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COVID-19 Rates Among Dentists

New Report from JADA

ADA study finds COVID-19 rate among dentists less than one percent

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KDA News Updates & Notices

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

Many Dentists Will Not Be Affected

The KDA has received calls from a few dentists this week who have heard from their dental tech company (or perhaps others) about a new Kansas law beginning July 1, 2021 requiring electronic prescribing.

There is, indeed, a new state law regarding e-prescribing; however, it 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.”

There are a number of exceptions to this law including the “50 prescription threshold” stated above. 

The Kansas Board of Pharmacy has notified the KDA that they will be publishing guidance about the new law in January 2021.

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

The KDA will keep members updated on both laws as new information becomes available.


ADA Says Dental Care Should Continue During Pandemic

At this point in time, the American Dental Association (ADA) firmly believes dental care can continue to be delivered safely. Dental care is essential health care. 
 
Guidance recommended by the ADA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to safeguard the health of the public. Regular dental visits are important because treatment, as well as prevention of dental disease, helps keep people healthy.
 
To date, according to the CDC, there has been no documented transmission of COVID-19 in a clinical dental setting. Additionally, a study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association found the prevalence of COVID-19 among dentists to be less than one percent.
 
Read the full statement from ADA President, Dr. Daniel Klemmedson, at ada.org.

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​KDHE and KSU Remind Dentists of Upcoming Amalgam Rule, Require One-Time Compliance Report From Dental Offices*

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment ​(KDHE) and Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute (KSU PPI) have partnered to help dentists prepare for the upcoming compliance date of the EPA's new amalgam rule. 

More information on compliance in Kansas is available on the KSU PPI web site

*Dental offices who do not discharge to a publicly owned treatment work (POTW) with a pretreatment program must submit a one-time compliance report to the Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program by October 12, 2020

Check here to see if your city has a pretreatment program and who you would need to contact for further information. 

The EPA requires amalgam separators to achieve at least a 95% removal efficiency. The EPA final rule on amalgam separators went into effect on July 14, 2017, and the date for compliance is July 14, 2020

The report can be submitted online, emailed to amalgamrule@ksu.edu,or mailed to 2323 Anderson Ave, Ste 300 in Manhattan, KS 66502.

The ADA Center for Professional Success has additional resources for dentists available at ada.org/recycleamalgam

​Contact information for KDHE and our local EPA office is listed below.

KDHE Industrial Programs Section
Bureau of Water
Steve Caspers, Pretreatment Specialist
785-296-5551
steve.caspers@ks.gov

Environmental Protection Agency
Region 7 (KS, NE, IA, MO)
Paul Marshall, Pretreatment Specialist
913-551-7419
marshall.paul@epa.gov

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