IDA Update September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

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DEA Regulations
New Hydrocodone Regulations Take Effect October 6   

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that hydrocodone combination products (HCPs), which include opioids such as Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab and Norco, will be reclassified as Schedule II substances and subject to tighter restrictions. HCPs had previously been classified as products under the less-restrictive Schedule III. The reclassification takes effect Oct. 6, 2014. (read more)  

A list of Frequently Asked Questions on the HCP reclassification, including how it impacts practices, prescriptions and patients, is available in the IDA Member Center.    


Please note, in order to prescribe Schedule II drugs, you must have a CSR license with Schedule II and/or Schedule II N designation. Instructions for verifying that your license has the proper designation are available in the IDA Member Center.  




Drug Diversion
Local Dentists Warn of Drug Seekers   

A dentist recently reported to the IDA Central Office that he and a number of his colleagues in northeast Indiana have been contacted by an individual seeking pain medications. While the name changes, the story is the same: He has a 14-year-old daughter who is in pain and needs immediate relief.
While such drug seekers have been around for years, the problem is growing. The CDC reports that prescription medication abuse is reaching epidemic proportions. Approximately 100 Americans die from drug overdoses every day, with half of the fatalities involving prescription drugs.
An effective tool to assist dentists in combating drug abuse and diversion is the State of Indiana's INSPECT program. For more information visit  


Charitable Dental Clinic
IndianaMOM Needs Your Support 


MOM Mission of Mercy IndianaMOM is a large-scale dental clinic, scheduled for April 24-25, 2015, to provide free oral health care to patients who cannot otherwise afford or access care.   


The IndianaMOM Committee has set a lofty goal of charitable dental care for 2,000 patients over the two days. Over 300 dentists, dental specialists, registered dental hygienists, along with more than 1,000 support volunteers are needed.  


Currently, the number one need of the IndianaMOM project is financial support. The estimated budget for the event is $250,000 in funds and in-kind donations, of which approximately $60,000 has already been raised. All financial donations are made to the IDA Foundation and are tax deductible. If every member donated just $100, we would be well on our way to reaching our goal.  


There are two easy ways to make your tax-deductible contribution:

  1. visit the IndianaMOM website and make your contribution via credit card
  2. send your check, payable to the IDA Foundation for Dental Health, to 1319 E. Stop 10 Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46227



Other ways dental professionals from across the state can participate include:

For more information, visit the IndianaMOM website.  


OSHA CPR courses

OSHA / CPR Registration Now Available 


Online registration is currently available for IDA OSHA/CPR courses. As a reminder, annual OSHA training is mandated by Federal regulation. CPR training is required once per licensure period for hygienists, and for dentists training is required under certain circumstances once per licensure period.    


For more information, or to register for OSHA/CPR courses, visit the IDA website




Annual Session
Hotel Reservations Expected to Go Quickly


Hotel reservations for the 2015 Annual Session at the French Lick Springs Resort or the West Baden Spring Hotel have been selling quickly. Over 62% of the room block has already sold out. Make your reservations online and take advantage of the IDA group rating before the rooms are completely gone.



Annual Session Promo Video 2015
Click here for a brief video with more information on the
2015 IDA Annual Session and IUSD Alumni Dental Conference.



Award Nominations

IDA Specialty Award Nominations Being Sought


Do you have someone in mind who has done an outstanding job promoting, practicing, or volunteering for the organization of dentistry?  Why not nominate him or her for an IDA Award?    


Nominations for IDA Specialty Awards are due to the Central Office no later than February 15, 2015.  2015 awards include:  

  • Dr. Lloyd Phillips Distinguished Service- outstanding service to dentistry and/or society in general 
  • Special Service - non-dentists who have made significant contributions to the health/dental profession 
  • Rising Star - member in practice for ten years or less, who demonstrates outstanding leadership ability
  • Component Society Honor Dentists - Outstanding leadership in their local area of practice
  • Charles W. Gish Community Dental Health - IN citizen(s) who have demonstrated outstanding Leadership
  • Maynard K. Hine - individuals who have made contributions to the dental and/or health profession in general on a national and/or international basis
  • Leadership Award - outstanding leadership in maintaining organization and continuity

These awards will be presented at the IDA 157th Annual Session June 10-14, 2015, in French Lick, Indiana .  Place your nominations at the IDA Website or contact Jody Cleary, Director of Membership and Financial Services at 800-562-5646 or if you have any questions.   



Continuing Education
IDA/IUSD Academy of Continuing Education Presents:
Restoration of the Worn Dentition


Donovan The number of patients presenting to dental offices with excessive loss of tooth structure is clearly increasing. This loss of tooth structure is often multi-factorial, and all potential etiologies of the wear must be considered before tackling extensive rehabilitative procedures. This presentation will analyze the various causes of tooth structure loss and present strategies to prevent further loss as well as reconstructive procedures to replace lost tooth structure.   


Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Willows, Indianapolis 

6 CE hours


For more information or to register visit the  IDA website.  




IUSD Faculty Focus Series 2014-2015


The IU School of Dentistry has recently announced the lineup of speakers for their Faculty Focus Series. Every department at IUSD has put together a half-day program dealing with issues you see on a daily basis, and some topics that you do not see regularly.
Tuition is $69 for individual sessions or the series of seven lectures for $349.
Download the course listing here (PDF document) and register at the IUSD website.




IDEA Board

Apply for the IDA/ADA Endorsed Credit Card  


US Bank IDA has a new endorsed credit card. Bank of America is no longer participating in the IDA affiliated credit card program.        


After reviewing several options, the IDA IDEA Board has decided to endorse the ADA-endorsed US Bank credit card.  Benefits of the ADA Visa Signature Card include: 

  • Watch your points add up. Earn 5x reward points for every net $1 you spend on any ADA purchase.(1) Plus, earn one reward point for every dollar in net purchases you spend elsewhere.
  • Reward redemptions start at only 1,500 points, points you can redeem for air travel, fine dining, gift certificates, cash back and more.(2) 
  • Travel on more than 150 airlines with no blackout dates. 25,000 points = up to a $450 ticket!
  • There's no preset spending limit and no limit to the number of points you can earn.(3)
1 - Net purchases are purchases minus credits and returns.
2 - Accounts must be open and in good standing (not past due) to earn and redeem points. 
3 - No preset spending limit does not mean unlimited spending. Individual transactions are authorized by card issuer based on factors such as account history, credit record and payment resources. Card issuer will preset an upper limit for revolving balances and cash advances.


The creditor and issuer of the ADA Card is U.S. Bank National Association ND, pursuant to a license from VISA USA.

**Signature card only.


To apply for the ADA Visa Signature Card, call (888) 327-2265 ext. 80023 or visit    





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