Actions to help avoid 'ransomware' nightmare
Dental practices are among the victims falling prey to ransomware, a type of malware that infects and disables computers and demands payment from victims to restore computer access. The Dentists Insurance Company warns dentists that ransomware can bring a practice to a standstill.
The effective date for employers to begin providing mandatory sick leave to all employees has arrived (July 1), and in addition to updating policies, dentists must also distribute a new/updated employee notice by July 8.
Dental professionals from around the world attend CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry to learn about the latest clinical and technological advances in the industry, earn C.E. and network. In the process, they hear from some of dentistry’s most captivating speakers, which will be the case at CDA Presents in San Francisco on Aug. 20 to 22.
IRS to combat tax fraud cases affecting dentists
Over the last year, CDA has heard from its members about a scam involving other individuals filing tax returns under members’ names. Other health professionals have reported being targeted as well. The Internal Revenue Service is in the process of taking steps to combat this type of activity.
Henry Schein makes $100,000 product donation to CDA Cares
Henry Schein Dental has provided its largest single, ongoing donation to CDA’s statewide charity dental event, CDA Cares. Schein, which provides health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, will contribute $50,000 in supplies to each of the next two CDA Cares events (Fresno and Ventura).
Tips on dealing with emergency appointments
In today’s market, patients have become extremely busy, and “emergency appointments” have become more common. Therefore, every dental office should design and implement their own “emergency protocol” and customize it to accommodate the changing patient landscape.
CDA earns membership awards
As a reflection of CDA’s diverse membership and commitment to serving all dentists in a variety of practice settings, the ADA recently awarded CDA with three membership awards. Among dental societies with more than 7,500 members, CDA received the membership awards in the categories of Greatest Percentage of Diverse Members, Greatest Percentage of New Dentists and Greatest Percentage of Women Dentists.
CDA joins coalition to offset costs of smoking and save lives
CDA has joined Save Lives California, a coalition of groups seeking to save thousands of lives by raising California’s cigarette tax. “Dentists have long stood as an important line of defense not just for our patients’ oral health, but also their overall health,” said CDA President Walt Weber, DDS.
CDA is constantly looking for new ways to support members in their practices and has created a new subsidiary called The Dentists Service Company (TDSC), which has been approved by the CDA House of Delegates.
Top 5 CDA Practice Support Resources in June
CDA Practice Support is designed to help dentists navigate the business side of dentistry with ease, as it is chock-full of valuable resources to help them run their practices. Here are the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources this month in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.
Register for Dental Benefits Workshop in Irvine
Navigating the dynamic world of dental benefits is key to managing a smart practice. The Dental Benefits Workshop provides participants the opportunity to earn 12 C.E. credits during a two-day, in-person seminar. They will learn how to analyze and evaluate existing dental plan performance in their offices while getting hands-on experience from industry experts on how to navigate the world of dental benefits.
CDA pleased by state reversal of Denti-Cal cuts
The state's reversal of the 10 percent rate cuts for Denti-Cal providers, which have been in effect since 2013, is a positive first step in ensuring access to care for the program's beneficiaries. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made an announcement of a budget deal that will allow the rate changes to take effect July 1 pending federal approval.
Member benefit supports practices' business side
Mireya Ortega, DDS, thought she had taken all of the necessary steps in the insurance approval and billing process for her patient. But despite doing everything according to the insurance policy standard she was sent a letter in the mail informing her she needed to return all of the money she had received for the treatment because the patient in fact did not have coverage. That is when she called CDA Practice Support.
Medicare provider enrollment date pushed back again
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has again changed the compliance date for dentists desiring to opt out of the Medicare program. The new date, June 1, 2016, comes some two weeks after CMS moved the date from June 1 of this year to Jan. 1 of next year.
CDA's concerns shape hygiene association bill
CDA's opposition to a problematic provision in a California Dental Hygienists' Association-sponsored bill led to its removal, facilitating CDA's support position on the bill as it makes its way into the final stages of the legislative process.
First dental students complete licensure by portfolio
The first two dental students in the country have now completed the licensure by portfolio process. The University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry students, Daniel Feldman and Dan Beroukhim, accomplished this by building a portfolio of completed clinical experiences and clinical competency examinations in six subject areas over the normal course of their clinical training. Calibrated UOP faculty evaluated the examinations.
How to handle disciplining dental staff
Employee discipline is one of the hardest, but necessary, components of practice ownership and employing staff. It's human nature to avoid confrontation. As a leader, it's important to set the ground rules from the first day of employment. Creating an atmosphere of collaboration, mutual respect and trust early on can reap long-term rewards for the employee, the dentist as the employer and ultimately the practice.
Governor announces California state dental director
Gov. Jerry Brown today announced that Jayanth V. Kumar, DDS, MPH, will serve as California's new state dental director. For years, CDA has advocated for a state dental director — the establishment of this position is a major achievement for the state's oral health program and access to care planning goals.
Strong impact from Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign
The Ad Council recently released updated statistics regarding its Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign and the success of the initiative after nearly three years running. With more than 571,000 website views, and its plethora of resources continue to reach parents across the U.S.
Virtual dental home grant bill passes Assembly
CDA co-sponsored legislation that would provide key funding for the virtual dental home (VDH) model of dental care has passed unanimously on the Assembly floor. AB 648, authored by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-San Jose), would create a grant program under the direction of the state dental director to expand the VDH model into the state’s areas of greatest need. Public and private funds would be used for training, equipment, technical assistance and other support for VDH implementation. The bill passed in the Assembly Health Committee on a 79-0 vote.
CDA offers dissection workshop to dentists
Dentists who would like to step back into the classroom to gain a better understanding of the anatomy of the human body and how it relates to dentistry will want to attend CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco.
Dentists must comply with new medical waste law
California’s Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) was amended earlier this year. As a result of this amendment, there are changes dental practices need to make. It has come to CDA’s attention that there has been some misinformation circulated which is causing confusion. Here are the facts of the MWMA changes that impact dental practices.
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