Webinar helps dentists handle negative online reviews
The CDA Practice Support Center is hosting a webinar titled Bad Review? … What to Do! on Jan. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar, led by Carla Christensen, will provide participants with information on how to handle a negative review. Read more >>


New dentists weigh career options in tough job market
New dentists today are entering a different type of job market than the dentists of a generation ago faced out of college. An ever-changing dental insurance marketplace, a rise in the corporate practice model and an economy struggling to pull out of the recession are all factors that have created a competitive job market for new dentists. Read more >>


CDA reviewing court ruling on Medi-Cal rate cuts
CDA and a coalition of health care organizations are considering legal options after a court ruling overturned injunctions that blocked the state from reducing Medi-Cal reimbursement rates by 10 percent. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the injunctions, which effectively allows the state to implement a 2011 law that cuts Medi-Cal reimbursements to dentists, physicians, pharmacists and other Medi-Cal providers. Read more >>


From the latest updates on infection control regulation to a reference guide for all things legal as it pertains to dentistry, the Practice Support Center’s website, has it all.  Review the list of the Top 10 Compass Resources in 2012. Read more >>


Foundation helps fund Santa Clara community water fluoridation
The California Dental Association Foundation approved $500,000 from its restricted fluoridation funds to be used to support a new Santa Clara Valley Water District community water fluoridation system. The entire system will cost $6.6 million and the CDA Foundation, along with $1 million from The Health Trust and $900,000 from First 5 Santa Clara County, are contributing to this project. CDAF’s funds will go toward actual construction costs. Read more >>


California is continuing to move forward with the transition of 875,000 children currently enrolled in the Healthy Families Program (HFP) to the Medi-Cal program, which is expected to begin on Jan. 1. For many months, advocates were pushing for the delay of the transition, but recently, many of those advocates have sensed the inevitability of the transition. The focus of many organizations has turned to ensuring the transition goes smoothly for families and on monitoring access to care as the transition occurs. Read more >>


CDA Cares clinic set to be held in San Jose
A CDA Cares clinic is scheduled for May 18-19 at the San Jose Convention Center. At the clinic, dentists and dental professionals will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance in finding a dental home to Californians who experience barriers to care. Read more >>


While many key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) do not take effect until 2014, one element is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, barring any last-minute change – a 2.3 percent excise tax on “medical devices” that include many dental products such as equipment and prostheses. Read more >>


Nonmembers can sample CDA Presents
Nonmembers can experience one of the biggest benefits of CDA membership by attending CDA Presents in Anaheim for only $75. Nonmembers who take advantage of this offer will save $815 and gain access to world-class speakers, numerous C.E. opportunities and an extensive tradeshow. Read more >>


Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed and the Legislature approved the transition of all 875,000 of the children currently enrolled in the Healthy Families Program to the Medi-Cal program, which includes coverage for medical, vision, as well as their dental care. CDA has prepared this information for members about the transition. Read more >>


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