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August 12, 2019: AHP Update; NEW Enforcement of Radiation Regulations from KDHE; and More!

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Our 2020 KMOM free dental clinic will be held on February 7-8 at Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City, KS.

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2018 Survey of Dental Fees

The ADA survey of fees charged by general practitioners and specialists is gathered from a nationwide random sample of dentists.

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MouthHealthy: Any Age, Any Stage

Whether you’re 8 or 80, dental health is key. Get tips, advice and healthy habits for your whole family.

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Water Fluoridation

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KDA News Updates & Notices

ADA Releases Statement on Study in JAMA Pediatrics

On Monday, August 19, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a statement in response to a recently published study linking maternal ingestion of fluoridated water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in children. 

"The ADA remains committed to fluoridation of public water supplies as the single most effective public health measure to help prevent tooth decay.

This commitment is shared by many national and international organizations, including the World Health Organization, US Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

Public health policy is based on a collective weight of scientific evidence. The ADA is aware of a new study conducted in Canada in which its authors reviewed maternal exposure to fluoride in pregnancy.

We welcome this and further scientific study of the issue to see if the findings can be replicated with methods that demonstrate more conclusive evidence."

Read the full news release at ada.org

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KDHE Radiation Control Program: Enforcement of Handheld X-ray Device Regulations Began September 1

Radiation has been a hot topic among KDA members over the past year, due to increased dental office inspections and new requirements regarding handheld X-ray units that took effect on September 1, 2019

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

View a variety of resources pertaining to proper protection, portable X-ray equipment, dental noncompliance issues, and an explanation of dental regulations at ksdental.org/radiation.

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

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

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. 

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.

Dentists are encouraged to follow dental best management practices, set forth by the ADA, for amalgam waste handling and disposal. Additional highlights and exemptions to the rule can be found at ada.org/recycleamalgam.

Dental offices must also submit a one-time compliance report to the Kansas Environmental Assistance Program by October 12, 2020; OR if you discharge to a POTW with a pretreatment program, you may have different reporting requirements. Check here to see if your city has a pretreatment program and who you would need to contact for further information.

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

More information on compliance in Kansas is available on the KSU PPI web site, and 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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Out of Concern for Consumer Safety, Customer Recourse: ADA Files Complaint with FTC, FDA Against SmileDirect Club

On July 11, the American Dental Association announced it sent a complaint letter to the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, raising concerns over aspects of SmileDirect Club’s marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of plastic teeth aligners.

The letter, sent on June 27, comes about two months after the Association filed a citizen’s petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, stating that SmileDirect Club is placing the public at risk by knowingly evading the FDA’s “by prescription only” restriction the agency has placed on teeth aligning materials.

“The ADA took these actions out of concern for patient safety and to enable consumers to take action when negative treatment outcomes occur,” said Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, ADA president.

“Moving teeth without knowing all aspects of a patient’s oral condition has the potential to cause the patient harm,” Dr. Cole said. “Orthodontic treatment, if not done properly, could lead to potential bone loss, lost teeth, receding gums, bite problems, jaw pain and other issues.”

In both communications the ADA sent to the FDA and FTC, the Association also underscored that SmileDirect Club requires customers to hold the company harmless from any negative consequences.

“The ADA considers it our duty on behalf of the public to make the relevant regulatory agencies aware of what’s going on so they can consider whatever actions they deem appropriate,” Dr. Cole said.

For more information about direct-to-consumer dentistry, visit the ADA’s consumer website MouthHealthy.org/DIYdentistry.

To report poor clinical outcomes associated with medical devices, consumers and health care professionals may use the FDA’s MedWatch voluntary reporting form at fda.gov.

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Important Notice RE: KMAP Provider Registration

In compliance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the State of Kansas, all KanCare providers must enroll and maintain an active Kansas Medical Assistance Program (KMAP) ID prior to contracting and credentialing with any Managed Care Organization (MCO).

As a valued partner in care with the Kansas Dental Association, Envolve Benefit Options wants to ensure that dentists satisfy this requirement to receive appropriate and timely payment for the services rendered to KMAP members. 

As a reminder, KMAP sent several bulletins detailing the new process and effective dates. 

On January 1, 2018, all new provider enrollments and re-credentialed providers were to enroll with KMAP in order to be enrolled/credentialed with MCOs. 

On November 1, 2018, all providers not currently enrolled with KMAP were to complete the KMAP screening and enrollment process to receive a KMAP ID to continue contracting with MCOs. 

As of January 1, 2019, the MCOs were to deny claims from providers who did not possess an active KMAP ID.

Please visit the KMAP web site to register using the Provider Enrollment Wizard. For questions, call KMAP Provider Enrollment at 1-800-933-6593.

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KDA Seeking Information on Locum Tenens Dentists

The KDA office periodically receives calls or emails from members seeking a dentist to fill-in at their office for a short period of time.

Whether it's several weeks for a medical absence or several months for maternity leave, it's important to plan ahead.

As such, we are seeking information on member dentists who currently provide fill-in services or are interested in locuming.

If you are a dentist looking for a new job, a new city, semi-retired, a stay at home parent who wants to keep up on your skills, or anything in between: Send us your contact information!

Send an email to kylie@ksdental.org or call the KDA office at 785-272-7360 to be added to our contact list.

For more information on hiring a locum tenens dentist and planning for extended leave, check out this helpful article and free webinar from the ADA's Center for Professional Success. 

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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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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 went into effect on January 1, 2019. 

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