FIFTH DISTRICT CE and SOCIAL at TOPGOLF
Registration Now Open
It's not too late to volunteer and help make a difference at the 2023 Kansas Mission of Mercy!
Click on the image to go to the KDCF website for more information.
Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation is having a drawing for a signed and framed Patrick Mahomes jersey. 300 tickets are available and proceeds will be used to support our mission to provide funding and resources to improve oral health in the state of Kansas, especially in underserved populations. Click here for more information.
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW
Renew your ADA/KDA/5th District Dues before March 31!
Membership dues are annual and based on a calendar year membership with payment due on January 1 each year. Dues payments are managed by our parent organization, the Kansas Dental Association, and must be paid in full or an installment plan arranged by March 31. Go to ksdental.org for more information.
All Dental Professionals Are Invited to an Oral Health Summit
Dentists and team members who would like a better understanding of how changing oral healthcare systems impact dentistry are invited to a virtual presentation on March 22, 2023. Five state and national experts will come together for this 4 CEU online course presented by the New Jersey Oral Health Coalition and open to all oral healthcare providers, regardless of state. The fee is $75. See the lineup and register HERE.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
KDA Tailgater at Sporting KC
June 24, 2023
Details to Follow
Do you have colleagues who are unsure of the value of organized dentistry?
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
View the annual report of ADA legislative accomplishments in 2022 here
**KANSAS ACTION ALERT**
Please join the Kansas Dental Association (KDA) in appealing to the dental insurers in Kansas to increase the yearly maximum benefit of their policy holders as well as their fee schedules to reflect the current dental economy and increased dental practice overhead due to inflation, increased dental supply costs and PPE costs as a result of COVID. In this way, Kansas patients will benefit by reversing the erosion of dental services they receive. This letter and petition will be provided to all Kansas dental insurers. The KDA asks you to add your voice to ours by signing the petition in an effort to drive real change with dental insurers. SIGN THE PETITION
Kansas SB 103 Update
Last month, the KDA reported that thanks in part to your help, NO ACTION was taken on SB 103 in the Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare prior to the legislative “House of Origin” deadline. Since then, a political maneuver made SB 103 exempt from legislative deadlines and it will remain active and alive throughout the remainder of the legislative session. This action does not mean the bill will be acted on this session but as an exempt bill it could be brought up for a vote at any time. As a result, the KDA and individual dentists must stay vigilant with opposition to SB 103.
SB 103 is the bill to replace the 20% rule as it applies to dental owners being physically present in the dental offices they own with other ownership transparency and patient protections. For questions or more information about SB 103, contact the KDA.
ADA Advocacy News
During a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Chair Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the health care workforce shortage worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic but there is bipartisan support for legislation to address the problem. "Despite all of our health care spending, we don't have enough doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists, mental health professionals and other medical professionals," Sen. Sanders said. During the hearing, members of Congress from both parties discussed possible options for increasing the number of health care workers, including lower-cost options such as community college and funding programs like the National Health Service Corps that encourage health care professionals to work in underserved areas. The ADA provided written testimony
to the committee on these issues. Full Story: Kaiser Health News
BRUSHING UP ON ALL THE DENTAL NEWS IN WASHINGTON DC AND AROUND THE COUNTRY
Discussing everything from molars to Medicaid, bicuspids to bipartisanship, and canines to the campaign trail, Tooth Talk covers the most important dental news in Washington, D.C. and around the country. Brought to you by ADPAC and the American Dental Association, focused on empowering dental professionals to achieve optimal health for all.
A Special Message and Invitation from Dr. Nevin Waters...
My church, Grace United Methodist, is planning a medical mission trip to Mexico April 11th through April 18th, 2023. There will be 4 days treating patients in the village of Tochimilzco, Puebla Mexico. This is a medical/dental clinic that we have built in this little village in central Mexico. We have been visiting this town for the past 30 years. The cost would be $1300, which includes travel, lodging and meals. We are looking for dentists and medical doctors to make the trip. You will be traveling to Puebla Mexico on the 11th, spend the 12th in this beautiful city while we finish buying the supplies we need. The 13th we go to the village and begin treating patients for the next 3 days returning to Puebla on Sunday. Monday is a day of rest and sightseeing. Then on Tuesday we return home. Please if you have any interest call my office at 913.782.1330 and leave a message. It is a life changing experience. --Dr Nevin Waters
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
Fifth District Calendar
FIFTH DISTRICT CE/SOCIAL EVENT
Thursday, April 27, 2023 Topgolf Overland Park
June 24, 2023 KDA Tailgater at Sporting KC
FIFTH DISTRICT EXECUTIVE TEAM MEETINGS
Executive Team meetings will be held via Zoom unless otherwise listed
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 email@example.com.
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