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State releases new chart on dental medical waste disposal
08/21/2014
The subject of medical waste disposal has been one of the more frequent questions from members coming into CDA’s Practice Support lately. The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has posted a new chart on dental medical waste disposal. While the law hasn't changed, the new chart can help dentists who are curious about the storage time for different types of medical waste. Read more >>
CDA Presents exhibit hall floor filled with dental technology
08/20/2014
The exhibit hall floor at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco will feature more than 375 companies, allowing dentists the ability to stay current on the latest technology trends in the industry. Located in the Moscone Center, the exhibit hall floor is 80,000 square feet and will house a plethora of dental innovation. Read more >>
08/18/2014
The CDA Foundation has announced Allen Wong, DDS, EdD, as this year’s recipient of its Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award. The award acknowledges and supports eligible faculty affiliated with the state’s six dental schools for their exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit and integrity in dental education. It was developed to support individuals who contribute to the scholarly and creative activities of California dental students. Read more >>
08/15/2014
In a new report from the ADA’s Health Policy Institute researchers found that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expanded dependent coverage provision increased dental insurance coverage for young adults. The report, published in Medical Care, set out to "assess the effect of the Affordable Care Act’s dependent coverage policy on private dental benefits coverage, utilization and financial barriers to dental care." Read more >>
CDA Presents SF event information available in CDA app
08/13/2014
As of today, users of the CDA app have access to event information for CDA Presents The Art and Science Dentistry in San Francisco, which is scheduled to take place Sept. 4-6 at the Moscone Center. The app offers attendees of the convention easy access to show schedules and speaker information, exhibitor and product listings, real-time alerts such as course availability, event photos and information on local hotels, restaurants and attractions. The easy-to-use app is compatible with any smartphone operating on the iPhone or Android platform. Read more >>
08/12/2014
It was a week before Christmas last year when the practice of Robert Meaglia, DDS, in Rocklin was broken into through the back door. The burglars took everything they could get their hands on, from toothbrushes to a Gameboy. But the most important thing they stole was the main unencrypted computer that had all of Meaglia’s patients’ information on it. Read more >>
CDA Cares has statewide impact as Pomona clinic nears
08/11/2014
CDA and the CDA Foundation are gearing up for the second CDA Cares clinic to be held in Southern California. CDA Cares Pomona will take place Nov. 21-22 at the Pomona Fairplex, and volunteers are urged to get involved. In addition to providing care at no charge to approximately 2,000 patients at each clinic, CDA Cares aims to educate the public, media and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need to find long-term solutions, such as an adequately funded dental safety net. Read more >>
08/11/2014
CDA Endorsed Program Intuit Demandforce will be paying for the annual CDA memberships for three dentists at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco. Demandforce, which is a marketing and communications system company that specializes in patient recall, will be giving away the memberships at their booths (#913 and #2138) on the exhibit hall floor of the Moscone Center during the Sept. 4-6 convention. All dentists need to do is stop by their booths, scan their CDA Presents badge and get a scratcher that will determine if they win instantly. Read more >>
Five books that can help dentists succeed
08/08/2014
Running a dental practice takes a lot of knowledge that goes beyond the clinical aspects of dentistry. There are several books related to leadership that offer advice for business owners, but there are five specific publications that CDA Director of Practice Management Michael Perry, DDS, has identified that will help dentists succeed in their practices. Check out the list and start your reading today. Read more >>
CDA reminds dentists there's no paperless mandate coming in 2015
08/07/2014
CDA Practice Support has received an increase in calls regarding the so-called “paperless mandate.” The calls are coming from dentists who were told by other dentists that the deadline to switch to dental electronic health records (EHR) is coming in 2015. CDA reminds dentists that there is no requirement for dental practices to go paperless. There is an incentive program for Medicaid/Medicare providers to convert to electronic health records, however. Dentists who bill Medicare and who do not convert to EHRs will eventually see reduced payments for services. Read more >>
Become an oral health coach with CAMBRA
08/06/2014
CAMBRA, which stands for Caries Management by Risk Assessment, is a research-based, systematic approach to integrate caries risk assessment as a centerpiece of the dental practice. CAMBRA aims to diagnose and prevent caries through the process of assessing a patient’s risk for caries by examining various health and lifestyle factors as part of their regular dental checkup. When Jean Creasey, DDS, introduced the principles of CAMBRA into her Nevada City practice 13 years ago, she never envisioned the benefits reaped for her patients and the practice she shares with her husband, Craig Creasey, DDS. Read more >>
CDA clarifies misinformation about Botox action
08/05/2014
