Maximize operational efficiency by managing overhead expenses
Managing overhead expenses might not be a skill dentists learn about in dental school, but it is a necessity for running a successful practice. Practice owners don’t always realize just how much their overhead costs add up and how high the real cost of doing business can be. A thorough evaluation of overhead efficiency can significantly reduce costs, increase revenue and streamline operations — in practices of every model and size.
August Journal addresses barriers to dental care access
The August Journal of the California Dental Association outlines efforts to set the foundation for two major initiatives supported by CDA — the Dental Transformative Initiative and the Department of Public Health’s State Oral Health Program. Articles discuss the concepts and frameworks of creating a state oral health plan for California; approaches that three local health departments used to address oral health problems in their communities; and more.
Top five: Spotlight on CDA Practice Support resources
In addition to advice from experts on the business side of dentistry, CDA Practice Support provides a full online library of articles, guides, templates and tools. Check out five of the most popular resources this quarter and see how they can help make running your practice easier and more efficient.
New regs limit use of criminal history in hiring decisions
Many employers are choosing to hire third parties to conduct background checks on applicants who have been offered employment. In addition, depending on the nature of the position and essential job functions, employers are requesting reports about an applicant's driving and criminal record. As of July 1, under the Fair Employment and Housing Council, there are additional legal limits on employers obtaining and using this type of information.
How to stop payment demands for unordered products
A component dental society recently notified CDA that several of its members have reported receiving invoices for products that their dental practices did not order. The invoices were billed by a California dental supply company and could be a form of small-business scam. The Federal Trade Commission calls it the “supply swindle.” Practices can take steps to stop this unlawful practice.
Father-daughter duo to volunteer at next CDA Cares
Retired dentist Bob Chiurazzi, DDS, and his daughter Heather Chiurazzi, a first-year dental student at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, volunteer side by side at CDA Cares and have missed volunteering just once since CDA Cares held its first event in Modesto in 2012. The pair looks forward to working together again in the oral surgery department at CDA Cares Bakersfield, Oct. 6–7.
Just say no: How to handle demanding patients
Patient satisfaction is the ultimate goal of any dentist and most will do whatever it takes to keep their patients happy, confident and pain-free. But what happens when a patient’s expectations are unrealistic? What if a patient is impossible to please? At what point should you say “enough is enough?”
CURES 'red flags' covered in San Francisco course
Dentists prescribe approximately 11 percent of prescription opioids annually in the U.S. With this in mind, CDA Public Affairs is sponsoring a course to be held at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco this August that will help dental professionals understand their role in drug diversion programs, including the use of California’s prescription drug monitoring program known as CURES.
State could face $30B in new costs under BCRA
A new analysis from the California Department of Health Care Services and the Department of Finance finds that California could face more than $30 billion annually in additional health care costs over the next decade under the Senate proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Senate bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), would increase state costs even more than the $24.3 billion estimate under the House’s American Health Care Act proposal. A comparative chart offered here outlines the current proposals and the implications nationally.
CDA membership strengthens the profession
One of the greatest draws of professional associations is the chance to be a part of something bigger. When professionals come together, their voices truly become more powerful. Cultivating this collective power is one of CDA’s long-standing goals. In fact, the association has reached the 27,000-member mark and was recognized by the ADA in four key areas.
Guidance on website accessibility added to AwDA resource
CDA’s regulatory compliance experts are receiving calls from members who are concerned about how compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act might extend to website accessibility. Dentists have questions about whether their practice websites are compliant with AwDA. In response, CDA Practice Support added a section on website accessibility to its AwDA-related resource.
Discretionary dentistry: A growing trend for private practice
Now more than ever, patients are demanding discretionary dental treatments. Where just a few decades ago dentistry was seen primarily as an avenue to better oral health, it is now seen as a way to improve quality of life.
Dental teams can train to improve medical emergency response
It demonstrates airway and breathing complications, comes with a host of cardiac and circulation features, offers IV and intraosseous access, can respond to medical interventions — from nasotracheal intubation to surgical cricothyrotomy — and it talks back and is completely wireless. It’s the SimMan — and this August at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco, the dentist and entire dental team will have an opportunity to train with the high-fidelity simulation mannequin.
Rate increases expected for hundreds of procedures under state program
As California’s new fiscal year starts, dentists can expect significant reimbursement increases for hundreds of procedures covered by Denti-Cal because of the passage of CDA-sponsored and supported Proposition 56, the tobacco tax measure. With anticipated federal participation, it is expected that an estimated $300 million in additional funding will be committed to increasing coverage for dental care in the program.
Staying current on employment law helps avoid liability
Many dentists dream of opening their own practices. And while they may have spent years refining their clinical skills, they are often less familiar with the business side of dentistry. This is especially true when it comes to employment law, an area of frequent claims against dental practice owners. Dentists should heed particular caution to the rules and regulations surrounding meal and rest periods.
Dental Benefits 101: Preauthorization versus predetermination
CDA Practice Support occasionally hears a complaint from dental offices that a plan granted a preauthorization for treatment and then denied payment when the claim was submitted. Digging a little deeper into these complaints, there may be some confusion between what constitutes a “preauthorization” and what is a “predetermination” or pre-estimate of benefits.
CDA Journal discusses trigeminal neuralgia
Arriving in time for holiday reading, the July Journal of the California Dental Association spotlights a variety of topics including hemifacial spasms, trigeminal neuropathic pain and malpractice claims and attendant laws. An ePub version is available for reading on mobile devices.
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