What's New

Language Assistance Services Requirements

Section 1557 requires a notice of nondiscrimination and taglines in the top 15 non-English languages.

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ADA Passes Specialties Resolution

The ADA House of Delegates recently passed a resolution that permits dentists to announce as specialists recognized in their jurisdictions (e.g., cosmetic dentistry) even if it's not one of the ADA's nine recognized dental specialties. 

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Beacon Hill Day

Bring your passion, your voices, and your energy to Beacon Hill. Only you can explain the importance of oral health to our legislators!

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Engage: Contact the DOI

The Division of Insurance (DOI) and Attorney General's Office (AGO) need to investigate the recent actions by Delta Dental of MA. Ask your legislators to support the MDS in its efforts to have the DOI and AGO investigate the newest changes by Delta. 

Call both offices directly:
DOI - 877.563.4467
AGO - 617.727.2200

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Delta Dental Hosted Webinar

Delta Dental of Massachusetts will be hosting a webinar to learn more about the new network and what it means for your practice.
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Delta Update Antitrust

In our continuing effort to advocate for our members with regard to the Delta Dental of Massachusetts 2017 agreement, the MDS sought the counsel of our legal team, Goulston & Storrs, to clarify the extent to which a dental association such as the MDS can be involved in contracts. Please read the response from Goulston & Storrs, as it specifically explains why the MDS cannot legally advise members on contracts.

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MDS Takes Legislative Action

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) submitted two legislative bills on behalf of our membership.

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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. 

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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. 

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Narcotic Drug Definition Clarification

Dentists and other prescribers are required by the new state law to utilize the Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT) each time a prescription is issued for a Schedule II or III narcotic drug, as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 94c of the Massachusetts General Laws. Some prescribers refer to these Schedule II or III drugs as opioids. No matter how you classify them, you need to know which drugs require MassPAT action.
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New PMP Rules

All dentists must now check the state's new MassPAT prescription monitoring program each time you prescribe a Schedule II-III opioid to a patient. Dentists must continue to check MassPAT the first time you prescribe a benzodiazepine to a patient. 

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Response Letter with Respect to MDS Hearing Request

Read Delta’s response to the DOI to the MDS response to its first letter to the Commissioner.

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Ten Under 10

The Ten Under 10 recognition program highlights changing demographics and the impact that new dentists are having on practice settings. To qualify for the honor, dentists must have graduated from dental school within the past 10 years and have made a significant contribution to the profession, their community, and/or organized dentistry.
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