Society News


We'd like to invite all members of our society to submit articles that they feel may be of interest to others in our society. These may be of events, thoughts or issues that have taken place or those that are to come. This could be on a professional or personal level. A great course, a good deal for a family outing, thoughts on staff issues... one's mind is the limit. That is, one's mind and the approval of the Publications Committee. We look forward to hearing from you.



2019 Children's Dental Health Month Poster Contest

SDDS invites children from preschool through 12th grade in Brooklyn and Staten Island to particpate in our annual poster contest! The deadline for receipt of posters is March 22, 2019. Download the 2019 Poster Contest Rules.


2019 SDDS Dental School Loan Forgiveness Program

Second District Dental Society (SDDS) has kicked off year three of its Dental School Loan Forgiveness Program that will provide for awards to deserving new dentists in amounts up to $10,000. Read more>>


And the Winners Were...

The annual Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) Volunteer Recognition meeting and dinner traditionally takes place the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. It is there where hundreds of volunteers receive their orientation and subcommittee assignments for the Meeting, which begins the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year was no different. Read more>>


New Regulations Effective NOW - Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Earlier this year, both the State of New York and the City of New York passed sexual harassment prevention legislation that ultimately affects employers in the State of New York. Read more>>


SDDS Announces 2018 Loan Forgiveness Program Winners

Second District Dental Society (SDDS) is proud to announce the 2018 Loan Forgiveness Program awardees. Read more>>


2018 Children's Dental Health Month (CDHM) Poster Contest Winners

As part of its 2018 CDHM activities, SDDS held its annual poster contest in which preschool through high school children from schools in Brooklyn and Staten Island were invited to submit posters that communicated a dental hygiene message. Read more>>


Warning: OSHA and HIPAA Training Mailing

NYSDA/SDDS members continue to receive misleading mailings marketing training programs in OSHA and HIPAA compliance. Read more>>


Year Two Kickoff of Second District Loan Forgiveness Program

In recognition of the increasingly troublesome dental school loan debt problem, the SDDS Board of Trustees has kicked off year two of its program to lighten the load for some deserving new dentists who have chosen to call Brooklyn or Staten Island their professional home. Read more>>


2018 National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) Poster Contest

SDDS invites children from preschool through 12th grade in Brooklyn and Staten Island to particpate in our annual NCDHM Poster Contest! Winners will be selected to receive prizes based on the educational value and creativity of the poster. The deadline for receipt of posters is March 23, 2018. Download the 2018 NCDHM Poster Contest Rules here.


ADA Simplifies Credentialing Process for Dentists

The ADA® credentialing service, powered by CAQH ProView® is making it easier to submit and maintain your credentials in one central place. To see how this service can save you time and reduce your administrative burden visit: Read the full ADA press release here: ADA-and-CAQH-Release.pdf.


X-ray Machine Registration Information

Permit Renewal Instructions

New Office Permit Registration Instructions


NYSDF Mandatory Opioid Prescribing Course Now Available Online

Recent changes to NYS Public Health Law now mandate that dentists in New York State with a current Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number must complete a course in opioid prescribing/pain management on or before July 1, 2017 AND every three years after that. Read more>>


Member Support for Drug and Alcohol Problems

Addiction can have a devastating impact on a dentist's ability to practice. Our Dental Association is committed to aiding our colleagues in addressing substance abuse and addiction. If you or a colleague is struggling with addiction, help is available. Read more>>


Medicare Advantage Plan Reimbursement

Do you have patients over the age of 65 with dental insurance? To receive reimbursement from a Medicare Advantage Plan the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires you to enroll with Medicare as either a provider or ordering/referring provider. Read more>>


FDA Bans Powdered Medical Gloves

On December 19, 2016, the FDA published a final rule banning powdered gloves based on the unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to individuals exposed to the powdered gloves. Read more>>


MetLife EFT Payments Notice

MetLife has re-issued letters advising that, "As of March 20, 2017, electronic funds transfer (EFT) will be our only method of provider reimbursement". The letter further states that "You’ll be required to enroll in EFT on or before March 20, 2017." Read more>>


NYSDOH Adopts Regulations Authorizing All Dental Assistants to Take CBCT Scans

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has adopted, effective November 2, 2016, regulations that authorize dental assistants of any type to take cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans after demonstrating satisfactory completion of a training program approved by NYSDOH or one provided by the CBCT equipment manufacture. Read more>>


