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FAQs Surrounding Denver’s Clinical Setting Vaccine Mandate
August 6, 2021 

In response to the City and County of Denver’s PHO mandating employees in clinical settings (including dental practices) be vaccinated by September 30, they have released updated FAQs including the enforcement agency, what counts as proof of vaccination and more.

In addition, MDDS has engaged with a local human resource attorney, Gary Benson, Esq., to answer questions including how the PHO will be enforced, who the PHO applies to, how to tell if your personnel are vaccinated, etc. 

MDDS will continue to engage with local public health authorities and other subject matter experts to provide the dental community with the most up to date information.   

City of Denver Vaccine Update
August 3, 2021 

On Monday, August 2, 2021, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock held a press conference and Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) released an updated public health order in response to the Delta variant and rise in COVID-19 positive cases. 

The PHO requires, “personnel of the following entities, or types of entities, to be fully vaccinated by September 30, 2021.” The entities include the following in the City and County of Denver: care facilities; hospitals; clinical settings; limited healthcare settings; homeless shelters; correctional facilities; schools; childcare centers and services; entity providing home care to patients and any entity providing first responder services. 

The PHO goes on to describe “clinical settings” as, “ambulance service centers, urgent care centers, non-ambulatory surgical structures, clinics, dentist offices, doctor offices, and non-urgent care medical structures.”

The Metro Denver Dental Society is in contact with a human resource attorney, the Colorado Dental Association and the appropriate public health authorities for further clarification. We will disseminate updates and pertinent details surrounding implementation and implications as soon as they become available.  

Updated Mask Guidance
May 18, 2021 

In the past week both the CDC and the State of Colorado have updated mask wearing guidelines.

CDC guidelines are recommendations and can be superseded by state and local orders. On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis relaxed mask wearing requirements for those who are fully vaccinated with Executive Order D 2021 103. 

In addition, over the weekend, Public Health Order 20-38 was released. This order supersedes PHO 20-36 and PHO 20-29, which the dental community is most familiar. PHO 20-38 further enforces the above-mentioned executive order.

12th Amended PHO 20-29 Released
March 11, 2021 

The latest revision of PHO 20-29 made substantial changes and the CDA and Colorado Dental Hygienists’ Association (CODHA) are working together to obtain additional guidance from CDPHE and DORA.

The PHO that for the past year has been up to 26 pages in length is now three pages long and has removed its former guidelines and requirements for dental providers and offices. Only hospital requirements remain in PHO 20-29.

10th Amended PHO 20-29 Released
January 14, 2021 

The latest revision to Public Health Order (PHO) 20-29 was released yesterday. Sections with noted changes are listed below. We encourage you to read the order in it’s entirety. 

  • N95 Fit Testing
  • Infection Control
  • Definitions

This version of PHO 20-29 will expire 30 days from January 12, 2021 unless extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing. 

Emergency Rules Adopted Temporarily Expanding Scope of Practice
January 14, 2021 

Read Dental Emergency Rule (CCR 709-1).

Emergency rules for numerous healthcare professions were adopted on Jan. 11 for the expansion of scope of practice regarding the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination. The rule changes apply to inpatient, outpatient and hospital settings under certain delegation.

These changes were triggered by Executive Order D 2021 008, signed last week by Gov. Jared Polis.

Several professions are affected by this scope expansion including dental (CCR 709-1).

If interested, dentists should reach out to their county public health departments and hospitals* to inquire of any volunteer opportunities or needs within their communities for vaccine administration. As the CDA becomes aware of these volunteer opportunities, we will let you know.

*Please note that this rule only applies to vaccine administration in hospitals, inpatient medical facilities, including emergency departments, and outpatient settings under the authority of a medical provider.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Locations
January 5, 2021 

The City and County of Denver is partnering with Safeway Pharmacy to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare workers in Phases 1a and 1b. More information and instructions on making an appointment are available on the button below.

The Denver Public Health & Environment has told us while there is a back-log of appointments they are working diligently to open more appointments and locations. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update
January 4, 2021 

We know members have many questions about phase 1B of the vaccine distribution and dental teams. We’re working to get more clear information.

In the meantime, here’s an interview 9 News did Friday with CDPHE (CO Dept. of Public Health & Environment) on the vaccine rollout.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update
December 30, 2020

As many of you may have heard, Colorado is beginning to administer the new COVID-19 vaccine to people in Phase 1B, including dental care providers. Dentists and their teams are being asked to contact their local public health department for information on how and where to receive the vaccine. You can do this on the button below. 

