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National Provider Identifier (NPI)

Anyone who uses standard electronic transactions, like electronic claims, eligibility verifications, claims status inquiries and claim attachments, is required by federal law to use NPIs on all electronic transactions. In addition, those dentists who use only paper, voice and fax to transmit these communications may find NPIs useful or necessary for other reasons. The ADA encourages all dentists to obtain and use a NPI, particularly those using (or planning to use) electronic transactions. The NPI will replace other identification numbers issued by health plans and will be required for electronic transactions and, at insurers' discretion, for paper transactions. Dentists can apply online at https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov/NPPES/Welcome.do .
 

SDDA News

Changes to the Dental Practice Act Proposed

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:sdboardofdentistry.com