The Drill, a roundup of news and updates affecting Wisconsin dentists, is emailed to members on Monday afternoons. View archive of past issues here

Monday, Oct. 4, 2021

1| Dental teams qualify for Pfizer boosters
2| EFDA legislation clears State Senate

3| Nitrile gloves now less than 10 cents each at WDA Supply Source
4| New COVID-19 provider relief funding available
5| Give $150 for WDA's 150th anniversary to help special needs patients
6|
From the blog: Positioning your practice for a successful transition and insuring
    your home when it's owned by your trust

7| Upcoming events


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1Dental teams qualify for Pfizer boosters
 
The CDC said late last month that people “at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting” may receive a booster shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after completing their first Pfizer series.
 
Dentists and other dental health care personnel are considered to be part of this group.
 
If you’re interested in receiving a Pfizer booster, contact your primary care doctor, hospital system or local pharmacy. If you have questions about where to get a vaccine in your area, contact your local health department.
 
To get the booster, you must have received the Pfizer vaccine initially and at least six months must have passed since completing the primary vaccine series. The CDC indicates that booster information for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines should be available soon.

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2 EFDA legislation clears State Senate

Last week, the Wisconsin State Senate unanimously passed a WDA-led bill that authorized the use of Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries (EFDAs) in Wisconsin. EFDA legislation has long been a priority of the WDA as a way to increase access and efficiencies within dental offices. The WDA is now working to have this bill move through the Assembly and be signed into law by Gov. Evers.
 
EFDAs are used in nearly half of the nation and the military. Once trained, they are able to perform an expanded scope and can only perform these procedures while under the direct supervision of the supervising dentist. The dentist must remain in the dental clinic, and must verify that the procedures have been performed successfully. The dentist is fully responsible and liable for all procedures performed by the EFDA.

An EFDA can be used to improve access to care for underserved populations, and provide a way to deal with potential dental workforce shortages, like we are seeing around the state with Registered Dental Hygienists.
 
Please help support lawmakers who support organized dentistry by contributing to WIDPAC!

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3Nitrile gloves now less than 10 cents each at WDA Supply Source

WDA Supply source has soft, flexible and resilient StarMed® PLUS™ nitrile gloves on sale for $29.93 for a box of 300. That’s an incredibly low price of less than 10 cents per glove, with no purchase limit!
 
Gloves are available in sizes XS through L. The size Large gloves are identical to the others and are branded as Essentials, a sub-brand of StarMed PLUS. Shipping is free and reliable – all gloves ship through DC Dental from Maryland, with delivery expected within 3-5 business days.
 
Use this link to stock up now. One in three WDA member dentists is saving on supplies with WDA Supply Source. If you don’t already have a WDA Supply Source account, you can create a free account online.

 

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4| New COVID-19 provider relief funding available

The federal government is now accepting applications for Phase 4 of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural funding.
 
Provider Relief Fund payments are eligible to qualified providers of health care, services and support to cover health care-related expenses or lost revenues due to coronavirus. These distributions do not need to be repaid to the US government, assuming providers comply with the terms and conditions. ARP Rural is open to Medicare, Medicaid, or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers who serve rural beneficiaries.
 
To see if you’re eligible please click here.
 
If you are eligible and wish to apply, click here for more information. The application will close on at 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 26.
5| Give $150 for WDA's 150th anniversary to help special needs patients
 

 

Help provide specialized care to more patients like Jeff and commemorate 150 years of organized dentistry in Wisconsin by donating “150 for WDA’s 150th to advance the special needs clinic at Marquette University School of Dentistry.
 
Your WDA colleagues established the 150th anniversary fundraiser to address a glaring problem faced by the dental profession – the lack of training and clinical experience for treating patients with special needs. Your gift to the Marquette Cares Oral Health Fund will help to continue providing discounted, or in some cases "no cost," oral healthcare for patients with special needs; develop and enhance the dental curriculum to prepare competent providers; expand clinical venues designed to accommodate special needs patients in a regular setting; and help improve providers and venues for these underserved patients.

You can learn more in this letter from MUSoD Dean Dr. William Lobb and WDA 150th Anniversary Task Force Chair Dr. Gene Shoemaker.
 
While “$150 for the 150th” is suggested, gifts of any size are welcome – and very much needed. Please take this opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of patients needing our assistance. Click here to donate, and choose “Marquette Cares Oral Health Fund” in the designation dropdown menu.
 
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6|  From the blog: Positioning your practice for a successful transition and insuring your home when it's owned by your trust

Last week's blog post focused on cost reduction and efficiency efforts for your practice. This will ensure your practice is best positioned for a transition and that you’ll receive the maximum financial benefit from an eventual sale. Read on to learn about a successful transition in the blog post by IndepenDENT Dental Solutions.

The second blog post
walks through insuring your home when it's owned by your trust. Read more in the newest blog post from Professional Insurance Programs.
 
 

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7|  Upcoming events
  • Oct. 12 - “Digital Marketing 101,” WDA BizTalks webinar presented in partnership with Group One Marketing; Learn more and register
  • Oct. 15 -You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Through the Eyes of a Tech Provider.” Tony Larsen, CEO of N-Tech Consulting; Learn more and register
  • Oct. 22 - “Exploring Your Exclusive WDA Association Group Health Plan Benefits: A Deeper Dive into Value-Added Services"; Learn more and register
  • Nov. 11 - WDA Annual Continuing Education and Networking event, Brookfield Conference Center; Register here
  • Nov. 12 - 151st Anniversary and Pyramid of Pride Awards dinner celebration, Brookfield Conference Center; Register here
  • Nov. 12 - 13 - WDA House of Delegates, Brookfield Conference Center; Register here

 
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