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Volunteers needed for CDA Cares Pomona
09/29/2014
A CDA Cares volunteer dental program is scheduled for Nov. 21-22 at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona. To help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected patients, the CDA Foundation needs various volunteer types to sign up. With the help of community volunteers, dentists and dental professionals, the program will provide at no charge cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and resources for finding a dentist for follow-up care. Read more >>
Governor signs CDA-sponsored bill protecting patient premiums
09/25/2014
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed CDA-sponsored legislation into law that will bring increased accountability and transparency to dental insurance plans in California. Assembly Bill 1962, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), establishes standardized requirements for dental plans to disclose how they spend patient premium dollars and puts the state on a path to establish a minimum percentage of premium dollars that must be spent on patient care. Read more >>
October CDA Journal now available
09/25/2014
The October Journal of the California Dental Association is the third and final issue focusing on interprofessional education (IPE) and practice. The goal of this series has been to identify key drivers and challenges, examine opportunities for greater interprofessional collaboration and practice, and create a vision for the dentist of the future. The issue includes a summary of the major forces driving movement toward greater integration of medicine and dentistry. Read more >>
Hydrocodone reclassification set for Oct. 6
09/23/2014
Beginning Oct. 6, hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin and Norco will be rescheduled as Schedule II drugs instead of Schedule III. Dentists with a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration that does not include Schedule II authority will have to change it to continue prescribing/refilling certain pain-relieving medications for their patients. Read more >>
Court rules Yelp can manipulate ratings to sell advertising
09/22/2014
Dentists have often disagreed with the business model of Yelp, but a new court ruling further protects the online rating website in how it handles its marketing tactics. Specifically, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that it is legal for Yelp to manipulate its rating system to sell advertising, even though the company claims it does not currently do so. Read more >>
New law requires employers to provide 3 paid sick days
09/19/2014
A new law that takes effect in July requires nearly every employer in California to allow all of its employees at least three paid sick days each year. The new law provides that employees receive an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Caring for themselves or family members can be the reasons for taking the sick leave. Dentists should review their current sick leave policies and make sure they meet the minimum requirements of this new law. Read more >>
CDA legal action against Delta: Next steps
09/18/2014
In an effort to keep members informed about the legal action against Delta Dental, CDA is providing an update on the next steps. Hearings have been scheduled in the coming months related to the case pending before arbitrators and a separate action filed in Superior Court. In the arbitration, a hearing has been scheduled for next June, after an arbitration panel denied a motion by Delta to dismiss the case. A panel of three arbitrators found that there is sufficient evidence to allow the individual dentists to proceed with claims that Delta’s attempt to change key provisions of its participating dentist agreements violated the legal doctrine of “good faith and fair dealing.” Read more >>
How to stay in compliance with dental independent contractors
09/18/2014
Based on the number of calls coming in to CDA’s Practice Support, there seems to be confusion among dentists about how to pay hygienists and associates who are classified as independent contractors.  The main thing for dentists to understand is the definition of an independent contractor. A true independent contractor is a provider who works independently of the owner, has a contract with the practice to perform special services and makes their own schedule. Read more >>
How technology is changing dentistry
09/17/2014
Parag R. Kachalia, DDS, an associate professor and the vice chair of Simulation, Technology and Research at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, held a lecture titled “An Overview of New Technology and Materials Changing Dentistry” on Sept. 5 during CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco. Kachalia sat down with CDA staff at Dugoni School of Dentistry’s new campus in San Francisco to discuss how technology is changing dentistry and how dentists can make the transition to the digital age. Read more >>
Four more chances to attend TDIC seminar on patient emotions
09/16/2014
There are four more opportunities in California this year to attend TDIC’s Risk Management seminar Beyond the Science: Patient emotions in dentistry. Fear, as well as anxiety and worry, may not be easily identified by the dental practitioner, which can cause big legal issues down the road. This seminar will teach attendees how to correctly handle patients who exhibit these emotions so they can keep their practice and their patients safe. Read more >>
Tips on artistically performing anterior composite restorations
09/12/2014
Newton Fahl, DDS, MS, who is a member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, director of the Fahl Center and maintains a private practice in Curitiba, Brazil, lectured on anterior composite restorations at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry on Sept. 4. In this video, he offers some basic tips on what dentists need to do to carry out "superb" composite work. Read more >>
CDA recommends that kids use mouthguards when playing sports
09/10/2014
As the school year begins, with it comes popular fall sports and other outdoor activities. The California Dental Association is urging parents to protect their children’s teeth from sports-related dental injuries with the use of properly fitted mouthguards. Mouthguards are designed to help cushion the mouth, teeth and jaw, preventing significant damage where sports injuries are most prevalent. Different sports involve different levels of risk and potential injury, and while mouthguards are not required equipment in some sports, wearing one is an important precaution for athletes of any age and ability. Read more >>
