IDA UPDATE
Indiana Dental Association | June 2020
Amalgam Separator Deadline One Month Away
Tuesday, July 14, is the deadline for most dental offices to have installed an amalgam separator. The IDA and ADA websites have more information about the EPA regulations, installation process and special offers for IDA members.
IDA House of Delegates Hold First Virtual Meeting
IDA made history on Saturday, June 13, when it held its first remote House of Delegates meeting via a Zoom web conference.

“Certainly it was different and there were some minor technology glitches, but overall the meeting went incredibly well,” noted Executive Director Doug Bush.

The virtual meeting was necessitated by COVID-19 meeting restrictions. Indiana is not alone in its steps to find creative ways to conduct meetings. Dental association representatives from California, Ohio, Minnesota and Mississippi sat in as observers as they contemplate how they will conduct their House meetings in upcoming months. The ADA is also considering changes to how it will conduct its House of Delegates this fall.
Indiana Primary Wrap Up
Indiana held its Primary Election June 2 due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown, but that didn’t keep Hoosiers from casting their votes.

Governor Eric Holcomb (R) will face Dr. Woodrow Myers (D) in the 2020 gubernatorial race. There were few upsets the Indiana House and Senate Races, however: House Health Committee member Rep. Dollyne Sherman (R- Greenwood) was defeated by challenger John Jacob (R-Indianapolis) in House district 93.

Federal open seats to watch include Indiana’s First Congressional District where Frank Mrvan Jr. (D) will face Mark Leyva (R) to replace retiring Congressman Peter Visclosky. Following a primary race that drew 20 total candidates, Victoria Spartz (R) will face Christina Hale (D) to replace the retiring Susan Brooks in the 5th Congressional district.

The IDA is seeking Contact Dentists for members of Congress and the Indiana General Assembly. If you are acquainted with any of the congressional or statehouse candidates, please email Ed Popcheff or visit the Contact Dentist page on our website.

For a full list of primary results, or to verify that you are registered to vote, go to the Indiana government website.
Congress Makes Changes to Paycheck Protection Program
As ADA President Dr. Chad Gehani stated in his June 4 message, Congress recently passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, a bill which will significantly revise the SBA loan program that was created at the outset of the pandemic.

Changes to the program include:

  • Shifting the coverage period of the loan from eight weeks to 24 weeks. In other words, PPP funds can now be used for up to 24 weeks from the date of distribution, allowing dental offices more flexibility in the allocation of funds.
  • Deferring payroll tax for PPP loan borrowers through Dec. 31, 2020. Fifty percent of the deferred amount will be due Dec. 31, 2021, and the other 50 percent of the deferred amount will be due Dec. 31, 2022. For an explanation on how this will affect your cash flow and financial statements, consult your accountant.
  • Deferring PPP loan repayment for 10 months instead of six months.
  • Changing the way PPP funds can be apportioned. While the PPP program originally required borrowers to use 75 percent of the requested funds for payroll expenses in order to be eligible for forgiveness, the new Flexibility act lessens that requirement and allows borrowers to use 40 percent of funds for non-payroll expenses while still being eligible for full forgiveness.
  • Extending the rehiring deadline to offset FTE unemployment levels. Borrowers will have until December 31, 2020, to return their FTE levels to their status pre-COVID.
 

For questions about how these new provisions will affect your practice, contact your accountant or local loan servicer.
Congratulations to 2020 Award Recipients
The 2020 Midwest Dental Assembly was cancelled, but IDA continues to honor and recognize those who have done an outstanding job promoting, practicing or volunteering for the field of dentistry. The awards page on our website lists the dedicated winners of this year's awards. Please take a moment to visit the page and congratulate the recipients!
2020 and 2021 CE Opportunities
Center for Excellence Programs

The IDA Center for Excellence in Continuing Education program features the highest quality of live CE by offering two one-day live seminars each year.

Registration is open for the upcoming live continuing education opportunities, hosted at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Plainfield​.


Friday, November 6
9 a.m.–3 p.m.​
Dr. Jane Soxman
Becoming the Pediatric Alpha Pup and Clinical Techniques in Pediatrics, IDA's Scientific Session of the Year (5 Live CEUs)

Friday, April 16, 2021
9 a.m.–3 p.m.​
Dr. Stanley Malamed
Emergency Medicine, Cardiac Health and Improved Anesthetic Techniques (5 Live CEUs)

Friday, November 12, 2021
Dr. Ken Berley
Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine Lecture (5 Live CEUs)

Friday, November 13, 2021
Dr. Ken Berley & Mrs. Patty Berley
Dental Sleep Medicine and Medical Insurance Billing Workshop (10 Live CEUs)
OSHA and Basic Life Support Programs

IDA is pleased to provide affordable, top-notch courses to meet OSHA and Basic Life Support (BLS) requirements. Registration is open for the upcoming live regional continuing education opportunities:
  • OSHA Compliance & Infection Prevention Practices: This annual training is mandated by federal regulation. For your safety and the safety of others, the use of face masks is recommended to attend this in-person CE session. Social distancing standards will be implemented.

  • BLS Recertification: Training is required once per licensure period for hygienists. Training is required for dentists under certain circumstances once per licensure period. For your safety and the safety of others, the use of face masks is recommended to attend this in-person CE session. Gloves will be provided to participants. Social distancing standards will be implemented.​

Our next regional sessions will be hosted Friday, July 17, at the Hillcrest Country Club in Indianapolis. Other in-person opportunities throughout Indiana are available later in the fall. Visit the link below for a full calendar and registration details.
High School Students Promote Drinks Destroy Teeth Message
Students in the photography class at Hamilton Southeastern High School used their talents to promote the mission of Drinks Destroy Teeth. Through photographs, graphic design and clever messaging, the project helped share the dangers of sugary and acidic drinks while promoting water and other healthy choices. Take a moment to view their work!
ICHP Hosting Live Webinar for Providers
The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) will host a live webinar on Wednesday June 24, from 11 a.m. to noon about announcements published in bulletins and banner pages during the month of June. This webinar will address important policy updates, newly covered services and codes, claims adjustments, and reminders. Providers will have an opportunity to ask questions.
To participate in the webinar, go to https://Indiana.AdobeConnect.com/indiana to sign in. Ensure that Guest is selected, type your name, and click Enter Room.
Please note:
  • The audio will be voice-over-internet, so participants will need to use speakers or headphones to hear the presentation.
  • Prior to the webinar, participants can go to https://indiana.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm to test the connection. The test will prompt the user for any updates or add-ons needed to participate in the webinar.
  • Do not log in to the webinar using Citrix or a virtual private network (VPN) because these services will not be able to play back audio.
  • Download the Adobe Connect Mobile app if you wish to log in using your mobile device.

For those who cannot attend on June 24, a recording of the webinar will be posted later on the IHCP Live web page.