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Online dues renewal now open
Online dues renewal for CDA members is now open. Members can renew their dues in full at cda.org/renew or enroll in the electronic dues payment program (EDP) and pay in equal monthly installments automatically deducted from a designated checking account. With membership in organized dentistry, dentists are ensuring that their voices and the needs of the profession are represented on every level. CDA provides education, practice support, protection and a stronger voice in government.  Read more >>
Prepare for dental code changes in 2015
Dentists need to ensure that their practices are prepared for dental procedure code changes that go into effect Jan. 1. There are 73 code changes, including 16 new procedure codes. The ADA released the latest version of the Current Dental Terminology (CDT) Codes earlier this year.
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Use caution with patient referral, loyalty programs
There are many advertising options for dental practices to use as a way to keep current patients and bring new patients in. One way dentists can do this is through a patient loyalty program where patients earn “points” in exchange for gift cards or other rewards for keeping appointments, brushing and flossing regularly, etc. Dentists participating in such a program must make sure they are staying within the guidelines of the law and CDA ethical standards, however.  The CDA Judicial Council reminds dentists that problems arise in a patient loyalty program when points are earned and prizes are given for patient referrals.  Read more >>
New CDA president on how to best serve members
Walter G. Weber, DDS, was installed as the new CDA president last week at the House of Delegates meeting in San Diego. During his speech to delegates, Weber emphasized the importance of CDA continually looking for ways to best serve its members in the profession's changing landscape. Current trends in dentistry, including shrinking dental insurance benefits, pressures to reduce costs, and increasing costs of dental education, make it important for CDA to understand members' needs and develop strategies to help them succeed and best serve patients, he said.  Read more >>
Data breach law amendments coming in January
California's data breach notification law will undergo amendments effective Jan. 1, 2015. Some reports have indicated that AB 1710 will require companies to provide credit monitoring in the event of a data breach, which is not true. It does state, however, that when companies experience a data breach and decide to offer credit monitoring to affected individuals, they must offer the services at their own expense and for no less than one year. The breach notification must also contain all material information individuals need to take advantage of the offer.  Read more >>
Now is the best time to contact patients who have dental benefits available to use toward diagnosed treatment before the benefits expire at the end of the year. Reference the Letter to Patients Regarding Dental Benefits.
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