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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin August 2010
8 AUGUST 2010 COME ON BOARD AND BE PART OF THE TEAM latest news Opportunities now exist for you to join your colleagues and contribute to your profession by nominating for ADA Inc. Standing Committees. All those who have served on ADA Inc. Standing Committees have found the experience most rewarding and have enjoyed meeting and working with their colleagues from other Branches. See which committee suits your interests and expertise and nominate now. NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTION TO ADA STANDING COMMITTEES At the meeting of the Federal Council to be held on 18/19 November 2010, election of members to the Standing Committees of the Association will be conducted. It is open to any member to lodge nominations for election to these Committees. How to nominate: Appropriate nomination forms should be used and these will be available from Branches. It should be noted that By-Law VI [Committees] requires that the nomination form "...shall provide details of the nominee's experience and offices held and shall indicate willingness of the nominee to act if so elected..." Timing: Completed forms should be in the hands of the Chief Executive Officer no later than four weeks prior to the meeting, i.e., by Monday, 11 October 2010. Nominations are required for the following Standing Committees: • Constitution Committee • Continuing Professional Development Committee • Dental Instruments, Materials and Equipment Committee • Dental Therapeutics Committee • Dental Workforce and Education Committee • Infection Control Committee • Oral Health Committee • Policy Committee • Schedule and Third Party Committee Members who are considering making a nomination to a Committee are advised that access to the terms of reference for each Committee (By-Law VI & VII of the Federal Constitution) are available on the ADA website. If this is impractical, the Federal office will willingly supply photocopies of the relevant sections. Please telephone the Council and Committee Services Manager, Sharon Reid on 02 9906 4412 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer CHRONIC DENTAL DISEASE SCHEME AND DENTAL SPECIALISTS Medicare Australia has made considerable efforts to alert dentists as to their administrative requirements under the Chronic Dental Disease Scheme (CDDS). It has advised that in respect of each referral under the Scheme, dentists must ensure that prior to the commencement of treatments they provide: • the patient with an itemised treatment plan, including all financial details (quotation), and • a copy or summary of the treatment plan to the referring medical general practitioner provider. Dental specialists need to be aware that if a patient is referred to them by the treating general dental practitioner (GDP) then the dental specialist has the same obligations. Medicare was recently asked two questions. The questions and answers are set out below: Q. If a patient is referred to a dental specialist by a general dental practitioner (GDP), do they have to write to the general medical practitioner (GMP) to advise of treatment? A. Yes, a dental specialist must provide a written summary of the treatment plan to the referring GDP and GMP before beginning the course of treatment. This requirement is in Section 10 (2) of the Health Insurance (Dental Services) Determination 2007. The referring dentist is instructed by the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Dental Services) in its 'Checklist for Dental Practitioners' and in its explanatory notes that a copy of the GMP referral form be included in all referrals between dental practitioners. This instruction is also included on the GMP referral form. The copy of the referral will have the referring GMP's details for reporting purposes. Q. Will the specialist be deemed section 10 non-compliant if they don't write to the GMP? A. As above, in order to comply with requirements of Section 10 (2) of the Health Insurance (Dental Services) Determination 2007, a specialist must provide a written summary of the treatment plan to the referring GDP and GMP before beginning the course of treatment, as well as providing the patient with appropriate treatment plans and quotations. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer
ADA News Bulletin September 2010