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Learn more about important Massachusetts Dental Society member news and events featured in email communications that you may have missed.


CDT Resource 2021

CDT Resource 2021

This coding resource from the ADA will help you ensure that you are coding accurately for fewer claims rejections and faster reimbursement. ADA members can even purchase the kit for a special reduced price.
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ReIgnite Your Practice

ReIgnite Your Practice

Yankee Virtual 2021 has partnered with igniteDDS to bring you the virtual preconference series Re-Ignite Your Practice. Worth 5 CE credits this series focuses on practice management, finances, and the clinical side of the practice to prepare dentists and team members to hit the ground running in 2021.

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Flu Vaccine Recommendations

Flu Vaccine Recommendations

The combination of the seasonal flu and the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to overwhelm the health care system. Thus, the MDS Board of Trustees has issued guidance strongly recommending that all dental professionals get the flu vaccine and that all dentists encourage their patients to get the flu vaccine.

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Notifying Patients of PPE Fees

Notifying Patients of PPE Fees

If your office is utilizing PPE fee code D1999 or charging a PPE fee, you must notify patients of the new charge before their appointment. It is recommended that you do this at the time of scheduling or prior to the appointment to ensure they are not surprised by the additional charge.

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MDS Responds to WHO

The MDS Responds to WHO

The MDS wants to clarify that the recent WHO interim guidance is NOT applicable to Massachusetts. Residents in cities and towns across Massachusetts, in line with recommendations from state and local officials, remain able to safely receive routine, emergency, or likely to become emergent oral health services.

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HHS Provider Relief Fund

HHS Provider Relief Fund

Dentists only have a few more days to apply for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Provider Relief Fund. Those who meet the requirements will receive a reimbursement of 2% of their annual reported patient revenue. Dentists have until this Friday, July 24, to apply for funding through the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal.

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Resources for Patients

Resources for Patients

The ADA’s new Patient Return Resource Center features communication tools to help dental professionals educate patients about what they will experience when returning to the dental office and how you are looking out for their health and safety.
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COVID-19 Recovery Fund

COVID-19 Recovery Fund

The MDS Foundation has established the COVID-19 Recovery Fund to help eligible member dentists who have been hit hard financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Further details were announced on June 29.

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Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis

Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis

The CDC provides that if a dental patient or staff member develops COVID-19, you should notify all patients who were treated within 48 hours after the person was in the office. Additional guidance from the CDC provides what to do if it has been less than or more than seven days since the reported diagnosis.
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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

The MDS stands with members of our communities, including our dentists and patients, who face injustice and racism in their day-to-day lives. Leadership is needed on this issue from all walks of life, including dentistry, if we as a society are going to achieve the change that we need.

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COVID Recovery Fund Program

COVID Recovery Fund Program

Dr. Janis Moriarty Urges You to Take Part in the MDS Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund Program.


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Reopening What DPs Need to Know

On-Demand Webinar

Reopening: What Dental Professionals Need to Know. Speakers discuss the Commonwealth’s reopening guidelines and how dentists are implementing requirements, safety measures, and physical distancing protocols across practice settings.


Attestation Form Clarification

Attestation Form Clarification

The MDS has verified with the DPH and BORID that dentists are not required to submit their attestation forms to anyone, but they are required to maintain a copy and make it available upon request. The attestation form requirement applies only to community health centers that are ready to open before May 25.

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MDS President 2020-2021

MDS President 2020-2021

The MDS is pleased to welcome our new President, Dr. MaryJane Hanlon, who is associate dean for clinical affairs and assistant professor in the department of comprehensive care at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Hanlon is the fourth woman President in the Society’s history. 

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Our Customer Service Is Award Winning

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The MDS made the LiveHelpNow Challenge list of top companies providing exceptional customer service for the month of May. 

Prioritization Plan

Prioritization Plan

Phase 2 requires dentists to create an addendum to their Phase 1 attestation form that documents the practice’s prioritization policy for providing Phase 2 care. The prioritization plan should identify patients and services that, based on the provider’s clinical judgment, are most critical. The addendum should be kept with the attestation form and updated as needed.

