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Contacts and Connections - May 2015

Pictured above at the American Dental Association Recruitment and Retention Conference are (front row from left) Dr. Vincent Lizzio; Dr. Jason Golnick; (middle row from left) Dr. Vaijanthi Oza; Dr. Constance Smith; Dr. Jason Mashni; Dr. Litsa Karaouzas; Dr. Elizabeth Ralstrom; Dr. Veronica Hamilton; Dr. Naila Farooq; Dr. Yu-Ju Rita Yang; (back row from left) Dr. Michael Towler, Dr. Basam Shamo, Dr. Rosolino Sclafani; Dr. Samuel Blanchard; and Dr. Catherine Nelson. Not pictured is Dr. Gregory Heintschel.

SPOTLIGHT: Michigan Dental Association’s Leadership Development and Exploration (LEAD) Program

Drawing from best practices throughout the country, the MDA launched its Leadership Development and Exploration (LEAD) program last fall. The program exposes participants to leadership in organized dentistry through a comprehensive hands-on experience.  Over the 20 months of the LEAD program, they engage in association volunteerism and leadership at the local, state and national levels, and provide input through meeting participation and group projects.  For more information on the program, contact the Michigan Dental Association at 800.589.2632.


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ADA Recruitment and Retention Award Photos

Congratulations to all of the societies who won awards at the 2015 ADA Recruitment and Retention Conference.  Copies of the award photos from the conference have been uploaded to ADA Connect.  Please see copyright information for use:

Copyright notice:
When using these photos, in a publication or Web site, please include the following photo credit:
Photos courtesy ADA News. © 2015 American Dental Association
No copyright information is necessary for photos printed for personal use. If you have questions about what is permitted use, please contact Judy Jakush, Editor, ADA News,, 312.440.2780.
The ADA name should not be used in connection with a product or other commercial entity without specific, written permission from the ADA. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Medicare Updates to Share with your Membership

The Center Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be extending to January 1, 2016 the effective date by which dentists must have either enrolled or officially opted out of Medicare in order for prescriptions they write to be covered by Medicare Part D. This proposed rule would also require Part D plans to cover a "provisional supply" of up to 90 days of a medication prescribed by a doctor who has not enrolled or opted out. A Part D plan must notify the beneficiary in writing within three business days that the medication is being covered on a provisional basis because of the prescriber's current Medicare status. Part D plans must also make reasonable efforts to notify the prescriber. After covering the provisional supply and providing the notice to the beneficiary, the Part D plan will be required to reject future claims for the same medication for that beneficiary if the prescription is from the same prescriber.
Note that for a dentist to meet the January 1, 2016 effective date, they must submit their application at least 90 days before this date to allow sufficient time for processing.
 “Opting out” is not an option for any provider who treats patients in a Medicare Advantage plan and wishes their patients to receive the benefit from the MA plan. This is true whether the provider is in-network for the MA plan or not (for PPO-type MA plans). There is a limited exception for emergency or urgent care situations. The MA organization is required to check the opt out list on a regular basis. A dentist who opts out for the first time may be able to terminate the opt out by taking the necessary steps within 90 days of the effective date of the opt out affidavit. Enrolling either using the 855I (full enrollment) or the 855O (ordering and referring provider) are valid options for a dentist treating patients with an MA plan. If a non-contracted dentist enrolls in Medicare using the 855i this does not mean the dentist is now an MA plan participant i.e. in-network for the MA plan.
The video on CPS continues to be the most accurate information on this topic (other than the change in date noted above) 
Please direct any questions to



New Dentist Outreach Resources

Help engage new dentists in your societies. Two new resources are now available to support your new dentist outreach efforts:

  1. Fostering New Dentists in Leadership: Talking points to aid discussion on the value of new dentists in leadership
  2. Engage New Dentists in Micro-volunteering: Ideas to increase new dentist involvement in organized dentistry in easy ways

Reminder: New Dentists receive 50% off all ADA CE Online using the promo code promo code 482153.



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Resources to Help Promote the ADA New Dentist Conference

Registration for the ADA’s New Dentist Conference opened on May 13, 2015.  The ADA’s New Dentist Conference is a great way to engage new dentists in organized dentistry and offers outstanding CE and networking opportunities.  To help promote to the Conference, please see the following resources on ADA Connect:

Three promotional templates:

  1. An email template written in first person to copy and paste into an email
  2. A template to use in for online and print newsletters
  3. A shortened version of the online and newsletter template 

Also included are versions of the NDC meeting logo for use. Please see posted logo use guidelines on ADA Connect.  If you have any questions, please contact your Outreach Manager.  

Quarterly Reports on ADA Connect

First quarter reports are up on ADA Connect. Take a moment to compare where your society’s numbers from first quarter, 2014 to first quarter, 2015. Contact your Outreach Manager with any questions.

Save the Dates for Management Conference Week

The Annual Management Conference Week, ADA Headquarters, Chicago is set for Monday through Thursday, July 20-23, 2015.  The focus will be on Advancing the Power of Three -- building on various forums held this year and last with dental society leaders and management.

As in the past, the Conference sessions, July 22-23, will provide solid content and networking opportunities for executives from state and local associations as well as related organizations.

Visit for online registration, housing and details.  For more information contact Ron Polaniecki,, ext. 2599.

Save the Dates for the 2016 Membership Recruitment and Retention Conference

Mark your calendar for Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, 2016 for the Membership Recruitment and Retention Conference, hosted by the Council on Membership, at ADA Headquarters, Chicago. Conference participants are also invited to the pre-conference “Meet and Greet” social event on Thursday, April 7. 

For more information, contact Ron Polaniecki, manager, Leadership Team Services,, ext. 2599.

2015 Nonrenew Calling Program Kicks Off

The 2015 Nonrenew Calling Campaign kicked off on May 8. This year 42 states are participating, up slightly from 2014. Comnet Marketing Group, the vendor the ADA has used in the past, will be reaching out to nonrenews in the participating states to ask if they’re planning to renew their membership for 2015. Callers are able to take credit card payments or verbal pledges to renew, and all information is made available to states via secure server.

If your state plans to participate, but has not returned its script or calling list, please send to Laura McDougal at so we can get your program started.



Inform your Members of a Leadership Training Opportunity: ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program

Heralded by ADAKEMP alums as "well worth the time and money," the ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program (ADAKEMP) is a three-week (12 ½ days) intensive business education program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. The program is designed for dentists to learn the core principles of an MBA program. Register today!

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