News
04/08/2013
CDA continues to advocate on behalf of its’ members concerning Delta Dental’s intention to cut Premier Plan provider reimbursement rates an expected average of 8 to 12 percent later this year. The following letter from CDA President Lindsey Robinson, DDS, explains to members that Delta has a responsibility and an obligation to communicate with its providers when inquiries are made, not limited to the legally required 45-day contract policy notice period, and failure to do so can result in providers filing complaints. The letter is as follows: Read more >>

 

04/05/2013
With the word “mobile” flying around the web design world, it is easy to get confused about what is and what isn’t a true mobile website. As mobile website usage continues to increase exponentially, it’s important to respond to these consumer trends to effectively reach your on-the-go audience. Read more >>

 

Kaiser Permanente donates $10,000 to CDA Cares
04/04/2013
Kaiser Permanente has donated $10,000 toward next month's CDA Cares San Jose dental clinic. Kaiser officials said one of the main reasons the donation to the May 18-19 clinic at the San Jose Convention Center was made is because the state’s cuts to Denti-Cal have had a ripple effect. Read more >>

 

04/03/2013
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency that enforces HIPAA, has clarified that unencrypted emails may be sent to patients who have been advised of risks and have consented to receive unencrypted emails. CDA offers a few suggestions to obtain patient consent to communicate via unencrypted email. Be sure to retain documentation with the patient record. Read more >>

 

04/01/2013
CDA will mail updated employment poster sets to local dental societies for distribution to members this month. Several state and federal agencies require employment posters to be conspicuously displayed at dental offices. Stay up to date with CDA’s set. Read more >>

 

03/29/2013
Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim can now print digital course handouts online. Most course handouts for the April 11-13 show are available in an online CDA Presents library. Attendees are welcome to print the handouts and bring the materials with them to the event. Read more >>

 

CDA member announces candidacy for Assembly
03/27/2013
Jim Wood, DDS, has announced plans to run for State Assembly District 2 in 2014. Wood has been a strong voice in CDA for more than 15 years, using the legislative process to promote issues and bills important to dentistry. He has served on the CDA Government Affairs Council and Board of Trustees. He served as chair of CalDPAC from 2005-06 and 2008-12, ensuring that CDA could forge strong relationships with key members of the Legislature. Read more >>

 

Mobile phone policy needed in dental offices
03/26/2013
Mobile phone use during work hours can give patients the impression their dental care is not a priority, and phone use creates distractions that can increase liability. Inaccurate documentation and lack of attention to detail can occur when concentration is divided between work and mobile devices. The Dentists Insurance Company recommends banning cellphone and smartphone use while on duty, including sending or receiving personal calls, emails and text messages or using smartphone applications. Read more >>

 

03/25/2013
The CDA Practice Support Center is helping smart dentists get smarter with these free classes at CDA Presents. Dentists can gain C.E. on a range of valuable topics below that include everything from best practices in patient records to how to minimize the risks of social media. Read more >>

 

03/25/2013
The next wave of the Healthy Families Program transition to the Medi-Cal program is set to occur on April 1.  It is important to note that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is requiring the state to again seek approval before they initiate this next phase (Phase 1c). There will be seven counties involved in the transition. Read more >>

 

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