Colorado Dental Association eNews 
  August 2016
The Colorado Dental Board recently emailed dental licensees regarding SB16-009, a 2016 bill that made a technical fix to a longstanding state law on fee splitting by dentists. CDA members have raised a few questions following the dental board's communication-and we want to make sure you have the most up-to-date information on this new law.
The CDA is saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Jacob Eisenson, a longtime leader in dentistry in the state of Colorado and in the association. He was 96 years old.
The ADA News reported the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a statement calling flossing "an important oral hygiene practice," and not mentioning it in the federal dietary guidelines released in 2015 does not imply otherwise. 
The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) issued a recent rule that implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rule went into effect July 18. Despite the rule's good intentions to prohibit discrimination in healthcare, it has left some healthcare providers with many unanswered questions. The American Dental Association is working to clear up this confusion.  
The Aug. 1 deadline for provider revalidation in  Colorado's Medicaid program, Health First Colorado, has passed, but help is available if you have questions about the process. The Health First Colorado Enrollment and Revalidation Information Center now staffs specialists who can help answer questions about general enrollment, your application status and more. 
Congratulations to the Class of 2016! May your lives after graduation be a reflection of everything you've worked so hard for. And if you're one of the 40 million people in the U.S. with student loans, may your student loan repayment strategy help you eliminate that debt efficiently, so you can focus on your life's journey.
The Colorado Board of Education is holding a rulemaking hearing in Grand Junction, Colo., to discuss changes to its policy on healthy beverages in schools. Specifically, the board will consider a change that would allow diet sodas to be sold in high schools. If you live in the area, consider attending in-person and speaking about the negative effects soda can have on oral health.  
At the 2016 Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) meeting July 16 in Boston, the AGD honored seven CDA members with the AGD Mastership, AGD Fellowship and Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition awards. Find out which of your peers won in each award category.  
The CDA recently invited Colorado 2016 legislative candidates to participate in interviews to find out where they stand on issues important to the association and its members. Based on those interviews, the CDA will develop an election guide ahead of the Nov. 8, 2016, election. Stay tuned!  
If you are planning to present a course that offers CE credit, the CDA would like to remind you that Sept. 7 is the deadline to submit those courses for review and approval. If you have questions about the submission process, contact Pam Brockhaus at or 303-996-2843.
In This Issue
Former CDA President Dies
Flossing Benefits Oral Health
Clearing Up ACA Confusion
New Medicaid Specialists
Student Loan Repayment
Sodas OK in High Schools?
AGD Award Winners
CODPAC Interviews
Continuing Education Deadline

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