Learn more about important Massachusetts Dental Society member news and events featured in email communications that you may have missed.
Perinatal Oral Health Summit
Join your medical, perinatal, and community health professional peers at the Massachusetts Perinatal Oral Health Summit on May 30. Complimentary registration includes breakfast and lunch.
New Member Savings Partner
ADA TV is a user-friendly, high-tech entertainment and marketing system for waiting rooms that empowers you to customize and stream educational and promotional content to patients while they wait.
Join the Grassroots Effort
Were you unable to attend Beacon Hill Day? You can still be part of MDS grassroots advocacy! Learn about the issues
discussed at the State House, then host a coffee hour or meeting with your legislator.
Pain Management Survey
Have you taken our survey to help understand prescribing patterns and appropriate pain management practices of Massachusetts dentists? If not, please do. The deadline is Tuesday, May 15.
Pregnancy and Oral Health
Don’t let visiting the dentist fall off your pregnancy to-do list before your baby comes. Getting a checkup during pregnancy is safe and important for your dental health.
Mid-Level Agreement Reached
The MDS is supporting new legislation that creates a class of mid-level providers called dental therapists, while protecting patient safety and increasing access to care for underserved populations.
License Renewal Issue
If you have been informed by BORID that you did not answer the MassHealth ORP enrollment attestation questions correctly during licensure renewal, you must contact BORID for information on how to comply with the licensure requirements of MGL c. 112, s. 45.
As spring and summer sports get underway, be sure to shield your smile on the court or field! Mouthguards can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw.
Membership Outreach Award
The ADA has recognized the MDS for our membership outreach efforts with the greatest percentage of fourth-year reduced dues payers converting to full dues membership.
ADA Announces Opioid Policy
In what could be the first of its kind among major health care professional organizations, the policy new supports: mandatory pain management CE; statutory limits on opioid dosage and duration; and dentists utilizing prescription drug monitoring programs.
In the News
Media coverage on grants that support programs and initiatives that improve access to dental care and help MDS dentists give back to the communities they serve.
Members Talk Medicaid
Last week, MDS member Dr. Ronald Maitland's op-ed on the Medicaid dental care system was published in The Berkshire Eagle. In his piece, he discusses how low-income communities are being shortchanged and what can be done to help.
Tufts Celebrating 150 Years
Congratulations to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine on celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. To honor its longstanding commitment to dental education, the school has curated an online exhibition and will host anniversary events throughout the year.
A Dental School Fixture
The Harvard Crimson featured a profile on Harvard School of Dental Medicine Dean Bruce Donoff, detailing his career at Harvard and role as chief of service for oral and maxillofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Donoff is an MDS life member.
All dentists who received a recent notice from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection must renew the certification on their amalgam separator. The renewal cycle was every five years, but is now transitioning to every two years.
Foundation Grant Recipients
The MDS Foundation has awarded grants to five deserving organizations
from across the state. These grants are given to increase access to care in underserved areas and improve oral health outcomes for Massachusetts residents.
Sexual Harassment Training
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue. With that in mind, MDS Member Savings Program partner Smart Training and the MDS are offering member offices a sexual harassment prevention training package at a discounted rate.
IV Fluid Shortage
As a result of damage to Puerto Rico's electrical grid from Hurricane Maria, there has been a shortage of IV fluids available to dental and health care providers. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration expects this shortage to improve early this year.
New License Requirement
New 2018 CDT Resource
Get ready for the new year with the CDT 2018 and Coding Companion Kit. This coding resource from the ADA will help you ensure you are coding accurately for fewer claims rejections and faster reimbursement. ADA members can even purchase the kit for a special reduced price!
Puerto Rico Relief Donation
The Board of Trustees has approved a $25,000 donation to the ADA Foundation Emergency Disaster Grant Program, which provides some financial assistance to Puerto Rican dentists affected by Hurricane Maria this fall.
Good Samaritan Dentist
MDS member Dr. Dmitry Merzon was featured in the news last week for rushing to the aid of a driver who rolled his vehicle on the Mass Pike. Along with other Good Samaritans, he assisted the driver and provided first aid. Good work, Dr. Merzon!
MDS Demands Aspen Pull Ads
Late last week, MDS legal counsel Goulston & Storrs received a letter from Aspen Dental general counsel responding to our November 7, 2017 letter. Aspen indicated that the ads will cease airing at the end of December.
Oral Cancer Guidelines
An expert panel convened by the ADA has released the updated "Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Evaluation of Potentially Malignant Disorders in the Oral Cavity," to help dentists appropriately evaluate patients.
Order oral health brochures with your practice’s contact information and logo professionally printed on the back! Choose from three patient education resources: The Dental FLOSSophy, Oral Health Is Overall Health, and The Mouths of Babes.
Delta DOI Update
The MDS legal team expects the Review Board of the Division of Insurance (DOI) to have a decision in the next 4-6 weeks. The MDS continues to monitor this situation and will inform members once the decision is available.
Consider Making a Contribution to the MDSPAC Today
The MDS Political Action Committee (MDS-PAC) works to support pro-dentistry legislators, candidates, and initiatives in an effort to promote positive public policy, protect the interests of dentistry at the State House, and ensure informed decision making on Beacon Hill.