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CDA motorcycle ride benefits Foundation
12/19/2014
The sixth annual CDA “Ken Sanford Memorial Motorcycle Ride” at Sequoia National Park raised more than $10,000 for the CDA Foundation — a record amount for this event. During the 2014 motorcycle, bicycle and dual sport ride event, dentists rode for approximately 200-300 miles from Sequoia National Park and had the opportunity to earn C.E. units from speakers David Hatcher, DDS, and Paul Homoly, DDS. Read more >>
Enjoy Anaheim while at CDA Presents
12/18/2014
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. Outside of the CDA Member Party to be held on the evening of May 1, the city of Anaheim also makes for an exciting setting for mingling with colleagues. Charles Harris, senior vice president of marketing for the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, recently spoke to CDA Update staff about what CDA Presents attendees can do in Anaheim while they are there. Read more >>
12/16/2014
Dentists are busy in their day-to-day work providing the best care they can to patients. With that comes the need to run an effective business and understand practice management, regulations, budgets, marketing and more. CDA provides members with two services to help with this aspect of owning a dental practice. Read more >>
12/16/2014
CDA, TDIC, TDIC Insurance Solutions and the CDA Foundation will close at 1 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2014, and remain closed until Jan. 2, 2015. To offset this closure, the association and its companies were open for business on certain holidays earlier this year. Read more >>
Dentists must post sick leave law poster by Jan. 1
12/16/2014
The effective date for employers to begin providing mandatory sick leave to all employees is July 1, 2015, or on the first day of employment for new employees – whichever is later.  CDA Practice Support is still monitoring developments and interpretations of the California Paid Sick Leave Law (AB 1522).
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12/15/2014
The California Dental Association is urging immediate steps to address critical issues with the state Denti-Cal program that is failing to provide adequate access to care for millions of low-income children who are at risk of developing dental disease. An audit issued by the Bureau of State Audits validates what CDA has experienced with the program for many years. The audit, California Department of Health Care Services: Weaknesses in its Medi-Cal Dental Program Limit Children's Access to Dental Care, states that nearly 56 percent of the 5.1 million children enrolled in Denti-Cal in 2013 did not receive any dental care last year. Read more >>
12/15/2014
Legislative proposals from the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA) that would significantly change the supervision and practice of hygienists’ were released at a December meeting of the Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC), and they appear very similar to the changes proposed by CDHA earlier this year that CDA strongly opposed. Read more >>
New licensure by portfolio set to be implemented
12/12/2014
Dental students in California will soon officially be able to graduate with a “portfolio” model exam process over the course of their final year in dental school. In November, the Dental Board of California finalized the regulatory process of approval for the portfolio examination model and California’s dental schools can now begin the implementation process (it is not a requirement for the schools, however). This is the first licensure-by-portfolio-exam program in the nation. Read more >>
12/11/2014
The Dental Board of California has released its 2014 Sunset Review Report to the state legislative bodies responsible for analyzing and approving the document. Areas of particular interest to CDA during the Dental Board’s sunset review process are ensuring the addition of statutory language that exempts treatment of a spouse or domestic partner from the definition of sexual misconduct and alternative licensure options, including regional and national examinations. Read more >>
Dental benefits education pays off for practices
12/10/2014
In March 2014, CDA piloted the Dental Benefits Workshop, a two-day program for dentists that provided the necessary tools and insight into the challenging world of dental benefit plans. In attendance were 40 dentists who were hand-selected to participate in the pilot program based on several criteria, including number of years in practice, current participation level with dental benefit plans, practice demographics, etc. A six-month post-workshop survey of the March 2014 workshop attendees showed decreased claim denials and improved patient communication, among other things. Read more >>
Academy of Pediatrics tackles children's oral health
12/08/2014
In a recent policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) acknowledges the significant impact dental caries has on the health of young children and the important role pediatricians play in dental disease prevention. The statement goes on to encourage pediatricians to conduct a risk assessment for caries by focusing on the key risk factors for dental caries. Read more >>
Dr. Russ Webb honored for lifetime of generosity
12/04/2014
Russ Webb, DDS, was recently honored with the 2014 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award for his lifetime of incredible generosity and his commitment to giving back. Webb was instrumental in the development of the CDA Foundation’s CDA Cares dental program, and has continued as a chair, a lead volunteer, a “chair-trainer” and a recruiter. He also chairs the fundraising committee for the Foundation. Read more >>
12/02/2014
CDA Practice Support is designed to help dentists navigate the business side of dentistry with ease. The free member benefit is chock-full of valuable resources to help dentists do everything from start a new practice to create their own employee manual. There’s even insight to help them choose the right dental benefit plans. Check out the top 10 CDA Practice Support resources of 2014 available to members for free. Read more >>
