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JANUARY 2014 CONTENTS VOLUME 15, ISSUE 1 AVAILABLE ON TDA.ORG TDA Mourns Death of Editor Dr Stephen R. Matteson TDA Editor Stephen R. Matteson, DDS, 76, died at his home in San Antonio on Tuesday, January 6, 2014. He was born October 2 in 1937. A funeral service was held on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. • TDA Mourns Death of Editor Dr Stephen R Matteson • New Year, New Codes Dr Matteson was first elected as TDA editor in May 2009 and served in that capacity and on the Board of Directors. He was instrumental in advancing the Association’s publications to improve their recognition nationwide among the dental profession. He received multiple national and international awards, including the American Dental Association’s Golden Apple Award, and the International College of Dentists (ICD) USA Section’s Golden Pen Award in 2012. Under Dr Matteson’s direction, the TDA created its newest publication Smart Mouth™, which received a Special Citation journalism award in 2012 by the ICD USA Section. • FDA Seeking to Reclassify Hydrocodone Combination Products • TEXAS Meeting Preview • Texas Dental Program Medicaid/CHIP • TSBDE Rule Update Dr Matteson received his DDS degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962. After 2 years as a general dentistry officer in the United States Air Force in North Carolina, he returned to his native state of New Jersey and practiced general dentistry for 10 years. In 1973, he sold his practice and completed a residency in oral radiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He then joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and served as director of radiology from 1975 to 1988. • TDA Smiles Foundation • Evidence-Based Practice Tip of the Month • TDA Perks at SWDC • President’s Message • Meet the Staff - Diane Rhodes, Policy Manager • Member Spotlight - Drs Daniel and Danette McNew • DENPAC January Texas Dental Journal He was recruited as chair of the Department of Dental Diagnostic Science at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School in 1988, and served in that leadership role until 2000 when he retired and was appointed professor emeritus in 2002. He returned for a second career in academics and service to the profession in 2005. He was a key figure in establishing the Dental School’s NIH funded, evidence-based practice CATs program, which is a current monthly feature in the Texas Dental Journal. Dr Matteson will be remembered for his many contributions to the dental profession. In the 1980s, he led the national panel that developed the original FDA-sponsored radiographic selection criteria for dentistry. He served as president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the national supreme chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the dental honor society. He was also founding director and president of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. His national leadership efforts were instrumental in obtaining specialty status for oral and maxillofacial radiology. His research focused on radiographic diagnosis. He published more than 60 articles in the scientific literature realm and served as radiology section editor of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology. At the time of his death, Dr Matteson was an active participant in an oral and maxillofacial radiology group practice. 2014 TEXAS Meeting Preview He lived in San Antonio with his wife Dr Mary Ann Matteson, professor emeritus at the UTHSCSA School of Nursing. He loved being with his 3 children and 5 grandchildren, all of San Antonio. He was most proud that they had good hearts and were caring and compassionate people. His passions were singing, golf, boating, photography, and North Carolina basketball. Upcoming Events New Year, New Codes Dr John “JR” Roberts, Dental Director, Texas Medicaid and CHIP Programs, Office of Health Policy and Clinical Services January 30 - February 1 Southwest Dental Conference Dallas February 7 - 8 Texas Mission of Mercy TDA Smiles Foundation Houston Using your smart phone, scan this QR code to access the TDA Today on Now that the New Year has arrived, the new CDT 2014 codes are ready for use. For Texas Medicaid that means the addition of 3 new codes that you can now begin reporting: D0601 - caries risk assessment, Low Risk D0602 - caries risk assessment, Moderate Risk D0603 - caries risk assessment, High Risk The descriptor of all 3 of these codes differs only by finding but specifies the inclusion of documentation. There are several Caries Risk Assessment Tools available, but Texas Medicaid dentists who are certified as First Dental Home (FDH) providers are familiar with the 10-question tool used as part of the FDH, visit Since assessment is already being captured and maintained in the FDH patient chart, Texas Medicaid asks that providers begin reporting one of the 3 codes along with every submission of D0145. Again, this is an assessment that is already being done so the request is merely that one of the new risk codes is placed on the claim form with every D0145. Please keep in mind that not every client is at high risk for dental caries by virtue of being covered by Medicaid alone. Although the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry tool does include a socio-economic question, that is not the case with the FDH tool used in Texas. Dr Preston Coleman states it quite eloquently this way, “I am just as likely in my practice to see a caries-free mouth in Medicaid as I am in the general population.” Continued on page 3. Like us on Facebook Follow @theTDA on Twitter Connect with us on LinkedIn

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