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Provider Relief Fund

​Final reminder!!

Just a final reminder that the application deadline for distribution from the Provider Relief Fund is this coming Monday, August 3rd.

The ADA continues to encourage dentists who have been impacted economically from the pandemic to apply. Dentists can apply for funding through the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal. For dentists who apply, HHS also has a helpful instruction form with line-by-line guidance here.  The ADA has also provided answers to the top 10 frequently asked questions, along with links to key resources to help you through the process.  

Please let us know if you have any questions. 
info@theisda.com
208-343-7543


Application deadline extended to August 3 

The Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal is open to eligible Medicaid, CHIP, and dental providers. The portal allows providers to apply for payments made for healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to COVID-19.  Eligible providers may receive a reimbursement up to 2% of their annual reported patient revenue. The deadline to apply was recently extended to Monday, August 3rd.
Note: The applicant type is DE.

Key Resources:
Portal Instructions
Technical Assistance Webcast
Frequently Asked Questions
Provider Support Line at (866) 569-3522

In addition, to these resources, the ADA is going to be hosting a webinar sometime this week or next on completing the application.  Watch your ADA emails (morning huddle etc.) for details on timing.


NEW! HHS Updates on Provider Relief Fund for Dentists (7/23/20)

Balance Billing
Many of you have already applied and the number one concern we’ve heard has been about accepting the Terms and Conditions on balance billing, also known as surprise billing. The ADA worked with HHS to set the record straight and they’ve now clarified that:
  • Dental providers who are not caring for patients with presumptive or actual cases of COVID-19 are not subject to balance billing prohibitions. ‘Presumptive’ is defined as a case where a patient's medical record documentation supports a diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • HHS thinks few, if any, dentists are performing dental work on active COVID patients. So, there should be very few dental patients covered by this bar.
  • Qualifying for payment from the PRF has to do with past treatment earlier this year when HHS broadly viewed every patient as a possible case of COVID-19. Balance billing prohibitions apply only to treating current active COVID-19 patients with a medical record that supports a diagnosis of COVID-19.

Reporting Requirements

  • For those concerned about reporting requirements, HHS did release a notice stating that detailed instructions regarding future reports will be released by August 17 and will apply to payments exceeding $10,000 in the aggregate from the PRF.
  • The reporting system will become available to recipients for reporting on October 1, 2020. The reports will allow providers to demonstrate compliance with the terms and conditions, including use of funds for allowable purposes.
  • Recipients of PRF payments do not need to submit a separate quarterly report to HHS or the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee.
  • There are plans by HHS to provide recipients with Question and Answer (Q&A) Sessions via webinar in advance of the submission deadline.

Webinars and Other Help Available

  • HHS is hosting a webinar for dentists and Medicaid/CHIP providers to learn more about the application processRegister now. The webinar will be held on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 3pm ET.
  • ADA is also hosting a webinar. Register Now. This webinar will educate dentists on the PRF as well as Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and updates on Congressional activity. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 8pm ET.
  • HHS instructions are available to act as a guide in applying to the PRF.
  • Read the recent ADA News article where Dr. Phillip Fijal, chair, Council on Government Affairs, has a conversation on his application process and gives helpful tips. The article also reviews eligibly requirements to apply.

Terms and FAQs

The ADA is proud to support dentists as they return to serving their communities. Together, we are driving dentistry forward on its path to recovery. Be sure to visit ADA.org/COVID19Advocacy for regular updates


Additional Resources for PPE

Many offices are struggling to acquire an adequate supply of the recommended PPE, particularly N95/KN95. The ISDA with help from the Director of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management has confirmed the ability to utilize the following resources.

Pure Vita Co. is able to supply masks to dentists.  They have a certificate of authenticity, are an Idaho based company and have been serving the health care market for many years.  They are contracted with the State of Idaho and are a verified source. They produce in China and ship to the US.  We would need to consolidate an order for all dentists as the minimum order quantity is 150,000 units in order to get the pricing below.  Pure Vita will break bulk and ship to individuals once it lands in Boise.  They will bill dentists individually.  Estimated time to deliver is 25 days after minimum requirement are met and Pure Vita can submit an order.  PRICES MAY FLUCTUATE but are currently as follows (excluding shipping and applicable taxes):                

Disposable Level 2 - $0.62 per mask

Disposable Level 3  - $0.78 per mask

KN95 - $3.60 per mask

NIOSH KN95 - $6 + per mask (currently in price negotiations)

Idaho State Dental Association Order Form
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*Note - multiples of 50 are required for order to ensure free shipping. Level II and III surgical masks have a minimum of 200 masks per order. Orders will come to Boise as part of a bulk shipment this  will require a number of offices to participate. 

