What’s New
September CDA Journal now available
The September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association is now available. This is the second of three Journal issues dedicated to interprofessional education (IPE) and practice. This time, pediatric colleagues in medicine and dentistry collaborate to bring together a group of authors who are national thought leaders on the subject and who are actively involved with promoting the approach in their working environments.  Read more >>
Nov. 4 vote will impact your practice
The campaign working to defeat Proposition 46 in November has ramped up its voter education activities by launching statewide television and radio ads to defeat the ballot initiative backed by trial lawyers. The No on 46 campaign is airing the ads in English and Spanish, highlighting the high cost of Proposition 46 — both in dollars and patient access to care — which would raise the cap on the state’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA).  Read more >>
Be clear when discussing dental benefits with patients
“Do you accept my insurance?” this is a question that thousands of dental offices receive from prospective patients multiple times per day throughout the country. How your dental team responds to that question can set the tone in terms of patient expectations and determine the future of the doctor- patient relationship. In recent months, the question of how dental practices should be answering that question has become a discussion point for CDA members.  Read more >>
Hydrocodone drugs reclassified
Despite concerns expressed by the ADA and other stakeholders, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has finalized a rule to classify hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin and Norco as Schedule II drugs instead of Schedule III. The reclassification, effective Oct. 6, will impact dentists with a Schedule III DEA registration because they will have to reregister with the DEA for Schedule II authority to continue prescribing/refilling certain pain-relieving medications for their patients.  Read more >>
State releases new chart on dental medical waste disposal
The subject of medical waste disposal has been one of the more frequent questions from members coming into CDA’s Practice Support lately. The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has posted a new chart on dental medical waste disposal. While the law hasn't changed, the new chart can help dentists who are curious about the storage time for different types of medical waste.  Read more >>
Understand how to be cost-effective and how to get the best results at the least possible investment. This can be different from going with the cheapest option. There have been many improvements over the years in different products that are much more efficient. Example: Temporary crown materials.
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