June 2, 2020 | Issue 55
Request Your 25 KN95 Masks Today
IDA just learned that Iowa is one of the first 18 states to obtain a special allotment of KN95 masks from the FEMA stockpile. By 5:00 PM today, all actively practicing dentists in Iowa will receive an email to request 25 KN95 masks. The requests for the masks will be processed on a first come first serve basis, so we wanted to alert all IDA members of this opportunity immediately.
 
The email will come from the ADA and will provide a link to allow you to sign up to receive the masks. To complete the order form you will be required to:

  • Enter your ADA number (included within the invite) and last name.
  • Verify/edit contact information. Please pay special attention to the shipping address.
  • Confirm the request to receive an allotment of 25 KN95 masks.
  • Enter payment information for the $26.50 fee.
 
The $26.50 fee covers processing, shipping, handling, and credit card fees. The ADA is NOT charging dentists for masks, as these masks were provided free of charge from FEMA. The charge is to recoup the shipping and handling costs of distribution.
 
Once the online form is completed and payment received, you will receive a confirmation email and can expect to receive your masks within 10 business days. If the inventory is not available when the order is submitted, ADA is receiving new shipments each week, and you will be placed on a waiting list and informed of this. If additional inventory is not received, the $26.50 will be refunded.
 
Please watch your email this afternoon and submit your request immediately to ensure you obtain your allotment of KN95s before the supply runs out. We know PPE has been an ongoing issue for our dentists and we hope this will help you as you continue to treat patients in this new and challenging environment.
Dentists Ask IME to Take Advantage of Flexible Initiatives by CMS
In a joint letter sent today, IDA and the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists urged the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) to “act quickly to support oral health and the Medicaid dental provider network” by:

  • Submitting an expedited SPA to CMS to provide for interim payment to dentists.
  • Utilizing the flexibility to temporarily increase payment rates for dentists.
  • Utilizing the flexibility to increase payments for dentists during the emergency period.
  • Providing a payment adjustment to dentists to account for increased PPE costs.
  • Utilizing emergency funds to purchase and provide an immediate supply of N95 respirator masks for dentists who participate in Medicaid.
  • Clarifying that two or more dental exams may be provided from now until the end of 2020, depending on the needs of each patient.
CDC Updated Guidelines Align with ADA Guidance
The updated CDC guidance for dental settings provides detailed patient management and facility consideration information for before, during, and after dental appointments, which is in close alignment with the ADA Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit . CDC and ADA recommendations include:

  • Request that dental offices call patients to confirm appointments and ask pre-screening questions.
  • Advise patients to wear a face covering when entering the dental practice.
  • Limit the number of people who accompany a patient to the appointment.
  • Assess all patients upon arrival; temperature checks may be completed.
  • Remove items in office waiting rooms such as toys or reading material to limit potential transmission through high touch surfaces.
  • Encourage social distancing practices by minimizing the number of patients in the waiting room by spacing appointments thoughtfully and perhaps by asking patients to wait in their car until the dental staff is ready to treat the patient.
  • Advise dental staff members to wear additional personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate, such as surgical masks or N95 masks, full face shields, or goggles with side shields to ensure an environment that is as safe and healthy as possible for patients and the dental team.
  • Place hand sanitizer generously around the office for use, and ensure surfaces are cleaned regularly.

The CDC is hosting the webinar Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response on Wednesday, June 3 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM , where CDC experts will provide an overview of the interim guidance.

As a reminder, the CDC and ADA provide recommendations but are not regulatory agencies. All Iowa dental offices are required to adhere to the Iowa Dental Board's Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice , as mandated through the Governor's Proclamation of Disaster Emergency . Adherence to these Guidelines is currently required through 11:59 PM on June 25, 2020.
"I Got a PPP Loan, Now What?" Part 2 Coming Friday
New Dentist Virtual Townhall
The IDA New Dentist Committee is hosting a members-only virtual townhall on Monday, June 8 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. This virtual townhall is an opportunity to ask questions of the IDA leadership and your peers regarding practice management, effects of COVID-19, etc. IDA Immediate Past President Dr. Ryan Stuntz will be moderating the townhall, and Drs. Sara Stuefen, Derek Peek, and Amy Geis have volunteered to act as panelists to assist in responding to questions.