IDA UPDATE
Indiana Dental Association | February 2020
IDA Advocacy Update
The 2020 Indiana General Assembly has just three weeks left, and several key bills are scheduled for a vote today. IDA will be sending legislative updates with details on the status of bills important to healthcare, patients and dentistry in Indiana.

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Thanks for a Great Dental Day 2020
Dental Day at the Capitol was a tremendous success and a day well spent advocating for the rights of patients and quality dentistry at the Indiana Statehouse. This year’s event included presentations from Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristine Box, and a statehouse meeting with Governor Eric Holcomb. More than 150 dentists and dental students participated. Click the link below to view photos of the day.
Free Trial of ADA Practice Transitions
ADA Practice Transitions (ADAPT) is here to help members looking to sell a practice or to find associates

For a limited time you can try ADAPT for FREE and join hundreds of your colleagues who have already created a profile. General dentists can try a free three-month trial if they create and submit an ADAPT profile between February 24 and March 1 at 11:59 PM CT using promo code Feb2020.
Change in IHCP Prior Authorization Requirements
The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) announced on February 4 that it is removing the prior authorization requirement for billing dental codes D5282 and D5283 for members who are under age 21.
Medicare Opt Out: What You Need to Know
The appropriate status a dental provider elects for Medicare has had a number of twist and turns over the past several years. Dr. Valerie Martinsen Seifert takes a deep dive into this issue as part of her work with the IDA Dental Benefits Subcommittee. Click on the link below to read the full article.
The Benefits of a Pre-Treatment Estimate
Choosing to submit a pre-treatment estimate (PTE) for dental treatment has its pros and cons. Some will argue that waiting for a PTE just gives patients the opportunity to delay treatment and will be less likely to move forward with recommendations later. 
 
However, getting a PTE from dental insurance companies can give you information that the dental office may not have retrieved from a simple breakdown of benefits, i.e., waiting periods, downgrades, alternate benefits, or hidden non-covered services. A PTE can even let a dentist know if teeth have a favorable enough prognosis (in the eyes of the insurance company) to qualify for benefits. 
 
Knowing whether or not your patient will qualify for benefits positions you to be the "good guy," instead of assuming something will be covered and asking the patient to pay more for it after treatment has been started. When utilized, PTEs should be submitted with periapical radiographs, clinical photos, and periodontal charting, when necessary.

By Dr. Megan Keck, Dental Benefits Subcommittee
Award Nominations Due Soon
Do you know individuals who are outstanding in promoting, practicing or volunteering for the field of dentistry? Nominate them for an IDA Award! Recipients will be announced during the IDA Midwest Dental Assembly. All nominations for IDA Specialty Awards are due to the Central Office by March 1. Visit our website to read details and to complete our online nomination form.
IUSD Hosts Successful GKAS Event
The IU School of Dentistry provided an estimated $60,435 in dental services free to nearly 200 children on February 7. At the Give Kids A Smile event, dental school faculty and students provided free dental screenings, fluoride treatments and preventive oral health care. More details and photos are available on the IUSD Facebook page.