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Permanent link  Red Flags Rule Update


The U.S. House of Representatives Dec. 7 passed legislation exempting certain businesses, including dental practices, from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule. The Senate had already passed an identical bill the week before; the bill now awaits President Obama's signature, which is expected by the end of the month.

The Red Flags Rule requires financial institutions and creditors to develop a written plan to prevent and detect identify theft. An exemption for dental practices may save your practice hundreds of dollars in implementation costs to review and understand the identity theft rules and train your staff on compliance. In fact, the American Dental Association estimates the nationwide savings associated with this exemption to be $72 million for dental offices alone.

The legislation's passage was a result of the work of an ADA-led coalition of 28 dental, medical and business groups. Find more information about the Red Flags Rule here.


Permanent link  Reflecting on CDS Midwinter Meeting 2010 – see you in February 2011?


Now that Chicago has seen some lasting snowfall, it really does feel like the 146th Midwinter Meeting is getting closer. Have you registered yet?

As we prepare for the upcoming Midwinter Meeting, February 24 - 26, 2011, we'd like to reflect upon MWM 2010 with some thoughts from attendees. Dentists, hygienists, vendors and everyone in between has found each MWM to be a great resource for continuing education, product announcements and networking-why do you attend MWM?

View the video above for some thoughts from a few of our fans, then join us on Facebook to let us know why you attend the Midwinter Meeting.


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Permanent link  Red Flags update


The U.S. Senate acted unanimously yesterday to exempt certain businesses - including dental practices - from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule. The legislation was offered by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska).

Legislative action now heads to the House where dentist/Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Reps. John Adler (D-N.J.) and Paul Broun (R-Ga.) are expected to lead the charge in passing the Senate bill during Congress's lame-duck session.

Get more information about the Red Flags Rule from the American Dental Association.