The Washington State Dental Association was recently awarded three prestigious Golden Apple awards from the American Dental Association: for Achievement in Dental School/Student Involvement in Organized Dentistry; Promoting Diversity and Inclusion; and an additional award in an open category for “The ACA and You,” an insert that appeared in the WSDA News. The awards, now in their 26th year, are given to constituent and component dental societies in recognition for their leaders, members and staff. Mr. Stephen Hardymon, Executive Director of the WSDA said, “This is a direct reflection of the hard work by the Board and the staff in setting a very high standard for others to follow. I would like to congratulate them for thinking outside the box, taking calculated risks and not accepting average as a standard.”
Washington Healthplanfinder is offering a special enrollment period for people who have experienced difficulty enrolling in individual medical insurance through Washington’s Exchange, or who have had billing or payment issues.
The special enrollment period will run through November 14. Only people who attest to having enrollment, billing, or payment issues with an Exchange plan may change plans during this time.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a final rule that reclassifies hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) such as Vicodin from Schedule III to Schedule II drugs. Effective October 6, 2014, this reclassification will have an impact on dentist’s ability to prescribe HCPs. Dentists that currently hold a Schedule III DEA registration will need to re-register with the DEA for Schedule II authority in order to continue prescribing hydrocodone combination products.