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.
Vice President Nominations
Dr. Tofigh Raayai, East Middlesex District Trustee, has withdrawn her nomination. If you wish to apply for the position of Vice President, please provide a CV, a position paper, and a letter of nomination from your District to the Nominations Committee.
Aspen to Cease Airing 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.
HIGH STAKES at Yankee
Dental Assistant Licensure
All dental assistants must renew their licenses by October 31, 2017. Dental assistants must complete 12 CEUs to fulfill license requirements. You can renew your license online through the DPH online portal
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.
CE RECHARGED at Yankee
Yankee offers continuing education like no other with the new CE RECHARGED
. Immerse yourself in various aspects of treatment planning, digital dentistry, live-patient education, and so much more. These programs will sell out!
As a member benefit, you are entitled to a complimentary pain management CE course at Yankee! Pain Management for the Dentist fulfills the BORID requirement for relicensure and will be offered on Thursday, January 25, and Saturday, January 27.
Connect to Your District
Looking for information on a District event or meeting? Need to find email addresses for your District leadership? Each District has its own webpage on the MDS website where you can find meetings and events, leadership rosters, and important documents and resources.
New Scam Hits Local Dentists
Be on the lookout for a new scam that alleges that the dentist “failed to appear for federal jury duty and that the dentist must pay immediately via money pack [Visa gift card] thousands of dollars to avoid potential jail time.” Do not fall for this scam. Contact the MDS if you have been a target for this scam.
Who's the Boss?
When it comes to kids' oral health, who's the boss? Find out and see more oral health topics to share with your patients in the new issue of the MDS's consumer newsletter Word of Mouth, online now!
Oral Health Care
The Joint Committee on Public Health heard testimony from the MDS on five pieces of legislation
. The MDS urges all members to contact your state legislators to speak up for patients and our profession on these important issues.
New Member Savings Partner
Crown Healthcare Apparel Service has joined the MDS Member Savings Program. Crown provides high-quality, personalized dental scrubs and lab coats, as well as health care laundry services. Take advantage of exclusive member discounts today!
Spot the Signs of Abuse
In Massachusetts, dentists are mandated reporters of abuse and neglect. The AAPD and AAP offer a new guide to help you identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect in patients.
Have a piece of equipment to sell? Looking for a new associate dentist? Find employment opportunities and more on the MDS classified advertising page.
The MDS Resource Center
The MDS is happy to provide members with practice resources, patient education brochures, and oral hygiene products at no cost.
CE Registry Online 24/7
Log in to your MDS CE Registry
to track and enter your CEUs. Click the NEW CEU
button on the right to enter CE credit details.
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.
NBC Addresses Anesthesia
NBC reported on the risk of sedating children during dental procedures and anesthesia deaths in the dental chair. Your patients' parents may have questions.
New Dentist Money™ Podcast
Lee Slaton, vice president of the healthcare division at MDS Member Savings Program partner Smart Training, covers some of the most common misconceptions dentists have about OSHA compliance.
Listen to Podcast
Responding to a Cyber Attack
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services now has resources to help health care providers respond to a cyber attack. Download this useful checklist
Sugary Drink Tax Testimony
The MDS submitted testimony to the state legislature regarding An Act to Promote Healthy Alternatives to Sugary Drinks, which would enact an excise tax on all sugar-sweetened-beverages sold in Massachusetts.
Dentistry is a high-stress profession. Understanding how our stress response works and how to manage it can make the difference in maintaining a satisfying career.
Stay Up-to-Date on Legislation
Learn more about the status of the important legislation currently being heard on Beacon Hill that affects you and your dental practice. We also offer critical information on grassroots and political action initiatives.
Poll Shows Widespread Concern
A recent poll commissioned by the MDS revealed that 73% of Massachusetts respondents do not feel comfortable allowing mid-level dental practitioners to perform irreversible procedures (e.g., drilling and extractions) without direct supervision by a dentist.
Want to improve your leadership effectiveness and learn how to succeed in a changing dental practice landscape? A limited number of MDS members can attend at no charge. There is still time to apply! Kick-off is at Yankee 2018.
Member Assistance Center
The MDS Member Assistance Center (MAC) is ready for your call. Contact us today at 508.480.9797, option #5, to get your practice management questions answered.
Contact the MDS
You can request your card by calling the Member Assistance Center at 800.342.8747 or by filling out the online Membership Card Request Form.
MDS Online Store
Looking for a way to show off your MDS pride? Check out our new online store and order some high-quality, custom MDS apparel! Thanks to our partnership with Lands' End
, you'll receive a 10% discount.
How Do You Compare?
The Department of Public Health provides information annually to prescribers on how they are prescribing Schedule II and III opioids compared to prescribers within their specialty.
Labor Law Posters Update
Did you know that new mandatory changes have been made to the state's Wage and Hours Laws poster for 2017? If your poster doesn't reflect these updates, you are not in compliance.
Prescriber Enrollment Delayed
The CMS has once again delayed enforcement of the Medicare Part D prescriber enrollment requirement. Providers now need to enroll by January 2, 2019.