Alabama Specific Updates
Governor Ivey Awards $35 Million in CARES Act Funds for Alabama Health Care and Emergency Response Providers Grant Program
Click here to apply for these funds October 5 - October 16, 2020
If you have already received funds from the Revive Alabama Grant, you will not be eligible to receive additional funds from the October grant link above.
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Click here to complete your Compliance Form
Dental Amalgam Rule
EPA finalized technology-based pretreatment standards under the Clean Water Act in 2017 to reduce discharges of mercury and other metals from dental offices into municipal sewage treatment plants known as publically owned treatment works (POTWs). Dental offices, which discharge mercury and other metals present in amalgam used for fillings, are the main source of mercury discharges to POTWs; these metals are subsequently released to the environment. The rule (codified at 40 CFR Part 441) requires dental offices to comply with requirements based on practices recommended by the American Dental Association, including the use of amalgam separators. Once captured by the separator, dental amalgam can be recycled. Removing mercury when it is concentrated and easy to manage, such as through low-cost amalgam separators at dental offices is a common sense solution to managing mercury that would otherwise be released to air, land, and water.
Dental offices that discharge to POTWs that do not place or remove amalgam need only submit a one-time certification.
Dental offices that place or remove amalgam must operate and maintain an amalgam separator and must not discharge scrap amalgam or use certain kinds of line cleaners. They must also submit a One-time Compliance Report.
ADEM has developed a template for the ADEM One-time Compliance Report for Dental Dischargers that will satisfy the requirements of the one-time certification or One-time Compliance Report. You may also access EPA’s Dental Effluent Guidelines webpage for more information about the Dental Amalgam Rule.
CARES ACT - ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING
How to Apply for Phase 3 General Distribution
Providers are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible to expedite the calculation and distribution of payments. Providers should apply if they have lost revenues and/or increased expenses attributable to COVID-19 that have not been reimbursed by other sources.
- Most recent federal income tax return for 2017, 2018, or 2019, unless exempt
- Revenue worksheet (if required by Field 15)
- Operating revenues and expenses from patient care
Note: Providers will need to submit a new application, even if they previously submitted revenue details for a prior PRF distribution; the application has been updated to include some additional data entries in order to calculate payment based on financial impact of COVID-19.
When ready to apply, login to the Provider Relief Fund Application and Attestation Portal. Please also be sure to be familiar with the Phase 3 General Distribution Relief Fund Terms and Conditions.
Board of Dental Examiners Statement issued May 7, 2020
"Current CDC and OSHA national interim guidance recommends postponing elective dental procedures, but the decision is left up to each state government. Governor Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health have reopened Alabama to elective medical and dental procedures based on the situation in Alabama. The opinion the Dental Board released on April 29 interprets the current CDC guidance and gives a practical way to practice consistently with OSHA’s suggestions. The Dental Board has consulted with CDC and OSHA on these matters. Each individual dentist must decide their ability to practice safely in their office circumstance and environment."
Centers For Disease Control
Guidance for Dental Settings
Practice Management Assistance
Covid-19 Coding and Billing Guidance