Distribution and availability of the vaccine varies by county. While the state has publically commented Colorado is in phase 1B, counties will progress through the phases based on availability and population size. The Colorado Dental Association (CDA), is compiling information here: 

Update to Colorado Healthy Families & Workplace Act
December 29, 2020

On December 23, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE) issued an interpretation to the Healthy Families and Workplace Act (HFWA). According to CDLE, the COVID-19 pandemic triggered the public health emergency provision and ALL employers must provide 80 hours of leave to full-time employees and the average hours worked in a 14-day period to part-time employees. More details are available by clicking the button below. 

Revised Public Health Order (PHO) 20-29 Released
December 15, 2020

The Colorado Department of Health & Environment (CDPHE) has released a revised version of Public Health Order 20-29. Below are the minor outlined changes:

Facemask Allowances:

  • Clarification was provided that, “Facemasks and cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.”

Pre-Appointment Screening:

  • In regard to universal symptom and exposure screening for staff, patients and visitors, your screening process “should include telephonic screening of all patients for symptoms consistent with COVID-19.” 
  • In addition to screening questions noted in previous versions of PHO 20-29, patients should be asked “if they have been advised to self-quarantine because of exposure to someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection. If a patient or visitor reports symptoms or reports being advised to self-quarantine, refer them to their primary care physician and make every attempt to delay dental treatment until the patient is cleared for treatment.”

Infection Control:

  • Dental offices should:
    • “Post visual alerts (e.g., signs, posters) at the entrance and in strategic places (e.g., waiting areas, elevators, break rooms) to provide instructions in appropriate languages about hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette. Instructions should include wearing a cloth face covering or facemask for source control, and how and when to perform hand hygiene.

Provide supplies for respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, including alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) with at least 60% alcohol, tissues, and no-touch receptacles for disposal, at healthcare facility entrances, waiting rooms, and patient check-ins.”

This PHO will expire 30 days from December 13, 2020.

Colorado COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan Released
December 9, 2020

Governor Jared Polis has released the state’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. Dentists have been placed in group 1B behind the highest risk healthcare workers in direct contact with COVID positive patients. Phase one of Colorado’s distribution plan is scheduled to be finished this winter.

More details will be released as they become available to MDDS and CDA. You can read the full distribution plan below or call 877-462-2911 with any eligibility questions. 

Revised Public Health Order 20-29 Released
November 19, 2020

The Colorado Department of Health & Environment (CDPHE) has released a revised version of Public Health Order 20-29. There are no significant changes to this PHO. 

This PHO will remain in effect until December 17, 2020.

Revised Mask Guidance in Public Health Order 20-29
September 9, 2020

Late last week, the CDA retained legal counsel to engage the Governor’s office regarding the latest PHO 20-29 interpretation by DORA and CDPHE, specifically pertaining to N-95 respirators.

A revised interpretation was released today by DORA that acknowledges supply chain shortages and removes language that would have mandated N-95 or higher respirators starting September 21, 2020.

Clarification on the Fifth Amendment to Public Health Order 20-29
September 4, 2020

The CDPHE document states:
“Now until September 20, 2020 (expiration of current public health order):
In alignment with CDC guidance, Public Health Order 20-29 strongly recommends during aerosol-generating procedures that dental clinical staff use an N95 respirator or a respirator that offers a higher level of protection such as other disposable filtering facepiece respirators, powered air-purifying respirators or elastomeric respirators.”

“On September 21, 2020 until further notice:
Public Health Order 20-29 will require dental clinical staff to use an N95 respirator or a respirator that offers a higher level of protection such as other disposable filtering facepiece respirators, powered air-purifying respirators or elastomeric respirators during aerosol-generating procedures.”

Fifth Amendment to Public Health Order 20-29
August 24, 2020

Based on changes from the CDC earlier this month, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a revised public health order (PHO) over the weekend for voluntary or elective surgeries and procedures in Colorado.
Changes to the PHO include:
  • Necessary PPE for aerosolizing and non-aerosolizing procedures
  • General infection control
  • Patient screening
  • The definition of vulnerable individuals

There were significant changes to PPE including masks, eye protection and gowns. Therefore, it is recommended for dentists to read the breakdown on the button below, in addition to the full PHO and DORA’s interpretation which will be emailed once it is released later this week. 