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Return to Practice

Return to Practice

Governor Charlie Baker announced on July 6, 2020 that Massachusetts is entering Phase 3—the Vigilant Phase—of the state’s four-phase reopening plan. Phase 3 offers no change for dental practices, which can continue to see patients for all procedures. 

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Phase 2 Reopening Guidance

Phase 2 Reopening Guidance

On June 6, 2020, Governor Baker announced Phase 2 reopening details. Phase 2 allows dental providers to cautiously and incrementally resume all elective, non-urgent procedures and services, including routine hygiene appointments. Elective cosmetic procedures were allowed starting June 24, 2020. 

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ADA Return to Work Toolkit

ADA Return to Work Toolkit

The ADA has recently updated its Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit, a resource that recommends measures to take to help protect patients, staff, and dentists from COVID-19 as practices reopen and begin to provide more than emergency and urgent care.


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SBA Resumes PPP Processing

SBA Resumes PPP Processing

The SBA has resumed accepting Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan applications as of Monday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. Contact your lender now!

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Interim Mask Guidelines

Interim Mask Guidelines

The ADA has released Interim Mask and Face Shield Guidelines on the PPE recommended in order to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic and to minimize the risk of virus transmission.

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Treating Patients Reminder

Treating Patients Reminder

While dentists should only be treating patients requiring emergency care, the MDS reminds practitioners that they should not treat patients who are diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19 because OSHA categorizes dental providers as having a very high exposure risk.

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Monitor Emergency Patients

Monitor Emergency Patients

Even when dental providers take precautions and screen emergency patients for COVID-19 symptoms, the CDC recommends that dental providers contact all patients who received emergency dental care 48 hours after treatment and ask patients if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.

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MDS Webinars

MDS Webinars

These webinars focus on important topics pertaining to the dental profession and are designed to be viewed from the convenience of a member’s office or home. The webinars are complimentary and exclusive to MDS members. Advance registration is required.
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Small Business Relief

Small Business Relief

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.
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Business Interruption Insurance

Business Interruption Action Alert

Legislation has been filed on Beacon Hill to require insurance companies to provide business interruption coverage in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact your representatives to ask for their support!
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Teledentistry Coding

Teledentistry Coding

With dental practices in Massachusetts closed to all but emergency procedures, several dental insurers are updating their policies to include coverage of teledentistry.
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Teledentistry Note Template

Teledentistry Note Template

To help dentists adhere to BORID record-keeping requirements, the MDS has developed a Telehealth Clinical or Progress Note Template that providers can use to track remote patient visits.



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Donate Your PPE

Donate Your PPE

To help offset the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to frontline health care providers, MEMA is coordinating donations of PPE from dental offices.

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DPH and BORID Endorse Guidance

DPH and BORID Endorse Guidance

The Massachusetts DPH and BORID released a recommendation on March 18 that fully endorses the MDS’s March 15 guidance for dental offices to close to patients seeking elective and non-urgent care.
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Licensure Deadline Extended

Licensure Deadline Extended

Governor Baker has extended the deadline for all professional license registrations in the state. This includes dentists, whose licenses were required to be renewed by March 31, 2020.
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Temporary Office Closures

Temporary Office Closures

If you’re unsure of how to notify your patients of your temporary office closing during this public health crisis, the MDS has created a sample letter that you can personalize and post on your website or social media channels.
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New Unemployment Options

New Unemployment Options

Self-employed workers and independent contractors are now eligible for unemployment benefits through the state’s new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits.

Emergency Practice Guidance

Emergency Practice Guidance

Following the MDS’s strong recommendation that dental offices close to patients seeking elective or non-urgent care, the MDS has released interim guidelines to help dentists determine which procedures are considered emergencies and which are considered non-urgent.

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BORID Scam Alert

BORID Scam Alert

Several dentists have reported receiving a call threatening them with dental license suspension if they did not immediately pay a fine by wiring money to an unnamed account, often overseas. If you receive such a call, the MDS and BORID warn you to not engage with the caller. Instead, contact BORID.

