RDA written and RDA law and ethics exams to be combined
On May 24, 2018, the Registered Dental Assistant Written and Registered Dental Assistant Law and Ethics examinations are expected to launch as a single combined exam. The Dental Board of California and the Dental Assisting Council in a December 2016 meeting agreed to take this action to “ensure that the combined examination is legally defensible and meets the requirements of Business and Professions Code Section 139.”
Dentistry and eHealth featured in May CDA Journal
The May Journal of the California Dental Association explores a variety of topics, including a strategy to make eHealth relevant to dentistry, an update on medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw, the effects of mixed-dentition orthodontic treatment and a study of how dentists learn by combining evidence and experience.
TDSC Marketplace on target for $1 million in savings by CDA Presents
When CDA’s subsidiary The Dentists Service Company launched the TDSC Marketplace last year, it was with a bold mission: to deliver practice-changing savings on dental supplies to CDA members. Learn more about this new member benefit at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim May 17–19. Stop by CDA’s Member Benefits Center in booth 1102 of the convention exhibit hall, where the Marketplace team will showcase the site and help attendees “test drive” features.
Include annual license verification in personnel records management
An individual was arrested in California in March for false representation as a dental hygienist and for making false claims for health benefits. According to additional information CDA obtained, the individual worked without a license in several dental offices in Northern California before her arrest. CDA offers the following article as a reminder to dentists to include license verification as a best practice for hiring and ongoing personnel management.
Early-bird pricing extended for medical emergency management courses
Three medical emergency training courses come to CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim, May 17–19, answering a high demand from dentists and dental team members for hands-on training in medical emergency preparation and management to help ensure successful patient outcomes and reduce risk to the practice. The courses are led by Rick Ritt, EMT-P, MA, a paramedic for more than 35 years who has trained thousands of dentists and their staff, and are co-sponsored by TDIC.
Little Hoover Commission examines changes in Denti-Cal program
California's Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency, held a special hearing March 22 to assess progress within the Denti-Cal program since the commission released the April 2016 report titled Fixing Denti-Cal. The commission heard from several panels, including Denti-Cal providers who serve the population in a variety of settings. CDA member dentist Nagaraj Murthy, DDS, spoke about his experiences as a long-term Denti-Cal program provider.
TDIC receives 24th consecutive 'A' rating
The Dentists Insurance Company has announced its 24th consecutive year earning the A.M. Best Company’s “A” rating. The rating includes comparisons to peers and industry standards, as well as assessments of operating plans, philosophy and management. “With TDIC’s consistent and sustainable growth, we’re ensuring a diversified premium base and financial stability for policyholders while we continue to focus solely on protecting dentists,” said TDIC Board Chair Daniel Davidson, DMD.
Mandatory checks in CURES take effect Oct. 2
The Department of Justice announced that California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, also known as CURES 2.0, is ready for statewide use and that mandatory CURES consultation becomes effective Oct. 2, 2018. Beginning on this date, prescribers must check a patient’s prescription history in CURES 2.0 before prescribing a Schedule II-IV substance, with some exceptions.
Pharmacies continue to reject prescriptions due to noncompliant forms
CDA continues to receive calls from dentists who report that pharmacies are rejecting the controlled substances prescriptions they write for patients. As CDA first reported last November, prescriptions for schedule II-V drugs must contain 14 preprinted elements and must be written on tamper-resistant forms produced by security-prescription printer companies licensed and approved by the California Department of Justice. But a recent DOJ audit of the licensed security printers identified four printers that are still printing noncompliant forms.
Strategic shopping for high-dollar supplies
When balancing your practice’s dental supply budget, it can seem like there’s never a good time to allocate dollars to upgrade, enhance or add to your equipment. Relatively small equipment can come with a significant price tag. So how do you discern when to purchase higher-dollar items and how to get the most value?