This PHO is in effect until 11:59 pm on September 20, 2020.

Fourth Amendment to Public Health Order 20-29
July 30, 2020 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a revised public health order today for voluntary or elective surgeries and procedures in Colorado. 

Please review the PHO in its entirety and note the following items:

  • Additional questions were added to the universal symptom screening process for all staff, patients and visitors entering the facility. “Necessary screening includes, at a minimum, asking for recent history of fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, muscle or body aches (myalgia), nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.”
  • If an employee reports symptoms, all of the following steps should be taken:
    • “Symptomatic employees should use a face mask or a cloth face covering that covers both the nose and mouth for source control and leave the facility immediately;
    • Increase cleaning in the facility and Social Distancing Requirements of staff at least six (6) feet apart from one another;
    • Exclude symptomatic employee from work activities according to the CDC’s “Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Interim Guidance)” until they are 3 released from isolation by public health. In most cases, someone is released from isolation when they are fever-free, without medication, for 24-72 hours, other symptoms have improved and 10 days have passed since their first symptom. A limited number of people with severe illness may require longer isolation;
    • If multiple employees have symptoms, contact your local health department.”
  • Masks must be worn at all times except for meals and breaks.
  • “Engineering and process controls should be implemented to reduce the risk to individuals who remove their mask during meals and breaks, which may include but are not limited to, increasing the flow of fresh air, removing seating to ensure appropriate distancing, filtering the air of break and other common rooms.”
  • “Eye protection” has been added to the list of mandatory PPE required for aerosol-generating procedures.

This PHO is in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 22, 2020. 

HHS Relief Funds Available to Medicaid & CHIP Providers
July 9, 2020

Beginning June 10, eligible Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program dental providers can apply to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal. Providers have until July 20, 2020 to apply. 

PPP Loan Deadline Extended to August 8, 2020
July 9, 2020

After passing both chambers of Congress, President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Program extension into law on July 4, 2020. Dentists now have until August 8, 2020 to apply for more than 130 million dollars in unused funds. Click the button below for information from the SBA. 

Third Amendment to Public Health Order 20-29
June 25, 2020

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a revised public health order today for voluntary or elective surgeries and procedures in Colorado. 

Very few changes were made in this third amended PHO, however, there are a few items to note. Read a summary of the changes on the button below. 

Gov. Polis Extends Safer at Home
June 2, 2020

On Monday, June 1, Governor Jared Polis issued a new Executive Order extending Safer at Home till July 1, 2020. In the Order, he directs the Colorado Department of Public Health and Education (CDPHE) to provide clarification and guidance for specific business sectors.

One area of note is outlined under Section 2, points A and B: 

A. All Vulnerable Individuals should Stay at Home or in the vast, great outdoors away from others as much as possible, and continue to limit their social interactions, remain at least six (6) feet from others not in their household, and wear facial coverings in public. Vulnerable Individuals cannot be compelled to perform in-person work for any business or government function, including a Critical Business or Critical Government Function.

B. For purposes of this Executive Order, Vulnerable Individuals means:

  1. Individuals who are sixty-five (65) years and older; 
  2. Individuals with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; 
  3. Individuals who have serious heart conditions; 
  4. Individuals who are immunocompromised;
  5. Pregnant women; and 
  6. Individuals determined to be high risk by a licensed healthcare provider.

Update Public Health Order 20-29
May 27, 2020

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an update to Public Health Order 20-29. The new order is in effect until 11:59 pm on June 24, 2020. Read the full order below as well as a summary of change. 

On-Demand Webinar: PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and EIDL Update 
May 20, 2020

Join Kelsey Currence from the Colorado Dental Association (CDA), on an update about the SBA loans during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation Announces $7.5 Million in COVID-19 Relief Loans 
May 19, 2020

DDOCF in partnership with the Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) announced a low interest loan program for oral health providers in Colorado. Loan amounts are up to $50,000 and smaller independent practices and those serving disadvantaged communities will be given priority. 

On-Demand Webinar: The Role of Aerosol on the Transmission of Coronavirus and the Impact in Dentistry
May 19, 2020

In an on-demand webinar from the ADA, Dr. Don Milton explains the role of aerosol in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, analyzes the potential measures to prevent virus transmission and answers questions related to virus load in the air and patient risk. Dr. Purnima Kumar, critically examines the evidence on microbial payload in dental aerosols, methods of reducing bioload at source, mitigating aerosol spread and decreasing microbial contamination.

