CDA Journal features 3-D printing in dentistry
The October issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association discusses impacts of the use of 3D printed devices in restorative and regenerative dentistry, as well as in surgical specialties such as oral and maxillofacial surgery and craniofacial surgery.
Prepare for CDT 2020 dental code changes
CDA encourages dentists to prepare for CDT 2020 dental code additions, revisions and deletions that go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The new year will bring 37 new and five revised codes, plus six deleted codes. While dental plans are required to recognize current CDT codes, it is important to keep in mind that they are not required to pay for or provide benefits for the new or revised codes. Dentists should review each dental plan’s payment and processing guidelines to determine whether benefits will be payable.
$300K opportunity for dentists who relocate, commit to Medi-Cal
California dentists who are willing to relocate, expand or establish a new practice to an area of highest patient need and commit to serving Medi-Cal beneficiaries for at least 10 years can apply in January 2020 to receive up to $300,000 in grant funding through the state’s CalHealthCares program to support related costs.
Stress-free price comparisons that lead to supply savings
Want to save on supplies and small equipment, but don’t have the time to comparison shop? The Dentists Supply Company will do the work for you. Through TDSC’s free service, association members can submit invoices from their current suppliers and let experts find the savings potential on their behalf.
Prescribers can check CURES for misuse of prescription pads
A dentist who writes controlled substance prescriptions can now review CURES (Controlled Substance Review Utilization and Evaluation System) for patients for whom the dentist is listed as a prescriber. This ability to review the list is useful when a dentist has misplaced a prescription pad or has had a prescription pad stolen or when a dentist suspects someone is misusing their DEA number.
Oh baby, baby! A practical guide to managing pregnant employees in your practice
Every employer at a dental practice will likely manage a pregnant employee at least once in their career, and most employers will have at least one question about pregnancy leave and the law. CDA Practice Support has received calls from puzzled members inquiring about the obligations associated with managing employees’ accommodations, benefits, leave and return rights and pay obligations.
Direct-to-consumer orthodontic patient protection bill awaits governor's signature
A bill that protects patients who undergo direct-to-consumer orthodontic treatment has passed the California Legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature.
Deadline extended for sexual harassment prevention training
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a new bill extending the deadline for sexual harassment prevention training. Under SB 778, employers with five or more employees now have until Jan. 1, 2021, to complete the mandatory one- or two-hour employee trainings to be compliant.
No 'one size fits all' when it comes to dental benefit contracting
Adding or dropping a contract with a dental benefit plan is a personal business decision. There is no “one size fits all” in these types of business decisions, as what might work for one dentist might not work for another. You may be asking yourself how a dentist can make a good decision about adding or dropping a dental plan/network participation, but there is one key element in each success story.
CDA Cares draws support from new presenting sponsor
The CDA Foundation is gearing up for its 16th CDA Cares volunteer dental event with new and continued support from community members and key sponsors. The clinic will take place Sept. 27-28 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif. About 1,950 people are expected to receive oral health care services at no cost, thanks to the support of generous sponsors including Delta Dental, Western Dental, Henry Schein, Planmeca, GES, The Dentists Insurance Company and The Dentists Supply Company.
Drug trafficking scheme targeting dentists
The Dental Board of California is alerting dentists to be aware of a recent fraud scheme. Scammers, posing as board members, are telling licensees that they are under investigation for drug trafficking.
When smartphones, side gigs and odors disrupt the office
With so much emphasis on the need for employers to establish written policies mandated by federal, state and local laws, it’s easy to overlook the important day-to-day employee management policies on everything from hygiene and smoking to use of personal electronic devices. Discussed below are four areas of employee conduct and attire expectations that you might consider addressing through a workplace policy, if you don’t already have one in place.
September Student Spotlight
Get to know CDA’s September Student Spotlight, Nojan Jahedmanesh from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry class of 2020.
Treatment templates: Convenient or careless?
The day-to-day running of a practice can be hectic at times, so many dental professionals use set systems and procedures to streamline their work. After all, less time on the backend means more time on patient care. But occasionally, cutting corners can lead to unwanted risk. This is especially true when it comes to patient records. Taking shortcuts on charting, such as using preestablished templates, can cause more headaches down the road.
Final EPA rule prohibits 'sewering' of pharmaceutical hazardous waste
Health care facilities that produce pharmaceutical hazardous waste are required to properly manage the disposal of that waste according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Among other provisions, the EPA’s finalized rule issued in July prohibits facilities from pouring pharmaceutical hazardous waste down sink drains or toilets, a practice known as “sewering.”
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