News & Events
Learn more about important Massachusetts Dental Society member news and events featured in email communications that you may have missed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Resources for Patients
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.
Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis
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.
COVID Recovery Fund Program
Dr. Janis Moriarty Urges You to Take Part in the MDS Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund Program.
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
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.
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.
The MDS made the LiveHelpNow Challenge list of top companies providing exceptional customer service for the month of May.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Small Business Relief
Business Interruption Action Alert
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.
How does temporarily closing your office affect your staffing decisions? The MDS offers help with a webinar and answers to frequently asked staffing questions, such as, “Do I need to pay staff during a shutdown?"
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.
DPH and BORID Endorse Guidance
Licensure Deadline Extended
Temporary Office Closures
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Dental License Renewal
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.
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!
A Night to Remember
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!
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.
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!
Overtime Law--January 2020
Yankee 2020 Jameson Courses
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.
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.
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!
Yankee 2020 Platinum Pass
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.
New Complimentary Events!
The Chair Yoga Experience
Thursday, January 30, at 1 pm
Friday, January 31, at 1 pm
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.
New ePrescribe Partner
MDS Statement on Vaping Ban
ePrescribing Mandate Delayed
Community Service Events
MDS Publications Recognized
Attention Dental Assistants!
Serve on a Committee
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.
Need HR Help?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OnPay Payroll Service
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.
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!
Dental Health for Kids
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.
10 Under Ten Awards
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