DEA Reclassifying Certain Drugs as of Oct 6

2014-09-11 13:05

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will begin re-classifying hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin as Schedule II drugs instead of Schedule III effective Oct 6, 2014. Dentists with a Schedule III DEA registration who wish to keep prescribing these products must amend their registration to include Schedule II prescriptive authority. Visit and click the registration changes link. The DEA will permit hydrocodone combination products prescriptions issued before Oct 6 to be refilled until April 8, 2015, if the prescription authorizes refills.

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State Loan Repayment Program Seeks Applicants

2014-09-10 13:44

The Georgia Oral Health Workforce Advancement Loan Repayment Program is open to licensed dentists who are employed or seeking employment at approved sites. The program pays up to $25,000, for one year, towards pre-dental and dental education loan debt for new graduates or young practitioners. In return, applicants agree to practice full-time dentistry for a minimum of 12 months, in a Georgia DHPSAs or Georgia Division of Public Health dental program. Get all the details! Click here to read this PDF program flyer.

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GDA Provides Guidance on Medicare Opt In/Out

2014-08-15 06:47

The ADA News recently published a feature article entitled “Dentists must choose to opt in or out of Medicare enrollment.” Since then, the GDA has received a number of calls from member dentists on this particular issue. The GDA staff pulled together the following information together from numerous sources to assist members in navigating this confusing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement. Click here to read the article (member log in is required.)

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Welcome President Doug Torbush

2014-08-08 06:13

Dr. Doug Torbush walks the walk. His thriving practice in the Northern District is 25 years old. His marriage to Debbie, a leader in the dental Alliance spouses’ organization, is 37 years old. At Emory dental school, Dr. Torbush was the class president for four years. He has played competitive tennis for 30 years, serving as team captain nearly every year. He and Debbie are both committed volunteers at GDA and Alliance events ranging from the Georgia Mission of Mercy to TeamSmile to oral cancer screenings at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dr. Torbush has served on an impressively long list of district, GDA, and ADA committees and councils as well. Read about his plans for his year by clicking here.

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GDA Email Server Downtime

2014-07-29 12:24

The email system for the GDA and Georgia Dental Insurance Services office will be offline starting at 5PM Tues, July 29, and will remain offline pending server upgrades through the morning of Wed, July 30. Please call the GDA and GDIS at (800) 432-4357 or (404) 636-7553 or use this site for resources and information. Thank you.

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