May 7, 2020 | Issue 38
Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Regarding Dental Services
Yesterday afternoon Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation regarding dental services. Below is the section of the proclamation that refers directly to dental offices.

SECTION ONE.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I hereby order that effective at 5:00 a.m. on May 8, 2020 and continuing until this disaster proclamation expires:
A.  A dentist and his or her dental staff may resume providing any dental services if the dentist complies with the following requirements:
  1. All dental services are provided in compliance with the Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice adopted by the Iowa Dental Board on May 5, 2020.
  2. The dentist has adequate inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) and access to a reliable supply chain without relying on state or local PPE stockpiles to comply with the Guidance for Returning to Work During COVID-19.
  3. The dentist has a plan to conserve PPE consistent with guidance from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health.
B. The performance of any dental procedures except in compliance with paragraph A continue to be prohibited.
C.  This order shall be enforced by Iowa Dental Board investigators or their designees who, pursuant to Iowa Code § 153.33(1)(b), shall have the powers and status of peace officers when enforcing this order.
IDB Hosting Live Q&A Regarding New Guidelines for Reopening Today
All dentists are strongly encouraged to participate in the Iowa Dental Board's live Q&A session concerning the  Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice today from 3:00 - 4:30 PM. Submit your questions in advance to . Please note that IDA will NOT be holding a separate PPE townhall as originally discussed, as the IDB's Q&A session will cover this topic in great detail.

To join this session:

To join the meeting by phone: 408-418-9388 
Meeting number: 627 588 065

Password: 3DpmQTUUU23 (33767888 from phones)
PPP Loan Webinar Available On-Demand for IDA Members
IDA members had the opportunity to get the most current information on the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) loan program and ask questions of experienced dental CPA Allen Schiff yesterday afternoon. The recording and resources provided during this session, including a worksheet that allows dentists to tailor the information to their specific situation, are now available on-demand for IDA members on the IDA website. Not sure if you are a member of IDA? Contact the IDA staff at 515.331.2298.
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Protect Your Practice - Live Cybersecurity Webinar Coming Tomorrow
Teledentistry. Webinars. Coding and billing. With everything from our daily lives being uprooted to a digital platform amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it's more important than ever to protect your practice from cyber risks. Medix Dental IT specialist Tom Terronez will alleviate your fears and address your cybersecurity concerns in a FREE live webinar at 12:00 PM tomorrow . A recorded version of the webinar will become available to registrants on May 11 if you are unable to attend the live session.
Mental Health Basics for Dentistry Interactive Webinar May 11
Keep up with best practices in treating patients with mental health disorders and interact directly with mental health professional Dr. Elizabeth Worsham during her live webinar at 9:00 AM on Monday, May 11, available to all dentists and staff free of charge. Dr. Worsham will allow for questions at the end of her presentation to ensure you are leaving best equipped to meet the needs of all of your patients. A recorded version of the webinar will become available to registrants on May 12 if you are unable to attend the live session.
Governor's Daily Press Conferences
Governor Reynolds continues to conduct daily press conferences at 11:00 AM. Access the press conferences via  Facebook and on many local news channels.

The governor issues daily press releases regarding the status of COVID-19's effect on Iowans.  Click here to access the most recent press release.