Five questions to ask about your supply spend
In most areas of practice, dentists want their offices to exceed expectations. The friendliest staff. The best treatment outcomes. The happiest patients. However, your practice should endeavor to conform to the norm in at least one area: overhead expense ratios. Managing variable expenses, like dental supplies, means that your practice can keep more of what it earns.
Rethinking pain management in our dental practices
Dentists do a good job managing acute, short-term pain and dentists are not the primary prescribers of opioid analgesics for adults. However, we perform a lot of dental surgeries that result in a lot of opioid prescriptions, and we prescribe the majority of opioid analgesics for children ages 11 to 18. Let’s take a closer look at acute pain management and why it’s time to change our behavior.
Is it a covered benefit? Understanding the noncovered services law
A common question received by Practice Support is whether a dental plan that a dentist is in contract with can dictate fees on procedures that the policy does not cover. What CDA members specifically want to know is what the dentist can charge the patient. I wish I could provide a simple answer, but the simple truth is that there is very little that is simple about the dental benefit marketplace.
Calling dental volunteers for CDA Cares Modesto Oct. 26-27
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, CDA Cares, is fast approaching and the Foundation is still in need of volunteers in clinical and nonclinical areas. Endodontists, medical triage volunteers, oral surgeons and prosthodontists are specifically needed to help make the Oct. 26-27 event at the Modesto Centre Plaza a success.
Rules for storing and disposing of controlled substances
A dentist who stores controlled substances must follow both state and federal rules for storage, inventory and disposal of those drugs. DEA registration is required for each address where a dentist stores controlled substances.
Reference checks: A small but important piece of the hiring process
Recent polls and research suggest that 50-80 percent of resumes submitted by job applicants contain false or inaccurate information about the applicants’ job history or qualifications. Employers who are not already conducting careful reference checks may be more inclined to do so when faced with such an alarming statistic. Checking references is a small step in the hiring process that can provide significant value to employers.
Mandatory CURES consultation in effect Oct. 2
Beginning Oct. 2, all licensees authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish or dispense controlled substances in California must, with some exceptions, check a patient’s prescription history in CURES 2.0 before prescribing a Schedule II-IV substance, as CDA first reported in April. One notable exemption to mandatory CURES consultation that applies to dental care and that CDA helped secure is summarized here.
CDA Cares set to return to Modesto, site of first clinic
After six years and 13 clinics, CDA Cares, the volunteer-run dental program hosted by the CDA Foundation, is preparing for a return to Modesto, Calif. — site of the inaugural clinic in 2012. And while every CDA Cares can be considered successful in terms of the number of patients served — 1,950 on average — and the number of no-cost dental services provided, longtime volunteers say a lot has changed since the first clinic took shape in the Central Valley city.
Eligible Premier providers to receive settlement payments
Approximately 14,000 dentists are expected to receive payments by the end of October as part of CDA’s settlement agreement with Delta Dental. The agreement, which was approved by the court in May and followed by a 60-day appeal period, provides $65 million to Premier providers who had their fees impacted by Delta Dental’s “inflationary adjustment percentage.” Dentists who did not have their fees reduced improperly by the inflationary adjustment percentage will not receive payments.
Peer-to-peer recommendations for supply savings
Have you heard the story about the woodcutter who was so busy chopping down trees that he didn’t take time to sharpen his ax? Perhaps you’ve even become a woodcutter in your own practice. It can be challenging to exit the whirlwind of activity to take the steps that make your practice more effective and efficient. The good news is that there are opportunities to sharpen your ax every day — especially when it comes to cost reduction and inventory control.
Smokeless tobacco prevention summit convenes Oct. 16-18 in Sacramento
More than 400 national experts, health care providers and advocates will participate in the 9th National Summit on Smokeless Tobacco Prevention coming to Sacramento Oct. 16-18. Individuals, organizations and agencies committed to reducing and eliminating the use of smokeless and other noncombustible tobacco products are encouraged to register to join the current coalition.
How to start prescribing controlled substances electronically
Electronic data prescribing can reduce opportunities for diversion of controlled substances by eliminating the use of paper forms that can be stolen, lost or left behind and used illegally. Use of e-prescribing for controlled substances is growing nationally due to state mandates and prescribers’ increasing comfort with technology. Here is how to get started.
Easy steps to creating a more effective online presence for your practice
Sixty percent of consumers conduct online research before going to a business’ website to weigh a purchase decision. Even if you have a new top-of-the-line site, people may never make it there if they don’t like what they see on popular review sites. If you don’t have an online presence or are questioning how strong it is, there are many simple steps you can take to begin creating a more favorable digital reputation for your practice.
CDA Presents attendees can access their C.E. certificates soon
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry concluded Sept. 8 in San Francisco. About three weeks after the convention, all who completed C.E. courses can expect to receive an email notification that C.E. certificates are available and can log in to access them using their CDA user ID and password. Attendees who do not have a CDA user ID and password will simply need to sign up as a new user and may want to get a head start by signing up now.
Five reasons to visit CDA's Member Benefits Center
CDA members have ongoing access to dedicated experts and resources to support their practice goals throughout the year. At CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco, members can connect to those experts one-on-one at the Member Benefits Center in booth 811 and enjoy special offers available only at the convention. Here’s what members can do at the Member Benefits Center.
Download the CDA app for the best CDA Presents experience
If you’re heading to CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry Sept. 6-8 in San Francisco, download the new CDA app (from Apple’s App Store or Google Play) to access your course handouts, receive real-time updates, navigate the exhibit hall floor and much more — right from your mobile device. Or, if you already have the Anaheim 2018 app on your phone, simply update the app to access content for the San Francisco convention.
Soda tax initiative would generate billions for health care, LAO concludes
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has concluded that the California Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act of 2020, a ballot measure filed in July by CDA and CMA, would generate an estimated $2-3 billion annually from a statewide sales tax of 2 cents per ounce on sugar-sweetened beverages. Between $1.6 billion and $2.5 billion of that revenue would be dedicated exclusively to health care.
Legislation, report highlight need for dental plan transparency
A CDA-sponsored bill requiring standardized disclosures from dental plans is headed to the governor’s desk as a new journal paper highlights the need to establish greater transparency from dental plans to protect consumers. The paper, based on a CDA-commissioned report, makes the case for a minimum dental loss ratio. Currently, no minimum standard exists for dental plans to spend a certain percentage of patient premiums directly on patient care.
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