IDA Update
Congratulations IDA Member Dr. Holloway

Dr. Jeanette Sabir-Holloway received the Lucy Hobbs Project Mentor award for her Increasing Diversity in Dentistry Pipeline (IDID) program. The Lucy Hobbs Project honors and supports women in dentistry and is named after the first female dentist in the U.S.

Launched in 2009, IDID mentors underrepresented college students and supports disadvantaged students in their quest to become dentists. Dr. Sabir-Holloway practices in Indianapolis and is also the director of outreach, recruitment and admissions at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Thanks to her efforts, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is now one of the most diverse dental programs in the country.

Congratulations to Dr. Holloway for this well-deserved honor!
7,765 Hoosiers Searching for Dentists

Have you updated your American Dental Association profile? In March alone, the ADA's Find a Dentist service on the IDA website received 7,765 visits to search for a dentist in Indiana. This website directory is available exclusively to ADA members and is a great way to build your practice.

Think about how valuable a new patient is to your practice, and update your profile today!
IndianaMoM is Approaching: Sign Up Now!
IndianaMoM 2019 is just one month away! We encourage as many dentists as possible to volunteer for this event on May 17 and 18 in Fort Wayne .

We need a total of 1,000 volunteers on Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. We welcome volunteers for any shift, but please note that we have an urgent need for Saturday volunteers .

Visit to register as a volunteer. If you have volunteered for IndianaMoM in the past you will already have an account in the volunteer registration system, so there's no need to create a new registration. However, you must log back in to your account to enter your 2019 shift preferences and to update your t-shirt size and license information.
ADA Medicaid Resolutions: They Make the Provider and Patient Experiences Better

By Dr. Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi, immediate-past volunteer on the ADA’s Council for Advocacy for Access and Prevention (CAAP)

I love it when I see our new ADA vision statement “empowering dental professionals to achieve optimal health for all” being embraced. One way the ADA accomplishes this is by encouraging dentists to participate in Medicaid. As an incentive, the ADA created a Medicaid Provider Reference Guide and Advocacy Toolkit, which serves to educate providers and encourages greater collaboration with state Medicaid agencies to continually improve their programs. Common sense Medicaid reform must improve enrollee access, quality of care, reduce administrative burdens on dentists, and be cost effective. If such reforms are successful, it will be a win/win for the patient, state Medicaid agency, taxpayer, managed care company, and dental benefits manager, as well as participating dentists. Often, this entails increasing provider reimbursement rates, but that is not always feasible based on political and fiscal climates within individual states. Incentivizing dentists to become Medicaid providers is not the only approach. Removing disincentives can be equally as valuable.

>>>Visit our website for read more.
IDA Dentists and Dental Students Attend ADA Lobby Day in Washington

Over 1,100 dentists and dental students from across the country came to the nation’s capital to advocate for their patients, profession and their practice. Attendees met with federal representatives and discussed issues within dentistry with political analysts, subject matter experts and politically involved dentists.

Indiana was well represented in Washington by IDA members and students from the IU School of Dentistry. Thank you for serving as Indiana's voice for dentistry in Washington!
Upcoming INDental E-Learning Series Opportunities

IDA's Excellence in Professional Development Committee is offering FREE webinars throughout 2019 for IDA members and their dental teams. Visit our website to find more details and to register for the live course or the rebroadcast. You can also view our 2019 CE Catalog by clicking on the image of the catalog.

Yes You Can! Financial Guide to Practice Startup
Thursday, May 2 Live @ 1 p.m. 
Tuesday, May 21 Noon Rebroadcast

Dental Decision Tree for Ethical Dilemmas- Fulfills half of the licensure requirement!
Thursday, June 6, Live @ 1 p.m. 
Tuesday, June 18 Noon Rebroadcast

Understanding CDT Codes and More
Thursday, July 11 Live @ 1 p.m. 
Tuesday, July 16 Noon Rebroadcast

Basics of Dental Practice Marketing
Thursday, August 1 Live @ 1 p.m. 
Tuesday, August 20 Noon Rebroadcast 

Is Your Office Prepared for an OSHA Inspection? - Fulfills the Federal OSHA mandate!
Thursday, September 5 Live @ 1 p.m. 
Tuesday, September 17 Noon Rebroadcast

Create a Better Dental Team
Thursday, October 3 Live @ 1 p.m. 
Tuesday, October 15 Noon Rebroadcast

Insurance Basics 101
Thursday, November 7 Live @ 1 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19 Noon Rebroadcast

How to Set Better Goals for Yourself & Your Dental Practice
Thursday, December 5 Live @ 1 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17 Noon Rebroadcast 
Register for the Midwest Dental Assembly

Put the Midwest Dental Assembly on your to-do list for next week! Registrations are open, and the Advanced Registration deadline is May 30.

To register online, visit Bringing a team of three or more? Use the discount code TEAM during the online checkout process and receive 10 percent off the registration fees! This offer is valid through May 30 only.
IDPAC Silent Auction

IDPAC, IDA's voice at the Indiana Statehouse, is seeking donated items for the Silent Auction at the Midwest Dental Assembly . Popular items in past auctions include wine, gift cards, packaged gourmet foods, and vacation packages for cabins or condos. However, any donated item is welcome. Email Laurie Campbell to inquire about a donation. You can also view and bid on auction items in advance of the event here .
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Exclusive Offer for IDA Members

Bank of America has a new loan consolidation offer for IDA members, with an introductory 3.89% interest rate. Click here to view more information.
Dental Quality Alliance Conference

The 2019 Dental Quality Alliance Conference, Pathway to Improvement, will take place May 17-18 at the ADA Headquarters in Chicago. This Conference is designed to strengthen in-depth understanding of the quality measurement infrastructure within dentistry by canvassing on concrete opportunities for system-wide improvement.

To learn more or to register, visit the conference page on the ADA website.
IDA Legislative Updates

As the 2018 session of the Indiana General Assembly winds down, conference committees are being held to reconcile House and senate differences on a number of bills. Below is an update on several bills that the IDA has been following:

HB 1444 - Tobacco Regulation. HB 1444 proposed a tax on e-cigarettes. The bill was amended to urge assignment to an interim study committee to review taxation of CBD oil and vaping products.

HB 1569 - Licensing Issues. HB 1569 corrects an error in last year’s Hygiene Access Bill, and gives the IUSD Dean requested revisions to dental faculty license limitations. It passed out of the Senate on April 8 by a 48-1 vote and was returned to the House with amendments. The House approved the amendments on April 11 and passed the bill with a 85-4 vote.

HB 1308 - Medicaid Audits. HB 1308 called for additional guidelines for Medicaid provider audits. It passed out of the Senate on April 8 by a 47-1 vote and was returned to the House with amendments. The House approved the amendments and passed the bill on April 10 with a 91-1 vote.

HB 1348 - Medicaid Oversight. HB 1548 proposed additional legislators be added to the Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) and required that specific provider issues be studied by the MAC. It passed out of the Senate with amendments on April 9 by a 46-2 vote. The House approved the amendments on April 16 with a 83-0 vote.
IDA Office Closed on Friday Afternoon

The IDA Central Office will close at noon EST on Friday, April 19, in observance of the Good Friday holiday,