The beginning of a new year is a good time to focus on getting patients back in the door through a patient recall effort. According to CDA Endorsed Program Intuit Demandforce, keeping existing patients coming back is almost 10 times less expensive than attracting new ones.
CDA’s legal action against Delta remains in the preliminary stages, with the parties awaiting appointment of an arbitrator. Delta has requested appointment of a three-arbitrator panel, which delayed the appointment process while the parties attempted to resolve the issue.
As of Jan. 1, 2014, many of the major reforms created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are in place. While the law is lengthy and has many complicated provisions, there are four basic concepts implemented by the law: providing private and public health insurance reforms and patient protections; allowing states to expand Medicaid coverage; requiring U.S. citizens to have health insurance coverage or pay a penalty; and creating marketplaces for health and pediatric dental insurance coverage.
During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals provided more than 12,518 dental procedures, including cleanings, fillings, extractions and oral health education. Additionally, volunteer dental lab technicians worked to create 221 complete and partial dentures and repairs.
The Dental Board of California recently began a large-scale enforcement effort against the unlicensed practice of dentistry in Southern California. The Southern California Unlicensed Dentistry (SCUD) Task Force was established by the Dental Board's enforcement unit and has been investigating numerous reports of unlicensed dentistry being offered in a wide variety of settings.
In January, dentists receiving their biennial renewal statements from the Dental Board of California (DBC) will see an increase in the total fee from $365 to $377.
The Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC), created via legislation enacted in 2008, will be undergoing its first legislative “sunset review” over the course of the next year. CDA has expressed early concerns about several changes to current law proposed by the committee.
To help members have an impact in their local communities and statewide, CDA has launched a revamped grassroots advocacy program. Under the program, CDA organizes “Advocacy Days” designed specifically for individual components. Groups of approximately five dentists are selected from a component to either come to Sacramento or to take part in a regional advocacy day and meet with legislators in their home districts.
Carol Summerhays, DDS, a general dentist with a San Diego private practice, has formally announced her candidacy for the office of ADA president-elect 2014 at the ADA House of Delegates in New Orleans. In addition to her role as the ADA Thirteenth District trustee, Summerhays has held numerous ADA leadership positions and has served on various committees, including strategic planning, compensation, governance, government affairs and new dentist. She also served as CDA president in 2009.
Over the two-day event, 2,203 patients received $1.62 million in care at CDA Cares San Diego on Dec. 7-8. More than 1,700 volunteers, including more than 900 dental professionals, provided 12,518 total procedures at no charge to patients who experience barriers to care.
Online dues renewal for CDA members is now open at cda.org/renew
. With membership in organized dentistry, dentists are ensuring that their voice and the needs of the profession are represented on every level. CDA provides education, practice support, protection and a stronger voice in government.
With a personal objective to provide quality dental service and education to the underserved, Stephanie Calvillo, DDS, was recently awarded the CDA Foundation’s 2013 Student Loan Repayment Grant. The grant provides up to $105,000 over three years toward repayment of student loans in exchange for a commitment to care for underserved individuals.
CDA and partners in the coalition, Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP), are preparing for a year-long battle to defeat an effort by trial attorneys to change a provision of a law that protects dentists and other health care providers from frivolous lawsuits.
CDA continuously works on behalf of its members to make a difference for the profession and the patients they serve – 2013 has been no different. From helping more than 4,400 people receive dental care at no charge through the CDA Cares dental events, to urging the Legislature to restore adult Denti-Cal, to expanding resources available in the area of practice support, to adding new and exciting learning opportunities at CDA Presents, CDA strived to meet the many needs of its members.
Dental students from across the state had their voices heard at the CDA House of Delegates meeting in Sacramento. The student delegation at this year’s meeting on Nov. 15-17 included 32 dental students from the six dental schools in California. The voting delegation had a say in the issues discussed at the meeting and also used the event as an opportunity to network.