News
02/07/2013
There are abundant options when choosing a hotel for your stay during CDA Presents in Anaheim. CDA uses the Housing Bureau to secure the best hotel rates for attendees and increases the chances of CDA being able to gain additional meeting space at the Convention Center. Attendees can lock in low rates until March 15. Read more >>

 

02/06/2013
There are many things new dentists must do as they venture out onto their own and begin their careers – one of the first steps in that process is putting together a valuable cover letter. A cover letter is the entry point into any potential employment and personalizing yourself in the first few sentences of the letter is vital for a dental practice setting. Read more >>

 

Post-recession dental economy measured
02/05/2013
An annual health care spending report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services suggests the dental economy is growing; however, the amount spent by consumers remains flat, according to an ADA analysis. Read more >>

 

02/04/2013
The state of California is currently in the process of transitioning the first phase of children enrolled in the Healthy Families Program (HFP) to the Medi-Cal program. The state was required to get approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which they received on Dec. 31, 2012, in order to transition the children before Jan. 1. Read more >>

 

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 >>

 

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