Society News


We invite all SDDS members 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's mind is the limit. That is, one's mind and the approval of the Publications Committee. We look forward to hearing from you.


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April 13, 2021

May 2021 Free Shredding Events for SDDS Members

Dispose of your old documents and dental records securely at these upcoming Second District shredding events! Read more

January 15, 2021

Attention New Dentists! 2021 SDDS Dental Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Awards up to $10,000. 2021 application period OPEN NOW! Learn more
January 5, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

As of January 4, 2021, individuals who work in dental practices of all types are eligible to receive the vaccine. Read more


October 9, 2020

Be Prepared for COVID-19 Office Inspections

Information and documents you need to prepare your office. Read more


October 5, 2020

Regulatory Alert! - Dentists Need to Refile Amalgam Separator Forms

In 2017, the United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final regulations regarding amalgam separators in dental offices. Read more



September 23, 2020

Free Shredding Events for Second District Members

SDDS is pleased to announce that we are hosting two October 2020 shredding events for our members. Read more


July 14, 2020

All Dentists Now Eligible to Apply for HHS Provider Relief Fund

As a result of ADA advocacy efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that all dentists are now eligible to receive pandemic relief funding through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF). Read more


June 19, 2020

Online CE Options for Opioid Prescribing and Risk Management

Do you need to take the mandatory opioid prescribing course or a risk management course? Online options are available. Read more


April 24, 2020

Have You Made an Adjustment to Your Malpractice Insurance?

Malpractice insurance premiums MAY be reduced by the carrier if the member fits the criteria for the "part-time" dentist category. Read more


March 5, 2020

SDDS Shares Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisories

Do you have questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? View the latest advisories from the ADA including FAQs and referrals to government agencies for assistance.

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January 14, 2020

Important Security Update for Microsoft’s Windows 10 Users

On January 14, Microsoft issued a free software patch to fix a major security flaw in its Windows 10 operating system.

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November 14, 2019

Second District Leaders Meet With Brooklyn Elected Officials

On November 13, Second District leaders met with various State and City officials at an EDPAC-sponsored reception.  

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May 7, 2019

X-Ray Inspection Alert – Act Quickly to Avoid Enforcement Action

The NYC Health Department Office of Radiological Health is about to commence enforcement action against hundreds of dental offices in the city that have expired inspections of x-ray units.

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May 7, 2019

Measles Alert

For our membership practicing in the affected areas of Brooklyn where the measles outbreak has hit, Second District would like to bring the following up-to-date information and advice to you from the NYC Health Department.

May 3, 2019

2019 Children's Dental Health Month Poster Contest Winners Announced

As part of its 2019 Children’s Dental Health Month activities, SDDS held its annual poster contest where students in Brooklyn and Staten Island were invited to submit posters that communicated a dental hygiene message.

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March 6, 2019

Proposed SDDS Bylaws Amendments

The following proposed amendments to the SDDS Bylaws were approved by the Board of Trustees at the March 4, 2019 meeting of the Board. They will be brought to the membership for a vote at the March 14, 2019 General Membership Meeting.

Proposed Bylaw Amendments Notice


February 21, 2019

New Treatment Plan Requirement for Opioid Prescribing

Effective April 1, 2018, New York State is requiring a written treatment plan be included in a patient’s medical record if a practitioner prescribes opioids for pain that has lasted more than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing.

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November 29, 2018

And the Winners Were...

Second District donated ten raffle prizes for attendees of the annual Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) Volunteer Recognition meeting and dinner.

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October 3, 2018

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.

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April 24, 2018

Warning: OSHA and HIPAA Training Mailing

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

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October 12, 2017

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

ADA and CAQH Press Release


October 9, 2017

X-ray Machine Registration Information

Permit Renewal Instructions

New Office Permit Registration Instructions


February 2, 2017

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.

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January 25, 2017

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.

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January 24, 2017

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.

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February 27, 2017

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."

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November 14, 2016

NYSDOH Adopts Regulations Authorizing All Dental Assistants to Take CBCT Scans

The NYSDOH has adopted regulations effective November 2, 2016 that authorize dental assistants to take CBCT scans after demonstrating completion of a NYSDOH-approved training program or one provided by the CBCT equipment manufacturer.

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November 14, 2016

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.

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November 14, 2016

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.

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March 8, 2016

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.

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January 4, 2016

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.

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