TDIC earns AM Best 'A' rating for 25th consecutive year
The Dentists Insurance Company has earned the AM Best A rating for the 25th consecutive year. AM Best Company ratings include comparisons to peers and industry standards as well as assessments of operating plans, philosophy and management. The A (Excellent) rating is a reflection of TDIC’s financial strength and its mission to provide the best insurance products and related services to more than 24,000 policyholders.
Billing dentists: Learn how to properly bill when another dentist performs treatment
Many dental benefit plans have adopted contracting based on the contract of the treating dentist, not just the billing (owner) dentist. When billing a benefit plan, the information documented on the claim in the billing dentist or billing entity, treating dentist and treatment location sections must all be accurate. If the treating dentist documented on the claim differs from the treating dentist noted in the patient’s chart, it’s considered to be fraudulent billing.
Patient selection: Instincts, courage and healthy relationships
Of the nearly 3,500 professional liability claims The Dentists Insurance Company addressed between 2012 and 2017, many could have been avoided or mitigated had the dentist been more cautious about choosing which patients to accept into care. “Being selective in the patients you see goes a long way in avoiding trouble down the road,” said Taiba Solaiman, senior TDIC Risk Management analyst.
Deadline ahead to provide new sexual harassment prevention training to employees
A state law that took effect early this year requires that employers with five or more employees provide qualified sexual harassment prevention training no later than Jan. 1, 2020. Practice owners can achieve this new training requirement by registering their dental teams for one or two courses offered this May at CDA Presents in Anaheim.
'Failure to produce patient records' among most cited violations, says dental board
Maintaining its focus on consumer safety, the Dental Board of California has issued an increasing number of citations in recent years. As noted in its 2018 Sunset Review Report to the California Legislature, citations increased by 36 percent in each of the previous four fiscal years. Two of the five most commonly cited violations according to the report are (1) Failure to produce patient records and (2) Failure to follow infection-control guidelines.
Prop. 56 dentists loan repayment program opens April 1, awards up to $300K
A new loan repayment program is available for dentists and physicians who provide direct patient care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Eligible dentists may apply through Physicians for a Healthy California to receive up to $300,000 to apply toward their student loans in exchange for a five-year service obligation as a Medi-Cal provider.
CDA bill makes silver diamine fluoride a covered Medi-Cal benefit
Silver diamine fluoride would become a covered benefit as a treatment option for tooth decay for specified Medi-Cal Dental Program enrollees under a new bill authored by Sen. Richard Pan. Senate Bill 154 would make SDF a covered benefit if applied as part of a patient’s comprehensive treatment plan and with the patient’s written informed consent.
Statewide conference in May focuses on future of health care delivery in California
Dentists and other health care providers are encouraged to attend Health Information Technology After Meaningful Use — a statewide conference happening May 13 in Sacramento and hosted by CalHIPSO, an organization formed through a partnership of the California Medical Association, the California Primary Care Association and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.
March Student Spotlight
Get to know CDA’s March Student Spotlight, Sara Zadmehr from the University of California Los Angeles class of 2020.
TDSC's authentic products offer savings, secure supply chains and peace of mind
When members of organized dentistry purchase supplies through The Dentists Supply Company, they can rest assured that the products are authentic and supplied by a trusted, authorized source. In other words, there are no gray-market goods that could risk patient safety. As small-business owners, it’s important for dentists to make informed decisions about the products they purchase for their practices and patient care.
Intensive oral surgery workshop at CDA Presents: What will it cover?
Faced with limited space in the CDA Presents program, Ronald P. Morris, DDS, MS, found it challenging to adequately cover the learning outcomes of the oral surgery workshop he’ll teach this May at the Anaheim convention. After all, the two-day workshop spans a total of 18 hours and is formidably titled “Everything You Wanted To Know About Oral Surgery but Were Afraid To Ask.”
CDA Cares Solano provides nearly $1.3 million in oral health care
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided nearly $1.3 million in charitable dental services to 1,491 people at the Solano County Fairgrounds March 8-9. During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals performed 8,955 procedures, including fillings, extractions and cleanings. Additionally, the clinic provided patients with oral health education.
New laws and regulations took effect Jan. 1: Are you in compliance?
Eight new or updated laws and regulations affecting dentistry and dental practice management took effect Jan. 1. To help ensure members are currently in compliance — and stay in compliance — CDA Practice Support offers summaries of the laws, including what they require and where to go for resources and support.
Register for March 14 webinar 'EHRs and the Opioid Crisis'
A monthly webinar series hosted by the California Health Information Partnership & Services Organization continues March 14 with “EHRs and the Opioid Crisis.” The 1.5-hour webinar will summarize the recommendations of a report, “CDC Opioid Guideline: Implementation Guide for Electronic Health Records,” published last November by the Electronic Health Record Association.
Prescribers can use existing controlled-substance Rx forms until January 2021
A bill to address problems implementing new requirements for controlled-substance prescription forms sailed through the California Legislature and is expected to receive Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature this week. Assembly Bill 149 delays the requirement that prescribers use a new form approved by the Department of Justice as part of an earlier bill that passed last year.
Five ways CDA members benefit from purpose-driven supply shopping
The Dentists Supply Company continues to grow and offer CDA members unparalleled savings. In fact, shopper savings on dental supplies through have already surpassed $3 million dollars. And the site’s top 10 California shoppers have collectively saved $150,000 so far.* While this membership benefit is helping dentists to see a big difference in supply dollars, it’s not the only reason members are shopping
CDA Journal spotlights opioid misuse
The March issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association discusses opioid misuse and provides important concepts of substance-use disorders, pain management and prescription-medication diversion that dentists should consider. A comprehensive caries management guide for dental professionals to use in clinical settings will be included with the issue.
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