IDA Update

Opioid CE Notice Sparks Alarm

This week the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency issued a notification regarding controlled substance registration (CSR). The July 1 reference in the PLA notification alarmed some IDA members, but please be assured that the date refers only to the start of the new law, not to the deadline for obtaining the two hours of opioid CE.

Any professionals who hold or apply for a CSR must obtain the two hours of opioid abuse CE by the next license renewal date of March 1, 2020. Note that if you have already taken two hours of opioid CE within this current licensure period, that CE will satisfy the requirements of the new law.

IDA has several upcoming opportunities that will provide two hours' worth of opioid continuing education:
Journal IDA
Mid- to late August
The summer 2019 edition of the Journal IDA will be an opioid CE issue. Articles focusing on addiction, best practices, scope of prescriptions and opioid resources will help members satisfy the two hour opioid CE requirements. As always, the Journal IDA will be mailed to members at no additional charge, but the cost to obtain a CE certificate will be $25.

Opioid Prescribing, Addiction, and Abuse
Friday, August 23 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Dr. Dmitry Arbuck
IDA Central Office | 550 West North Street, Indianapolis

Cost: $85 for members, $225 for non-members

Click here to register.
E-Learning Rebroadcast: Opioids Part 1 and 2

Opioids Part 1 Rebroadcast Dates and Times
Wednesday, August 7 | Noon–1 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 | 7–8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11 | 7–8 p.m.

Opioids Part 2 Rebroadcast Dates and Times
Thursday, August 8 | Noon–1 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 | 7–8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11 | 8–9 p.m.

Cost: FREE to members, not available to non-members

IDA will be offering several rebroadcasts of its two-part webinar on opioids. Together the two sessions will help participants understand the scope of the opioid prescribing in the U.S., cycle and causes of opioid addiction, and proper prescribing protocols, best practices and more.

Click here to register.
Local Component Courses

Many local components are organizing their own courses in response to the CSR law. Contact your local component leadership to inquire about any classes near you.

Let IDA's Dental Prescription Reference Guide Help You

IDA's Dental Prescription Reference Guide provides guidance at your fingertips for viral/ bacterial infections, pain management, anxiety/sedation, opioids and more. The cost for members is $25, or $20 per copy for 20 copies or more. Visit our website to order.

Thanks for a Great Midwest
Dental Assembly 2019!

Many thanks to our members, their teams, vendors, families and other attendees who made the 2019 Midwest Dental Assembly a tremendous success! Our conference hosted 1,278 total attendees, 65 vendors and 25 continuing education classes with 2,173 enrolled.

Mark your calendars for next year's event: June 10-13, 2020, in French Lick.

Visit our website to view general photos of the conference and photos of our award recipients .
IDA House Approves 2020 Dues Increase

The IDA House of Delegates met June 13-15, in conjunction with the Midwest Dental Assembly. Top issues included approval of a $50 dues increase that will apply to the 2020 membership year. 

Remarkably, the dues increase was unanimously recommended by the Board of Trustees and approved by the House of Delegates by consent, meaning there was no negative testimony. “IDA’s last dues increase was in 2014, so I think everyone realized it was time for an adjustment,” said Executive Director Doug Bush. The increase is earmarked for an additional IDA employee to enhance communications and governmental affairs efforts. 

Dr. Steve Ellinwood (IK) was inaugurated as the new IDA president, following outgoing president Dr. Dan Fridh (NW). Dr. Jill Burns (EI) was elected 2020 vice president in a contested election against Dr. Jeff Stolarz (NW). Dr. Chad Leighty (NC) was unopposed in his candidacy for ADA Seventh District Trustee. Dr. Leighty will assume his office at the conclusion of the 2020 ADA House of Delegates meeting. 

In other House business, a list of oral health policy statements was approved to better position the Governmental Affairs Committee to address emerging legislative issues. The House also directed President Ellinwood to assign a committee to develop mental health resources for members, to include stress relief, suicide prevention and mental wellness. 

A complete list of House actions may be found on our website. You may also contact the IDA Central Office for details. 
July 11 E-Learning: Understanding CDT Codes and More

Don't miss your chance to register for the July 11 webinar Understanding CDT Codes and More with IDA member Dr. Mark Mihalo. This e-learning opportunity will include a fast-paced review of the changes in CDT 2019, a preview of CDT 2020, and explanations of how to use the codes, including billing dental procedures to medical insurance.

The webinar will run live on Thursday, July 11, from 1–2 p.m. Click here to register.
New IDA Member Benefit: Discounts from The Dental Supply Company

IDA is delighted to announce its new partnership with  The Dental Supply Company, which leverages association members’ buying power to deliver discounts.

Through TDSC's online shopping site,, many member dentists in other state associations have already started to save more than they pay in annual tripartite dues.

As an IDA member, this new partnership will allow you to benefit from exceptional savings
and free shipping on the expansive online catalog of supplies from authorized vendors.

Start shopping today at! You can also use TDSC's Price Compare tool ( to let the TDSC team do the work of comparing prices for you.