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Medicaid Audits: Will your practice be next?

If you’re a general dentist or a specialist accepting Medicaid in the state of Washington, you may soon be the target of a federally mandated audit of your practice devised to ferret out fraud by providers in the system.

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An Appeal From WSDA President Dr. David Minahan

Your profession needs your help. From October 23-26, the Seattle/King County community, working in conjunction with Remote Area Medical (RAM), will conduct a four day charity event at the Seattle Center. A large number of people needing dental care are expected and we need you and your staff to help us treat them. Equipment, instruments, supplies, meals, snacks and parking are provided. All you need to do is come and contribute your expertise, skills and compassion! You can volunteer for one day, two days, or all four days. We just need you and your team there! Register now please.

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Tramadol Reclassification: What it means to you

As of August 18, 2014, tramadol and products containing tramadol will be classified as Schedule IV. Tramadol is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain and is sometimes prescribed by oral surgeons for patients recovering from oral surgery. According to the DEA, a Schedule IV drug is a drug with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence.  Examples of Schedule IV drugs are Valium, Ativan, Ambien and Xanax.

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MEDICAID NEWS: Revalidation, FastAttach

In compliance with federal regulations within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the Health Care Authority (HCA) will be conducting Medicaid provider revalidations. The HCA is required to revalidate providers at least once every five years with an expectation to revalidate 20 percent of enrolled providers each year. The revalidation process is aimed at preventing Medicaid fraud and abuse.

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