How much to order: Given the lead time and estimated time for supply chains to get somewhat healthy, we recommend considering an order of 1 – 2 months of supply.  Consider using the decontamination process in bullet 4 to extend the life of your masks, and reduce the quantity needed.

Use of the Battelle decontamination unit: masks can be run through the process up to 20 times significantly increasing the lifespan.  The process is free but does have an estimated 5 day turnaround due to the shipping time.  If you are interested, please email IOEMCCDS2020@imd.idaho.gov to sign up under the state's use agreement and send them the completed “Site Locations spreadsheet and POC Information Form” spreadsheet. Using this resource should reduce your cost of PPE and will help conserve supply as we work through shortages.

Additional Sources:

Idaho PPE exchange.
“Regarding the PPE Exchange, we try to review the PPE exchange page weekly, and the only ones listed have been vetted through the contracting office.”  - Director Richy. This should provide a level of assurance regarding the authenticity of the product, particularly masks which have been subject to a lot of counterfeit activity.

Idaho STEM Action Center is a resource for face shields and 3D printed masks. Fill out the Request PPE for Your Facility. Once completed the request is routed to a maker who can assist and they will provide details re: pickup and delivery etc.


ISDA Guidance for Returning to Work

  • NEW! ADA Toolkit: What to Expect At Your Next Dental Visit
  • Steps to Take if a Patient or Staff member Reports COVID-19 Exposure UPDATED
  • ADA COVID-19 Hazard Assessment (member-only access)
  • CDC guidance for dental offices (updated)
  • OSHA's Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
  • Information Regarding Governor Little's Stay Healthy Order
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • ISDA guidance on extended stay home order
  • ISDA Guidance for Treating Patients
  • Emergency or Non Emergency?
  • Additional COVID Information & Resources

Financial Resources 

  • Rebound Cash Grants
  • Federal Disaster Loans
  • SBA Loans for Dentist
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Annual Session 2020 Cancellation

The ISDA has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Session. While we had a strong line up of speakers and a lot of interest prior to mid-March, we are not able to hold the session on our scheduled dates in June due to state mandates on size of gatherings, nor do we anticipate that practices will have the financial capability to lose an additional two days of education this summer for the dentists and their teams.

For those who had already registered:

  • Your fees were refunded in April.
  • Sun Valley resort has refunded any deposits and cancelled any room reservations. Please feel free to call the resort directly if you did not hear from them 1-800-786-8259

Still working to get the required 30 hours of CE credit prior to September 30?

  • The Board of Dentistry does not limit the amount of online CE that can be taken to fulfill the requirement
  • Idaho rules governing CE can be found here (see pages 4-5) https://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/19/190101.pdf  
  • ADA has a rich portfolio of free CE.  There are many new classes that address critical knowledge related to treating patients in light of COVID-19, as well as other great topics! Here
  • Most Local components will resume their meetings in September – most offer education which generally carries 1 hour of CE credit.

Please let us know if you have any questions 208-343-7543


Summit Polling Information for the ADA

The ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) has begun conducting biweekly polls of dentists to track the economic impact of COVID-19 in dental practices and help shape the ADA’s response during this unprecedented time.

The first poll, launched March 23 with input from 19,000 dentists. Read more about what we’ve learned from dentists like you so far — and how you can sign up to participate in this ongoing poll — in ADA News.

https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/april/hpi-poll-examines-impact-of-covid-19-on-dental-practices


ISDA FFCRA Webinar Replay available

The ISDA hosted a webinar with Idaho Employment Lawyers reviewing the impact of the FFCRA on employees.  

Replay of the webinar is available here, along with Q&A PDF of the Webinar PowerPoint, and required employee notification


Resource Guides



COVID-19 Insurance Information 

  • Risk Management
  • Professional Liability insurance
  • Business Owners Policies
  • Workers’ Compensation
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