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COVID-19 Updates

Read about Extended Health Profession License Expiration Date
Read about COVID-19 Update from WSDA Leadership
Read about COVID-19 from the American Dental Association
Forthcoming Guidance to Postpone Elective Dental Care
Read about COVID-19 Update from WSDA Leadership
Read about COVID-19 from the American Dental Association
Read about PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR AMENDING PROCLAMATION 20-05
Read about Delta Dental of Washington Announces Member Financial Support Due to COVID-19
Read about COVID-19 Delta Dental Updates 4/17/2020
Read about COVID-19 Update from FDA
Read about COVID Webinars, Teledentistry & Emergency Care Guidance, Delta Financial Support
Read about DOSH Respirator Requirement Update and Fit Test Resources

The Governor’s new proclamation issued May 18, 2020 and the Governor’s medium website provides information for Reducing Restrictions on, and Safe Expansion of, Non-Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures.

The ADA, OSHA, and CDC, have published guidelines for healthcare providers. Here are some additional links.
CDC - Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment
CDC - Clinical Care Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CDC - Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
DOH – Resources for Healthcare providers

Apply for Provider Relief Funding Today


Earlier this month, July 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that non-Medicaid and CHIP providers are now able to apply to receive funding from the department's Provider Relief Fund. Dentists with Taxpayer Identification Numbers who qualify have until the extended deadline of Monday, Aug. 28 to apply for the funding.

In this ADA News article, Dr. Phillip Fijal, chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs, walks applicants through the process and shares tips on what to expect.
Apply now at cares.healthlink.com.


The dental commission is planning to meet on their regularly scheduled meeting date, June 5th. We are working daily to resolve our capacity issues for accessing the meeting and to meet the Open Public Meetings Act.

INDC Update

Hello,

After careful consideration and the health and safety of our attendees in mind, Spokane District Dental Society has decided to not reschedule the Inland Northwest Dental Conference this year. We look forward to welcoming you back next year. We will let you know when we have finalized dates for the conference in 2021. Your refund will be sent via original form of payment and you can expect that within the next 30 days. If you have any further questions please email info@spokanedentalsociety.org.

Thank you,
Spokane District Dental Society
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Liberty Lake, WA, 99019

Phone: 509-838-0436
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COVID-19 Delta Dental Updates

For COVID-19, Delta Dental is helping out their Providers in a few different ways:



Grants: We are focusing on brand new practices, recently graduated dental professionals, recently expanded dental offices and those dental offices in smaller communities. This program will allow a maximum of $15,000 per practice from DDWA to them to help keep them afloat during this time. We’ll be giving away a total of $10 million dollars in grant dollars. As of 4/2, there were approximately 1,000 applications for grants that had come in since this announcement that went out on 3/26.

We now pay for tele-dentistry, which we have not paid for in the past.

Payment Advances – we have calculated out 25% of each dentist’s average weekly reimbursement for claims. We will provide that dollar amount to dental offices to help pay for expenses, etc. while they are forced to have their doors closed for preventive services. Here is the article that the ADA picked up: Delta Dental member companies begin offering financial assistance during pandemic


Here is a reminder of the changes Delta Dental is starting to make with Provider fees:

•  We are moving from approximately 20,000 unique fee schedules across the state down to 50. The change will result in a fee increase for most dentists, which will be the first increase in 9 years. In fact, 9 years ago, we decreased their fees.
•  This new model will set the providers up to earn more reimbursement based on more preventive treatment patterns.
•  This supports our mission of no one being left behind.
•  Average fee increase is 2-5% for each dentist, with dentists in Eastern WA more toward the 5% increase level.
•  Applies to both PPO and Premier dentists.
•  The first phase is to General Dentists and Pediatric Dentists effective June 1, on a voluntary basis and accounts for about 1,100 dentists.
•  What I like about this is the fact employers and dentists will now have the same mission and ultimately, patients will benefit.

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