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Calling for CDA Delegates, Officer Nominations and More!

March 16, 2014

All dentists are invited to attend the CDA Annual Session and House of Delegates meeting.  At this meeting, current topics affecting the profession will be discussed, and delegates can voice their opinions and vote on matters brought up by CDA members.  No experience is necessary to attend and new delegates are always welcome.  The meeting takes place June 5-7 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort.

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Colorado Marijuana Law – time to adjust your health history questions!

February 19, 2014

Now that your patients can legally access and use medical or recreational marijuana in Colorado, it is a good time to review and modify your patient health history questionnaire.  Consider including the following questions:

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Medicaid Proposes Coverage Policy for Adults

February 19, 2014

The state Medicaid department recently published the first major proposal on the upcoming adult dental benefit.  The current policy coverage standard can be accessed by clicking here.
 
A draft coverage policy was shared with Take 5 participants in January for feedback. It was finalized late last week. The policy includes information on coverage for diagnostic procedures, x-rays, preventive procedures, minor and major restorative procedures, endodontic procedures, periodontal treatment, removable prosthetics, oral surgery and anesthesia, as well as policies on non-covered services, prior authorizations and billing guidelines that will apply to adults covered by Medicaid. The document lists code descriptions for procedures and any frequency limitations or prior authorizations required.

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Teledentistry, a Growing Trend

February 19, 2014

The use of teledentistry is growing here and across the U.S.  At the end of January, legislation passed in California (73-1) promoting teledentistry and making it reimbursable through Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. Teledentistry has gained interest across a number of states. Teledental platforms may present treatment options to a new and underserved patient base.  These developments have led more dentists to consider teledental options for their own offices and now legislatures are following their lead. 

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State Board Meeting Update - Jan. 2014

February 19, 2014

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) met on Jan. 23. Much of the meeting focused on discussion of the Sunset Review of the Dental Practice Law. A new dentist and a new public member are expected to be appointed to the SBDE shortly. The SBDE plans to conduct rulemaking on opioid prescribing and licensure rules in April. We will share the draft rules with CDA member dentists when they are published for comment ahead of this meeting. The SBDE also plans to appoint a committee to assist in review of anesthesia applications at its April 2014 meeting.

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Renew Your Dental License

February 19, 2014

If you have not done so, please remember to renew your state dental license.  All Colorado dentist and dental hygienist licenses will expire on Feb. 28, 2014.  Dentists and dental hygienists are not permitted to practice dentistry without a current license.  The license renewal process is administered by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).  All questions regarding this process should be directed to 303-894-2984 or 303-894-7800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   Some changes were made to the renewal process this year.  For a guide on how to navigate the license renewal process, click here.

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Dental Sunset Review Bill Introduced

February 19, 2014

On Jan. 30, HB 1227 – the 2014 Sunset Review of the Dental Practice Act – was introduced before the state House of Representatives. 2014 marks a year where the laws that govern dentistry are reviewed and potentially revised. Many of CDA’s priority recommendations, including continuing education and anesthesia updates, were included in the introduced bill draft. The bill still has a long legislative process ahead, but is off to a good start for the dental profession. The CDA will continue to provide updates throughout this process.

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Bill Expanding Pediatric Dental Benefits Becomes Law

February 19, 2014

HB 1053, a bill that ensures that pediatric dental benefit coverage is available in all plans purchased through the state healthcare exchange and in the private market, was signed by the governor into law. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Beth McCann (D-Denver) and Sen. Irene Aguilar (D-Denver), allows the commissioner of insurance to require that health plans purchased through the state exchange require purchase of pediatric dental benefits, expanding access to dental care for kids.

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Sign-up Today to Take 5!

January 6, 2014

This spring, for the first time, Colorado will offer a dental benefit under Medicaid for adults.  Details are still being worked out and the process to establish a non-state adminstrator for the benefit is underway. This benefit will qualify over 300,000 adults in the state for dental care.  To address this influx in dental patients, the CDA created "Take 5," a program that asks all dentists to treat 5 Medicaid families or patients each year.  The CDA commits to helping Take 5 dentists enroll in Medicaid and provide resources to support their practice.  Click here to learn more and make the Take 5 pledge!

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CDA Airs Radio Ads Starting Dec. 9!

December 4, 2013

Phase two of the CDA’s commercial campaign will start Monday, Dec. 9 on radio stations during the morning and evening commute times.  This campaign launched last month on statewide television to raise public awareness about the importance of going to a CDA member dentist.  The commercial will air between 5 a.m./6 a.m. to 8 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on KOA, KBCO and KTCL. The commercial informs the listener that CDA members are held to the highest standard of ethics and care, and that CDA dentists are required to take continuing education.  At the end, the listener is encouraged to ask if his/her dentist is a CDA member. 

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