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SDDA Dentistry in South Dakota eNews

A monthly update from the South Dakota Dental Association  

What to do about Medicare

To ensure that patients on Medicare receive the services and supplies ordered for them by their dentist (or referral to a specialist) the dentist should do one of three things: 1. Enroll as a provider; 2.opt out of Medicare; or, 3. enroll as an ordering and referring provider. 

The ADA has developed a “decision tree” for helping providers decide which option is best: https://success.ada.org/en/practice/medicare/medicare/medicare-decision-infographic

For dentists who would like to enroll as an “ordering and referring provider”, this enrollment does not require the dentist's financial information because the dentist will not be directly bill Medicare. Here is the link to download the form for the limited enrollment: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/CMS-Forms/CMS-Forms/Downloads/cms855o.pdf
Mail the completed Medicare form to:

Noridian Healthcare Solutions

PO Box 6733

Fargo, ND 58108-6707




Medicare also has a site set up to help do the limited enrollment via the internet: http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/downloads/MedEnroll_OrderReferProv_FactSheet_ICN906223.pdf

Dentists may elect to opt out of the Medicare Program by privately contracting with Medicare-eligible patients and complete a Medicare opt-out affidavit. If you want to opt out, here is the link: https://success.ada.org/en/practice/medicare/medicare/opting-out-of-medicare

Volunteers Find St. Francis Mission  Rewarding

Member volunteers have noticed that the dental clinic at the St. Francis Mission is having an impact on the oral health of the members of Rosebud Sioux Tribe. While there are many patients seeking triage-style care for pain relief, the clinic has an established based of patients that now seek routine dental care. Volunteers are still needed for Rosebud Dental Days scheduled for July 20-24 and September 14-18, 2015. Beyond the Dental Days event, the clinic welcomes volunteers almost anytime. 

Dentists or staff who want to volunteer should contact Paul Knecht or Brenda Goeden at the SDDA office by calling 605-224-9133 or email to paul.knecht@sddental or brenda.goeden@sddental.org.


SDDA Office to be Closed

The SDDA staff will be attending software training in Washington, D.C. the week of June 8 - 12. The office will be closed that week. Staff will receive and respond to email throughout the week. Messages may be left on the office voicemail system. Urgent calls may be made to Paul's cell phone which is 605-280-2133.

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 Manager

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