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KDA News Updates & Notices

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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KDA Honors Dr. Stephen Zeller as 2021 Dentist of the Year

During the 150th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Dental Association General Assembly on Thursday, April 29, Dr. Stephen "Steve" Zeller was celebrated as the 2021 Dentist of the Year.

Dr. Zeller was presented with the award prior to the meeting by KDA President, Dr. Allen Reavis. The award presentation can be viewed on YouTube.

Dr. Reavis nominated Dr. Zeller for the Dentist of the Year Award because of his dedication to the Kansas Donated Dental Services Program (DDS), which provides free, comprehensive dental care to individuals who are disabled, elderly, or medically fragile.

In addition to serving as Board President of the Kansas Chapter of Dental Lifeline Network, Dr. Zeller is also the top provider of care through the DDS program in the entire country. 

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

Many Dentists Will Not Be Affected

The KDA has recently received calls from a few dentists 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 the near future. 
 
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.

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


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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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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Dr. Doug Fain Presented with Harry M. Klenda Award for Outstanding Council/Committee Service

During the 150th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Dental Association General Assembly on Thursday, April 29, Dr. Douglas "Doug" Fain was celebrated as the 2021 Harry M. Klenda Award winner for outstanding council and committee service.

Dr. Fain was presented with the award prior to the meeting by Dr. Allen Reavis. The award presentation can be viewed on YouTube.

Dr. Reavis nominated Dr. Fain based on his leadership on the KDA COVID-19 Task Force throughout the pandemic. 
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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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