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It can be challenging to balance the roles of healthcare provider and employer, but it doesn't have to be. Find resources that can help you hire your dream team, and keep your staff productive and happy. Get advice on writing job descriptions, creating applications, placing want ads, setting meal breaks, establishing alternative work schedules and terminating an employee.

 

Dentist 'working interviews' can be complex
10/30/2014
While working interviews may seem ideal, and many employers offer potential candidates the opportunity to work in their office and “show their stuff,” the process is more complex. Each candidate must be added to your payroll. You can provide them a check at the end of the workday, but in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor, they are each full-fledged employees and you must ensure that you are following appropriate employer obligations.
New law requires employers to provide 3 paid sick days
09/19/2014
A new law that takes effect in July 2015 requires nearly every employer in California to allow all of its employees at least three paid sick days each year. The new law provides that employees receive an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Caring for themselves or family members can be the reasons for taking the sick leave. Dentists should review their current sick leave policies and make sure they meet the minimum requirements of this new law.
How to stay in compliance with dental independent contractors
09/18/2014
Based on the number of calls coming in to CDA’s Practice Support, there seems to be confusion among dentists about how to pay hygienists and associates who are classified as independent contractors.  The main thing for dentists to understand is the definition of an independent contractor. A true independent contractor is a provider who works independently of the owner, has a contract with the practice to perform special services and makes their own schedule.
Dentists must obtain license to show movies in waiting room
04/07/2014

Inquiries have increased to CDA Practice Support recently on the subject of movie licensing. Dental practices are being contacted by mail or in person by individuals seeking to collect licensing fees. Many dentists assume it is OK to play movies they have purchased in their waiting rooms, but that is not always the case.

Top 10 Practice Support Center resources of 2013
01/08/2014
From the latest on HIPAA compliance to how to optimize a Yelp profile, CDA has it all. As we enter 2014, let’s take a look back at the top 10 resources CDA’s Practice Support Center provided dentists in 2013.
Counties mandate flu precautions for health care workers
10/10/2013
A few Northern California public health departments are ordering mandatory flu vaccine or mask-wearing for health care workers, including dentists. The order applies to dental practices in Santa Clara, Sacramento and Contra Costa Counties.
ACA requires employee notification by October 1
09/10/2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) amended the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, creating a requirement that employers provide a notice to all employees of the existence of the newly formed insurance marketplace available to them along with information on how to contact the insurance marketplace to request assistance in purchasing coverage if the employee chooses to do so.
06/05/2013
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the long-awaited final omnibus rule under HIPAA (Omnibus Rule) on Jan. 25, 2013. The rule implements the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and requires that health care providers amend their Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) and Business Associate Agreements to include new elements. The compliance date for the final rule is Sept. 23, 2013.
Communication key to positive online reputation
02/01/2013
The most effective way to prevent and react to negative online reviews is to have positive communication with patients. This was the theme of the CDA-hosted webinar last week titled Bad Review? … What to Do! The one-hour, free webinar was led by TDIC Service Manager Carla Christensen. Christensen gave case examples and communication tools to handle negative online reviews.
01/15/2013
To help dentists make their employees more aware of what is expected of them and prevent misunderstandings about policies, the Practice Support Center has updated its Sample Employee Manual for 2013. Available for download on cda.org/compass, the manual is exclusively for use by dental practices. The manual covers everything from confidentiality to performance evaluations to exposure control.
01/04/2013
From the latest updates on infection control regulation to a reference guide for all things legal as it pertains to dentistry, the Practice Support Center’s website, cda.org/compass has it all.  Review the list of the Top 10 Compass Resources in 2012.
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