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Speaking Opportunity at Yankee

Speaking Opportunity at Yankee

Want to speak at Yankee Dental Congress 2021? Submit your application today for the chance to offer a one-hour CE course to fellow dentists at New England's largest conference for dental professionals!

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Connection Special Edition

MDS Connection HOD Special Edition

The special edition of the MDS Connection features a recap of the 2020 House of Delegates, including speeches from President Dr. Janis Moriarty, President-Elect Dr. MaryJane Hanlon, and MDS Executive Director Dr. Robert Boose, who is retiring this spring. 

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Yankee Rebate

Yankee Rebate

If you're an MDS member and spent more than $2,500 on the Exhibit Hall Floor at Yankee Dental Congress 2020, you could receive complimentary registration for Yankee Dental Congress 2021! Rebates must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2020

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Spend and Get at Yankee

Spend and Get at Yankee

Spend $500 at one Yankee Exhibitor on Thursday, January 30 and be entered to win a $50 gift card at the Information Booth on the Exhibit Hall Floor. Take advantage of this promotion and other member exclusive events at Yankee!

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Yankee Mobile App

Yankee Mobile App

Are you attending Yankee 2020? The Yankee Dental Congress mobile app will enhance your event experience by giving you access to course information, room locations, show specials, exhibitor deals, CE credits, and more! 

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Dental License Renewal

Dental License Renewal

Dentists must renew their licenses through BORID by March 31! To renew, you must have earned 40 CE credits between April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2020, and fulfilled the MassHealth ORP requirement. You can renew your license online.
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Yankee Most Popular Courses

Yankee Most Popular Courses

Attend one of these popular courses on hot topics like vaping, treatment of cracked and fractured teeth, and nutrition before they sell out! Register today for courses at Yankee 2020. 

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Spin to Win

Spin to Win

Join us at the MDS State Lounge Booth 1244 for friends, fun food, and complimentary gifts Thursday, January 30, through Saturday, February 1. Spin to win is back! Try your luck and spin to win a prize. Everyone will be a winner!

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A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember

Join us on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:00 pm for the MDS Special Event Beyond the Mask to hear your peers present inspiring stories of how they've overcome adversity in their lives.
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Yankee Special Pricing

Yankee Special Pricing

This is your chance to explore new ways to actively foster and expand your knowledge. Discounted registration for Yankee Dental Congress is only available until January 10!

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Member Events at Yankee

Member Events at Yankee

Check out these new events that are exclusively for MDS members at Yankee 2020! Sign up for The Chair Yoga Experience on Thursday, January 30 at 1 pm, or the Meditation Hour on Friday, January 31 at 1 pm. Learn new ways to relax, restore, rejuvenate and heal.

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Spring 2020 Events

Upcoming Events

The MDS is happy to announce two special events coming this spring! Jersey Boys, March 19, at the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston, and Jerry Seinfeld, April 10, at the Hanover Theater in Worcester. Purchase tickets while they are available!

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Overtime Law--January 2020

Overtime Law--January 2020

Did you know that in September, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million U.S. workers newly eligible for overtime pay effective January 1, 2020? Learn more about who qualifies, and make sure you are prepared to comply with this new regulation!
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Yankee 2020 Jameson Courses

Yankee 2020 Jameson Courses

By dentists for dentists, Jameson Management brings dental coaching, dental marketing, and hygiene optimization to Yankee Dental. Attend one course or all of the Jameson Management courses to learn more about what you can do for your practice to thrive in today's competitive landscape.
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ADA Files Lawsuit

ADA Files Lawsuit

State Dental Society Leaders were informed that the American Dental Association (ADA) filed an antitrust class action lawsuit against Delta Dental Plans and the Delta Dental Plan Association. The lawsuit alleges that independent Delta Dental carriers across the country violated federal antitrust laws. 

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MDS President Testifies

MDS President Testifies

MDS President Dr. Janis Moriarty and Guest Board Member Dr. Alec Eidelman testified on November 19 before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health in favor of a bill to eliminate the live patient component of dental licensing exams.