Legislature approves CDA-sponsored bill protecting patient premiums
09/09/2014
The California Legislature has approved a CDA-sponsored bill establishing standardized requirements for dental plans to report the amount of patient premium dollars spent directly on dental care.  AB 1962, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), will bring dental plan reporting to the same level as currently exists for medical plans and puts the state on a path to establish a minimum percentage of premium dollars that must be spent on patient care. Read more >>
Zuckerberg teaches dentists social media strategy at CDA Presents
09/09/2014
Edward Zuckerberg, DDS, knows a thing or two about social media and technology trends. If not for his time spent at the NYU College of Dentistry in the 70s and during his practicing years researching new technology and purchasing one of the first Atari and IBM computers, but also his family ties – he is the father of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. In fact, Mark created his first social network at age 12 in his dad’s dental office, long before Facebook. His dad, Edward, recently lectured on social media strategy for dentists at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco. Read more >>
Educate dental team about HIPAA compliance in morning huddles
09/09/2014
The morning meeting for a dentist and their team helps outline the patient care for the day, but it also can serve as a good time to remind staff about the importance of protecting patient information. A CDA Presents lecturer, and information security expert, lays out a list of topics dentists can discuss with their staff to make sure the practice remains HIPAA compliant. Read more >>
Proposition 46: The threat to malpractice protection
09/08/2014
Proposition 46 and the threat it poses to health care providers and the patients they serve was the topic of a timely lecture at CDA Presents in San Francisco. With the Nov. 4 election drawing closer, “MICRA: What Dentists Need to Know About the Threat to Malpractice Protection” outlined how Proposition 46 would raise the cap on noneconomic damages that would result in large payouts to trial lawyers, who are behind the ballot measure that also calls for physician drug testing and a statewide prescription database that jeopardizes patient privacy. Read more >>
Dentists earn CE and see new dental technology at CDA Presents
09/08/2014
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry took place at San Francisco’s Moscone Center last week. The event featured approximately 150 lectures and workshops and an exhibit hall packed with more than 375 companies spotlighting the latest dental products. Read more >>
Life Insurance Awareness Month a good time to re-evaluate coverage
09/05/2014
Now is an ideal time for dentists to re-evaluate insurance coverage, which can have huge implications on the lives of their families and their ability to retire. Life Happens, a nonprofit organization formed in 1994, has dubbed September Life Insurance Awareness Month. The associated awareness campaign is intended to help consumers understand life, disability, long-term care and health insurance. Read more >>
CDA Presents San Francisco event information
09/03/2014
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry will take place Sept. 4-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. We have compiled a list of key locations and times throughout the three-day convention that will help attendees plan their visit and make sure they get the most out of the experience. Read more >>
Bettie Underwood dental assisting scholarship awarded
09/02/2014
The CDA Foundation again provided the Bettie Underwood Dental Assisting Scholarship, selecting Stefanie Dellatori of San Diego Mesa College, to receive the financial award offered to dental assisting students in pursuit of their educational goals. Dellatori showed financial need, academic achievement and a strong desire for a career in the dental field, stating that her long-term goal is to “help patients improve their health through quality care.” Read more >>
09/02/2014
The DEA reschedule becomes effective Oct. 6, 2014. This change will impact how hydrocodone products are prescribed and dispensed in California because the requirements for prescribing and refilling C-II drugs are more restrictive than for C-III medications. Read more >>
Get to know the CDA Foundation at CDA Presents
08/29/2014
The CDA Foundation will have several activities at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco on Sept. 4-6. The popular “Wine Wall” is back as well as the Friends of the Foundation reception. Through events like these, attendees will have a number of opportunities to interact with the CDA Foundation and learn the many ways it is changing lives across the state through the generosity of dentists. Read more >>
September CDA Journal now available
08/27/2014
The September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association is now available. This is the second of three Journal issues dedicated to interprofessional education (IPE) and practice. This time, pediatric colleagues in medicine and dentistry collaborate to bring together a group of authors who are national thought leaders on the subject and who are actively involved with promoting the approach in their working environments. Read more >>
Nov. 4 vote will impact your practice
08/26/2014
The campaign working to defeat Proposition 46 in November has ramped up its voter education activities by launching statewide television and radio ads to defeat the ballot initiative backed by trial lawyers. The No on 46 campaign is airing the ads in English and Spanish, highlighting the high cost of Proposition 46 — both in dollars and patient access to care — which would raise the cap on the state’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). Read more >>
Be clear when discussing dental benefits with patients
08/25/2014
“Do you accept my insurance?” this is a question that thousands of dental offices receive from prospective patients multiple times per day throughout the country. How your dental team responds to that question can set the tone in terms of patient expectations and determine the future of the doctor- patient relationship. In recent months, the question of how dental practices should be answering that question has become a discussion point for CDA members. Read more >>

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