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COVID-19 Information
 
May 21, 2020

Dear Members,

Hopefully you received the Capitol Connection Monday which announced that the MDA victoriously (and perhaps, miraculously) passed its entire legislative agenda despite the challenging circumstances this year. Read the summary that Shantel shared.

As she notes, we want to especially thank you, our members, who acted through VoterVoice alerts. This system was new this year, and we hoped it would make it easier to get an alert out to members at a moment’s notice, thus allowing you to send a message to your legislators as efficiently. As Shantel witnessed first-hand, your efforts made a difference. In the final days last week, Representatives read your letters on the floor of the House, and Senators were pulling her aside mentioning your emails and asking how they could help. Your response helped fight off the oppositions in the two chambers and made your needs more important than the insurance’s wants. We witnessed this same effect earlier in the session when in Committee hearings, your legislators were referring to their dentist’s feedback on issues, reading aloud your comments and concerns.

While alerts will slow down now that session has ended, signing up now ensures you’re ready when we begin again to advocate for you next year. Click here to sign up or TEXT MDA to 50457. 

On a closing legislative-related note, I am sad to share that tomorrow, May 22, is Shantel’s last day with the MDA. She is headed to the Missouri State Medical Association to carry out its legislative activities. Although she will be missed for her dedication and tenacity on the MDA legislative front, we now will have a dental advocate and friend at MSMA, an entity we collaborate with on many areas. We thank Shantel for her three years of great service to the MDA. We wish her well not only professionally, but personally, as she is getting married this coming August.

We hope you all continue to find bright spots as you get back to practice under the lingering cloud of COVID-19. Following are news and resources as we head into the weekend, including a document just updated today—ADA Guidance on Coding and Billing for PPE—something we've been getting a lot of questions about. Wishing you and yours a nice Memorial Day weekend. 

Be well and take care,


Vicki Wilbers
MDA Executive Director

NEW ADA Guidance on Coding and Billing for PPE
The ADA has released a guide on coding and billing for protective personal equipment. It includes responses to frequently asked questions, especially as they relate to charges for PPE when participating with third-party payment programs. Some third-party payers are launching programs to provide financial support for dental offices to support the increased cost of PPE. A tracking sheet of payer policies is included in the guide. Note! This document was just updated today and will be updated as more information is available (the last date of update is noted on the top). Please check back frequently. For questions about billing and coding, contact dentalbenefits@ada.org.

CDC Website Updated with New Guidance for Dentistry
The CDC guidance was updated on May 19. The ADA shared that an important update from the guidance states: “However, as the pandemic continues to evolve, and healthcare settings are responding to unique situations in their communities, CDC recognizes that dental settings may also need to deliver non-emergency dental care.”

Connect4Success Conference Goes Virtual
COVID has wreaked havoc on our world and ensuing circumstances forced us to cancel our in-person annual meeting. But it caused us to get creative and not prevent us from providing great CE to you. We’ve shifted gears and put together a great lineup of speakers and programs that will bring you timely and relevant information to help you get back to normal in your practices. Join us for our MEMBERS ONLY Connect4Success Virtual Conference, scheduled for three consecutive Thursdays, beginning June 11, from 6-7pm each night. Each night’s CE session—providing 1 CEU—will be presented as a live Zoom webinar, with interactive Q&A at the end. We’re happy to provide these programs free to our members, but registration is required. Go online for course/speaker info and to register. You can buy your Connect4Cash ticket while you’re there, with proceeds benefiting the MDA Foundation. It’s sure to be a fun time with MDA’s Paul Roberts hosting a “Boom Zoom” virtual happy hour as countdown excitement builds to the $1,500 grand prize winner (with lots of other cash and gift prizes along the way).

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Available Online
The Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of the Treasury released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application on May 15. According to the Treasury, the loan will be forgiven as long as: The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent and utility costs over the eight-week period; and, employee and compensation levels are maintained. According to the Small Business Administration, the application form for forgiveness contains several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process. Click here to view the application and instructions. Access all the ADA’s Small Business Administration resources.

Introducing the ADA Accelerator Series + First Webinar
In our ever-changing times, you can count on the ADA to help you tackle current challenges and achieve your long-term goals. Designed with the input of a diverse group of dentists, the ADA has introduced the ADA Accelerator Series, your hub for financial, leadership and work/life balance tools. They’re launching a regular webinar series on these topics, starting on May 26, with our first session, The Science of Well-Being, led by Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos.

Catch Up on Free CE with COVID-19 Digital Events
Missed one of the ADA’s recent webinars on topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s not too late! Check out the COVID-19 Digital Events page for recordings of past events, updated regularly. Recent additions include:

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