For the past 12 years, WSDA Member and Loma Linda Dental School Adjunct Professor Dr. Kim Nordberg has been making short term dental mission trips to Guatemala and El Salvador with a group that has included his sons Peder and Eric; students from dental schools at Loma Linda, USC and UCLA; and fellow dentists from the Christian Medical Dental Association of Southern California.
The Washington State Dental Association has named Mr. Bracken Killpack as its Executive Director, effective January 2, 2015. Killpack will succeed Mr. Stephen Hardymon when he retires after 21 years as WSDA’s Executive Director. Killpack joined the organization in 2006 and currently serves as the Association’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, a position he has held for the past three years.
At the beginning of the month the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced that effective September 1, 2014, there will be a rate reduction for Medicaid’s orthodontic program for children. The new rates are now available on the HCA’s website. The HCA later announced that this rate reduction will not affect cases that were banded for treatment prior to September 1, 2014 and that the lower rate will only apply to cases banded on or after that date. It is important for providers to note that this rate reduction does not apply to cleft palate cases. View a copy of the August 14, 2014 correspondence from the HCA outlining these modifications.
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