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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


Permanent link  CDS helps at back-to-school health fairs



Chicago Dental Society members have been busy this time of year helping out with materials and dental services at health fairs to make sure students have good dental health as the kids and their parents get ready to go back to school.

CDS members Sherece Thompson and Akintunde Bowden were on hand July 30 at the Back2School Health and Wellness Festival at South Central Community Services in Chicago. The health fair was sponsored by State Sen. Donne Trotter and co-sponsored by State Rep. Marcus Evans Jr., State Rep. Elgie Sims Jr., and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore. The dentists provided dental services and participants, including students, families and seniors, received dental supplies as well.

CDS also provided dental screenings and dental care materials on Aug. 11 at Avondale/Logandale School in Chicago where Majority Caucus Whip State Sen. Iris Y. Martinez held her annual Family Wellness and Back to School Fair. Co-sponsors of the fair were with State Rep. Jaime Andrade, Jr., Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr.

CDS members Trucia Drummond, Barbara Mousel, Joanne Oppenheim, Vicky Ursitti, Sharon Perlman, as well as other volunteers from the Illinois State Dental Society and the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association, attended the health fair and provided services.  

See a photo album of the events at the CDS Flickr page:


Permanent link  New Dentist Rooftop Reception: Thursday Aug. 25


 2016 New Dentist Rooftop Reception

Enjoy an evening of cocktails and conversation with your contemporaries Thursday, Aug. 25, 6 - 9 p.m. on the Streeterville Terrace of the Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 N. Park Dr., Chicago.

This event is free to CDS members in practice for 10 years or less. RSVP by Thursday, Aug. 18 to Joanne Girardi, CDS Director of Member Services. 

CDS thanks the following for their sponsorship contributions:

Abrix logo     BAPS logo

Carr logo    Chicagoland Smile Group logo


Cutting Edge logo     Southpoint Insurance logo


Permanent link  Anti-discrimination rule implemented as part of Affordable Care Act


The Office for Civil Rights has issued a final rule that prohibits health care entities that receive certain federal financial assistance from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The rule went into effect on July 18 and implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. It requires affected entities, like dental practices, to take steps such as providing meaningful access and effective communications for patients with limited English proficiency and/or disabilities. It also includes posting taglines and nondiscrimination notices in dental offices, on practice websites and in significant publications and communications by Oct. 16.

Recognizing the burden that has been placed on members, and in view of unanswered questions about the final rule, the American Dental Association sent a letter to the Office for Civil Rights requesting an extension of the implementation deadline. The letter also requested additional relief for smaller practices. The ADA had previously raised similar concerns, among other objections, when the rule was originally proposed last September, but the concerns did not appear to have been addressed in the final rule.

Read the letter and learn about resources the ADA has developed to assist members with compliance.


Permanent link  CDS mourns death of Henry Mathews, 1973-74 CDS president


We are saddened to report that former CDS President, Dr. Henry J. Mathews, passed away July 9 at Augustana Regent Assisted Living in Burnsville Minnesota where he resided. He was surrounded by family members and passed peacefully. Dr. Mathews turned 100 on Oct. 9. He is survived by his three children Beth Wiersma, Jeanne Dahlgren and Jim Mathews.

Dr. Mathews was President of the Chicago Dental Society in 1973-74. He was elected Secretary of the Past President’s Club in 1984 and served in that position through February 1991. Dr. Mathews was President of the Englewood Branch in 1958-59 and served on the CDS Board of Directors as Englewood Branch Director from 1965-68. He was also involved in numerous committees at the branch level. 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held for Dr. Mathews July 17 at Augustana Regent in Burnsville Minnesota. 
Dr. Mathews along with his wife Floretta, who passed away in January 2013, will be interned with full honors at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood on July 19.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution has been made on behalf of the CDS Board of Director, Past Presidents and staff to Grace Lutheran Church in Western Springs. 

The family has requested that any additional donations made in Dr. Mathew’s honor be directed to one of the following:

Grace Lutheran Church
4101 Wolf Rd.
Western Springs, IL 60558

Augustana Regent/Burnsville
14500 Regent Lane 

Burnsville, MN 55306

Concordia University

7400 Augusta St.
River Forest, IL 60305

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family of Dr. Henry Mathews, 14500 Regent Lane, Apt 326, Burnsville, MN 55306-5559.

Henry Mathews

Dr. Mathews pictured with Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley in 1974.