What’s New
CDA Cares Pomona 'Social Hub' now live
Be part of the action at the CDA Cares dental event in Pomona by viewing on-site photos from the Pomona Fairplex at the revamped "Social Hub." (cdafoundation.org/socialhub) The CDA Cares social hub is a landing page where attendees can view everything being said about the clinic on social media. The Social Hub will now pull activity on various social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ into one central location. All attendees will have to do to participate is use the #cdacares hashtag when sharing their photos, posts and tweets.  Read more >>
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 >>
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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