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A Message from our Executive Director
Richard Whitehouse KDA Exec Director whitehouse@kyda.org
The COVID-19 virus is now a worldwide pandemic. The links below provide important information you need to know.

 
 



Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services 
COVID-19 Hotline - 1-800-722-5725

The KDA Leadership Retreat scheduled for April 17-19 has been cancelled.
 
We will provide information regarding a new date in the future. In the meantime, avoid crowds when possible. Keep washing those hands and stay well!

Insurance got you down? The KDA board is considering legislation to address your concerns. Tell us what issues impact you the most by completing our member survey by March 31st. Find the survey by clicking  here  or by scanning the QR code.

COVID-19
Flattening the Coronavirus Curve
nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org, March 13 )
Coronavirus likely spreading person-to-person in Kentucky, Beshear says. He urges calm
(kentucky.com, March 9 )
Medicaid, CHIP programs will pay for COVID-19 testing        
(ncnewsonline.com, March 12 )
Americans snap to attention on virus as big events canceled 
(kentucky.com, March 11)
Pediatrics doctor implements new policy amid COVID-19 concerns 
(wymt.com, March 10 )
Should we close the practice if we run out of masks and our vendors and distributors have put caps on how much, and how often, we can get new shipments?

Practices experiencing difficulty obtaining PPE may have to triage patients as a way to ensure that adequate PPE is available for patients whose appointments are most urgent. If your office is concerned about a potential or imminent shortage of PPE, CDC recommends you alert your state/local health department and local healthcare coalition, as they are best positioned to help facilities troubleshoot through temporary shortages. You can also report the shortage to the FDA at  deviceshortages@fda.hhs.gov . CDC recommends that Dental Health Care Personnel (DHCP) concerned about healthcare supply for PPE regularly monitor  Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment  for updated guidance. They should also be familiar with the  Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations .
Opioid Epidemic
Ohio, Kentucky rank high on 3 'grim' illicit drug trends, new patient tests show
(cincinnati.com, March 4 )
Opioid epidemic keeps shadowing Ky. policy
(themoreheadnews.com, March 9 )
Telehealth
Telehealth Beyond The Hospital
(forbes.com, March 6 )
To Avoid Quarantining Healthcare Workers, Hospitals Expand Telehealth to Screen for COVID-19
(infectioncontroltoday.com, March 10 )
Medicaid
Kentucky Medicaid Rebids Its MCO Contracts
(openminds.com, March 4)
Public Health
Study: Evidence does not support classifying fluoride as cognitive neurodevelopmental hazard
(ada.org, March 10 )
Keep up with the latest dental developments from Washington, D.C., and around the country with  Tooth Talk , a podcast from ADPAC and the ADA covering everything from molars to Medicaid, bicuspids to bipartisanship and canines to the campaign trail.  New episodes drop on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month and you can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. 
ADA Switches to Digital Membership Cards in 2020
New Dentists
ADA Accelerator Series seeks to speed up dentists' success 
New Dentist & Member Resources
Free ADA webinar to help dentists with social media marketing        
(ada.org, February 12)
tdsc.com  
The Dentists Supply Company
Amalgam separator deadline approaching quickly
(ada.org, October 15)
Amalgam Q&A
(ada.org)
ADA Log In Required
Is your office compliant with OSHA? ADA can help 
Members with questions about OSHA compliance can also call the ADA Member Service Center at 312.440.2500.
Marketing Your Dental Office with Video [Webinar]
(ada.org)
ADA Log In Required
Helps dentists manage the regulatory environment           
(ada.org)
ADA Log In Required
The Growing Impact of PPO Leasing on Your Dental Practice [Webinar]
(ada.org)
Meetings & Events
Upcoming Meetings  & Events in  2020
KDA Retreat            CANCELLED
KDA Ex Bd              Jun 13, 2020
2020 KY Mtg      Aug 27-30, 2020
2020 ADA Mtg    Oct 15-19, 2020
Reserve your hotel accommodations now!
2020 Kentucky Meeting
French Lick Resort         August 27-30, 2020     
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Editor's Note: KDA eXPRESS is a compilation of news stories relevant to KDA members. Publication of an article in KDA eXPRESS in no way implies KDA's endorsement, agreement, or promotion of a particular article.