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Dental Hygienist License

Dental Hygienist License

The expiration date of all professional licenses, including dental hygienist licenses, set to expire during the Massachusetts state of emergency has been extended to June 30, 2021.

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Vaccine Update

Vaccine Update

As announced on January 13, 2021, the MDS is partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to help with the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out to dental professionals. Effective January 21, all patient-facing dental personnel are eligible for the vaccine as part of Phase 1.

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Vaccine Information

Vaccine Information

Governor Charlie Baker announced on December 9, 2020, that Massachusetts should receive approximately 300,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in December and 2 million doses by the end of March 2021, with additional doses arriving in June and beyond. The MDS has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions from members about the COVID-19 vaccine and is providing answers to as many as possible.

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Message from MDS President

Message from MDS President

Dr. MaryJane Hanlon, President of the Massachusetts Dental Society, addresses the surge of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts and the importance of keeping dental offices open and safe during the second wave of infections.

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COVID-19 Travel Questions

COVID-19 Travel Questions

To help MDS members and their staff better understand the COVID-19 precautions to take when traveling during the pandemic, the MDS and MDS Member Savings Partner HR2Fit have produced a resource to answer questions regarding testing, quarantining, and other issues.

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Holiday Travel Questions

Holiday Travel Q&As

To help MDS members and their staff better understand the COVID-19 precautions to take when traveling during this holiday season, the MDS and MDS Member Savings Partner HR2Fit have produced a resource to answer questions regarding testing, quarantining, and other issues.

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Reopening What DPs Need to Know

On-Demand Webinar

Speakers discussed the Commonwealth’s reopening guidelines and how dentists are implementing requirements, safety measures, and physical distancing protocols across practice settings.


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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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PFML Law Deadline Extended

PFML Law Now in Effect

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 went into effect on October 1, 2019.

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Teledentistry Coding

Teledentistry Coding

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several dental insurers have updated their policies to include coverage of teledentistry.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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