Colorado Dental Association eNews 
  December 2016
Happy holidays from the CDA! 


The CDA has updated its website to be easier to navigate and more user-friendly. With a more visual design and layout, the new CDA website is sure to offer you easy access to important information related to your membership and the dental profession. Take a look at what's been updated!
On Dec. 15, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final regulation regarding the handling of dental amalgam waste. The new federal rules will require most U.S. dental offices to use qualifying amalgam separators and comply with industry best management practices (BMPs) to reduce amalgam waste. More information will be available in the winter 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association.  
  
The CDA has been working hard to address practices by dental plans that do not serve the best interest of patients. Several dental or dental-related regulations have been up for review through state Division of Insurance (DOI) processes. Since September, the CDA has given input on seven sets of DOI regulations. 
Health First Colorado (formerly known as Colorado Medicaid) hosted an orthodontic stakeholder meeting and announced plans to revise the payment methodology for orthodontic services delivered to Medicaid patients. A full overview of the proposed changes can be accessed through the links in the article. 
On Dec. 19, the Federal Register published its final rule on powdered surgical and exam gloves. The FDA has elected to ban these types of gloves, citing that the products are an adulterated product and unsafe for use. This ban takes effect Jan. 18, 2017. If you're affected by this ban, CDA-endorsed Association Gloves can help you find  gloves that will meet your needs. 
The ADA and CDA have streamlined how you keep track of your continuing education (CE) credits. Gone are the days of recording your courses on a paper form. Now, you can track your CE and access your transcripts all in one place, using the new online Member CE Depository!  

2017 marks the 15th anniversary of Give Kids a Smile (GKAS), held during National Children's Dental Health Month, and in Colorado, the CDA's program in conjunction with the CU School of Dentistry is getting a bit of a makeover. The program traditionally held at the CU School of Dental Medicine will forego its one-day GKAS clinic and turn instead to educating children and their families about the benefits of good oral health and preventative care. 

It's Dues Time: Did You Get Your Statement? 
Dues statements for your 2017 tripartite membership in the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and local component have been sent out to members. If you haven't received yours, contact CDA Director of Membership Erica Carvin at 303-996-2842 or erica@cdaonline.org. To pay your dues, log on to the CDA website.
In This Issue
Happy Holidays!
New CDA Website
EPA Amalgam Ruling
CDA Working for You
Medicaid Billing Changes
Powdered Glove Ban
Online CE Portal
Give Kids a Smile
Dues Statements

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