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DIY Orthodontics

DIY Orthodontics

The MDS has produced a video featuring MDS President Dr. Janis Moriarty and Dr. Andrew Tonelli, who discuss potential risks posed by do-it-yourself (DIY) orthodontic products and the value of seeing a dentist. The video can be shared with patients on social media or embedded on your practice website.
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Contact Your Senator

Contact Your Senator

The Massachusetts Senate is expected to vote Nov. 20 on legislation passed by the House that bans flavored tobacco and establishes a tax on e-cigarettes. Show your support for a permanent solution to the problem of youth e-cigarette and tobacco use. Complete a quick form to email your senator today!

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Yankee 2020 Platinum Pass

Yankee 2020 Platinum Pass

For $599 (a discount of up to $292) an MDS member can register for Yankee 2020 along with two other colleagues or staff and receive two paid courses each (up to $99 each). Register before the November 8 deadline to get this deal!
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MassHealth Clarification

MassHealth Clarification

On October 19, 2019, all Massachusetts dentists mistakenly received a message from the state's Department of Public Health (DPH) regarding MassHealth and licensure. The DPH asks that you please disregard this message. If you are a licensed dentist who was identified as non-compliant by MassHealth, you should have received a separate message indicating such by Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

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Serve Your Community

Serve Your Community

Join your colleagues for a community service event at Rosie's Place in Boston on Saturday, October 26, at 10:00 am! Recruit a team from your office or register as an individual to get involved and serve your community.

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New ePrescribe Partner

New ePrescribe Partner

Veradigm ePrescribe (delivered by Henry Schein One) enables dentists to electronically prescribe all medications, including controlled substances. MDS members are now eligible for a discounted members-only monthly rate and registration fee. This will help members comply with the new e-prescription regulation.
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MDS Statement on Vaping Ban

MDS Statement on Vaping Ban

In response to Gov. Baker's declaration of a public health emergency and temporary ban on the sale of all vaping products in the state, the MDS issued a statement applauding the action as a positive step toward protecting youth from tobacco and nicotine addiction.
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ePrescribing Mandate Delayed

ePrescribing Mandate Delayed

The Public Health Council recently approved several amendments to the ePrescribing regulation in Massachusetts, including a one-year grace period making requirements effective January 1, 2021. The MDS is currently in negotiations with a Member Savings Partner that will offer ePrescribing services. Stay tuned for more info!
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Community Service Events

Community Service Events

The MDS has arranged several volunteer opportunities this fall for members seeking ways to give back to their communities. We encourage you to recruit a team from your office or sign up as an individual. Spots are limited for each event, so sign up soon!
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ProSites

ProSites

Through innovative website design and marketing solutions, ProSites has helped more than 7,500 dental professionals accelerate growth and attract new patients. As an MDS member, you'll get up to 70% off the initial website set-up fee!
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Attention Dental Assistants

Attention Dental Assistants!

Dental assistant licenses are due for renewal by October 31, 2019. Per BORID regulations, all dental assistants must obtain 12 CEUs during the two-year cycle, including courses in CDC guidelines and BLS for health care providers.
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Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

Do you want to improve your leadership skills and learn how to succeed in a changing dental practice landscape? Attend the First District Leadership Academy and receive complimentary Yankee Dental Congress registration.
Serve on a Committee

Serve on a Committee

Interested in getting more involved in your profession and volunteering your time and talents? Apply to serve on an MDS Committee! Applications for Committees must be submitted by July 31, 2019.
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PFML Law Deadline Extended

PFML Law Deadline Extended

The Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law that requires employers to provide eligible employees with up to 26 weeks of paid, job-protected family and medical leave in a single benefit year has had a statute change. The contribution withholding date is now delayed until October 1, 2019.

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HR Services

Need HR Help?

HR2fit is a human resources partner delivering Fortune 500 quality service to the Massachusetts dental profession. It offers a complete array of HR services, with an emphasis on excellent onsite service, scaled to fit your dental practice.
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Membership for Your Staff

Membership for Your Staff

Did you know that your MDS membership includes complimentary membership for your staff? If you haven’t taken advantage of this member benefit already, encourage your staff to enroll today and share the perks of membership, including continuing education and more.

