Local dentists know that their membership in the Chicago Dental Society has its benefits.
They aim to educate more of their non-member colleagues at a Midwinter Meeting symposium Friday, Feb. 21, Are you getting the most out of your membership?
The program begins at 11 a.m. in Room W474A. It will last one hour and is open to all dentists and dental students who are attending the Midwinter Meeting. Attendees will not receive CE credit for their participation.
“We talk a lot about the power of three and the alignment of the tripartite,” longtime CDS member Michael Durbin said, speaking of the relationship among the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society and Chicago Dental Society. “This program is designed to overview what’s out there and present an argument for membership in organized dentistry. We want people to see the opportunities there are to save money, improve their practices and improve themselves through the features we offer.”
The symposium will feature a panel of CDS members sharing how they have used their member benefits at all stages of their careers.
“The best way to see the value of a CDS membership is to hear other members share their stories. They practice the same as you, work the same as you, and they have used organized dentistry to their advantage to improve their lives every day,” Dr. Durbin said.
He encourages members of organized dentistry to invite their non-member friends – and for both to stay and learn more about the benefits of membership.
He explained, “I want people to leave with an answer to the question, ‘how could I not be a member when I see everything that comes with it?’”
The Chicago Dental Society has recently received reports that
inspectors from the City of Chicago Water Department are visiting
dental offices citywide to check compliance with public health
In light of these reports, Illinois State Dental Society has provided the
following information to dentists statewide:
There are both statewide and city-specific codes
related to installation of backflow preventers. Since 1994, the
State of Illinois has required dentists to have a licensed plumber
install a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer (RPZ) on
each dental unit or group of dental units and on the dental vacuum
system, in order to protect the water system from potential health
hazards of human waste discharged during dental procedures from
flowing back into the water system.
The City of Chicago requires a backflow preventer on each dental
unit; other cities may only require a backflow preventer that
connects all units to the main water system.
In addition, dentists statewide should know that they are required
to have these backflow systems inspected annually by a licensed
ISDS has more information on the Illinois State requirements
and City of Chicago codes
.For more information
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Public Health's Office of Health
City of Chicago's Plumbing Inspection Division
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This just in, from Bridge to Healthy
Governor Pat Quinn signed
HB 489 into law which allows dentists who treat public aid
patients to opt into a health care provider deferred compensation
plan. This allows medical or health care providers enrolled
in Medicaid to except payment from the state to be deposited into a
tax deferral investment portfolio in lieu of direct payment for
services performed. This new law will provide opportunity for
low-middle income dental patients. This is similar to an existing
retirement savings plan offered to state employees, and is
currently allowed in four other states; Arkansas, Louisiana,
Florida and Mississippi.
This deferred compensation benefit will help
motivate providers "dentists" to enroll in the Medicaid program
which will help meet the demand of all those who need care.
Illinois has among the lowest funding rates in the nation for many
dental procedures and as a result patients are forced to delay
treatment or go without dental care altogether. This program brings
us a step closer to bridging the access to care gap.
access to care
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Illinois dentists, ISDS is calling on you to contact
Gov. Quinn about HB 2239, which repeals the 50% Illinois income tax
increase for partnerships, LLCs, and LLPs. Visit the
ISDS Capwiz page to send your message to the
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This just in--statement from ADA President Dr. Ronald Tankersley on Passage of HR 3763, which would exempt most dental practices and small businesses from the FTC's Red Flags Rule:
On behalf of the 157,000 members of the American Dental Association, I want to thank the principal sponsors of HR 3763 for the introduction and overwhelming House passage of this legislation. The bill, introduced by Rep. John Adler (D-N.J.), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), will exempt small businesses, including most private-practicing dentists, from the Federal Trade Commission's 'Red Flags Rule.' "After listening to health care providers from across the country, lawmakers confirmed that the original Red Flags legislation was not meant to apply to small businesses like the vast majority of dental practices, but rather it was intended to encourage large businesses like banks, credit firms and national retailers to implement best practices to protect customers' from identity theft. "Over the past year, the ADA worked with numerous health care organizations and small business groups in urging Congress to quickly fix this problem. We hope that the Senate acts with similar speed to protect dentists and other small businesses from being forced to work under the yoke of an FTC rule that was never intended to apply to them."
red flags rule
No matter what profession you are in, there is one important tenet one should always keep of the almost importance and that is ~ treat others the way you want to be treated…Such a simple standard of practice, that surely goes a very long way.
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