DORA Provides Clarification on Dental Guidance Document
May 19, 2020

DORA has issued a clarification to its recent dental guidance document regarding Public Health Order 20-29. This specifically related to aerosol-generating instruments. Read the update below. 

On-Demand Webinar: Back to Work Webinar Series: COVID-19 Exposure Protocols
May 12, 2020

The following webinar was originally published in April 2020. As dentists across the state return to work, reminders on coronavirus exposure protocols are more important than ever. View the webinar portion from MDDS President-Elect, Dr. Kevin Patterson.  

PPE Donning and Doffing Videos
May 8, 2020

The videos below provide instruction on donning and doffing PPE as well as guidance on check for N95 mask seal checking. 

NEW! PPE Guidance Poster
May 8, 2020

The CDA and MDDS Back to Work Task Force have created a PPE Guidance Poster which includes a chart of common procedures, whether those procedures create aerosol or splatter and guidance for the PPE needed for the procedure. This guidance was established by a committee of member dentists using their best professional judgment. These are recommendations and should be interpreted while keeping your specific office layout in mind.

CDPHE Amends Public Health Order 20-29
May 6, 2020

Public Health Order 20-29 was amended by CDPHE and released this afternoon. This order provides some clarification and modifies text of the original order that was released on April 27. The Colorado Dental Association (CDA) submitted comments to the health department and met with officials last week to voice concerns about the restrictions on aerosolizing procedures during the Safer at Home phase of state recovery. 

Key highlights in the amended version include:
• A revision of priorities in Section II for the resumption of voluntary/elective procedures.
• A requirement that offices have a formal plan (as well as already existing guidelines) to ensure adherence to the principles outlined in the order.
• Expanded requirements around facility reassessments every two weeks.
• A revision of protocols for dentists treating patients with and without COVID symptoms.

On-Demand Webinar from the ADA On Its Return to Work Toolkit
May 6, 2020

To assist practices through this transition, the ADA’s Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery has developed a toolkit with interim guidance which recommends measures to take to protect the patients, staff and dentists from COVID-19 as dental practices re-engage in providing routine care.

To further help you and your staff prepare for when that time comes, the ADA has recorded an online course to provide an overview of the Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit and answer questions from the dental community. This webinar is free for ADA members. View the webinar on the button below. 

Update from MDDS on the Mountain West Dental Institute (MWDI)
May 5, 2020

MDDS provides an update on the Mountain West Dental Institute (MWDI), continuing educations and safety precautions moving forward. Read the full update on the button below. 

CDC FAQs and Interim Guidance for the Dental Setting
May 1, 2020

The CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response recommends that dental providers, “Postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits.”  This guidance was most recently updated on April 27, 2020. Dental practices in many states are planning to reopen for the full range of dental procedures, causing uncertainty among dentists, public officials, healthcare stakeholders and the media.

Important Executive Order & Public Health Update
April 27, 2020

Several orders have been released in the past 24 hours from the governor’s office, DORA, CDPHE and local government entities.

Governor Polis’ Executive Order D 2020 045, permitting the limited recommencement of voluntary or elective surgeries or procedures in Colorado for medical, dental, surgical centers, hospitals or veterinary settings 

CDPHE Public Health Order 20-29

We have several questions and concerns about this public health order and have submitted comments already this evening to CDPHE. Once we have clarification on these concerns, we will communicate that to you immediately. Please know that we are working diligently to clarify this so you can resume practice under the executive order as quickly as possible. 

Several local governments have also issued stay-at-home orders. City/county orders may differ from the state and we encourage you to visit your local government’s web page to seek clarification on municipal rules. Additional information can be found in the state’s Safer at Home FAQ (under Local Governments).  

On-Demand Webinar: CDA & MDDS Virtual Town Hall Meeting #3
April 25, 2020

Drs. Jeff Kahl and Kevin Patterson answered regulatory, PPE and clinical questions in the third virtual town hall.  View the on-demand version of the button below.  

New Guidance from DORA for Dental Practices
April 24, 2020

This morning, DORA released a statement to every dental licensee in Colorado regarding the expiration of Executive Order D 2020 027 – the Temporary Cessation of All Elective and Non-Essential Surgeries and Procedures.

While Colorado is entering the “Safer-at-Home” phase of its recovery plan on April 27, dentists should NOT expect to return to work as normal on April 27. DORA’s statement stresses that dentists “should not expect to change any (of your) current protocols on April 27th until further official notice. In addition, “elective procedures should not take place until the Governor has issued these directives.

