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SDDA Dentistry in South Dakota eNews

A monthly update from the South Dakota Dental Association  

Medicaid Reimbursements Increase on July 1st

Beginning July 1, dentists who treat patients on Medicaid will realize a significant increase in the reimbursement rate for the vast majority of care they provide. Sixty-three of the most commonly performed dental procedures will increase 20 percent from current rates. The new rates will be approximately 68% of commercial rates. Increased fees for Medicaid has been a focus of the SDDA's government affairs efforts for the past year. To view the new fee schedule click here.

Practice Act Changes Proposed by State Board of Dentistry

The South Dakota Board of Dentistry is in the midst of a rewrite of the South Dakota Dental Practice Act. It has been nearly 20 years since the last major update to the Practice Act. The SDDA has formed a task force to review the Board's proposed changes and to provide insight and recommendations to both the Board of Dentistry and the SDDA Board of Trustees. A draft of the Board's proposed changes can be requested from the Board at:contactus@sdboardofdentistry.com

Rosebud Dental Days Provides Care for More Patients

Eight SDDA member dentists and two dental students volunteered during Rosebud Dental Days, June 23-27. The event took place at the St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation. Most of the SDDA volunteers worked at the Mission's dental clinic, while others worked along side the staff of Delta Dental's mobile dental trucks. The next event at the Mission is slated for September 8-12.  Volunteers are still needed for that event. Volunteers are welcome to help out one day or all five days. Anyone interested in participating in the September event should contact Paul paul.knecht@sddental.org or Brenda brenda.goeden@sddental.org at the SDDA office.  

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
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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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