CDA advocacy program has banner year for members
12/02/2014
CDA’s advocacy program achieved critical victories on behalf of dentists during the 2014 election and legislative session. Issues ranging from malpractice protection to protecting dental patient premium dollars were addressed through advocacy efforts at the Capitol and across the state. Read more >>
Return smiles on Dec. 2, Giving Tuesday
12/01/2014
Giving Tuesday, a global movement that channels the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, is set to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The CDA Foundation is participating in Giving Tuesday with an effort to raise funds for CDA Cares, which provides oral health care at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care. Read more >>
Mother, son reunite; hearts swell at CDA Cares
11/27/2014
Lives are changed at every CDA Cares clinic, and the Pomona event was no different as it provided another example of the impact that dental professionals and community volunteers are having throughout the state. Read more >>
CDA student delegates; strong voice for profession
11/26/2014
Student delegates representing the six dental schools across California participated in the 2014 House of Delegates last month in San Diego. When the topic of Proposition 46 was brought up at the meeting, many of the student delegates in attendance took pride in the fact that they played a part in the No on Prop. 46 campaign. Read more >>
Analyzing end-of-year practice production
11/25/2014
The end of the year is a good time for dental practices to evaluate how they did over the last year and prepare for next year. As part of CDA's Practice Advising, which is an in-office consulting service designed to provide dentists guidance on reaching their individual business goals, a dentist can receive an in-office visit from an advisor. The advisor will help the practice get an idea of its production in the past and how it may need to adjust things moving forward. Read more >>
CDA Cares Pomona provides $1.66 million in care
11/24/2014
The California Dental Association Foundation’s two-day dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.66 million in charitable dental services to 1,861 people during the Nov. 21-22 event in Pomona. During the two-day charity event, dentists and dental professionals provided fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education. Additionally, volunteer technicians in the dental lab area worked to provide 345 full and partial dentures and repairs. Read more >>
CDA Cares Pomona 'Social Hub' now live
11/21/2014
Be part of the action at the CDA Cares dental event in Pomona by viewing on-site photos from the Pomona Fairplex at the revamped "Social Hub." (cdafoundation.org/socialhub) The CDA Cares social hub is a landing page where attendees can view everything being said about the clinic on social media. The Social Hub will now pull activity on various social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ into one central location. All attendees will have to do to participate is use the #cdacares hashtag when sharing their photos, posts and tweets. Read more >>
Online dues renewal now open
11/20/2014
Online dues renewal for CDA members is now open. Members can renew their dues in full at cda.org/renew or enroll in the electronic dues payment program (EDP) and pay in equal monthly installments automatically deducted from a designated checking account. With membership in organized dentistry, dentists are ensuring that their voices and the needs of the profession are represented on every level. CDA provides education, practice support, protection and a stronger voice in government. Read more >>
Prepare for dental code changes in 2015
11/18/2014
Dentists need to ensure that their practices are prepared for dental procedure code changes that go into effect Jan. 1. There are 73 code changes, including 16 new procedure codes. The ADA released the latest version of the Current Dental Terminology (CDT) Codes earlier this year.
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Use caution with patient referral, loyalty programs
11/18/2014
There are many advertising options for dental practices to use as a way to keep current patients and bring new patients in. One way dentists can do this is through a patient loyalty program where patients earn “points” in exchange for gift cards or other rewards for keeping appointments, brushing and flossing regularly, etc. Dentists participating in such a program must make sure they are staying within the guidelines of the law and CDA ethical standards, however.  The CDA Judicial Council reminds dentists that problems arise in a patient loyalty program when points are earned and prizes are given for patient referrals. Read more >>
New CDA president on how to best serve members
11/17/2014
Walter G. Weber, DDS, was installed as the new CDA president last week at the House of Delegates meeting in San Diego. During his speech to delegates, Weber emphasized the importance of CDA continually looking for ways to best serve its members in the profession's changing landscape. Current trends in dentistry, including shrinking dental insurance benefits, pressures to reduce costs, and increasing costs of dental education, make it important for CDA to understand members' needs and develop strategies to help them succeed and best serve patients, he said. Read more >>
Data breach law amendments coming in January
11/14/2014
California's data breach notification law will undergo amendments effective Jan. 1, 2015. Some reports have indicated that AB 1710 will require companies to provide credit monitoring in the event of a data breach, which is not true. It does state, however, that when companies experience a data breach and decide to offer credit monitoring to affected individuals, they must offer the services at their own expense and for no less than one year. The breach notification must also contain all material information individuals need to take advantage of the offer. Read more >>

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