Journal reviews endo-ortho treatment of avulsed teeth
The June issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association presents a case report on a patient with avulsion of her maxillary central incisors who received a less than ideal replantation and failed to obtain timely endodontic treatment.
The Dentists Supply Company expands to deliver savings nationwide
Members of organized dentistry in 47 states can now save significantly on dental supply purchases through The Dentists Supply Company. The national presence for TDSC follows three phased rollouts that started in late 2018 and marks the latest move to extend savings to all 50 states by the end of the year. “This is an exciting time for organized dentistry and dentists served by associations that are looking after their members’ best interests,” said Walt Weber, DDS, TDSC board chair.
Dental board’s sunset review bill includes clarifications on licensure
The Dental Board of California is undergoing its sunset review in the state Legislature. In Assembly Bill 1519, authored by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, the dental board provides a status update to the Legislature and identifies opportunities for improvement. CDA has particular interest in three areas of the dental board’s sunset review bill, including clarifying how an applicant can obtain a new license after their initial license has expired.
Foundation accepting applications for Student Loan Repayment Grant
Recent dental school graduates and students who will soon graduate from dental school can apply now through July 31 for the CDA Foundation’s 2019 Student Loan Repayment Grant. Awarded annually, the grant provides up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of $105,000 in exchange for the recipient’s three-year commitment to care for the underserved. The application period closes at 11: 59 p.m., Wednesday, July 31.
Becoming a California-licensed RDA
CDA Practice Support has developed and published two new resources for practice owners who wish to help put their staff on the proper path to become a California-registered dental assistant. Both resources — “Steps to Becoming a California-Registered Dental Assistant” and “Helping Your Out-of-State-Trained Dental Assistant to become a California-Registered Dental Assistant” — are in a one-page format that is easy to follow.
Depression screening: Not a legal obligation, but an ethical one
TDIC’s Risk Management Advice Line has received calls from concerned practice owners who became aware of patients or employees suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. In some cases, a patient mentioned feeling despondent or hopeless. In others, employees threatened suicide or self-harm. While mental health is out of a dental professional’s clinical scope of practice, they have an ethical obligation to help individuals who exhibit distress to access services or support.
C.E. certificates available soon for completed CDA Presents Anaheim 2019 courses
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry concluded May 18 in Anaheim with thousands of dentists, dental team members and students attending for the continuing education courses and workshops. C.E. certificates will be available within three weeks after the convention. Everyone who completed C.E. courses at the convention should expect to receive an email notification that they can log in with their CDA user ID and password to access their certificates.
Download the new CDA app to optimize your CDA Presents experience
If you’re heading to CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry May 16-18 in Anaheim, download the new CDA app (on 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. The app can also be used to verify C.E. course scans, while a live “show feed” keeps you informed of schedule changes and other important announcements.
California-contracted dentists should prepare for a quality assessment review, says Delta Dental
Delta Dental of California notified California dentists in its FYI newsletter that dentists should be prepared for a quality assessment review. CDA members are encouraged to review the on-site QA review checklist provided in the April 9 newsletter to ensure compliance. On-site reviews are part of Delta Dental’s quality assessment program for contracted dentists in California, mandated by the California Department of Managed Health Care.
Members benefit from new services added to CDA Endorsed Programs
Three new businesses — CommonBond, HR for Health and WEO Media — have been added to the lineup of CDA Endorsed Programs that have been thoroughly researched, vetted and approved by CDA. Endorsed Programs bring members the lowest prices on products and services that their practices need from vendors they can trust. Members can get more information about these and other Endorsed Programs at CDA Presents in Anaheim May 16-18.
Dentists, dental professionals: Registration open for CDA Cares San Bernardino
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental program, CDA Cares, is coming to San Bernardino, Calif., Sept. 27-28, and online registration for the clinic is now open. Around 1,950 people who experience barriers to dental care receive no-cost services and oral health education at each CDA Cares. The September clinic will take place at the National Orange Show Events Center.
May Student Spotlight
Get to know CDA’s May Student Spotlight, Eric Stratton from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry class of 2020.
Comparing consistency in supply pricing: Three case studies
By shopping, dentists continue to see 20% average savings through compared to the manufacturers’ suggested retail price*. However, the TDSC difference is often greater when compared to the actual amounts practices have been paying elsewhere. CDA members are seeing how prices can be lower and more stable than their invoiced prices from other suppliers.
Dental product launches, convention specials in store for CDA Presents attendees
On exhibit May 16-18 at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry will be the latest in dental innovation from over 550 companies, and several dozen of them will launch brand-new products and services at the Anaheim meeting. “Not only are there cool new products and cost-saving specials to be found but countless opportunities to connect with your peers and have some fun,” said Claire Tyler, DDS, CDA Presents Board of Managers chair.
Debt collection agencies: Your last resort for patients' past-due accounts
Every practice will come across a debt that needs to be sent to an agency, but such debt should be the exception to the rule. The goal should be to prevent accounts past due, not to collect on them. Start with good policy. A financial policy is pertinent to a practice’s success, and practices should have both internal and external financial policies.
After wildfires, California dentists make progress, recall generosity
Five months after the catastrophic Camp and Woolsey wildfires tore through more than 250,000 acres in Northern and Southern California, life and work are far from routine for dentists who lost their practices or homes — or both — in the fires. But many are beginning to find some semblance of daily structure and make long-term plans with the help of their colleagues and the dental community.
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