To be clear, this notice implies that dentists should NOT plan to see patients on April 27 for non-essential services. A new executive order is expected from Gov. Polis no later than April 27. This order will provide guidance for dental practices moving forward into this next recovery phase.

The notice from DORA should be regarded as the State of Colorado law. Several cities and counties have announced or are considering extending their stay-at-home orders and we will clarify what that means for those who live and work in those areas once we know more.

The CDA has been in contact with the governor’s office. We have communicated the need to begin reopening dental offices balanced with the need for additional PPE and testing for COVID-19.

This is what we know at this point and we will share any updates from the governor or DORA once the information is available.

On-Demand Webinar: Back to Work Webinar Series – Team Concerns & Workflow
April 23, 2020

Drs. Nelle Barr and Kevin Patterson discuss how to address team member concerns, workflow examples and what to do if there is a COVID-19 exposure in the latest installment of the Back to Work Webinar Series. This webinar is approved for 1 CEU. 

On Demand Webinar: HR and Lending Update
April 21, 2020

Join Gary Benson, human resource attorney, and Kelsey Currence from the Colorado Dental Association for an update on HR and lending resources for dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar is approved for 1 CEU. 

CU School of Dental Medicine Professor designs the “Mother of All Respiratory” devices 
April 21, 2020

Thomas Greany, DDS, a faculty member at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, designed a ventilator that is able to support 12 patients with different inhale-exhale rhythm at once. Read the full release on the button below.

On-Demand Webinar: CDA & MDDS Virtual Town Hall Meeting #2
April 20, 2020

Drs. Jeff Kahl and Kevin Patterson fielded questions on topics varying from proper PPE to getting back to work. In addition, Michael Wilgus from The Dental Supply Company (TDSC) discussed the supply chain and the outlook on procuring necessary PPE moving forward. View the on-demand version of the button below.  

On-Demand Webinar: Back to Work Webinar Series – Patient Screening, Arrival & Departure
April 16, 2020

Drs. Sean Whalen and Ian Paisley discuss best practices and practical suggestions you can implement to more safely see patients and mitigate risk for you and your team. One (1) continuing education credit is available for watching this webinar. 

On-Demand Webinar: CDA & MDDS Virtual Town Hall Meeting 1
April 13, 2020

Dr. Jeff Kahl and Dr. Kevin Patterson fielded questions from members on everything from organized dentistry’s response to proper PPE surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. View the on-demand version of the button below. 

Gov. Polis Extends Suspension of Elective Procedures and CO Stay At Home Order
April 7, 2020

Yesterday evening, Governor Jared Polis extended both Colorado’s stay order and the suspension of all elective procedures and surgeries (including dental) until April 26th the earliest. View the Executive Order below. 

Department of Labor FAQs on the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act
April 7, 2020

Gain guidance and clarity on the DOLs interpretation on the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) with these updated questions and answers directly from the Department of Labor. 

Call to Action!
April 3, 2020

The CDA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment distributed a survey to dental providers on April 3, 2020 to better understand the emergency dental treatment being providing during this time. We encourage you to complete this short survey so we can create a more comprehensive list of dental providers to handle patient emergencies. This active database will be available later through a link on the CDA website for all dentists and, eventually, patients to find access to care during these uncertain times.

Until the active database is available, we have created lists of oral surgeons and endodontists who can provide urgent or emergency care.   

On-Demand Webinar: Emergency Treatment & Dental Practice Update
April 3, 2020

On Friday afternoon, Drs. Jeff Kahl and Kevin Patterson updated members on the steps organized dentistry is taking in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and provided guidance on treating dental emergencies. 

ADA Guidance on Reducing COVI-19 Transmission During Emergency Dental Procedures
April 2, 2020

The ADA has provided several flowcharts and guiding documents on what to do before, during and after emergency dental treatment to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

Resources from the ADA on the CARES Act
April 1, 2020

The ADA has provided several documents and a webinar to help dentists navigate the recently passed CARES Act. 

FFCRA Department of Labor Employee Rights Poster
April 1, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) goes into effect today. The Department of Labor (DOL) is requiring employers post the employee rights poster below in workplaces. 

Webinar: COVID-19 Financing Options & SBA Loans
March 31, 2020

Webinar from the Colorado Dental Association (CDA) on financing options as well as the EIDL Loan and PPP Loan.

