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November CDA Journal now available
The November issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association is now available. By the end of 2014, through expanded entitlement under the Affordable Care Act, the number of children eligible for Denti-Cal benefits will exceed 5 million. The November issue of the Journal issue focuses on the workforce and training needed to care for these children.  Read more >>
Protect your practice's online reputation

Dentists interested in guidance on how to manage their online reputation can take advantage of CDA Endorsed Program Intuit Demandforce’s upcoming webinar on the topic. Demandforce, a marketing and communications system company that specializes in strengthening online reputations, is hosting “Own Your Online Reputation” on Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. The free webinar will teach attendees how to manage their online presence and leverage patient reviews to grow their practices.

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State recruits for new dental director position
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has formally announced its search for a state dental director, posting the job description on its website. The recruitment for a state dental director comes more than 15 years after the post went unfilled due to a lack of funding and focus, and is a major achievement for the state’s oral health program and access to care planning goals.  Read more >>
Covered California changes dental benefits
As California approaches the second full year of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), California’s Health Benefit Exchange Board, responsible for Covered California, the state’s online insurance marketplace and for the overall implementation of the ACA in California, has announced some changes to how dental benefits will be offered in 2015.  Read more >>
Provider reimbursement cuts announced by Anthem
CDA has learned that Anthem Blue Cross has sent notices to more than 7,000 California dentists in various geographical areas announcing a “fee adjustment” in a number of regions. This “adjustment” appears to be scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Anthem is making other amendments to the Anthem Participating Dentist agreements as well, which apparently will be summarized on a CD to be enclosed with the notice.  Read more >>
Tongue-tied when discussing dental benefit plans with your patients? Review Chapter 4 of the Dental Benefit Plan Handbook for sample scripts you and your team can customize for your practice.
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