Remain calm when faced with irate patients
The Dentists Insurance Company reports several calls to its Risk Management Advice Line from practice owners facing irate patients. Typically, these cases stem from patients who are upset over unplanned expenses, treatment plans they consider unnecessary, failure to achieve expected results from cosmetic procedures or a dentist’s refusal to practice outside the standard of care when a patient attempts to dictate treatment.
Nonprofit organizations can receive up to $25K in dental materials and supplies
Nonprofit organizations can apply now through March 31 for the CDA Foundation’s Dental Materials & Supplies Grant. In partnership with Henry Schein Cares, the program provides between $5,000 and $25,000 of in-kind goods per year for two years to selected organizations. These goods are deemed necessary for dental operations and oral health services.
Discussion panel, cadaver implantology workshop lead course lineup for CDA Presents
Two highlights of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry this May in Anaheim will be a lively and informative Q&A panel discussion featuring recognized leaders in restorative dentistry and a two-part hands-on workshop on implant placement and bone grafting using cadavers. “Cadaveric Hands-On Implant Placement and Bone-Grafting Workshop” is geared for dentists of all skills levels, from basic to advanced.
Paid sick leave compliance and management explained
Implemented in July 2015, California’s mandatory paid sick leave policy requires nearly all employers to provide employees with protected paid sick leave. But if you’re still confused about how to comply with the requirements, rest assured, you’re not alone. CDA Practice Support continues to receive daily calls about compliance and employee management issues related to the state law. Here are the basics for employers.
Presenting sponsors dedicated to helping underserved
The 15th CDA Cares is around the corner and several major sponsors have stepped up to make the clinic another success. The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental event is March 8-9 at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, and about 1,950 people will receive oral health care at no cost thanks to the support of generous sponsors including Solano County, Henry Schein, Western Dental, Planmeca and The Dentists Insurance Company.
CDA supports bills targeting Coke and Pepsi in California
A broad coalition of dentists, physicians, and public health advocates announced their support for a package of bills aimed at reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and ensuring that corporations like The Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. stop targeting low-income communities and pay their fair share of public health costs.
CURES registration requirement also applies to current electronic prescribers
Dentists who prescribe controlled substances electronically or through written prescription must be registered with CURES 2.0, California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System. The registration deadline was July 1, 2016. If not in compliance with the registration requirement, prescribers should register now.
New CDA Endorsed Program can help dentists save thousands on student loan debt
CDA is pleased to announce CommonBond as a CDA Endorsed Program that offers competitive student loan refinancing as a new member benefit. Student loan debt is one of the largest financial hurdles a dentist may face. The average educational debt for all indebted graduates in the class of 2018 for U.S. public and private dental schools was $251,869 and $326,133, respectively.
Little patients are a big deal
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Without intervention, this infectious disease can cause lasting impacts on total health and quality of life, even into adulthood. By encouraging little patients and their parents to take an active role in preventive care and by creating comfortable dental visits, your team can help establish good lifelong oral health habits.
February Student Spotlight
Get to know CDA’s February Student Spotlight, Trent Gillard from Loma Linda University class of 2020.
State program expands provider incentives to new counties
Dentists in 26 counties have a new opportunity to participate in the Dental Transformation Initiative to help improve dental health for low-income children enrolled in the Medi-Cal Program while receiving enhanced reimbursement by meeting specific incentive metrics. As part of California's 1115 waiver, the DTI focuses on high-value care, improved access to dental care, and the use of performance measures to improve the program through four “domains.”
Mobile app from ADSA can assist dentists during medical emergencies
A new app developed by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology emphasizes the early detection of and quick response to medical emergencies that can occur in the dental office. The app allows dentists and their staff to keep track of drug doses and expiration dates and use patient information to calculate personalized drug doses. Crisis checklists assist in providing appropriate interventions with flow charts that evaluate emergency events.
Influencing patient retention in the dental practice
“I need more patients” is a statement I’ve heard often from dentists throughout my career. While new patients are undeniably important to a practice’s success, practice owners should be aware of opportunities they may already have within their existing patient base. According to recent research, the average dental office in America has just a 65 percent patient retention.
Restorative-dentistry courses lined up for CDA Presents
With its educational focus on restorative dentistry, the upcoming CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry will provide more than the usual number of opportunities to learn about restorative materials, processes and techniques. The May 16-18 convention in Anaheim offers at least 20 restorative-centered lectures and workshops, including an interactive panel discussion featuring national leaders in the field.
Health risks of e-cigarettes discussed in CDA Journal
The February issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association focuses on the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes and the role dentists can play to help patients stop smoking. Other articles spotlight the efficacy of probiotics in treating peri-implant diseases and the best clinical scenarios for using cone beam computed tomography.
TDIC's informed consent form helps dentists follow law when prescribing opioids to minors
The Dentists Insurance Company has developed a resource to help prescribers follow a new requirement when prescribing Schedule II drugs to minors. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, before a prescriber issues the first prescription to a minor for a controlled substance containing an opioid, the prescriber must discuss specific information with the minor or the minor’s parent or guardian. The new form, “Consent to Prescribe an Opioid to a Minor,” covers the required discussion items.
Security risk assessment tool updated for smaller practices
All HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates are required to conduct an initial comprehensive security risk assessment to identify “potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information. Small- to medium-sized health care practices with one to 10 providers now have an upgraded tool that is specifically designed to assist them with completing this assessment.
New opioid policy furthers CDA's efforts to reduce abuse, misuse
Providing education, promoting evidence-based acute pain management practices and forming partnerships with specialty dental organizations form the basis of the CDA Opioid Policy adopted by the CDA House of Delegates at its annual meeting last November. The new policy solidifies CDA’s role as a leader in state health care policy and creates new opportunities to collaborate with health care colleagues and others to reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids.
Appreciative patients share stories of pain relieved, smiles restored
In just over a month, CDA Cares volunteers will deliver no-cost dental services to an estimated 1,950 individuals who experience barriers to care. Over two days, March 8-9, at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, Calif., dentists, hygienists, lab technicians, dental assistants and other professionals will volunteer their services and time, providing cleanings, extractions, root canals, dentures, triage and oral health education. The Foundation still seeks volunteers in all clinical areas, especially oral surgeons, lab techs and nurses and physicians for medical triage.
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