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City of Centennial Sales Tax Update

February 23, 2010

The CDA continues to act on behalf of Centennial dentists regarding the issue of charging sales tax on items sold in dental offices within the City of Centennial.

The CDA attorney suggests that practices located within the City of Centennial that have a current Centennial Sales Tax License file an annual return, even if the practice does not have retail sales to report for the period.

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March 1 Compliance Alert for Dentists Offering Payment Plans

February 22, 2010

Some Dentists Must Register Under State Consumer Credit Law
Attention dentists: do you offer payment plans to your patients? If so, you may be required to pay a fee and register with the state of Colorado before March 1.

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State Board Adopts New Anesthesia Rule Effective March 30

February 22, 2010

In January, the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) voted to adopt new rules on the administration of anesthesia. This vote concludes a year of discussion and revision to the rule. The rule went through several iterations before final adoption, addressing a number of dentist concerns in the process.

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State Legislative Update: 2010 Bills

February 22, 2010

Thanks to everyone who took action in support of HB 1144, the bill to address insurers’ practice of dictating fees for non-covered services. As you know, HB 1144 died in a frustrating tie vote earlier this month. However, the CDA is still very committed to addressing this issue. We are reviewing our options and will keep members posted with more information as available.

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Dentist Sales Tax in Centennial

February 22, 2010

The city of Centennial has been sending letters to local dentists asserting that dentists must collect sales tax from patients on certain cosmetic products, including teeth whitening kits. Centennial’s tax code, however, exempts “drugs or materials furnished by a doctor as part of professional services provided to a patient” from sales tax requirements.

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HIPAA Breach Reporting – Required by March 1

February 22, 2010

Did you have a HIPAA security breach – for example, the theft of records from your office or loss of a laptop containing patient records – between September and December 2009?

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GKAS – Thank You Volunteers!

February 22, 2010

There were lots of smiling kids on Friday, Feb. 5 thanks to Colorado dentists and dental professionals. About 250 dentists participated in the eighth annual Give Kids a Smile Day. In Colorado, this means children from low-income families without access to regular dental care are given free treatment and education by dental volunteers committed to this cause.

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Nuggets Tickets Discount

February 22, 2010

Don't miss your opportunity to take advantage of discounted Denver Nuggets tickets for March and April games! This is a CDA benefit for members and their friends and family. Better yet, a portion of all tickets sold will benefit the CDA Charitable and Educational Fund.

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COMOM 2010 – Save the Date

February 22, 2010

Please mark your calendar! This year’s Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) will be held at the Phil Long Expo Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2010 (patient treatment days are Oct. 1-2).

We welcome you and your dental team members to join us this year. Nearly 800 volunteers are needed for this event and we encourage both clinical and non-clinical individuals to register.

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SBDE Issues Revised Draft of Anesthesia Rule

December 17, 2009

This week the CDA received a new revision of the SBDE’s anesthesia rule proposal that would modify the anesthesia permit structure for Colorado dentists. To view a copy of the most recent rule revision, click here. The new rule addresses a number of concerns raised at the Board’s last public rule hearing in October, including:

  • Revision to use ADA definitions for the levels of sedation,
  • Clarification and specificity on EKG requirements,
  • Elimination of the term “anxiolysis” and clarification on premedication requirements, and
  • Addition of a section detailing patient monitoring requirements.

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