CMS Delays Medicare Part D Enforcement Date To 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that it is once again delaying enforcement of the Medicare Part D prescriber enrollment requirement. Providers now need to enroll by January 1, 2019 instead of by February 1, 2017. Read more>>


NYSDOH Updates to Electronic Prescribing Exception Practicioner Reporting Requirement

Effective September 30, 2016, use of an exception to the e-prescribing mandate no longer requires an e-mail notification to the New York State Department of Health. Read more>>


Enforcement of Medicare Part D Prescriber Enrollment Delayed

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that they will delay enforcement of Medicare Part D Prescriber enrollment until February 1, 2017. Read more>>


Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective March 27, 2016

Do not wait! Now is the time to take action and order and implement the NYSDA-endorsed ePrescribe software solution to ensure that you can meet this requirement. Read more>>


MLMIC Declares 7.5% Special Dividend

MLMIC is pleased to announce a 7.5% Special Dividend for all of their policyholders. Read more>>


Electronic Prescribing Update

As part of New York’s I-STOP legislation, electronic prescribing of both controlled and non-controlled substances becomes mandatory on March 27, 2015. To view the latest guidance from the New York State Dental Association on the new law, please view the following link: NYSDA Electronic Prescribing Update.


I-STOP/PMP - Prescription Monitoring Program Registry Update

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has posted a notice advising dentists what they should do after August 27, 2013, if they have experienced a delay in obtaining an HCS account. This statement is posted on the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement’s website here:


FDA Issues Recall Alert on Flowmeters for Nitrous Oxide Delivery System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week issued a "Class I" recall alert on Accutron, Inc.'s Ultra PC% cabinet mount flowmeters for nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation systems. The agency's safety alert and recall notice are available at the FDA web site. Read more>>


ADA Response to Study on Dental X-Rays

CNN and a number of major television networks recently reported on an article appearing in Cancer journal which cites a possible link between dental x-rays and brain tumors. The ADA has also released a complete statement on the study. As this story has the potential to generate a good deal of questions in your office from patients, please find the response from your American Dental Association here.


State Cuts Medicaid Payments

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Free Electronic Provider Assisted Claim Entry System (ePACES) for Medicaid Providers

Do you submit paper Medicaid claims to EMedNY? Consider the convenience of using ePACES, the Electronic Provider Assisted Claim Entry System, a web-based software application free to enrolled Medicaid Providers. Read more>>


PCI Compliance Guidance for Dental Offices Processing Credit Cards

To protect credit card information and cardholder data, all merchants that process credit card transactions must comply with credit card industry standards known as PCI DSS. Read more>>


Invisalign Cancels Quota Requirement

Align Technology, manufacturer of Invisalign orthodontic treatment, has cancelled its quota requirement requiring providers to start a minimum of 10 Invisalign® cases annually to maintain provider status with the company. Read more>>


New York Withdraws Mandatory Flu Vaccinations for Health Care Workers

The New York State Department of Health has withdrawn its regulation mandating all health care workers be vaccinated for the seasonal and H1N1 flu. Read more>>


Invisalign Policy Change

Align Technology, manufacturer of Invisalign orthodontic treatment, is implementing annual proficiency requirements for dentists who represent themselves as Invisalign providers. Read more>>


NOMAD Hand-Held X-Ray Device NYC Registration Update

The NYC Office of Radiological Health will be following the same process as the New York State Department of Health to register the NOMAD hand-held x-ray device in New York City. Read more>>


Revised HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices Form

As part of the ADA HIPAA Privacy Kit, a revised HIPAA Privacy Form 1, Notice of Privacy Practices, is available at Read more>>


Amalgam Separator Discount for Members

Second District has secured an outstanding membership benefit for all our members seeking a solution to the amalgam separator mandate. We have negotiated a cooperative discount with R & D Services, Inc. to provide you their top rated amalgam separator, the Amalgam CollectorTM, at a 10% discount from their listed retail prices. For more information click here.


National Provider Identifier (NPI)

Click here to find out what the NPI is, if you need it and how to get it.


Amalgam Separator Regulations

For more information on this issue and preparing your practice to meet regulation expectations click here.