Special edition of CDA Update addresses nationwide opioid epidemic
The September 2018 issue of the Update, CDA’s monthly news magazine, focuses entirely on the opioid crisis gripping America and on dentistry’s leadership role in this crisis. Articles include “Rethinking pain management in our dental practices,” by Solomon Poyourow, DDS, MD, MPH, and “End first exposure: Dentistry’s biggest opportunity in the opioid crisis” by Kerry K. Carney, DDS, CDE. Other articles discuss legislative efforts to curb opioid abuse, alternatives to opioids for managing pain and instructions for prescribing controlled substances electronically.
Proven methods for fine-tuning supply costs
With the optimal cost of dental drugs and supplies averaging 6 to 8 percent of collections, focused purchasing can have a significant impact on practice efficiency and net operating income. When seeking to control supply costs, there are four key areas of opportunity: managing inventory, improving purchasing habits, renegotiating pricing and adding suppliers.
In doubt about how to handle a situation? Err on the side of caution
The Risk Management Advice Line is a complimentary service of The Dentists Insurance Company that has helped thousands of dentists seeking guidance on handling difficult situations in their offices. But not all callers are in the midst of a crisis. Sometimes, they simply need reassurance that they’ve done the right thing. Here is one example concerning a patient who presented for an exam and evaluation of her third molars.
Provider dispute process offers fair, fast and cost-effective resolution
Simply asking a plan to reconsider a decision does not initiate the provider dispute mechanism. A request made by phone call or email or otherwise not made according to the plan’s established procedure will be treated as an informal appeal, which should be used only once. If it does not result in resolution, the dentist should file an appeal through the provider dispute resolution process established by the dental plan.
CDA Presents course will explain promising changes to state's dental program
Promising changes to the Medi-Cal dental program, including substantial rate increases and a streamlined provider application that saves applicants significant time, are making it more enticing for dentists to become Denti-Cal providers. Now, dentists have an opportunity to learn the details about these changes and additional Denti-Cal program investments at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in September.
New TDIC seminar addresses nerve injury risks
Poor documentation, failure to immediately disclose to a patient that an unexpected treatment outcome occurred and failure to immediately refer the patient to a specialist were common trends noted in a five-year analysis by The Dentists Insurance Company. The results of this analysis formed the basis for a new TDIC seminar “Pain and Perception: Reducing Nerve Injury Risks,” which launches in September at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco.
Join the TDSC excitement at CDA Presents
CDA’s newest subsidiary, The Dentists Supply Company, is coming to CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco. At the Member Benefits Center inside the convention’s exhibit hall, attendees will be able to experience tdsc.com, a site designed to deliver members savings and free shipping on dental supplies. The TDSC team will also be on-site with exciting promotions and giveaways exclusive to the San Francisco convention.
Encourage patients to 'take them back' to help prevent addiction, overdose
The next DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 27, and more than 300 locations in California are prepared to help people dispose of unused prescription drugs safely and anonymously. Health care providers can encourage their patients and others to dispose of prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patients should also be made aware that they can also dispose of unused prescription drugs year-round at designated locations.
Free lectures at The Spot cover regulatory compliance, employment law and more
This September at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco, The Spot Educational Theater will host free one-hour lectures nearly every hour on the hour beginning at 10 a.m. all three days of the convention. Among the scheduled lecturers are CDA Practice Support’s four analysts who provide expert guidance in the areas of dental benefits, employment practices, practice management and regulatory compliance.
Disaster assistance available for Denti-Cal providers, beneficiaries
Denti-Cal providers and beneficiaries in nine counties impacted by the Carr and Cranston fires will receive processing exceptions to expedite replacement of removable dental appliances, a special Denti-Cal Bulletin states. According to the August Bulletin, claims will be accepted without requiring prior authorization and will not be rejected due to frequency limitations for subsequent removable appliances for eligible beneficiaries.
Employment separation in the dental practice: How to prepare
Every employee’s employment life cycle ends eventually, whether due to resignation, retirement, termination or other reason. In the dental office, any employee who separates should do so in a structured and professional manner with minimum disruption to the patients, staff and practice. Still, depending on what triggers an employee’s departure, separation can be an awkward situation for employers to navigate. Such discomfort can be lessened if clear policies and practices are in place.
Proposition 65 notice requirement takes effect in August
No later than Aug. 30, 2018, dental practices that employ 10 or more employees must post at the entrance of the office the new Proposition 65 warning notice, unless the practice chooses instead to provide a warning with an informed consent form. The form must be signed by the patient prior to exposure to the chemicals regulated by Proposition 65.
Product launches, show specials await dentists at CDA Presents
An impressive roster of dental products and services from more than 400 exhibiting companies will be on display in September at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco. Attendees who explore the exhibit hall floor can expect to find every product category represented. Show specials, daily raffles and booth giveaways also await dentists and their teams.
Dental professionals impacted by wildfires can apply for disaster relief grant
To help dental professionals in need, the CDA Foundation has established a Disaster Relief Grant for individuals — a one-time, single-installment grant that provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 per California dentist, dental staff member currently employed in the dental field or CDA component dental society staff member. The grant is for immediate and emergency needs as a direct result of the 2018 California wildfires.
FDA warns against use of OTC benzocaine teething products
The FDA has taken action to stop the use of over-the-counter benzocaine oral health products for young children, stating that the products “pose serious safety risks, especially those with no demonstrated benefit.” In addition to warning consumers that these products, which are intended for the temporary relief of sore gums due to teething, pose a serious risk to infants and children, the administration has asked companies to stop selling the products for such use.
August Journal features craniofacial physiology
The August issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association highlights craniofacial physiology in dentistry. Articles include a review of the genesis of craniofacial biology, a summary of the eruption of teeth, an overview of the pathophysiology of oral squamous cell carcinoma and a discussion of the normal physiology of sleep.
Unbranded: The case for alternate dental supplies
In your life outside the practice, you’re constantly confronted with the choice between name brands and alternate brands. Whether you’d consider that “other” carton generic, private label, house brand or alternate, the difference may be more in your perception than in the product. How much does your perception of quality and value factor into your purchasing decisions? And what steps can you take to determine the best selections, both for your home and dental office?
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