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Join your KDA colleagues on June 6-8, 2019 at the AC Hotel by Marriott in downtown Chicago.


April 26-27, 2019

Volunteer registration will open roughly 6 weeks prior to the event.

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April 10, 2019: Legislative Update


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KDA News Updates & Notices

Dr. Jon Siebrasse Begins Term as 142nd President of the KDA

During the KDA Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 23, 2019, Dr. Jon Siebrasse, of Parsons, began his role as the 142nd President of the Kansas Dental Association. 

Dr. Siebrasse has served as a member of the Kansas Dental Association Board of Delegates, and has served on the Executive Committee since 2014.

He has been practicing in Parsons, Kansas for over 30 years. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Siebrasse has served as the staff dentist at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center (PSHTC) on Fridays since 1993.

After 24 years of commitment and service to those with developmental disabilities at PSHTC, Dr. Siebrasse was honored with the Outstanding Dentist Award by Oral Health Kansas in 2017. 

In addition, Dr. Siebrasse has volunteered his services to the Parsons Free Clinic since its inception. He has also participated in 16 of 17 of the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation's Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) events. 

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KDA Presents Dentist of the Year and Harry M. Klenda Awards

Dr. Hal E. Hale was honored as the KDA's 2019 Dentist of the Year at our Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, March 23.

Dr. Hale is the KDA’s Action Team Leader for the Kansas 4th Congressional District, one of his duties, as such, is to participate in the American Dental Association’s Student-Dentist Lobby Day at the Capital in Washington, D.C.

In addition, he serves as one of the KDA’s Delegates to the ADA House of Delegates. In 2011, he was elected President of the Kansas Dental Association.

Dr. Cindi Sherwood was the recipient of the KDA's 2019 Harry M. Klenda Award for outstanding council/committee service.

Dr. Sherwood is being honored for her work as Chairman of the KDA Council on Constitution and Bylaws. This hard working committee helped the KDA reorganize the governance process following concerns noted in the KDA Strategic Plan.

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Join your colleagues in Chicago for the KDA Summer Getaway!

Plan to join your KDA colleagues in Chicago, IL on June 6-8, 2019! Bring your spouse, family, or dental office team members for fun and adventure, and earn up to eight hours of continuing education credit. 
As you might recall, our inaugural Getaway was held in Chicago in 2013. The 2019 Getaway will be a unique opportunity for members to return to Chicago, or experience the adventure for the very first time. 

A room block is now available at the AC Hotel by Marriott Chicago Downtown. Reservations can be made at 312-981-6600.

Members can view the full schedule of events and register for the KDA Summer Getaway by clicking the button below. 

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Register to Volunteer for KMOM Pittsburg

The Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation’s 2019 Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) project will be held at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS on April 26-27, 2019. 

The annual two-day clinic provides patients with cleanings, fillings, and extractions at no cost on a first come, first served basis. Patients can learn more about this event as

Please note that Pittsburg State University is a tobacco free campus. 

Volunteer registration​ for KMOM Pittsburg is now open! Click the button below to register.

Volunteers who plan to stay overnight should book their hotel rooms ASAP. Our room block at the Hampton Inn at the Kansas Crossing Casino is now FULL. View other hotel information and book your rooms now at

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Is an In-Office Dental Plan Right for your Practice?

Studies have shown that patients with a dental plan are much more likely to seek dental care and accept treatment plans.

Under such a plan, the patient pays the doctor or dental office a fixed amount of money on a monthly or annual basis. In return, the patient generally receives preventive services at no charge, with other procedures offered at a discounted fee.

The ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs has developed a toolkit to help dental practices evaluate whether an in-office dental plan option is right for them.

An on-demand webinar, "Increase Value in your Practice! How? Start your own Dental Plan," is also available to help dentists gain a basic understanding of how in-office dental plans work, how to create a plan for your office, and the advantages/risks of implementing a plan.

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KDHE Radiation Control Program: Information for Inspection of Dental Offices

Radiation has been a hot topic over the past year, due to increased dental office inspections and a letter/email sent by Kansas Department of Health and Environment Radiation Control Program regarding continuing education. Both have prompted many questions from member dentists regarding radiation regulations. 

In an effort to help our members, the KDA sat down with representatives from KDHE Radiation Control Program to discuss ways we could better inform dentists of the responsibilities in their dental offices, pertaining to radiation.

View 2016-2017 dental noncompliance issues and an explanation of 2018 dental regulations at

If you have questions about radiation regulations or an inspection, contact the KDHE Radiation Control Program at 785-296-1560.

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U.S. Surgeon General Releases Advisory on E-Cigarette Epidemic Among Youth

On Tuesday, December 18, U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams, issued an advisory stressing the importance of protecting children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction and associated health risks by immediately addressing the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.

E-cigarette use among youth has skyrocketed in the past year at a rate of epidemic proportions.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration’s National Youth Tobacco Survey, the percentage of high school-age children reporting past 30-day use of e-cigarettes rose by more than 75 percent between 2017 and 2018. Use among middle school-age children also increased nearly 50 percent.

For facts about the risk of e-cigarettes, and how to protect our youth, visit

The ADA also provides member dentists with knowledge and resources to help patients quit smoking (tobacco and non-tobacco alternatives). Visit for more information. 

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Save Time and Money While Going Paperless with Electronic Funds Transfer

Looking for ways to make practice administration more efficient? Receiving claim payments via electronic fund transfers, or EFT, instead of by paper check is one answer.

EFT is a method of instructing financial institutions to transfer money electronically from one bank account to another, eliminating the use of paper checks. The EFT program is free and easy to set up. Providers are paid faster, securely, and more efficiently because funds are deposited directly into your bank. End to end encryption of all information is used, helping to ensure safety and confidentiality.

The ADA has resources for dental professionals who need guidance on implementing or using EFT in their offices. Other information addressing the how, the why and the myths related to EFT is available in ADA's on-demand webinar on EFT, available at

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Best Practices for Amalgam Separators and Waste Management

We've had some questions from members recently regarding amalgam separators. Dentists are encouraged to follow dental best management practices, set forth by the ADA, for amalgam waste handling and disposal.

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. Most practicing dentists who discharge wastewater into a publicly owned treatment work (POTW), such as a municipal sewer system, must comply.

Additional highlights and exemptions to the rule can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page at

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CMS Rule Rescinds Medicare Parts C, D Enrollment Requirements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have published a final rule, effective as of June 15, 2018, revising the Medicare Advantage program (Part C) regulations and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) regulations and to implement certain provisions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

The final rule rescinds a previously announced rule that would have required dentists who provide dental care and prescriptions for Medicare Advantage patients and Part D beneficiaries to be enrolled in Medicare or to have opted out in order for their services to be covered.

As a substitute for the enrollment/opt-out requirement, CMS will utilize a preclusion list, which will go into effect on January 1, 2019. 

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