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Sunset Review Spotlight: Continuing Education

September 30, 2014

The rulemaking process for the implementation of the 2014 Dental Sunset Review Bill has just begun. As rulemaking progresses, the CDA will provide in-depth information on key topics to help answer commonly asked questions from CDA members. A common area of interest related to the Sunset Review Bill is the new continuing education (CE) requirement for dentists and dental hygienists.

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DEA Tightens Rules on Hydrocodone

September 30, 2014

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently published a final rule putting additional restrictions on hydrocodone-containing drug products, moving them from Schedule III to Schedule II of the federal Controlled Substances Act. Earlier this year, the American Dental Association (ADA) joined several other health organizations in expressing concern over the move, which imposes additional regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions on persons who handle or propose to handle hydrocodone combination products, since hydrocodone drugs are often used to treat severe pain related to dental surgery.

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Improvements to Colorado’s CHP+ Dental Program

September 30, 2014

As of July 1, the CHP+ dental program was expanded with the annual max increasing from $600 to $1,000 for covered children, and new periodontic, prosthodontic and orthodontic codes were added. These newly added codes include:

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New Opioid Prescribing Policy for Colorado Dentists

September 30, 2014

In July, the State Board of Dentistry adopted a new policy aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse by better managing opioid prescribing. In short, the policy states that providers prescribing and/or dispensing opioids should:

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Save the Date: Cory Gardner Fundraiser

September 30, 2014

Mark Your Calendar and Join Us for an Event Honoring Congressman Cory Gardner
Colorado dentists will be hosting a fundraising event on Oct. 24, 2014 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for Congressman Cory Gardner, the Republican candidate who is seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mark Udall. Cong. Gardner has been a good friend of dentistry, supporting the dental profession in his role on the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which oversees healthcare issues) and through his ongoing support of the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM). Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for the event.

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