Colorado Dental Association Letter to Gov. Polis
March 30, 2020

Read the CDA’s letter to Governor Polis on what organized dentistry is doing to mobilize and help in COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Labor Updates on Federal COVID-19 Relief Bill
March 30, 2020

Updated webinar from HR attorney, Gary Benson, on DOL interpretations of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA). 

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
March 30, 2020

The American Dental Association provides clarity on dental of the recently passed CARES Act and a path forward for your business. 

On-Demand Webinar Available Now: COVID-19 Relief Bill and Its HR Impact on Your Practice
March 27, 2020

Late Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor, one of the regulatory agencies tasked with enforcing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), published guidelines limiting the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the paid Family Medical Leave Act. These guidelines will affect dentist employers who furlough or laid off employees both prior to April 1 or after this date.

Please note that information in these webinars may contain dated information concerning these two acts. Updated information will be posted as soon as it is available.

CDC Guidelines for the Dental Setting
March 27, 2020

The following dental-specific recommendations should be used with CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for patients with COVID-19. This information supplements, but does not replace, the general infection prevention and control (IPC) recommendations for COVID-19.

On-Demand Webinar Available Now: COVID-19 and the HR Practices You Need to Implement Now
March 26, 2020

The details around COVID-19 and what it means for the dental profession seem to change daily, if not hourly. Gain clarity on the human resource implications of this pandemic, practices you should implement right away as well as HR actions to avoid. Join HR attorney, Gary Benson, in this no cost, on-demand webinar from MDDS and the CDA.

FAQs on Denver’s Stay at Home Order
March 25, 2020

Denver county enacted a stay at home order that went into effect on Tuesday evening. The Order provides exceptions to engage in Essential Activities, to provide Essential Government Functions, and to operate Essential Businesses. These exceptions, discussed below, may be narrowly interpreted to achieve the Order’s stated intent. Find out what all of this means on the button below. 

What is a dental emergency?
March 23, 2020 – Colorado Dental Association

This guidance may change as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses. Dentists should use their professional judgment in determining a patient’s need for urgent or emergency care.


On March 19, Gov. Polis issued an executive order to limit all treatment to emergency care to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and conserve PPE. An executive order has the force of law and is subject to criminal charges or legal action if not followed. In his order, he listed permitted surgeries or procedures.

Denver Releases Initial Economic Relief Package

March 20, 2020 

Yesterday, the City and County of Denver announced an initial $4 million relief package to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The package offers several resources for businesses and workers. Read more below.

Colorado Small Businesses Can Apply for SBA Disaster Relief Loans

March 20, 2020 

Colorado small businesses can begin applying for low-interest federal disaster loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Program. The state received its declaration yesterday, making these loans available. The Denver Metro Small Business Development Center can provide guidance on loan application.

Governor Polis Bans All Non-Essential/Elective Procedures

March 19, 2020 – Colorado Dental Association

 This afternoon, Gov. Polis signed an executive order temporarily suspending elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures to preserve important medical equipment, like personal protective equipment and ventilators, needed to combat COVID-19. The executive order is in effect from March 23 to April 14, with the exception of rural and critical access hospitals. This includes all voluntary or elective surgeries or procedures, whether medical, dental, or veterinary.

Financial Considerations During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19, 2020 – McGill Advisory 

With the ADA’s recommendation to close dental offices except in emergent cases, many dentists are left with many questions – especially financial ones. McGill Advisory provides some guidance and considerations in the article on the link below. 

ADA Legislative Update: Congress Passes Second Coronavirus Legislation Package, Now Working on Third

March 19, 2020 

The House and Senate have passed legislation, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” that was signed into law last night. The three issues of most interest to dental practices include: emergency paid sick leave; emergency expansion of family and medical leave; and tax credits.

PPE Donations Needed for Local Hospitals
March 18, 2020 

Denver area hospitals are facing shortages of PPE as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic on the frontlines. MDDS and CDA are facilitating donations of extra supplies such as surgical masks, gloves, gowns, etc. Click the button below to learn more. 

Update From The Dentists Professional Liability Trust of Colorado
March 18, 2020 

The Dental Professional Liability Trust is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and knows that on March 16, 2020, the ADA recommended postponing for three weeks elective procedures over concern for dental providers and to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To help alleviate the burden on hospital emergency departments, the ADA recognized the benefit of providing emergency dental care. As of now, the Trust is unaware of a governmental requirement that offices be closed. The Trust’s professional liability coverage is unchanged and remains in force.

