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Dental Shortage Areas

There are a number of areas in South Dakota that have been designated as Dental Health Profession Shortage Areas in South Dakota.  Dentists locating in these areas may qualify for financial incentives including loan repayment through the National Health Service Corps.  Many of these areas have an existing private practicing dentist, community health center dental clinic, or an Indian Health Service dental clinic. 

A map of Dental Health Profession Shortage Areas in South Dakota can be viewed on the SD Department of Health web site athttp://doh.sd.gov/RuralHealth/shortage.aspx.
 
To learn about the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program go to: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/.
 

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Dentists Enroll in Medicare?
 
Most dental services are not covered by Medicare; therefore, most dentists are not enrolled in Medicare. However, to ensure that patients on Medicare receive the services and supplies ordered for them by their dentist, SDDA members should enroll In Medicare.  Dentists may utilize a simplified process of enrollment in Medicare because the dentist will not be directly billing Medicare. Members should enroll by filling out short form: CMS-855-O and mailing it to South Dakota's Medicare administrative contractor:
Noridian Healthcare Solutions

PO Box 6733

Fargo, ND 58108-6707
 
For more information on why dentists need to enroll, or opt, out of Medicare go to http://success.ada.org/en/
 
 

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