Colorado Dental Association e-News 
 July 2013

CDA New President: Dr. Calvin Utke 

Dr. Cal Utke is the new president of the Colorado Dental Association. He is a general dentist and has a private practice in Colorado Springs, Colo. He has practiced dentistry in Colorado for 29 years. He received his D.D.S. from Creighton University in 1984.  Click here to read more.
Opportunity for Input: Dental Practice Act 
Starting next year, the laws that govern the practice of dentistry, known as the Colorado Dental Practice Law, will undergo a complete review by the state legislature. This process is known as a sunset review. DORA, the state agency responsible for organizing sunset review, is accepting input.  Click here to read more. 
Medicaid Reimbursement Increase 
The CDA worked during the 2013 legislative session to improve Medicaid for participating dentists. As of July 1, Medicaid reimbursement rates for dentists increased by 4.5%. This rate increase was a substantial victory for dentists who have seen disproportionate cuts in their Medicaid provider rates through the years.

CDA Easy Pay
Back by popular demand is the CDA's Easy Pay program, which allows you to pay your dues in four small monthly payments rather than one lump sum. This reduces your year-end expenses and improves your cash flow.  Signing up is easy but time is running out to enroll in this program. Click here to read more.

Grant Funding Available for Dental Care Provided to OAP Seniors  
The state of Colorado currently has almost $1M of grant funding available for organizations and providers who provide dental care to seniors eligible for Old Age Pension (OAP) assistance. The deadline to apply is Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. Click here to read more.
Action Alert: Urge Your Senators to Keep the Stafford Loan Interest Rate at 3.4% 
Today's dental school graduates are facing an ever-increasing debt burden.  Please take 5 minutes to write to Colorado Senators Bennet and Udall.  Click here to read more
Semester of Smiles - Thank you BBCDS Dentists! 
41 dentally underserved school aged children in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) have new smiles after the 2013 spring semester, thanks to BBCDS dentists.  Click here to read more. 
No Smoking
CDC Launches Anti-Smoking Campaign - Free Resources  
Each day, dentists educate patients who use tobacco products about the benefits of cessation. Through a new campaign, the CDC is offering resources to healthcare providers to educate patients. Click here to read more.
In This Issue
CDA New President
Dental Practice Act Input
Medicaid Reimbursement Increase
CDA Easy Pay
Grant Funding Available for Dental Care Provided to OAP Seniors
Action Alert: Loan Interest Rates
Semester of Smiles - Thank you BBCDS Dentists!
Anti-Smoking Resources
Featured Events


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Featured Events:
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
"Speed Dating" Practice Transition Networking Event 
NEW Colorado Dental Association Office
8301 E. Prentice Ave., Ste. 400
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


Register today! The Colorado Dental Association New Dentist Committee is hosting an event to help newer dentists meet seasoned dentists who are preparing for a practice transition. Find your perfect transition match.  Click here to read more.

Friday, Sept. 13, 2013: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Academy of Laser Dentistry, Standard Proficiency for the Laser Hygienist
Mountain West Dental Institute
925 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO
This course is an Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) Standard Proficiency Certification Course offered in accordance with the curriculum guidelines and standards for dental laser education. Click here to read more.
Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Michael Diorio
Managing Editor: Molly Pereira
CDA Contact Information: 
303-740-6900, 800-343-3010, Fax 303-740-7989 or