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What dentists need to know about Covered CA benefits
04/18/2014
As of March 31, the first open enrollment period in health care reform implementation through the California Health Benefit Exchange’s individual market (Covered California) is in the books. So, it is now time to start thinking about what happens next for the people who have new dental policies and what treating these patient will mean for dentists. If and when a patient comes into your office with Covered California dental coverage, it is important to remember that what they really have is private dental insurance. Read more >>
CDA seeking recruits for volunteer leadership positions
04/18/2014
CDA is now recruiting for volunteer leadership positions beginning service in November 2014. The online application process takes about 20 minutes to complete, and applicants can apply for positions on CDA councils, committees and boards as well as for shorter-term positions on task forces and workgroups or serving as a CDA Presents host or assistant. Read more >>
Walk-in volunteers welcome at CDA Cares
04/17/2014
If you forgot to register online for CDA Cares Solano, April 25-26, you can still volunteer. Dentists and dental professionals are needed for Friday, April 25 at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. Go to volunteer registration at McCormick Hall. The goal of CDA Cares is to relieve pain and infection and educate the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for an adequately funded dental safety net. Since 2012, the CDA Cares volunteer dental program has provided $6 million in care to more than 8,000 patients. Read more >>
Kids' Healthy Mouths program impacts classrooms
04/16/2014
The Scholastic education component of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign led by the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and the Ad Council has created a big impact in classrooms across America. Since launching last October, Scholastic’s “Two Minutes, Twice a Day” in-school program materials were delivered to 125,000 teachers nationwide via print and have reached more than 3,750,000 children and their families. Read more >>
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
04/14/2014

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to raise public awareness of the disease. According to National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates, there were more than 40,000 cases of oral and pharynx (throat) cancer in 2013 and nearly 7,900 deaths. NCI estimates that 1.4 percent of all cancer deaths are from oral cancers. There are many educational materials available that dentists can print and share with their patients.

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04/11/2014

The CDA Foundation has numerous grants and scholarships available throughout the year with various deadlines and submission periods. Currently, the CDA Foundation is accepting applications for the Student Loan Repayment Grant, Humanitarian Award and the Latinos for Dental Careers Scholarship.

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Raising malpractice cap likely headed for ballot
04/08/2014
CDA and a coalition of health care organizations are ready to fight a ballot measure over California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), which now appears inevitable after trial lawyers submitted more than 800,000 signatures to qualify their anti-MICRA initiative for the November ballot. Read more >>
Department of Health launches HIPAA security assessment tool
04/08/2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a new security risk assessment tool that helps dentists and other health care professionals be in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It is important for dentists to conduct a security risk assessment as required by HIPAA to protect their patients' information and minimize liability risk. A recent review of HIPAA enforcement actions reveals that entities were penalized for not having a documented risk analysis or for having an incomplete analysis.

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Dentists must obtain license to show movies in waiting room
04/07/2014

Inquiries have increased to CDA Practice Support recently on the subject of movie licensing. Dental practices are being contacted by mail or in person by individuals seeking to collect licensing fees. Many dentists assume it is OK to play movies they have purchased in their waiting rooms, but that is not always the case.

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Dentists learn to navigate dental benefits at CDA workshop
04/07/2014

Dentists gained firsthand knowledge of practice model selection, contractual analysis, legal implications of claims and more at CDA's Dental Benefits Workshop. Held at CDA's headquarters in Sacramento, more than 70 people, including dentists and staff from 40 practices, attended the March 20-21 event. Attendees were able to earn up to 12 hours of continuing education and improve their skills analyzing and evaluating existing dental plan contract performance in their practices.

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Top 5 mistakes dentists make when signing software contracts
04/04/2014

There are many business and technical issues in dental software contracts that dentists need to recognize and address, and the onus can fall on them to adequately prepare. Signing a bad contract could negatively impact a practice for years to come. CDA, along with a veteran health care software expert, has identified the top five mistakes dentists make when signing a dental software contract.

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Dentists can empower their team at CDA Presents
04/03/2014

There will be something for everyone on the dental team at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim on May 15-17. From lectures on equipment care and repair to search engine optimization, social media and online marketing — the course lineup is enriched with key information for dentists and staff. Dentists interested in bringing their entire staff to CDA Presents in Anaheim can use the following list of workshops to help plan their schedules at the convention.

