November 18, 2010

A bill before the U.S. Congress - H.R. 4626, the Health Insurance Fair Competition Act - would eliminate the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption granted to the insurance industry nearly 65 years ago.  Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed H.R. 4626 on a 406-19 vote.  To see this bill signed into law, the Senate must act - and before Congress adjourns next month.  We need your help! Please write your senators today, asking that they quickly pass H.R. 4626, Health Insurance Fair Competition Act.

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Register for Give Kids a Smile Day 2011!

November 9, 2010

Last chance to sign-up for FREE product for your event!
 
Kids back in school and the end of the year means that it's time to register for Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS) again.  Please register to help kids in need through the ADA's 9th annual GKAS program.  GKAS is a day of free treatment and education for children without access to dental care.  Please join us by volunteering to treat children at a nearby clinic, treat children in your private office or by providing educational presentations.  As in years past, the CDA can help you with patient recruitment, educational presentations or finding a clinic to volunteer at for GKAS. 
 
GKAS is Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, and we're planning for another successful year with your generous help. Register now and sign up for FREE product from Colgate and Henry Schein!  These supplies are very limited so sign up ASAP.  You must register THIS week to qualify for free product!

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NFDH Changes its Brand and Name

November 9, 2010

In December, the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped will launch its new brand and name:  Dental Lifeline Network.  The name just received final trademark approval and was officially announced at the opening of the American Dental Association Annual Session last month.  The Donated Dental Services (DDS) and DentaCheques program names remain unchanged.  The foundation provides dental care to disabled, elderly and medically at-risk patients.  It has over 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,000 laboratories, providing care in all 50 states.  It was established 35 years ago and is headquartered in Denver, Colo.

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Proposed Medicaid Payment Delays

November 9, 2010

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is expected to implement another delay in the payment of Medicaid claims in the spring 2011.  To help address a substantial budget shortfall in the current fiscal year (2010-2011), Medicaid has proposed delaying the payment of claims for one week in April 2011, one week in May 2011 and one week in June 2011, resulting in a cumulative three-week delay of payments by the end of the current fiscal year. 

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Members in the News Drs Gillis Weenig Perino Kessler

November 9, 2010

On Sept. 25, KJCT Channel 8 reported that an estimated 200 people in Grand Junction got a free appointment with one of three local dentists. Dr. Julie Gillis, Dr. Duane Weenig and Dr. Kenneth Perino teamed up to hold a free clinic for people who couldn’t afford dental care. Patients received treatments ranging from cleanings and cancer screenings to fillings and extractions.

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Colorado Heart Rescue

November 9, 2010

Meet the CDA’s Newest Endorsed Company:  The CDA just endorsed Colorado Heart Rescue as a resource for Automated External Defibrillators (AED).  The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiner’s anesthesia rule requires an AED for any dental office providing any permitted level of sedation – minimal, moderate, deep and general anesthesia (although voluntary installation is encouraged in all offices regardless of whether they offer permitted sedation services).

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