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02/01/2013
CDA has learned that Delta Dental is planning to reduce reimbursement to its Premier Providers. We are now in contact with Delta to obtain details and clarification about this decision. It is likely these reductions will average 8 to 12 percent and may vary by region and provider. The reason for the reductions is not yet clear, but it is likely to be market pressures and a resultant effort to reduce the cost of the Premier plan for employers in order to keep it viable. The reductions will not go into effect immediately, but are intended to be implemented later this year. Read more >>

 

Communication key to positive online reputation
02/01/2013
The most effective way to prevent and react to negative online reviews is to have positive communication with patients. This was the theme of the CDA-hosted webinar last week titled Bad Review? … What to Do! The one-hour, free webinar was led by TDIC Service Manager Carla Christensen. Christensen gave case examples and communication tools to handle negative online reviews. Read more >>

 

01/31/2013
The CDA Dental Benefits Research Task Force heard from a dental economics expert with the ADA and learned about Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations at its January meeting. Read more >>

 

Boost communication with lab techs at CDA Presents
01/30/2013
How to communicate with lab technicians is an important part of running a dental practice. Attendees of CDA Presents Anaheim will have a chance to learn more about this during the Lab Track Panel Discussion. The panel will help dentists better understand the techniques lab technicians use. Read more >>

 

Reduce overhead with CDA endorsed exam gloves
01/29/2013
They’re something used in dental offices every day, in fact, thousands of times a year, to reduce the risk of infection – exam gloves. According to CDA Endorsed Program PureLife Dental, the average dental practice with three chairs goes through 14 boxes of gloves per week – which adds up to 60 boxes per month, 720 boxes per year, or 72,000 gloves – costing more than $10,000 a year. Read more >>

 

Proposed budget expands Medi-Cal eligibility
01/28/2013
Acknowledging that California’s economy is improving but still uncertain, Gov. Jerry Brown on Jan. 10 released a 2013-14 budget proposal that calls for expanding Medi-Cal eligibility as part of national health care reform, but makes no move to address calls from legislative leaders to restore optional benefits, such as adult dental, that were cut in prior years in response to fiscal crises. Read more >>

 

Last chance to receive 5 percent TDIC discount
01/25/2013
TDIC Professional Liability policyholders whose Risk Management premium discount expires soon should register for their last chance to complete TDIC’s live Risk Management seminar, High Cost of Shortcuts. Read more >>

 

01/24/2013
California continues to move toward the Jan. 1, 2014, implementation of national health care reform, and CDA has been working closely with policymakers on issues important to dentistry. Read more >>

 

01/23/2013
Dental patients are online and use that forum to share their experience whether dentists choose to embrace social media or not – that is the reality in today’s Internet age. A dentist’s online reputation and presence can be powerful marketing tools. With that comes responsibility and the possibility of negative reviews, however. The best way to protect a dentist’s online reputation is for them to have a proactive and engaged online presence. Read more >>

 

Top speakers headlining CDA Presents
01/22/2013
Some of dentistry’s most captivating speakers will be headlining CDA Presents in Anaheim, April 11-13, with innovative lectures and educational workshops. Read more >>

 

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