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

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is designed to help employers and employees. The bill is very specific in composition but is designed to provide benefits to those affected by COVID-19. Learn what this legislation means for both employers and employees. Join HR attorney, Gary Benson, in this no cost, on-demand webinar from MDDS and the CDA.

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.

C.A.R.E.S Act Passes House of Representatives, Expected to be Signed in to Law
March 27, 2020

While the CARES Act has not been signed into law, it has now been approved by the House. Read the details below.

On-Demand Webinar Available Now: COVID-19 and the HR Practices Your 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. 

2 No Cost Human Resources Webinars from CDA & MDDS
March 24, 2020

Join human resource attorney, Gary Benson, for two HR webinars about COVID-19, its implications on your practice and specifics of how the federal legislation affects you. Click the titles below for more information and to register.

Thursday, March 26 – COVID-19 and the HR Practices You Need to Implement Now

Friday, March 27 – COVID-19, the Federal Relief Bill (H.R. 6201) and Its HR Impact on the Dental Profession

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.

Employer FAQs on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
March 20, 2020 

Human resource attorney, Gary Benson, provides clarification on the first federal response legislation from the federal government and how it relates to your dental practice. 

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. 

Webinar from ADA and OSAP
March 18, 2020 

The ADA is releasing an on-demand webinar on Friday, March 20, with infection control experts from the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) to provide the dental community with practical guidance and education as we all navigate the challenges that COVID-19 is presenting to our profession. Presenters Eve Cuny and Kathy Eklund will also be answering questions submitted by dentists and dental team members. Register on the button below.

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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