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State dental director included in governor's budget update
04/02/2014

The establishment of a state dental director position to provide leadership and direction for oral health care in California, a goal CDA has actively pursued for more than two years, will soon become a reality.

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CDA Cares Solano volunteers needed
03/31/2014

A CDA Cares dental clinic is scheduled for April 25-26 at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. To help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected patients, the CDA Foundation needs various volunteer types to sign up. From general dentists to nurses to lab technicians, there are opportunities for many health care professionals to change lives at the event.

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April Journal of the California Dental Association available
03/27/2014

The April issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association is now available. This issue helps readers understand the value of having a robust state oral health program and how it benefits the public and the profession. The importance of a state dental director who can impact oral health policy is also covered.

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CDA, coalition ready for ballot fight; MICRA signatures submitted
03/25/2014

A ballot measure fight over California's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) now appears inevitable after Consumer Watchdog (a trial lawyer front group) submitted more than 800,000 signatures to county elections officials Monday to qualify their anti-MICRA initiative for the November ballot. Slightly more than 500,000 valid signatures are needed for the measure to qualify. The signatures will be verified over the next several weeks.

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Hygiene proposals fail to advance in sunset review
03/25/2014

The Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC) faced its first legislative "sunset review" hearing last week. Based on that hearing, all indications are that the legislature will continue the committee for another four years but will not support expanding the committee's authority or the hygiene profession's scope of practice as proposed by the DHCC and the California Dental Hygienists Association.

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03/25/2014

Dental professionals spend a tremendous amount of energy ensuring they provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan to their patients. Equally important is to regularly examine and assess the overall health of the dental practice. A lecture at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim on Friday, May 16 will walk dentists through recommended practice assessments, or "exams," teach them how to "diagnose" the problems, and ultimately, "treatment plan" the solutions.

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03/25/2014

Studies are continuing to show significant expansion of dental group models in California and across the country. Their impact on the dental marketplace is making it more important to understand and classify the various practice models that exist. The ADA's Health Policy Resource Center identified six basic types of group practices that indicate two or more dentists are somehow affiliated with each other. CDA breaks down these classifications and provides examples of some of these group practices in California.

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03/24/2014

As the annual state budget process begins to unfold in the legislature, CDA is advocating on a variety of significant issues, ranging from funding a state dental director, improving Denti-Cal reimbursement rates and maintaining or restoring the state's public oral health program infrastructure. This year, CDA's top advocacy priority in the budget process is the establishment of a state dental director position within the Department of Public Health.

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CDA survey seeks member interest in developing new services
03/21/2014

CDA continually works on behalf of its members to provide quality services and benefits — support that allows California dentists to be successful and better serve their patients. CDA is currently surveying members to determine their interest in the association developing and operating a dental practice management service organization (MSO).

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03/21/2014

With the receipt last month of final approval from the state Office of Administrative Law, initial and biennial dental licensure fees will be increasing for the first time since 1998, effective July 1, 2014. A group of ancillary fees that is linked by law to the biennial renewal fee will be increasing as well.

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Last chance to earn 5 percent TDIC discount
03/20/2014

TDIC Professional Liability policyholders whose Risk Management premium discount expires soon should register for their last chance to complete TDIC's Risk Management seminar, The High Cost of Shortcuts. California dentists must successfully complete the seminar by April 25th to maintain and/or receive the discount. However, for those who attend the CDA Presents Risk Management seminars, the discount will apply to the July 1, 2014 renewal. In addition, registrants will earn 3.0 C.E.

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CDA Presents in Anaheim to offer various social activities
03/19/2014

CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim will provide attendees with a multitude of learning options and opportunities to view the latest technology in dentistry, but there also will many ways to unwind and socialize. CDA has identified some of the top events and activities dentists and their staff can attend at the meeting.

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World Oral Health Day set for March 20
03/18/2014
March 20 is World Oral Health Day, a day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of good oral hygiene for everyone old and young. World Oral Health Day is organized by the FDI World Dental Federation in collaboration with the ADA and recognized in more than 50 countries worldwide. California components, schools and businesses across the state can celebrate the day by holding events under the slogan "Celebrating Healthy Smiles" and the benefits that come with good oral health.
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