Legislation, CDA Presents lecture, address prescription opioid abuse and CURES
On the legislative front, in California alone, more than two dozen bills that address opioid prescription and misuse are working their way through the Legislature, including several by Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS. Meanwhile, CDA continues to provide education and resources on opioid prescribing to members and dentists throughout California. In May at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim, CDA Public Affairs will host “Clinical and Legal Considerations for Prescribing Controlled Substances.”
CDA opposes bill that would allow state to set health care prices
CDA last week became aware of a bill that seeks to regulate and cap provider rates to a percentage of Medicare. Assembly Bill 3087 raises significant concerns about fracturing the market and undermining the ability of providers to balance their patient mix. CDA joins a number of other major provider groups representing a wide range of California health care professionals in voicing deep concerns about AB 3087 and issued a statement from CDA President Natasha Lee, DDS.
Job-seeking tools just for CDA members
The occupational outlook for dentistry is bright. The profession is pacing at a growth rate of 19 percent over 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s much faster than the overall job market. However, if you’re one of the many dental professionals seeking employment, navigating the process can still feel overwhelming. How do you gain the support and confidence needed to find a new job that’s the right fit?
Presenting sponsors line up to support CDA Cares Anaheim
With new and continued support from community members and key sponsors like Global Experience Specialists, Henry Schein, Planmeca USA, Sota Imaging, Western Dental, The Dentists Insurance Company and The Dentists Service Company, CDA Cares is now gearing up for its 13th volunteer dental event April 27-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Dental benefit contracting: It’s not all about the fees
I’ve heard from some dentists who signed on to a plan’s network only to discover afterward that the plan has certain policies and procedures that the dentist disagrees with. It appears, then, that the advice “buyer beware” also applies to one considering “buying” into a provider network. Many of the complaints CDA Practice Support hears from dentists are about plan payment policies that are often spelled out in the provider contract or handbook, so a thorough review of a plan’s provider contract prior to signing is strongly recommended.
CDA, CSPD, sponsor bill to expand health plan coverage for dental anesthesia
If enacted, Assembly Bill 2643, co-sponsored by CDA and the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, would require medical insurance plans to cover general anesthesia costs in the dental office setting when a patient’s developmental or other physical condition prevents that patient from receiving dental treatment unless deeply sedated but does not necessitate a hospital setting for care.
DEA registrants targeted by extortion scam
Criminals posing as Drug Enforcement Administration employees are targeting DEA registrants as part of an extortion scam, the administration said in an April 2 email alert according to the ADA. “Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration,” the email alert states.
Nominate a dentist for the 2018 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award
CDA members or component dental society executive directors are encouraged to nominate a California-licensed dentist for the 2018 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award. Each year the Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual for his or her lifetime of volunteer commitment and leadership that has had a broad impact on oral health and the improvement of the human condition or for actions that have enabled the dental profession to respond more fully to the individual needs of people at the local, state, national or international level.
Silver diamine fluoride covered under Denti-Cal with CDA-sponsored bill
CDA is sponsoring new legislation that will allow dentists who provide care in the Medi-Cal dental program to be reimbursed when using silver diamine fluoride as a caries arresting agent. With the passage of Senate Bill 1148, SDF will be placed in dentists’ tool belts as an evidence-based option to manage dental caries when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, particularly beneficial with patients who present challenges to receiving traditional treatment.
Focus on finding savings for your most-used supplies
Also known as “the law of the vital few,” the Pareto principle is often expressed as 80 percent of effects coming from 20 percent of causes. You’ve likely observed this phenomenon in your own practice — whether it’s a large percentage of revenue coming from a relatively small number of procedures or a high percentage of new patients coming in from one of your many marketing efforts. However, one of the areas in which the Pareto principle is most evident is in your dental supply budget.
TDIC courses in May teach dentists how to reduce employment liability
Attendees of the 2018 Anaheim CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry will have a number of opportunities to learn about employment law and how to reduce employment liability risks in their practices. Sponsored by The Dentists Insurance Company, the workshop Caution and Control — Reducing Employment Liability will be presented all three days of the May meeting.
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