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Rules Under Revision

By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA director of Government Relations
 
Every Colorado dental practice is governed by the Colorado Dental Board’s rules and policies.  As shared with CDA members through email and social media, the Colorado Dental Board is currently conducting a comprehensive review of its rules and policies. Nearly all dental board rules along with all dental board policies are being reviewed and revised through this process. Be sure to take time to review and submit any feedback on proposed changes, as they will impact your dental practice! 

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Renewing Your Lease: Important Things to Know

By Ryan Nolan and Stephen Strecker
 
Leases and lease renewals are not typically conducted on a level playing field. After all, the landlord is in the real estate business and most doctors are not. By planning, however, it is possible to negotiate a lower lease rate, receive a substantial tenant improvement allowance and free rent.

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UPDATE: Medicare Enrollment Opt In or Opt Out

By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA director of Government Relations
 
Dentists who treat Medicare patients must either enroll in the Medicare program or opt out by Feb. 1, 2017. Please note that this requirement applies to the federal MediCARE plans (generally senior and disabled patients) as opposed to the state-based MediCAID plans (for low-income patients). Medicare generally applies to patients over the age of 65, as well as certain adults receiving federal disability payments.

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Gratitude

By Marie Chatterley
 
Can your job satisfaction increase by focusing on the positive? Positive psychology has infiltrated workshops and trainings throughout corporate America in the last seven years and many are seeking to model this new approach in business. Shawn Achor published the Happiness Advantage in 2010, and suggested five daily exercises for a positive change.

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Becoming Noble

By Deanna Goodrich, R.D.H.
 
Every successful business owner begins with these three questions: Who are you? What do you believe? Who do you need to become? Becoming noble is defined by Webster’s dictionary as “having, showing, or coming from personal qualities that people admire (such as honesty, generosity, courage, etc.).” This little five-letter word can revolutionize your practice, your life and your happiness.

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CDA Endorsed Products Spotlight: Officite

March 9, 2016

Officite is the leading Web Presence provider in the dental industry and has been providing dentists with attractive, effective online marketing strategies since 2002. Officite provides everything your practice needs to start attracting more new patients through the internet. The complete Web Presence platforms can come with any combination of the following:

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PDMP Releases Video Training on Creating and Activating Delegate Accounts

March 7, 2016

This new video will teach you how to create and activate a delegate account on the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Any prescriber or pharmacist can now have up to three trained delegates who can access the PDMP on the prescriber's or dispenser's behalf. This helps prescribers and pharmacists use the PDMP more frequently to get the most complete medical history possible. Don't miss the opportunity to establish delegates in your practice and use the PDMP more than ever. 

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Have Dentist, Will Travel

March 1, 2016

Access to dental care in rural communities in Colorado continues to be a hot button issue in the state. In underserved areas, seeking treatment from a dentist isn’t always as easy as calling up a local dental practice, Federally Qualified Health Center, or Community-Based Dental Clinic and making an appointment. It sometimes involves taking time off of work and traveling a substantial distance to a dental practice that might be across the county or one county over. In extreme cases, patients might forego treatment, causing their dental problems to persist or escalate, forcing patients to visit the emergency room instead of a dentist. That’s why one dentist, Dr. Arnold Cullum, has taken it upon himself to make a difference—via a mobile dental clinic he calls Rural Dental Centers.

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Dentists, We Need You!

March 1, 2016

Volunteer for the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM)—and help celebrate 10 years of free dental care! Volunteer registration is open for the 2016 COMOM June 17-18 at Brush High School in Brush, Colo. This is the 10th anniversary of the clinic, and COMOM is celebrating by "Brushing its way to Brush!" Volunteer to help, and be a part of the celebration.

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Volunteer at the ADA Annual Meeting in Denver and Get CE for Free

March 1, 2016

The American Dental Association (ADA) 2016 annual meeting will be coming to Denver Oct. 20-23. Having the meeting in our backyard means you have a great opportunity to earn continuing education credit hours that can go toward the required 30 CE credit hours dentists and dental hygienists must earn during each licensure cycle. This is a new requirement that began March 1, the start of the 2016-18 licensure cycle.

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