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Transparency Reporting Required for Most Dentists in Feb 2012

September 15, 2010

During the 2010 legislative session, legislators considered a bill to extend certain disclosure requirements that are in place for physicians to numerous other healthcare professions, including dentistry.  SB 124, also known as the “Skolnik transparency bill,” was enacted by the governor this past June and requires healthcare professionals to report practice history information including disciplinary actions, malpractice settlements, criminal convictions and more during the initial licensure, renewal and reinstatement processes.  The reported information is made available to patients and the public through an online search tool. 

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CDA Bids Farewell to Executive Director Jim Young

September 15, 2010

CDA Executive Director Jim Young has accepted a new position in Colorado Springs and recently left the CDA on Sept. 15, 2010.  A search for a new executive director is currently underway.  The CDA is a strong organization with an outstanding reputation.  The Board of Trustees is confident in its ability to attract outstanding candidates, and select someone who can continue to lead the CDA in successful endeavors.  CDA Director of Finance Pam Brockhaus will be serving as interim executive director while the search is conducted.   We wish Jim the best in his new endeavors and appreciate his work while here at the CDA.

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Call for Nominations CDA Editor

September 15, 2010

After many years of devoted service, current CDA Editor Dr. Joe Tomlinson plans to retire the post, opening the opportunity for another CDA member.

The CDA is looking for a new editor.  If you are detail-oriented, good with the English language and grammar, have an interest in writing, and have several hours each month to serve your profession – the CDA editor position may be for you.

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Drug Take Back Program

September 15, 2010

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is hosting a nationwide drug take-back event on Saturday, Sept. 25.  Patients will be able to drop off unwanted and expired drugs at sites around the state to be disposed of properly.  The event is being organized to provide a safe and environmentally friendly disposal option for these drugs. The service is free and anonymous, and can accept narcotics and other controlled substances (which is a new and much needed service). 

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Dental Offices Recognized as Environmental Leaders

September 15, 2010

The Environmental Leadership Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently expanded to recognize practices within the dental community.  Three dental offices will be recognized by the governor as Bronze Achievers for their sustainable practices at a banquet in early September:

• CDA member Dr. Heidi Winquist of Heidi Winquist, DDS, PC;
• CDA members Dr. F. Robert Murphy, Dr. Paul Sica, Dr. Julie Ann Brown and Dr. David Welden of the North Boulder Dental Group; and
• Shelby Kahl, R.D.H., P.C.

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September 2010 Member Spotlight

September 15, 2010

Have news to share with your colleagues? Send it to the CDA for the eNewsletter. In this month’s announcements: Dr. Andre Gillespie, Dr. Brett Kessler, Dr. Elmer Villalon, and Haitian and Dominican Assistance Corporation.

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Practice Transition “Speed Dating” Event – Register Today!

August 10, 2010

Don’t forget! On August 21, the CDA new dentist committee has organized a prime opportunity for members interested in buying, selling or transitioning a practice.  Set up in a “speed dating” format, the program will allow “buyers” and “sellers” to meet for five minute increments and look for a match as they exchange details like practice location, office overview and general patient information. There is no charge for this program, which is open exclusively to CDA members.

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COMOM Registration Reminder

August 10, 2010

With under two months to go, COMOM is just around the corner.  The 4th Annual COMOM will be held in Colorado Springs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2010 (Oct. 1-2 are patient treatment days).  Online registration is quick and convenient.  Sign up today!

Please note that the cut-off for discounted rates at the COMOM hotel headquarters has been extended to August 29, 2010. 

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SECDS Offers Head and Neck Cancer Symposium

August 10. 2010

Join the Southeastern Colorado Dental Society, along with P.A.I.N. and TMD Study, for a Head and Neck Cancer Symposium on Sept. 24 and 25 in Pueblo.  The event offers an exciting line-up of presenters and 9 CEU credits.  Click here to register today and get more details about the event.

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CODPAC Offers Election Support to Candidates

August 10, 2010

As the 2010 elections approach, CODPAC – the CDA’s political arm that raises money to support legislators who understand the importance of dentistry and are committed to the oral health of Coloradans – has been busy evaluating voting records and making funding recommendations. 

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