Thanks to Our GMOM Volunteers

Mon, 22 Jun 2015

Thank you to more than 600 GDA member dentists and 1,200 clinical and community volunteers who donated their time to provide free dental care to those in need during the 2015 Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM) event June 19 and 20. Oral health care professionals changed lives, created smiles, and improved oral health for thousands of no- and low-income Georgians. Initial photos from the event have been posted on the GDA Flickr site: Click here to visit the photo site. More images and information to come!

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Mission of Mercy Provides Dental Care to Thousands

Thu, 11 Jun 2015

Georgia dentists from across the state will donate their time and expertise to provide dental care to thousands of adults in need through the Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM) project, an outreach program of the Georgia Dental Association and its Foundation for Oral Health. Basic dental services will be offered to low- and no-income adults including cleanings, fillings and extractions. GMOM’s free, 100-chair portable dental clinic will be at the Georgia National Fairgrounds on June 19-20, 2015, doors opening at 5 a.m. on both days. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis with about 1,000 patients seen per day. The event will take place at Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, McGill Marketplace Building, 401 Larry Walker Pkwy, Perry, GA 31069. For more information on GMOM, please visit www.GeorgiaMissionOfMercy.org.

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Annual Meeting Registration is Now Open

Fri, 05 Jun 2015

Registration for the GDA Annual Meeting is open! The event takes place July 23-26 in Amelia Island, Florida. New inclusive pricing creates an exceptional value. One fee gets you CE, Exhibit Hall entry, one Kickoff Event with Herman Cain ticket, and one Ultimate Tailgate ticket. Inclusive pricing for other registrant categories too! Early bird pricing ends June 30. We have rooms available in all price categories. Visit www.MeetGDA.com to register!

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Medicare Opt In or Out Decision Moved Back One Year

Thu, 04 Jun 2015

ALERT! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on June 1, 2015, a delay in the enforcement of the Medicare Opt-In or Opt Out requirement to June 1, 2016. The previous date for health care providers to notify the federal government of their Medicare decision was June 1, 2015.

The American Dental Association continues to seek a legislative repeal of the requirement that dentists who treat Medicare beneficiaries must enroll in or opt out of Medicare to prescribe medication to their qualifying patients with Part D drug plans.

“This decision was based on CMS’ analysis of current Part D prescriber enrollment trends, and the strong concerns expressed recently by Part D sponsors and pharmacy benefit managers about their ability to make the complex system enhancements need to comply with the prescriber enrollment requirement due to the changes made by the IFC [interim final rule with comment],” the CMS Center for Program Integrity said in announcing the delay. The IFC comment period closes on July 6, 2015.

For more details, visit the ADA.org website.

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Strategies for Maintaining Clinical Autonomy

Mon, 20 Apr 2015

We are looking forward to Kevin Cain, PhD, speaking at the Annual Meeting on "Protecting the Profession: Strategies for Maintaining Clinical Autonomy." Although still highly-fragmented, dentistry is in the early stages of industry consolidation. At the forefront of the consolidation process are dental service organizations (DSOs) or what most refer to as corporate dentists. As DSOs enter new markets and further saturate their existing markets, independent practitioners may fear that they will be unable to compete or that they may lose their clinical autonomy to consolidation. In this course, we will examine DSOs and discount procedure-based practices. We will look at their competitive advantages and strategies about how to turn these practice models into opportunities for innovation. Register for the GDA Annual Meeting starting May 1 to attend this course.

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