In the wake of an adverse court ruling last fall, CDA and other stakeholders are pursuing legal and legislative avenues to prevent implementation of a 10 percent reduction in Medi-Cal fee-for-service reimbursement rates, a reduction which if fully implemented would be retroactive to June 2011.  The fee reduction was part of a larger state budget deficit reduction agreement, and affected nearly all Medi-Cal providers. Read more >>


CDA Presents attendees get complete experience
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry provided attendees with valuable information, entertainment and exciting new products last week in Anaheim. More than 28,000 people attended the April 11-13 event at the Anaheim Convention Center. The show featured more than 175 lectures and workshops and an exhibit hall packed with more than 570 companies that spotlighted several innovative products. Read more >>


It has been three years since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and full implementation of the federal health care reform law is now less than eight months away.  From nearly the moment of its passage at the federal level, California has been leading other states in working toward its Jan. 1, 2014, implementation, despite the fact that federal regulations providing guidance to states on key implementation details have not all been finalized. Read more >>


In mid May, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry licensed attendees will receive an email containing a link to their online C.E. certificate, which can then be printed. Attendees also can still save $100 on course audio recordings. Read more >>


CDA Presents ‘Social Hub’ now live
Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim are now able to see on-site photos and videos from the show at the newly launched “Social Hub.” The Social Hub features the live Twitter feed and attendee/exhibitor videos and photos. The official CDA Presents app also is available for download on the Social Hub. Read more >>


CDA Foundation focused on maximizing donations
Since its inception more than a decade ago, the CDA Foundation has awarded scholarships to nearly 200 dental students and more than 500 allied personnel. And this is just one of the CDA Foundation’s accomplishments. As the charitable arm of CDA, the CDA Foundation’s mission is to improve the oral health of all Californians by supporting the dental profession in its efforts to meet community needs. Read more >>


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 >>


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
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 >>


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 >>


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