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Welcome to the Indiana Dental Association online newsroom. We are pleased to bring you the latest dentistry and oral health updates in Indiana and across the country. For more information, or to share news, contact Karen Scharf, Director of Communications, at

Dr. Jay Asdell Named IDA President


IDA has named Dr. Jay Asdell as its new president for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Dr. Asdell has been a member of IDA since 1986.

IHCP advises providers to update billing practices to get ready for Core MMIS


The existing claims IHCP processing system is being replaced with a new, more automated Medicaid management information system (MMIS) called Core MMIS. The new system is designed to more accurately and efficiently adjudicate claims according to IHCP coverage policies and national billing guidelines.

IHCP Changes PA Vendor


FSSA approves assignment of PA, RCP, and TBI responsibilities from ADVANTAGE to Cooperative Managed Care Services.

IHCP clarifies the dental benefit period for HIP members


A member’s benefit period depends on when the member enrolls in the HIP program. Once an individual is enrolled in HIP, the 12-month benefit period begins.

CMS delays Medicare Part D Prescriber Enrollment Requirements until February 1


We just learned CMS will delay enforcement of the Medicare Part D Prescriber Enrollment Requirements until February 1, 2017. CMS also strongly encourages prescribers of Part D drugs to submit their Medicare enrollment applications or opt-out affidavits to their Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) before August 1, 2016.


IDA Members Refinance Over $700k of Student Loans with SoFi


With the high cost of education, we understand that many dentists are burdened with large amounts of student debt. The IDA has been looking for solutions to help our members tackle these issues and through our partnership with SoFi, IDA members, their friends, and families can receive a $500 welcome bonus upon refinancing through

IHCP replaces provider manuals with new Provider Reference Modules


The new modules contain IHCP policies and procedures effective as of October 1, 2015. Look for the new modules and the code tables under the Provider Reference Materials and Code Sets “Quick Links” at  (The Dental Services manual is available here.)

IHCP clarifies Provider Enrollment revalidation requirements


All providers enrolled with the Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) before January 1, 2012, must revalidate their provider enrollments by March 26, 2016.

IU Dentistry grant supports groundbreaking informatics study of treatment outcomes


Researchers from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and the Regenstrief Institute will analyze electronic dental records of patients treated by community dentists across the United States to explore the feasibility of using electronic dental records data for clinical research, with the ultimate goal of improving oral health care nationwide. 

IHCP Corrects PA Requirements


Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) has corrected the prior authorization requirements for codes D9223 and D9243. Claims that have been previously denied may be resubmitted for consideration. 

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