IDA Update
Coming Soon: A New IDA Website

In recent weeks, IDA discovered that our website,, will require immediate redevelopment due to its incompatibility with the latest version of PHP, which is essentially the core of what makes a website function.

On March 28, the IDA website will be automatically upgraded to the new version of PHP. As a result of this transition, certain elements of our website may not be available on or immediately after March 28, but please be assured that we will be working as quickly as possible to migrate our current website content and features into the new one. We apologize for any inconvenience that this change may cause, but we think you will be pleased with the end result–an attractive website that is easier to navigate.

Note that we are not experiencing the same problems with the IndianaMoM website,, so we do not anticipate any disruption in content for this site.
IDA Member Profiles Online

In preparation for the upgrade to our website, we recommend that members refrain from making changes to their user profiles on our website through April 1. Any changes you make at this time may not be reflected on the new site.
Get Involved! IDA Committee and Subcommittee Opportunities

Our last IDA Update included a list of vacancies on committees and subcommittees that the Nominating Subcommittee is seeking to fill. We received some responses, but still have more openings than applications, so the deadline has been extended to March 29.

Professional Development and Planning Committee – The Committee has overall responsibility for professional development for our members. (one opening)

  • Academy Subcommittee – Responsible for planning and conducting the two annual CE programs of the “Center for Professional Excellence” (formally the IDA/IUSD Academy). (two openings)

Dental Practice Committee – Overall responsibility for helping dentists and dental practices succeed. (one opening)

  • Dental Education Subcommittee – Serves as a liaison to IUSD. (one opening)
  • Dental Benefits Subcommittee – Assists members with third-party payer issues. (one opening)
  • Medicaid Subcommittee – Develops IDA policies and recommendations regarding the dental Medicaid program. (one opening)
  • Peer Review Subcommittee – Oversees the IDA Peer Review program. (one opening)

Dental Public Health Committee – Responsible for improving the public health of Hoosiers. (one opening)

  • Drinks Destroy Teeth Subcommittee – Oversee and conduct a public information program regarding the harmful impact of soda and sports drinks. (three openings)

Communications Committee – Responsible for keeping members and the public informed about important dental issues. (four openings)

  • Website Subcommittee – Responsible for providing input and guidance on the maintenance and development of the IDA website. (four openings)
  • Editorial Subcommittee – Responsible for providing input and guidance on content for the quarterly Journal IDA. (three openings)

Membership Committee – Responsible for recruiting and retaining members. (one opening)

AIR Subcommittee – Responsible for overseeing the Indiana AIR leadership training program. (two openings)

Nominating Subcommittee – Responsible for recruiting and recommending members for committee/subcommittee appointments. (one opening)

Strategic Planning Committee – Responsible for developing and implementing the IDA Strategic Plan. (two openings)

Finance Committee – Responsible for monitoring IDA investments and developing the IDA Budget. (one opening)

Membership Insurance Committee – Responsible for monitoring IDA endorsed insurance programs. (four openings)

To apply for one of these positions, download and complete the Application Form. You can also contact Executive Director Doug Bush with questions about positions and duties.
IndianaMoM 2019: Sign Up Today!
It's time to register as a volunteer for IndianaMoM on May 17 and 18 in Fort Wayne . Some key details to know about this year's event:

  • Volunteer work shifts are available 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.
  • Organizers have arranged for blocks of rooms at area hotels. Click here to read more details.
  • 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, vaccination records and license information.

IDA Now Accepting AIR Applications for 2019-2020

Indiana AIR Leadership Program is IDA's award-winning leadership development initiative for Indiana dentists. The mission of Indiana AIR is to cultivate leaders who strive to create a receptive and inclusive dental association in recognition and appreciation of the changing landscape of dentistry. Indiana AIR will provide a diverse group of dentists with education, experience, exposure to opportunity and the confidence to be successful leaders in their practice, their communities and the dental profession.

Membership in the IDA is not required; however, we ask that candidates be either currently practicing dentistry in Indiana or attending the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dentists or dental students interested in the program must complete the application by April 15 to be considered for admission.

>>>Visit our website for more information.
Dental Day 2019 Connects Dentists and Students with Legislators

We had a very successful Dental Day at the Capitol last week. It was attended by 23 dentists and 120 third-year IUSD students. One of the day's great successes was the breakout issue discussions led by dentists, which then evolved into excellent mentoring opportunities between dentists and students. Better than any of the lectures, these discussion groups helped students understand how legislative issues directly affect their patients and practices.
Last Chance to Register for April 12 LIVE Seminar

April 10 is your last chance to register for the IDA Center for Excellence LIVE seminar on Friday, April 12.

  • Featuring Dr. Gerard Chiche’s Smile Design, Bonding & Esthetic Materials Update (5 LIVE credit hours)
  • Hosted at the new Embassy Suites Conference Center (6098 Clarks Creek Rd, Plainfield) from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • IDA members: $175 (or add the November 1 session for $250 total), non-members $600, resident $25, dental student $25, dental team member $25. Costs are based on the April 12 session only and include the 5 LIVE credit hours and lunch.
  • Members can bundle their registration with Dr. Sam Low’s Periodontal Series on Friday, November 1, for $250 total and a total of 10 LIVE credit hours.
For more information and to register online today, visit
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 on right.

Opioids Part Two - Fulfills half of the CSR licensure requirement!
Thursday, April 4 Live @ 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16 Noon Rebroadcast 

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 
Improvement to Delta Dental EOB

Statements made by insurance carriers on Explanation of Benefits (EOB) has been a source of frustration for our IDA members. Through our relationship developed over the years between Dr. Jason Flannagan, chair of the Subcommittee on Dental Benefits, and Delta Dental of Indiana, there has been a minor victory regarding EOB presentations. 

Dental Delta is replacing “DISALLOWED” on EOBs to “NOT BILLABLE.” This should improvement patients’ perception of these dental procedures.
IDA Legislative Updates

Dr. John Roberts (pictured at right) testified before the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee in support of HB 1308 - Medicaid Recovery Audits. This is important for Medicaid providers who are often subjected to onerous audits. The bill would establish audit guidelines and provider rights related to Medicaid recover audits. HB 1308 is scheduled for a vote on March 27. Rep. Ron Bacon is author and Sen. Eric Basler is the Senate sponsor. See for more details. 
HB 1569 - Professional Licensing Issues is expected to be heard in the Senate Commerce and Technology Committee. Sen. Chip Perfect is sponsoring the measure. In January, the IDA Board voted to support HB 1569, which corrects an error made in last year's Hygiene Access Agreement bill, by removing a requirement that hygienists obtain a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number before practicing under an access agreement. It also addresses IU School of Dentistry Dean John Williams's request that the limit on the number of dentists practicing at IUSD under an instructor's license be removed. The bill passed in the House by a vote of 93-0, and is expected to pass out of committee See for more details.

IDA Contact Dentists: IDA is still looking for dentists to serve as Contact Dentists for state legislators. Contact Dentists advocate for the dental profession in Indiana and aid the efforts of Indiana legislators in improving Hoosier oral health. The Contact Dentist focus is on promoting dialogue and enhancing long-term relationships between the IDA, its members and all members of the Indiana General Assembly.