Sugary Drink Tax Testimony
The MDS submitted testimony to the state legislature regarding An Act to Promote Healthy Alternatives to Sugary Drinks, which would enact an excise tax on all sugar-sweetened-beverages sold in Massachusetts.
Want to help recruit a new member and get rewarded for your efforts? The MDS encourages you to take advantage of the ADA Member-Get-a-Member campaign, which rewards eligible recruiters with a $100 gift card for each new, active member recruited.
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Delta Salaries Highlighted
Yesterday's Boston Globe article on Delta Dental executives’ pay shows that MDS efforts are having an impact. MDS encourages you to share this article with your legislators and help us move the MDS Delta multipronged strategy forward.
Members Have a Blast at the Color Run
The team, sponsored by the Dentist Health and Wellness Committee, ran and walked through the winding course while being dusted with colorful chalk.
Stress Management for Practicing Clinicians
Dentistry is a high-stress profession. Understanding how our stress response works and how to manage it can make the difference in maintaining a satisfying career.
Stay Up-to-Date on Legislation
Learn more about the status of the important legislation currently being heard on Beacon Hill that affects you and your dental practice. We also offer critical information on grassroots and political action initiatives.
Poll Shows Widespread Concern with Unsupervised Mid-Level Providers
A recent poll commissioned by the MDS revealed that 73% of Massachusetts respondents do not feel comfortable allowing mid-level dental practitioners to perform irreversible procedures (e.g., drilling and extractions) without direct supervision by a dentist. The poll results were featured in Dentistry IQ
, Worcester Business Journal
, and The Boston Globe
The MDS Advocates for Medical Loss Ratio Transparency
On May 16, President-elect Dr. David Lustbader testified before the Joint Committee on Financial Services about An Act Relative to Medical Loss Ratio for Insurance Corporations. If passed, carriers will be required to file rate changes and medical loss ratios with the Division of Insurance, which would reject plans with excessive premiums or medical loss ratios less than 80%.
Ten Under 10
In the latest issue of the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society
, meet the 10 members selected by the New Dentist Committee
as the 2017 Ten Under 10-the future of the dental profession and organized dentistry. See page 38.
The Successful MDS Leadership Institute Evolves
Gain the tools and insight needed to improve your leadership effectiveness and learn to think strategically about emerging institutional and informational needs, changing expectations, new technologies, and your long-range plans. The MDS will offer full-paid scholarships on a first-come first-serve basis.
The MDS Member Assistance Center (MAC)
The MDS Member Assistance Center (MAC) is ready for your call. Contact us today at 508.480.9797, option #5, to get your practice management questions answered. Our growing MAC team is also making outbound calls to members. Let us know how we can help support you and your practice.
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Pain Management for the Dentist: We've Got You Covered
Were you unable to attend the April 12 session of the MDS complimentary pain management webinar? As an exclusive member benefit, you have the opportunity to watch the recorded session and qualify for 2 CE credits. Please note: You must take and pass the exam at the end of the webinar recording to qualify. This program meets the statutory pain management CE requirement for BORID.
Consider Making a Contribution to the MDS-PAC Today!
The MDS Political Action Committee (MDS-PAC) works to support pro-dentistry legislators, candidates, and initiatives in an effort to promote positive public policy, protect the interests of dentistry at the State House, and ensure informed decision making on Beacon Hill.
Learn About the Issues
Unable to attend Beacon Hill Day? You can still be a part of the MDS grassroots effort! Learn about the issues your MDS colleagues will be discussing with legislators at the State House by watching videos with MDS members breaking it all down. Then think about hosting a morning coffee hour meeting with your local legislator.
Receive a complimentary MDS t-shirt or hat when you request your 2017 membership card! (While supplies last.) You can request your card by calling the Member Assistance Center at 800.342.8747 or by filling out the online Membership Card Request Form.
Go Shopping at the MDS Online Store
Looking for a way to show off your MDS pride? Check out our new online store and order some high-quality, custom MDS apparel! Thanks to our partnership with Lands' End
, you'll receive a 10% discount.
Dentaquest Resolves Claim-Processing Issue
Dentaquest, the third-party administrator for MassHealth, has resolved a recent claim-processing issue that may have resulted in denials for some services. It is recommended that MassHealth providers resubmit claims for denials received from December 15, 2016–February 12, 2017, for members not eligible, as some may be eligible for payment. There are no exceptions to the 90-day filing limit.
Opioid Prescriptions: How Do You Compare?
The Department of Public Health provides information annually to prescribers on how they are prescribing Schedule II and III opioids compared to prescribers within their specialty. Those who prescribed at least one Schedule II and III opioid in 2016 will receive their provider trend notification by March 1, 2017. All MassPAT users will be notified by email; those not registered in MassPAT will be notified by mail.
Labor Law Posters Update
Did you know that new mandatory changes have been made to the state's Wage and Hours Laws poster for 2017? These include reporting pay, minimum wage, hourly service rate, rights of temporary workers, rights of domestic workers, public works and public construction workers, and domestic violence leave. If your poster doesn't reflect these updates, you are not in compliance.
BCBSMA Contract: Action Required
Any questions specific to your individual contract should be directed to your BCBSMA dental networking manager at 800.882.1178, option 4.
Medicare Part D Prescriber Enrollment Delayed
The CMS has once again delayed enforcement of the Medicare Part D prescriber enrollment requirement. Providers now need to enroll by January 2, 2019.
MetLife EFT Policy Change
MetLife told the ADA that dentists can opt-out of EFT reimbursements if they do not have the technology to support it.