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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.
The MDS and Delta Dental Attend Legislator Briefing
Representatives from the MDS and Delta Dental of MA were invited to the State House on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, to brief legislators on the Delta Dental contract transition. MDS President Dr. Raymond Martin and member dentists Dr. John Gusha and Dr. Andrew Tonelli represented the MDS and discussed the coercive tactics employed by Delta Dental, along with other related contract concerns. Watch Dr. Andrew Tonelli Discuss Delta Dental of MA
in a video prepared for MDS Beacon Hill 2017 attendees.
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.
Beacon Hill Day
Bring your passion, your voice, and your energy to Beacon Hill Day on April 5, 2017! Only you can explain the importance of oral health to our legislators.
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.
Op-Ed: Addressing Access to Care Goes Beyond Midlevel Provider Issue
In an op-ed published in the March 2 Springfield Republican, MDS President-Elect Dr. David Lustbader explains the MDS's newly proposed oral health bill, which is a more comprehensive approach to addressing unmet dental needs in Massachusetts.
Now Accepting Applications for the MDS Guest Board Member Program
The MDS Guest Board Member Program offers an opportunity for dentists who have typically been underrepresented by the MDS to participate in Board of Trustee discussions and actions. Guest Board Members are able to offer opinions on all discussion topics and can participate in all Board functions.
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.