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KDCF Announces Hays to Host 2022 KMOM

The Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation (KDCF) is please to announce that the 2022 Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) free dental clinic will be held on February 18-19 in Hays, KS at the Ellis County Fairgrounds.

This will be the KDCF's 21st KMOM event since its inception in 2003. To date, Kansas dentists have provided 31,135 Kansans free dental care valued at over $20 million through KMOM.

Save the date on your calendars and stay tuned for registration information!

New Kansas E-Prescribing Law Will Take Affect July 1, 2021

Many Dentists Will Not Be Affected

As the KDA has reporting for some time, beginning July 1, 2021 Kansas law will require electronic prescribing for every prescription order issued for a controlled substance in schedules II-V that contains an opiate.

The new law only affects prescribers who issue over 50 prescription orders per year of “controlled substances that contain opiates."

Specifically, the new Kansas law states “Every prescription order issued for a controlled substance in schedules II-V that contains an opiate….shall be transmitted electronically.”

Prescribers may apply for a 6-month waiver with the Board of Pharmacy (which may be reissued indefinitely) on the Board of Pharmacy for the following reasons:

  • Economic Hardship
  • Technological Limitations
  • Other – Prescribe 50 or fewer schedule II-IV that contain opiates. 

The waiver information can be found and submitted at Electronic Prescribing Waiver (ks.gov).

To complicate matters, a new federal law began January 1, 2021 requiring all prescribers issuing orders for controlled substances under Medicare Part D to file prescriptions electronically.

If you have a waiver, the written prescription must indicate you have a waiver. 

(2) If a prescriber prescribes a controlled substance by non-electronic prescription, such prescriber shall indicate the prescription is made pursuant to a waiver granted pursuant to this section.

Dr. Jill Jenkins Inducted as 150th President of the KDA

On the evening of Thursday, April 29, 2021, the Kansas Dental Association held its 150th Annual Meeting of the General Assembly virtually via Zoom.

This was the second virtual meeting in the Association's history, the first being during the stay-at-home order in April 2020. 

The ceremonial passing of the gavel can be viewed on YouTube

During the Annual Meeting, Dr. Jill Jenkins was inducted as the 2021-2022 KDA President. In addition, Dr. Adam Lukens joins the KDA Executive Committee as Secretary. 
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150 Years of the Kansas Dental Association

2021 marks a special anniversary for the Kansas Dental Association. The KDA was organized 150 years ago!

In fact, the first organizational meeting of the Kansas State Dental Society was attended by 6 dentists on May 4, 1871 in Lawrence, Kansas.

While the 2021 Midwest Dental Conference and KDA Annual Meeting were moved to a virtual format this year, plans are underway to celebrate 150 years of the KDA in-person at the spring 2022 conference.

Look for details to be announced during the next year.

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Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act Becomes Law

The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2020 was signed into law Wednesday, January 13, 2021 after the culmination of a multi-year effort by several organizations, including the American Dental Association (ADA), to persuade Congress that health care insurance, including dental plans, should no longer be protected from some of the federal antitrust laws.
 
The new law makes the conduct of health insurers subject to more of the nation’s antitrust laws, like all other U.S. businesses, and helps remove additional obstacles to investigation and enforcement.
 
Since health insurers will now be subject to the same enforcement as other businesses, the ADA believes that both the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice will be more likely to investigate alleged anticompetitive practices and activities of health care insurers.
 
The ADA has developed an FAQ for ADA dentists with questions about how this law will affect dentists and dental practices. Download the one-page summary and the ADA FAQ.

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