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CE and Social 
at Topgolf

Thursday, April 27, 2023
3:00pm to 8:00pm
 
Cost: Free to 5th District Members
 

3-6pm CE with Relentless Dentist podcaster Dr. David Maloley 
6-8pm Topgolf Social including food and drink tickets

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Plan now to volunteer and help make a difference!

Click on the image to go to the KDCF website for more information.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health alert on the importance of adhering to recommendations for maintaining and monitoring dental waterlines after reports of multiple outbreaks of nontuberculous Mycobacteria infections in children who received pulpotomies at pediatric dental clinics with high levels of the bacteria in the dental treatment water supplies, NBC News reported. The CDC said that while infections are rare, dental waterlines are susceptible to developing biofilms due to the "long, small-diameter tubing and low flow rates used in dentistry and the frequent periods of stagnation." Full Story: NBC News


Need CE hours?

The ADA offers cutting-edge, unique courses to help you treat patients, grow your practice and meet licensure requirements throughout your career. Go to ada.org/education/continuing-education for more information.

PPO Contracts and Processing Policies: What you need to know
Tuesday, December 13 | Noon CT | 1 CERP credit
Join Dr. Paul Calitri at noon CT on Dec. 13 for a free webinar on the importance of conducting an annual review of your signed PPO agreements. You may also want to try to renegotiate contract terms and provisions as well, including network fee schedules. This presentation will provide information on common clauses found in PPO contracts and the potential financial implications on a dental practice. Also, the most common payer processing policies will be discussed. Register today! For more information, visit ADA.org/dentalinsurance

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How do you build connections with the people around you? As we enter the holiday season, the podcast hosts are joined by Dr. Cathy Hung, an ADA member and certified career coach, to explore ways to connect with your patients, build your professional network and connect with yourself and your wellness. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or click the image to listen online.


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ADA Members Save when Booking Top Hotels

If you are traveling to Chicago for some shopping on the Mag Mile or to visit family and friends for the holidays, be sure to take advantage of exclusive ADA member hotel rates and discounts. Choose from top hotels such as the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites, Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Omni Chicago Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton, all just steps from Lake Michigan and downtown. See more details and check out the other travel discounts available to ADA members at ADA.org/travel.


Do you have colleagues who are unsure of the value of organized dentistry?

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The ADA and KDA are your national and state oral health advocates — always fighting for what matters to you and your patients. Stay up to date with national and state advocacy efforts at actioncenter.ada.org.

**ACTION ITEM**

Urge Your Members of Congress to Support the DOC ACCESS ACT Currently, patients are being adversely impacted by provisions in dental and vision plans that dictate how much a doctor may charge a plan enrollee, even though the services provided to the enrollee are not “covered” (i.e., paid for) by the plan. The Dental and Optometric Care Access Act or DOC Access Act would prohibit dental and vision plans from setting the fees network doctors may charge for services not covered by the insurers. 44 state governments have passed laws that limit interference with the doctor-patient relationship when a dentist or optometrist delivers services not covered by the insurers. However, many dental and vision plans are federally regulated, so insurers claim they are exempt from having to follow state laws. This insurer loophole means some enrollees and doctors face undue confusion in how their plans work. It’s time for Congress to take action to ensure all patients in the country are protected, no matter how their plans are regulated. The scales are tipped too far in the favor of large dental plans. Passage of the DOC Access Act would balance the scales, protect patients, and bring needed equity to insurer/provider contracting. Take action today to ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 1793 and your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 3461.

NEW DENTIST COMMITTEE TOWN HALL ON ADVOCACY: December 14 The ADA will host a Town Hall on December 14 from 7-8 p.m CST to facilitate an open conversation on the past, present and future of advocacy and dentistry. Moderated by Dr. ArNelle Wright, District 17, New Dentist Committee and Dr. Bryce Larson, District 8, New Dentist Committee, you’ll learn about the impacts of the recent election and ways you can influence advocacy as a new dentist. Register here.

Landmark Victory for Better Dental Benefits On November 8, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved ballot Question 2, delivering a first-in-the-nation dental insurance reform that will assure patient dollars are spent on patient care. The passage of question 2 will protect consumers from large increases in dental insurance premiums, and provide increased transparency of and accountability for dental insurer spending.
Dental insurance has long been an area of frustration for patients and dentists nationwide. This victory has set the stage for meaningful change in the commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. The ADA is proud to help Massachusetts Dental Society deliver this victory and will be ready to help other states educate lawmakers to move quickly to pass similar legislation in their upcoming legislative sessions. Read more in ADA News.


ADA, AAPD, Military and Veterans Service Organizations Ask Congress to Address Concerns About TRICARE 
On October 27, the ADA, AAPD, and 9 military and veterans service organizations wrote the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to express their concerns about the current TRICARE dental contract with United Concordia. TRICARE is the health care program for active-duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees and their eligible family members. The letter follows a survey of ADA and AAPD members with experience in the program.

ADA Writes Congress Regarding Rank of Military and VA Chief Dental Officers In a November 2 letter, the ADA asked the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to restore the two-star rank or higher for the chief dental officers of the Army and Air Force, and upgrade the rank of the Navy’s chief dental officer to two stars. The ADA also asked lawmakers to restore the head of the office of Veterans Affairs Dentistry to directly reporting to the Under Secretary for Health, or the equivalent of the military two star rank or higher.


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NEW FIFTH DISTRICT MAILING ADDRESS

Fifth District Dental Society
11750 W 135th St #1059
Overland Park, KS 66221-9395

OLD ADDRESS: 13400 Roe Ave, Leawood 66209

Please update your records and notify your office manager.



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Fifth District Calendar

FIFTH DISTRICT CE/SOCIAL EVENT

Thursday, April 27, 2023 Topgolf Overland Park

FIFTH DISTRICT EXECUTIVE TEAM MEETINGS

Executive Team meetings will be held via Zoom unless otherwise listed

February 7, 2023

April 4, 2023

June 6, 2023

August 1, 2023 (may be in-person)


GREATER KANSAS CITY CE CALENDAR

An added benefit to living in the Kansas City metro area is the availability of quality CE programs through our sister organization in Missouri, Greater Kansas City Dental Society. For more information, call 816.737.5353 or email gkcds@att.net. 

January 13, 2023 Ergonomics Lecture
February 10, 2023 Risk Management/Malpractice Lecture
March 24, 2023 Cariology Lecture (1/2 day)
June 9, 2023 OSHA Lecture (1/2 day)
September 8, 2023 Practice Management Lecture
October 13, 2023 Digital Workflows Lecture
November 10, 2023 Oral Surgery Lecture (1/2 day)

2023 GCKCS CE Programs Brochure

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