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August 21, 2014

On August 19th,  there were three special elections in Virginia.  The Democrats, as expected, were successful in keeping both seats they had in the House of Delegates.  Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk) easily won the 90th District seat held by Algie Howell for over a decade and Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) handily defeated his Republican opponent in the 48th District which was formerly held by Bob Brink.  Both are expected to be seated during the Special Session scheduled for mid-September in Richmond.

August 21, 2014

Register today for the 2014 Virginia Meeting and reserve your spot for this educational program, Treating the Worn Dentition with Dr. James Woodell and Dr. Joe Passaro.  https://vadental.org/pro/events/virginia-meeting/registration

August 20, 2014

The Virginia Dental Association has witnessed the exponential growth of dental student indebtedness and its effects on the state of current dentistry. In 2014, following years of support for dental student scholarships and with a desire to decrease the burden of student debt, the leadership of the VDA generously and graciously established an endowed scholarship at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. 

August 20, 2014

In response to member questions, the ADA Practice Institute has put together the following Q&A to help clarify which practitioners should opt in or out of Medicare.

Dentists who treat Medicare patients must either enroll in the program or opt out in order to prescribe medication to their qualifying patients with Part D drug plans.

August 19, 2014

In a statement, the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs said it will continue to closely monitor and evaluate existing and new scientific information on triclosan as it becomes available. The ADA also recommended that individuals continue to follow FDA recommendations on the use of oral health care products that contain the chemical. The FDA’s November 2013 Consumer Update states that the FDA does not have sufficient safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of products that contain triclosan at this time.  

August 15, 2014

The Virginia Dental Association Foundation is in need of volunteers for its Grundy MOM Project October 4th-5th.  Restorative dentists are still needed.  If you would like to learn more about this event or register as a volunter go to www.vdaf.org.

August 12, 2014

Click HERE to see our video from WVBT.

Click HERE to see our video from WTKR.

Read more about the event HERE.

August 12, 2014

An upcoming webinar by the Colgate Oral Health Network will focus on training general dentists, dental providers and their team on how to care for the young child ages 0-3 in their dental practice. The Art of Perinatal and Infant Oral Health is scheduled for August 12th at 8:00 pm (EST).

August 12, 2014

Medicare and medical insurance in dentistry for the last few years until now was an optional decision.
 
Did you know that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a final rule in May that requires all physicians and eligible professionals—including dentists—who prescribe Part D covered drugs to be enrolled in Medicare or opt out for those prescriptions to be covered under Part D?
 

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