There are varying interpretations related to C.E. cost, or any training for that matter. The Practice Support Center weighs in on how to handle paying a staff member for attending a required course. Read more >>


CDA keeps members informed on health care reform
After a rocky first few days following its long-anticipated Oct. 1 opening for enrollment, Covered California, the state health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has now reported some data on the number of consumers who have been able to access health insurance through the new marketplace.  CDA remains actively engaged in all of the ACA’s implementation details and can be a resource to members interested in finding out more about the new law and how it may impact dentists and dentistry. Read more >>


The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is implementing cuts for Denti-Cal providers that were originally authorized through the state budget process in 2011.  Initially, it was thought that the 10 percent rate cut applied to all services provided on and after Sept. 5, 2013. However, recent clarification by the state explained that it is implementing the cuts on all payment checks cut on Sept. 5 and ongoing, even if the services were provided in previous months. Read more >>


CDA member Jim Wood runs for State Assembly seat
Jim Wood, DDS, a general dentist in Cloverdale since 1987 and the current vice mayor of his hometown of Healdsburg, has formally launched his campaign for a State Assembly seat in the 2014 election season. If elected, Wood would become the second dentist currently serving in the state Legislature, joining Sen. Bill Emmerson, DDS, of Redlands, whose tenure will be ending due to term limits in 2016. Read more >>


Dentists just out of dental school spend much of their time marketing themselves to prospective employers. Things quickly change once they enter the workforce and they are responsible for both building and maintaining a reliable patient base. On top of providing patients with high-quality care and presenting a welcoming environment, dentists also can implement several marketing and advertising strategies that will help them hit the ground running on building up a patient base. Read more >>


'National Brush Day' set for Nov. 1
The Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is implementing a national oral health campaign on Nov. 1 to remind parents and kids about the importance of regular oral hygiene and brushing for two minutes, twice a day. “National Brush Day” promotes improving the nation’s children’s oral health by supplying parents with simple information on when to start various levels of oral hygiene with their kids. Read more >>


Student Loan Repayment Grant recipients visit CDA
Since 2002, the CDA Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Grant program has helped 13 dentists work in community clinics where they’ve seen more than 62,000 patients and provided nearly $16 million in care for individuals who would otherwise go without. Six of those 13 dentists visited the CDA headquarters recently to share their stories of working in community clinics. Read more >>


CDA is conducting a survey of member preferences regarding services provided by the Practice Support Center. The survey, from HSM Group, will provide an opportunity to offer feedback about the types of services you want and need from the PSC. Read more >>


Major sponsors step up to support CDA Cares San Diego
Several major sponsors, through in-kind donations and resources, are helping the CDA Foundation’s efforts to put on a successful CDA Cares program in San Diego in December. On top of the high level of support from Presenting Sponsor Benco Dental Company, the county of San Diego, Carestream Dental, Henry Schein, Aribex and Farmers Insurance are all providing significant support for the CDA Cares volunteer dental program scheduled for Dec. 7-8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Read more >>


Governor signs CDA-sponsored bill into law
Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 7 signed into law legislation sponsored by CDA that will equalize the state’s regulatory standards governing portable dental practices and mobile dental vans. Read more >>


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