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Permanent link  State starts paying some back dental bills


Good news for dentists who have been waiting for payments impacted by State of Illinois budget impasse. The Illinois State Dental Society has alerted members about an update on the Delta Dental web site about payments to dentists with patients covered by the State of Illinois Dental Plan.

Dental Dental announced that it has been working with the state's Illinois Department of Central Management Services and that a solution has been found that will "provide interim relief —and some certainty—over the next few months for both our network and non-network dentists."

The entire notice can be found here:





Permanent link  Classified ad sales to close temporarily beginning Sept. 21


Classified Ad Sales Alert

Attention all classified advertisers: CDS will be closing classified advertising sales at 4 p.m. (central) Wednesday, Sept. 21, in preparation for transitioning to a newly redesigned website. Users will still be able to view ads already placed on our site during this period – only ad sales will be affected. The new website is scheduled to launch the first week of October, barring any unforeseen problems. Classified advertisers will then be able to place their ads online.


Permanent link  Important alert for dental practices treating non-English-speaking patients


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights has ruled that, under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), covered entities are required to post notices of nondiscrimination and taglines that alert individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) to the availability of language assistance services. Your dental practice is a “covered entity” if you receive certain kinds of government funds, such as reimbursement under Medicaid, or CHIP, or “meaningful use” payments. In addition, the government has taken the position that final rule applies to a dental practice that receives reimbursement under Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C), whether the plan reimburses the dentist or the patient.

Section 1557 of the ACA is designed to protect individuals from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping. Section 1557 is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the federal agency that enforces HIPAA.

Many provisions of the rule went into effect July 18, while others take effect October 16 – so if you are covered, you need to start preparing.

The Illinois State Dental Society has prepared “fill in the blanks” documents for use in your dental office in the top 15 non-English languages spoken in Illinois:

For more details, log on to and enter “1557” in the site search for webinar information, FAQs and a checklist. Sample materials are also available on the HHS website.


Permanent link  View photos from our New Dentist Rooftop Reception


2016 New Dentist Rooftop photos

More than 200 members in practice for 10 years or less enjoyed a beautiful evening at the New Dentist Rooftop Reception at the Loews Chicago Hotel, Thursday, Aug. 25. 

The annual free new dentist event took place on the Streeterville Terrace. CDS members experienced a nearly perfect summer evening in Chicago while enjoying hors d'ouevres, fine wine and the camaraderie of former classmates and current colleagues. Drawings were held for a number of prizes. The winners included:

  • Monica Urda ($100 restaurant gift card donated by the Chicagoland Smile Group)
  • Megan Davenport ($100 Visa card donated by Cutting Edge Practice)

The following won $25 Starbucks gift cards: 

  • Joann Kochikaran
  • Tanya Ranginwala
  • Anastasia Haupt
  • Allison Everett
  • Liz Kaminsky
  • Christopher Zwiercan
  • Alena Bukhar
  • Jonelle Doctor
  • Manika Agarwal
  • Jordan Ledger

This event was sponsored by the Chicago Dental Society, Bank of America Practice Solutions, Carr Healthcare Realty, Chicagoland Smile Group, Cutting Edge Practice and Southpoint Insurance. 

Find more photos on Flickr.


Permanent link  ADA announces Issues Alert on Section 1557 of Affordable Care Act


The American Dental Association announced the following Issues Alert to its members on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act:

By now, you may have heard the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has said that it will not delay enforcement of the final rule issued under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. You can read more about their decision in ADA News.

While it was previously understood that providers that accept certain federal funds, including Medicaid or CHIP, must comply with the rule, the Office of Civil Rights has taken the position that providers that receive reimbursement from a Medicare Advantage plan are covered by the final rule.

Many provisions of the rule went into effect July 18 and others take effect October 16, so if you are covered you will want to begin preparing today. One proactive step to take is to register now for the ADA's webinar, Understanding Section 1557, to be held August 30 at noon (CST).

Here are five reasons you'll want to participate in the webinar:

  1. The ADA's team will share top takeaways about the rule
  2. You will hear a review of the ADA's advocacy efforts surrounding this rule
  3. The team will pass along practical tips for implementing compliance
  4. You can earn CERP credit for participating in the webinar
  5. There will be time dedicated to Q&A following the webinar

Register now for Understanding Section 1557 and familiarize yourself with ADA member resources at