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IMOM Local Informational Townhall Aug. 9

Bring your questions to an informative townhall about how to get involved with IMOM Local on Monday, August 9 at 6:30 PM!

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The Future of Dentistry Counts on You!

We need just six dentists a day to contribute $250 in July to help set us up for success and reach our goal of $100,000.

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Status of IDB COVID-19 Guidelines

The Governor's Proclamation regarding dental services has expired. What does that mean for dental offices in Iowa?

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Help Patients Treat Gum Disease at Home

Join IDA member Dr. Bruce Cochrane for a free CE webinar July 28 at 6:00 PM!

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Medicaid Provider FAQ Updated

The exclusive Medicaid Provider FAQ for members has been updated to address questions submitted to IDA by fellow dentists.

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Free Infection Control CE On-Demand

For the second year in a row, IDA is excited to offer a free infection control webinar for all - now available on-demand!

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Welcome to the Iowa Dental Association

The Iowa Dental Association (IDA) is the premier professional association representing dentists in the state of Iowa. In existence since 1863, the IDA is home to over 1,800 Iowa dentists, which represents approximately 80% of the licensed dentists in the state.  

All IDA member dentists are not only members of the IDA, but also the American Dental Association (ADA) and their local district society.

IDA’s mission is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry, and to represent the interests of the members of the dental profession and the public which it serves.  

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IME Releases DWP Kids Transition Informational Letter

On July 2, the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) jointly released an informational letter to all Iowa Medicaid-enrolled dentists regarding the transition of children's Medicaid fee-for-service to DWP Kids. The letter emphasizes the 90-day window to fully transition: "During the initial 90-day transition period, any Medicaid FFS non-expired prior authorizations will be honored through September 30, 2021. In addition, claims submitted to either DDIA or MCNA from a non-network provider will be honored (if medical necessity is met) by the dental plans through September 30, 2021." Read the full letter here.
 
IDA has been working to obtain clarification from IME and the DHS regarding recent comments or instructions they have provided regarding Medicaid billing. IME and DHS have indicated that it may be acceptable for dentists to enter into private pay arrangements with individuals who are covered by Medicaid. IDA agrees that this is acceptable if the service is a non-covered service, such as a cosmetic procedure, or if the patient chooses to exercise his/her rights under HIPAA to not submit the particular claim to Medicaid, which is rare with regard to dental services. However, IDA is concerned that IME and DHS’s current stated position is contrary to the prior stated position of IME and DHS as well as statutes and case law.

Furthermore, IDA is concerned that such arrangement could violate the current provider agreements with the managed care organizations Delta Dental and MCNA. IDA is continuing to communicate with IME and DHS to obtain clarification on their position. If you enter private pay arrangements with Medicaid patients when the matter does not involve a service that is not typically covered or is not as a result of the patient asking you to pay for the service privately due to confidentiality concerns, there is a risk that you will be in violation of federal regulatory requirements, your provider agreement with the managed care organization(s), and/or exposing yourself to a Medicaid fraud issue. IDA will update members as it continues to communicate with IME and DHS on this issue.

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