Welcome  to KDA's
  Good Vibrations   &   Information Exchange! 
Issue # 4
May 1, 2020
#KDAgoodVibrations    #KDAinformationExchange    #KDAdentalCommunity
We are dedicated to sending you good vibrations and helping our dental community share good information with each other. Sent to you once a week while the world is shut downSubmissions are FREE for EVERYONE!

We invite EVERYONE in our dental community to participate, vendors too!  The name of this publication is Good Vibrations, so we are looking for positive and helpful submissions to share.

Now accepting submissions. Here are the particulars: 
* This publication will be sent every Friday before noon. Submissions must be in by the previous Thursday at 9 a.m.
* Please keep submissions to 50 words or less - you may also include one photo and one link, in addition to the 50 words (So, you will have to be creative!)
* Seriously, no negative stuff - please share positive, helpful or fun news.
* Send your submissions to melissa@kyda.org and she is gonna get the word out.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted items below! 
Please send more stuff!
Check out our KDA PPE Resource Page

We are creating a list of potential sources for all types of PPE and listing them on our new resource page. We have just begun and will add new sources as we receive them. 

Disclaimer: While the KDA will make every effort to list legitimate PPE providers, a company's inclusion on this page in no way reflects any endorsement from the KDA, whatsoever. Please take thoughtful care when dealing with any company. Do your own additional vetting of any entity, before you act.

History Repeats Itself...Every 100 Years?

KY Dept. for Family Services introduces  Battelle CCDS  Critical Care Decontamination System
To protect our healthcare workers and address the PPE shortage across the U.S., we are pleased to announce the arrival of a Battelle CCDS TM Critical Care Decontamination System in Louisville.

The Battelle CCDS TM will provide healthcare facilities throughout the state a process to decontaminate N95 or N95-equivalent respirators for reuse up to 20 times without degrading the respirator's performance. The system can decontaminate up to 80,000 N95 respirators a day.

From Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner, KY Dept. for Public Health

We are giving a "coronavirus refund" on your malpractice insurance

It's not automatic, unfortunately. How it works:  for the time you had to be closed, your malpractice will be moved to part-time status and will be moved back to full-time once your practice restrictions are lifted. While it's not going to be a big refund, it's what we can do to help. Dentists who graduated in 2018 or 2019 are not eligible for this reimbursement because your "new dentist discount" is already higher than the part-time discount. (Sorry to you new grads who received this email; there was no way for me to filter you out. But at least now you know we're good people.)
Complete the COVID-19 Part-Time Supplement Application Click here  and return it to me via email or fax to 502-690-5201 as soon as possible. DO NOT WAIT for your office to reopen. The date that your State authority lifts restrictions will be the end date of your temporary part-time status. We will send your refund once normal business resumes.
Tips for the app:
  • Question 2: Exact office hours are only needed if you are scheduling regular office hours. If not, write "as needed."
  • Question 4: If you have posted some sort of notice at the office, your website, on social media, practice voicemail, or emailed your patients about your office operations during the shutdown, describe that or provide a copy/photo/etc.!
  • Question 5: If the return date is unknown, please indicate "per state advisement."
  • You can use an electronic signature.
Continue to follow ADA, CDC, and your state guidelines and recommendations. The carrier's dedicated COVID-19 resource page is available at www.protectorplan.com/covid-19/ . Our best wishes go out to you, your colleagues, and loved ones.
The Bowman Insurance Team
Brandon Bowman
Teri Myers
Dana Byrley
David Bowman

 Green Lights Stand for Hope!

Tonight, and every night that I have to report a fatality, it's a small thing but we're going to light the Kentucky Governor's Mansion green. Green is the color of compassion, it's the color of empathy. It's also a color of  renewal.  
Gov. Andy Beshear

Text from LEO Magazine, April 17, 2020
Photo submitted by Emily Miller

Have you seen any green lights in  your  neighborhood?   
Send us a picture!   

KASPER Prescriber Report Cards have returned 

It's easier than ever to read, identify high risk patients and view prescribing comparisons within your specialty. Follow the instructions in the KASPER - KOG User Guide to access KASPER, select your dental specialty, and view your report. 
                From David R. Hopkins,  KY Cabinet for Health & Family Services

Unemployment Frustration...
Just wanted to ask other Dentists and Dental Hygienists if they have had any luck with filing unemployment. The majority of Dental Hygienists I have heard from are feeling very frustrated, as most are, with having to wait so long for their unemployment checks to be processed and sent out. Just wondered of those who have filed and received payment what their secret has been to getting through on the website. I have tried several times today, Sunday 4/26, and it says the site is having trouble or is busy and I should try again through another browser. I filed on 4/1 and are still waiting, as thousands are, to get a payment. 
                                            Submitted by Emily W. Miller RDH BSDH

If anyone has an answer for Emily, contact melissa@kyda.org and I will get the message to Emily. Your subject line should include Emily's name, so I know what it is...

