Alabama Specific Updates
Governor Ivey Announces $200 Million Small Business Grant Program “Revive Plus”
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced Revive Plus, a $200 million grant program to support small businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. Revive Plus is the second wave of funding for these organizations with 50 or fewer employees and will award grants of up to $20,000 for expenses they have incurred due to operational interruptions caused by the pandemic and related business closures.
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Alabama Medicaid Agency
The Alabama Medicaid Agency (Medicaid) is pleased to inform you that Medicaid will increase fees reimbursed to dental providers beginning January 1, 2021. The increase is projected to be approximately 12% on commonly-utilized dental treatments.
The primary goal of Alabama Medicaid with this reimbursement increase is to not only reward and retain present dental providers in Medicaid’s dental program, but to encourage more dental providers to participate in Medicaid’s dental program. Alabama Medicaid is collaborating with the Alabama Dental Association (ALDA) and other stakeholders to ensure Medicaid children have access to dental providers.
Details about the fee increase and specific provider codes will be released from the Agency by close of business November 19, 2020. A Provider ALERT will be posted to the Agency’s website at https://medicaid.alabama.gov/alerts.aspx. Dentists with any questions about the Alabama Medicaid Dental Program may email Dr. Danny Rush at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
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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.
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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 June 11, 2020
"On April 28, 2020, at 11:00 A.M., Governor Ivey’s office released the
following statement: Effective April 30, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., dental,
medical or surgical procedures may proceed unless the State Health
Officer or his designee later determines that performing such
procedures, or any category of them (statewide or regionally), would
unacceptably reduce access to PPE or other resources necessary to
diagnose and treat COVID-19. Providers performing these procedures
shall follow all applicable COVID-19 related rules adopted by the Board
of Dental Examiners of Alabama or by the Alabama Department of
Public Health. The Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama believes
that providers should take reasonable steps to comply with Board
Rules/Guidelines as well as guidelines from the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CDC."
Centers For Disease Control
Guidance for Dental Settings
Covid-19 Coding and Billing Guidance