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PureLife

New Member Savings Partner

PureLife's mission is to make a positive difference in human and environmental health. They offer an affordable mail-back program for sharps, amalgam, medical, and X-ray waste, saving MDS members hundreds of dollars over traditional pick-up services.

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MDS Clinician Corner

MDS Clinician Corner

NEW at Yankee 2020, the MDS clinician corner offers courses at NO CHARGE for MDS members! On Thursday, January 30, five MDS member dentists will be offering one-hour continuing education courses exploring a variety of topics addressing clinical dentistry and practice management.

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Delta Audit Practices

Delta Audit Practices

The MDS has recently been contacted by numerous member dentists who are being audited by Delta Dental of Massachusetts and who feel that this is an inappropriate intrusion into the relationship between dentists and their patients. The MDS reviewed these members’ complaints and believes these complaints merit further investigation.

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New Labor Law Posters

New Labor Law Posters

With the new Paid Family and Medical Leave law going into effect on July 1, you must update your state labor law posters. MDS Member Savings Program partner J.J. Keller & Associates provides federal/state employment law poster sets, as well as a poster update service.

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OnPay

OnPay Payroll Service

Save Time & Money on Payroll. OnPay makes payroll easy, so dentists can focus on what they do best. Get full-service payroll and award-winning support.
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Periodontal Code Changes

Periodontal Code Changes

There will be new code/benefit frequency and limitation regulatory changes for certain periodontal codes for the MassHealth and Health Safety Net dental programs that will take effect April 22. It was previously announced the changes would take effect March 22.

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Hygienist License Renewal

Hygienist License Renewal

All dental hygienists must renew their licenses by March 31, 2019, if they haven't done so already. Be sure to fulfill all requirements before the end of the month!

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Legislative Agenda

Legislative Agenda

A new legislative session has kicked off on Beacon Hill, and the MDS is advocating for several bills that would impact you, your dental practice, and the oral health of the Commonwealth.
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Dental Health for Kids

Dental Health for Kids

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. The Massachusetts Dental Society offers parents, caregivers, and teachers five ways to help children establish good oral health habits at an early age.
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Yankee Rebate 2019-2020

Attend Yankee for Free

If you're an MDS member and spent more than $2500 on the Exhibit Hall Floor at the 2019 Yankee Dental Congress, you could attend Yankee Dental 2020 for free.

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10 Under Ten Awards 2020

10 Under Ten Awards

Congratulations to this year's 10 Under Ten Award honorees! Each of the recipients was recognized for their contributions to the profession, their community, and/or organized dentistry.
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2019-2020 MDS Officers

2019-2020 MDS Officers

The 2019 House of Delegates has elected the following officers for the 2019-2020 term:

- President: Dr. Janis Moriarty
- President-elect: Dr. MaryJane Hanlon
- Vice President: Dr. Meredith Bailey
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Tobacco and Vaping

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The U.S. Surgeon General has called the recent surge in youth vaping an “epidemic." Help educate patients on the risks associated with tobacco, vaping, and e-cigarettes with information from the MDS.
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Save with Schein

Save with Schein

The Henry Schein Preferred Pricing Program helps active MDS members save money and reduce their overhead expenses, creating a more effective and efficient practice. Get 10% off your first Connections order as a new member of the program!
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Discouraging DIY Dentistry

Discouraging DIY Dentistry

The ADA discourages the use of DIY dental treatments, such as teeth straightening kits, veneers, and bruxism devices. DIY treatments can have long-term and possibly irreparable effects.
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Take the Fear Out of Debt

Take the Fear Out of Debt

This Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society article looks at how you can increase income and improve cash flow by purchasing a business and paying practice debt first.
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SDF in Dental Treatment

SDF Webinar

Results of laboratory studies and clinical trials have suggested that SDF is more effective than other fluoride agents to halt the caries process. This webinar provides an overview of the use of SDF.
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