COVID19 PPE Request Fact Sheet
We are sharing information from Dr. Julie McKee, State Dental Director regarding PPE. Please see the link below and refer to it as appropriate.
                                                     From Dr. Julie McKee, KY State Dental Director

Lenovo Memorial Day Sales Begins Early on May 11 for ADA Members!
Lenovo savings can make your virtual Memorial Day celebration with friends and family a reality! Take advantage of historical savings on legendary devices up to 55% off now through 5/31/2020. Shop now : www.lenovo.com/us/en/ada  or call 1-800-426-7235, ext. 4886 (M-F: 9am- 9pm ET, Sat: 9am-6pm ET)

Submitted by Lenovo

Delta Dental of Kentucky is now accepting applications for the Provider Advance Payment Program. 
This program is available to PPO™ and Premier® participating network providers affected by COVID-19 and provides an interest-free advance payment from Delta Dental of Kentucky. Learn more details at community.deltadentalky.com/Advance. Applications are due by April 30, 2020.
                                                              From Susan Brock, Delta Dental of KY

Garfield Refining is Open and Happily Accepting All Orders!
Being home gives all of us the chance to finish our spring cleaning, and now is a great time to recycle your dental scrap. 
We're offering a $25 bonus on all orders until May 23rd. 
To get your bonus, contact Michelle Miller at (317) 759-8890 or email MMiller@GarfieldRefining.com for a free shipping label.

Submitted by Abby Stevens, Director of Joint Ventures at Garfield Refining

Feeding Heroes - Part II!

Patterson Dental fed 30 firefighters, EMT's, and paramedics in Jeffersontown!!!!
Thanks again, team, for all you continue to do for our customers, one another, and OUR COMMUNITY!!!

Submitted by Kevin Parker, Patterson Dental

Alaska is Spoiled Rotten!

Meet Alaska. She is a beautiful, s poiled rotten girl that loves to dig holes, chase leaves and take long naps in the sun. Miss Alaska becomes very vocal if you dare tell her not to do something lol!

                                               Submitted by Janet Glover

How to Donate PPE in Kentucky
To donate gloves, masks or other safety gear to state government, please call 833-448-3773 (833-GIVE-PPE) or visit this website:  giveppe.ky.gov .
                                              Submitted by Amanda Stringer, CDA, RDH, BSDH

The Smear Layer !

Why is the smear layer important in adhesive bonding? 

Is it really like sawdust? Nate will explain it in this BISCO Bite episode! 

Watch the Video!                                     

Submitted by Holly Lang of Bisco

A Beautiful Way to be Sequestered during a Pandemic

Carole and I have been living on an island with no bridge to the USA mainland. This pandemic makes us realize that we have been in quarantine and practicing social distancing without realizing it.  The great news is that Carole and I have found out how much we still like each other...wow! Our best to all!

Submitted by Past KDA President Dr. John Thompson

Colgate is here for you during these "crazy" times!  
We care for the dental community and have taken many steps to support you as we live through this together.    As a reminder - the Colgate Oral Health Network is a wonderful tool that provides information and hundreds of FREE CE options.  Many programs have been added in the past few weeks and there are many more to come.  Please visit www.ColgateProfessional.com to access these programs.

Stay safe, stay healthy, this too shall pass and we're in this TOGETHER.

                                                     From Christie Pfeffer of Colgate

Dental Lifeline Network Partner Resources for COVID-19
We have a blog post with some of our national partners' resources that others might find helpful too: https://dentallifeline.org/blog/partner-resources-for-covid-19/

                  Submitted by Jennifer Venerable of Dental Lifeline Network

Tips for Working from Home with Kids in The House

Submitted by Jim Pond, Co-founder of James & Matthew

We are offering Free, live daily CE streamed through CE Zoom
Crest + Oral B is dedicated to the profession during this time of social distancing.  We are offering Free, live daily CE streamed through CE Zoom. Free CE has been one of the resounding requests as help needed from dental professionals during this time. Stay healthy everyone!   Registration is available at    
                                                 Submitted by Sonya Salisbury, Crest + Oral B

A list of helpful links for you...
(If you have a helpful link to share, send it in!)

Here's wishing you GOOOOD VIBRATIONS!

Take care out there, eat your vegetables, take your vitamins, wash your hands for 20 seconds after everything you do and stay away from everybody! We want to see you on the flip side!