CDC study: HPV vaccines could prevent most oropharyngeal cancers CDC study: HPV vaccines could prevent most oropharyngeal cancers
A recent article on Dr. Bicuspid.com reveals that "vaccines that are currently available for the human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent most oropharyngeal (OP) cancers in the U.S., according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Emerging Infectious Diseases, May 2014, Vol. 20:5, pp. 822-828). The retrospective study of patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) found that most were HPV-positive, especially for HPV types 16 and 18, and the majority of patients were white men."
Yakima Herald story on Medicaid features interviews with WSDA Members, Staff Yakima Herald story on Medicaid features interviews with WSDA Members, Staff
In a story titled Medicaid rates at root of dental care problems Yakima Herald reporter Molly Rosbach shines a light on the state's abysmal Medicaid reimbursement rates with the help of WSDA Members Drs. Michael Buehler and Mark Koday, with additional input from WSDA Vice President of Government Affairs Bracken Killpack. The article is is one of the best in recent memory. Read the Medicaid piece here.
ALLIANCE OF THE WSDA CREATES TWO FUNDS TO SUPPORT DENTAL COMMUNITY ALLIANCE OF THE WSDA CREATES TWO FUNDS TO SUPPORT DENTAL COMMUNITY
• All toothbrushes and project grants must be used for dental health in Washington state.
DQAC's July 2014 Newsletter published online DQAC's July 2014 Newsletter published online
Recently, the Dental Quality Assurance Comission (DQAC) released its July 2014 Newsletter. This issue focuses on corporate dental practices, rules on prescribing drugs, and a piece on informed consent, along with other timely articles. Both members of the Commission and Department of Health staff provide content for the newsletter.
DQAC also operates an interested parties listserv which sends subscribers important notifications on new laws, new and modified rules and Commission meetings and actions. Subscribing to the listerv is easy and can also be done by visiting the Department of Health website.
If you have any additional questions about regulatory information or DQAC, please contact WSDA's Government Affairs Coordinator, Mike Walsh at email@example.com or 800-448-3368.
Here is your last chance to win a 2015 PNDC Full Conference Badge! Here is your last chance to win a 2015 PNDC Full Conference Badge!
Your feedback is essential to the success of PNDC — We value your opinion! To be entered into the drawing for a free 2015 Full Conference Badge to the PNDC, just fill out the conference survey by July 31. Tell us about your experience at PNDC and help us make next year’s conference one to remember!
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.
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.
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.
WOHF NEEDS YOUR HELP IN WALLA WALLA! WOHF NEEDS YOUR HELP IN WALLA WALLA!
If you or anyone in your office is interested in donating some time to this community, please contact Ruth Abate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSDA Adds Medicaid Information Resources to Website WSDA Adds Medicaid Information Resources to Website
WSDA recently added a host of Medicaid resources to a new page on wsda.org. From how to get started as a Medicaid provider and understanding and using ProviderOne, to downloadable claim forms and much more useful information, the page will help any provider navigate the sometimes confusing system. Have a look today!
The August 9th Academy Course at the Salish Lodge is now full but spots are still available for the August 16th and 23rd courses at the Great Wolf Lodge and Cour d'Alene resort respectively.
Bring the family for a weekend getaway while racking up some CE credits (ps. it's a tax write o
WSDA OFFICE CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY ON JULY 4 WSDA OFFICE CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY ON JULY 4
The WSDA Office will be closed from noon on July 3, 2014 through July 4, 2014 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, July 7. Have a great holiday!