Colorado Dental Association eNews 
  October 2016
It's been a busy year for the Colorado Dental Board. The board has updated policies and rules, and the CDA has been there every step of the way. The board also has announced a number of volunteer opportunities, which is a great way for dentists to get directly involved. Here's what you need to know. 
The 2016 election is critical for dentistry, as you will be electing the federal and state senators and representatives who will decide key issues for dentistry, including insurance reform, Medicaid and access-to-dental care issues in Colorado. That's why the CDA created a 2016 election guide that looks at how proposed amendments and ballot issues could affect you.  
Since implementation of Affordable Care Act Section 1557, questions have arisen regarding what providers affected by the rule need to do to comply. It comes down this: Providers who accept payment plans that receive federal funding must post taglines in the top 15 languages in their state and notices of nondiscrimination in their offices and on their websites by Oct. 16, 2016.
Registration is open for Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) 2017, marking the program's 15th anniversary. Dental offices are encouraged to offer GKAS programs in their offices. GKAS program coordinators should sign up their programs with the ADA Foundation by Nov. 7 to be eligible for free product donations to support their volunteer efforts.  
The American Dental Association (ADA) has released CDT 2017: Dental Procedure Codes. By helping dental office staff code correctly, this latest edition of CDT is designed to streamline coding and speed reimbursement by third-party payers. ADA/CDA members receive a discount, so be sure to log in before you purchase.
As healthcare practitioners, dentists can lead the effort to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic. A significant factor in the opioid epidemic is legally written prescriptions from doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Join the movement and take the clinician pledge to help turn the tide.

The CDA recently became aware of an invoice scam targeting dental practices. While this scam isn't new, it continues to prey on dentists. Dental offices have reported receiving invoices from a Media Pages company, but these offices don't use the company's services. Please make your front desk staff aware of this invoice scam.
In This Issue
Dental Board Updates
2016 Voting Guide
Section 1557
Give Kids a Smile
CDT Codes for 2017
Turn the Tide Rx
Don't Get Scammed

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Featured Events: 

ADA 2016 
ADA 2016 is just one week away! Held from Oct. 20-24 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, ADA 2016 offers you the chance to  earn CE, network with oral healthcare professionals, volunteer, mingle with exhibitors and much more! Be sure to make the most of America's Dental Meeting being held in your backyard! Don't forget to stop by booth 827 to say hi to CDA staff!

ADA 2016 New Dentist Conference
ADA 2016 is full of events and courses geared toward new dentists. Learn more about what ADA 2016 has to offer at its New Dentist Conference. Be sure to keep the party going with the New Dentist After Party on Friday, Oct. 21, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., at privĂ© at Dorchester. The New Dentist After Party is hosted by the CDA and Metro Denver Dental Society.

G.V. Black Tie Great Gatsby Event
Save the date for the 2016 Great Gatsby-themed G.V. Black Tie party, brought to you by the CDA New Dentist Committee. The event is Saturday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at The Curtis Hotel in Denver. Additional details, including how to reserve your spot, will be available soon. 
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