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SDDA Dentistry in South Dakota eNews

A monthly update from the South Dakota Dental Association  

Legislative Receptions Scheduled in Sioux Falls and Rapid City

At least two District Dental Societies will host receptions for newly elected legislators in their communities. The receptions are an essential element of the SDDA overall legislative activities for the 2015 Legislative Session. The receptions provide an opportunity for members to meet and interact directly with their local legislators. Personal contacts with legislators will be invaluable during the 2015 Session as the Legislature considers the adoption of major revisions to the Dental Practice Act. The two receptions scheduled at this time are:

Southeastern District - in Sioux Falls on Monday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. 
Black Hills District in Rapid City on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m.
After Hours Emergency Availability

SDDA members are reminded that they are expected to follow the ethical standard set by the American Dental Association when it comes to providing emergency care to patients after normal office hours. The ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct states “Dentists shall be obliged to make reasonable arrangements for the emergency care of their patients of record”. A message directing patients to the emergency room is not a reasonable arrangement for the emergency care of patients.

The Board of Trustees recommends that members review their office’s policy for the emergency care of patients to ensure you are complying with our Code of Professional Conduct.

Secure Email Still Eluding Some Dental Offices

We continue to receive questions concerning HIPAA requirements regarding the secure transmission of patient health information (PHI). Late last year the SDDA set out to find a solution that would provide dental offices with a simple way to communicate PHI with other offices and patients. There are a multitude of encryption services available and the cost and functionality of those services varies greatly. A task force of SDDA members believes there is one technology that would provide a seamless experience for communication between providers without portals or other inconvenient methods. 

The SDDA endorsed a local company (Longscope Consulting – Rapid City) to provide secure transmission solutions for our members. Longscope provides encryption solutions using ZIX Corp’s email encryption technology and has put together special pricing and exceptional service for our members. Along with these features, if you contact providers that are not on the service they will receive a portal that has been custom branded for the SDDA. Longscope would be glad to assist members with a demo or answer any questions you may have. Go to www.longscopeconsulting.com/sdda , or call them at 605-939-0988, or email at sdda@longscopeconsulting.com for further information. They have also scheduled a webinar for members to learn more about secure email on October 9, 2014 at 12:30PM CST/11:30AM MTN. Signup at www.longscopeconsulting.com/sdda .


Continuing Education

For the list of state-wide dental continuing education go to: http://www.sddental.org/cont_ed_statewidece.htm

SDDA eNews is a convenient and cost-effective method to share timely information with SDDA members. Most information found in eNews is a summary of  larger news stories. Members wanting more indepth information should either follow the links provided within the news stories or visit the SDDA web site at
http://www.sddental.org/ .

Editor: Paul Knecht

South Dakota Dental Association
804 N Euclid, Ste. 103
Pierre SD 57501
Telephone: 605-224-9133
Fax: 605-224-9168
Website: www.sddental.org

Paul Knecht
Executive Director
Tia Hertel
Member Services Coordinator
Brenda Goeden
Program Coordinator

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