Students advocate for dentistry, oral health at the state Capitol
Grassroots Advocacy Days are in full swing as student representatives from California’s six dental schools met with their local legislators and legislative staff to discuss critical issues affecting dentistry. CDA coordinates these small-group advocacy days each year at the state Capitol in Sacramento. The goal is to help members learn about the legislative process and to allow participants to have in-depth, interactive discussions with lawmakers about dentistry and oral health.
New online form available for reporting dental benefits plan issues
CDA Practice Support introduces a new, secure online submission process for dentists to use to report issues with dental benefits plans. By streamlining the intake process, this form will make it easier for practicing dentists to quickly reach out for assistance and submit issues at their own convenience. To receive assistance, simply submit your issue electronically using the new submission form available online within your account.
Dental supply class-action settlement notices mailed
Dentists eligible for payments as part of an $80 million class-action settlement involving dental supply companies Henry Schein Inc., Patterson Companies Inc. and Benco Dental Supply Company have received notices informing them that they have until Oct. 15 to file a claim in order to receive a payment, pending final settlement approval.
Balance honesty with objectivity when addressing prior treatment
Dentists often find themselves in an awkward predicament when a patient presents with what appears to be substandard work by another provider. On one hand, patients have a right to be informed about the state of their oral health. On the other, dentists should avoid openly criticizing another dentist’s work, even if that criticism may be justified. Finding the right balance between candidness and refrain can be tricky.
Dispensing dentists: Warning notice required on opioid prescription labels
A new state law effective Jan. 1, 2019, requires all dispensers of opioids to prominently display a notice on the prescription label or container of any prescription drug containing an opioid. The notice should be displayed by way of a flag or other notification mechanism attached to the container and must state: “Caution: Opioid. Risk of overdose and addiction.”
Harassment prevention training: More than a compliance box to ‘check off’
Recently enacted laws require employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training, including a law that many California dentists will need to comply with by January 2020, as CDA previously reported. But while important, these laws are only a small part of the harassment prevention puzzle. Recognizing workplace conflict — and taking steps to reduce it — is an important piece of the puzzle.
Deadline to cash Delta Dental settlement checks approaching
Delta Premier Providers who are class members of the Delta Dental class action lawsuit have until June 14, 2019, to cash their settlement checks. The $65 million settlement is the result of legal action CDA filed against Delta on behalf of members. Most settlement checks sent to approximately 14,000 class members have been cashed, but the class action settlement administrator reports that more than 500 settlement checks have yet to be cashed.
CDA’s 2019-20 Required Poster Set mails to practice owners in April
Several state and federal agencies require dental practices to conspicuously display specific health, safety and employee rights information in the office. To help its members keep ahead of these posting requirements, CDA produces an easy-to-display poster set to reflect current regulations and compliance requirements. The 2019-20 Poster Set will be available this month and includes notices from the EDD, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and others.
Network leasing bill gains traction, adds protection for dentists, patients
AB 954, authored by Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS, and sponsored by CDA, unanimously passed the Assembly Health Committee April 3 with favorable amendments to further protect dentists and patients when dental provider agreements are leased by third parties. The bill was introduced to make the network leasing process more transparent. Currently, dentists are not always aware that their existing contract with a health care benefit plan will be transferred or sold as part of a leased network.
Dental anesthesiology recognized as a specialty
Dental anesthesiology has become the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards. The commission adopted a resolution in March based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.
April Student Spotlight
Get to know CDA’s April Student Spotlight, David Perez from Western University’s class of 2021.
Save some green with eco-friendly supplies
Can your practice do good while also doing well? Yes it can! Let The Dentists Supply Company help you save big on green products from trusted brands. As a CDA member, you can shop online for eco-friendly supplies at negotiated discounts, plus free shipping, every day. Just look for the orange leaf icon next to select TDSC supplies or visit to explore.
The Spot, now in two locations at CDA Presents, offers up to 35 free lectures
The Spot Educational Theaters at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim will offer free one-hour lectures by industry experts during exhibit-hall hours all three days of the convention. With two locations of The Spot, attendees can attend up to 35 free lectures covering topics ranging from ethics to informed consent and from student loan refinancing to chronic wound therapy. Many lectures offer one unit of C.E. credit.
Compliance essentials: Hiring and paying temporary employees
Commonly, a dental practice will hire a temporary dental assistant, hygienist or front-office staff to fill in briefly for employee sick days, when the practice’s needs have increased or for an employee’s long-term leave of absence. CDA Practice Support finds that many employers are still puzzled about the requirements when hiring, classifying and properly paying these short-term employees.
Humanitarian Award recognizes dentists for volunteer commitment, leadership
April 1 through June 30, CDA members or component dental society executive directors can nominate a California-licensed dentist for the 2019 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award. Each year, the Humanitarian Award recognizes one individual for a lifetime of volunteer commitment and leadership that have had a broad impact on oral health and the improvement of the human condition.
Oral health care of older adults featured in CDA Journal
The April issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores the oral health issues of older adults. Articles discuss three models of elderly patient care that have sought to overcome barriers to the integration of medicine and dentistry; a conceptual framework for a broad public health approach to improving the oral health of older adults; and more.
Enjoy food, fun and camaraderie with the CDA Foundation at upcoming events
Show your support for the CDA Foundation and its two flagship programs — CDA Cares, the volunteer dental program, and the Student Loan Repayment Grant — by attending two upcoming events featuring great food, wine, sightseeing and fun with friends. Wine and Dine for Smiles takes place April 13 in Sonoma County, and the 11th annual Ken Sanford, DDS, Memorial Ride takes place June 27-30 in California’s scenic Eastern Sierra.
Bill sponsored by CDA protects dentists during network leasing
Moving through the state Legislature is a CDA-sponsored bill that, if signed into law, will bring more transparency to network leasing by dental benefit plans — a process that often leaves dentists and their patients in the dark. The growing trend of network leasing is causing confusion and difficulties for California dentists and their patients.
Promising changes for providers: Demystifying the state dental program
Dentists who want to better understand recent changes to the Medi-Cal Dental Program, including the substantial rate increases and a streamlined application process for providers, can attend a course this May at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim. The course is hosted by CDA Public Affairs and is intended both for current and potential providers.
Dental supply savings at reach members in 13 more states
On April 1, tripartite members in three additional states gained access to significant dental supply savings through, the shopping site of CDA’s newest subsidiary The Dentists Supply Company. Access and savings will reach another 10 states in May, meaning that over two months will effectively double its footprint with savings reaching approximately 40,000 new association members.
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