Update From COPIC Financial Services Group
March 18, 2020 

We want you to know that we have taken steps to make sure we continue to be available to assist you as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.  While we are working remotely to help reduce the spread of the virus and to also protect the health of our staff, we are fully operational and available.

We have had many calls from concerned insureds regarding insurance coverage that may apply in this COVID-19 situation.  Below is an overview of the most common policy types and how the related coverages may apply…

COVID-19: Implications for Appropriate Dental Care
March 18, 2020 

Authored in part by RMDC speaker, Dr. Ken Hargreaves, and orginally published by the American Academy of Endodontics (AAE), the article on the link below provides research and summarizes considerations for appropriate dental care, patient management and infection control. 

ADA Update on H.R. 6201 – Senate Action

March 18, 2020 – American Dental Association

Yesterday the ADA wrote to let you know that the House had passed a second legislative package (H.R. 6201) related to COVID-19. This package focused on short-term issues such as child and elderly nutrition programs; testing for COVID-19; unemployment benefits; and sick leave/family medical leave. H.R. 6201 has been sent from the House to the Senate and is now on the Senate floor for consideration.

The ADA has been in constant communication with Capitol Hill committees and offices regarding this legislation and is working with a large coalition of other small business organizations to make additional changes.

ADA Lobbies Congress’ Coronavirus Legislative Package

March 17, 2020 – American Dental Association

As Congress works on legislation in response to the coronavirus disease outbreak, the ADA is working to ensure that those bills include provisions that are beneficial to dentists—particularly dental practice owners—and their patients.

Congress is currently considering a legislative package—H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. That bill, which was developed between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Treasury Sec. Mnuchin, focuses on short-term issues such as child and elderly nutrition programs, COVID-19 testing, unemployment benefits, and family medical and sick leave.

Human Resource Legal Guidance

 March 17, 2020 

While there are still many unknowns about COVID-19, especially in regards to the economic impact and how employers should move forward. Below is a link to some FAQs from Human Resource Attorney, Gary Benson. There is also small business legislation that is expected to pass this week. MDDS will update members as soon as accurate information becomes available to us. 

A Message from the MDDS Officers

 March 17, 2020 

Two key things for all of us during these uncertain times are going to be collaboration and information.

We want you to know that we are working together with the ADA, CDA, CDPHE, the Trust and all our dental community partners to get you as much information and as many resources as possible. We particularly want to thank the CDA for their leadership role and for the open and frequent communications they’ve facilitated.

Crisis Center Resources

 March 17, 2020 

We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your loved ones. If you find that you are struggling and need someone to talk to, there are community resources available. Colorado Crisis Services can be found online (, by phone (1-844-493-8255), and via text (text “TALK” to 38255). It provides free, confidential, professional and immediate support for any mental health, substance use or emotional concern.

Guidance from the ADA on COVID-19

 March 16, 2020 

The MDDS, CDA and ADA recommend that all dentists close their offices for three weeks to patients seeking elective and non-urgent care. During that time dentists should provide only emergency dental care and medically necessary care. This will allow members to care for the most critical patients, while also alleviating the burden that emergency dental care would put on hospitals.

MDDS Update on COVID-19 and Business Operations

 March 16, 2020 

Based on the current White House and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and in the best interest of our community, MDDS will be canceling and/or postponing all Mountain West Dental Institute (MWDI) room rentals and the following continuing education and social events through the end of April…

White House Update – No Gatherings of 10 or More People
 March 16, 2020 

Newly released guidelines issued by the White House include:

– Avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more people. 
– Stay away from bars, restaurants and food courts.
– Do not travel if possible. 

This comes after Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock, ordered the closure of all onsite eating (drive-thru, delivery and take-out ok) for the next 8 weeks.

CDPHE Recommendation for Mountain Residents and Visitors to Minimize Contact

 March 15, 2020 

The CDA has ongoing communication with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), as well as the governor’s office to be sure that our response to this rapidly changing pandemic is consistent with the best science available and public health protocols. The continued spread of COVID-19 pressures all of us to crisis plan and react to a rapidly changing situation.

At this time there is not a state or national requirement for dentists to cease practicing, however, this decision is ultimately up to each dental practice and we encourage practice owners to assess all risks associated with dental staff and patient safety.


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