CDA is aware of a letter that has been posted on Facebook and circulated among members suggesting that a recent Dental Board of California disciplinary action, initiated against a dentist who does not hold the required permit for the cosmetic use of Botox and derma fillers, is actually a broad prohibition on cosmetic dental procedures. This is not true and the alarm it is generating is unwarranted. Read more >>
CDA launches Practice Advising to give dentists business guidance
08/05/2014
To help member dentists on a more individual, personalized basis, CDA has launched CDA Practice Advising, an in-depth consulting service designed to help dentists practice smarter and increase their profitability. The member-only Practice Advising will help dentists develop a vision statement and a customized action plan for their business and also give them an opportunity to enhance their skills through quarterly workshops on everything from leadership and treatment planning to financial policy and case presentation. Dentists can begin now by taking an online self-assessment about their practice. Read more >>
New safety information on multiple-use dental dispensers released
08/01/2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released new safety information about multiple-use dental dispensers. The new information, released in July, includes a definition of multiple-use dental dispensers, information on the importance of infection control and a series of do’s and don’ts. Read more >>
August Journal discusses temporomandibular disorder philosophies
07/30/2014
The August issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association is now available. In this issue, four authors state their differing temporomandibular disorder (TMD) philosophies. Each then reviews the other three authors’ statements of philosophy, so the reader can understand each one’s opinion, as a TMD expert, on what they feel are the differences among them. Following those reviews, the authors respond to the critiques of their individual philosophies. Read more >>
TDIC helps dentists protect their practices at CDA Presents
07/29/2014
Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco will have an opportunity to take advantage of several TDIC offerings. There will be four opportunities to attend TDIC’s new Risk Management seminar, Beyond the Science: Patient emotions in dentistry. Beyond the Science: Patient emotions in dentistry will present real case studies to dentists and staff members to help them recognize when, and how, to dismiss a patient without placing them at risk; establish trust in the doctor-patient relationship to encourage treatment compliance; and create office protocols to instill confidence in the dentist and staff. Read more >>
Delta Dental legal action: a letter from CDA's president
07/29/2014
A legal action was filed in August 2013 by CDA and several individual dentists challenging, in part, Delta’s attempt to change Premier provider agreements. Prior to the filing, CDA learned informally of a planned rate reduction of 8 to 12 percent. A recent decision by arbitrators will allow the arbitration to proceed despite a motion by Delta to dismiss it. Read more >>
CDA members getting calls from fraudsters posing as IRS agents
07/28/2014
CDA has heard from several members about a scam involving calls from fraudsters claiming to be IRS agents or other law enforcement authorities. The scammers threaten victims with arrest, deportation, license revocation or business closure unless the individual pays the taxes they claim are owed. The callers demand payment by way of a prepaid debit card, credit card or wire transfer. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued an alert advising those targeted by the scam on how to report it. Read more >>
Covered California continues work to implement dental benefit
07/28/2014
While the Exchange has not yet released the number of pediatric dental benefit policies sold in its first open enrollment period, the agency continues to move forward with its plans for 2015. Medical plans as well as dental plans have submitted bids to the Exchange to participate and sell policies in 2015. Those bids are sealed, so we have little detailed information on them – including any dental plans that have asked to join the Exchange – but we know that the Exchange staff is actively negotiating with plans on the premium rates being offered by those hoping to sell products in the Exchange. Read more >>
07/25/2014
With more than 700 dentists graduating from California dental schools recently, there is a wave of newly licensed professionals surfing the web and hitting the streets in search of job opportunities as associates in dental practices around the state. Simultaneously, more experienced CDA members may be expanding their practices by bringing in associate dentists as part of their long-term strategic plan. The issues surrounding dental benefit plan billing can become more confusing for the dentist(s) and office teams due to the new addition of a dentist to a practice. Read more >>
CDA Foundation's Legacy Giving unique way to make donations
07/25/2014
There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of others and the CDA Foundation’s Legacy Giving Program is one. Through the Legacy Giving Program, dentists can incorporate a charitable donation to the Foundation in their will through estate planning. Dentists who agree to be a part of the CDA Foundation’s Legacy Giving Program are recognized by the organization. A donation of $100,000 or more in a dentist’s will is considered a “legacy gift.” Read more >>
Save money on CDA Presents by booking hotel, registering early
07/24/2014
Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco can save money by registering early and booking their hotels early. Nonmember dentists, dentists from out of state and others also can save by registering for CDA Presents by Aug. 6. Below is a pricing structure for those who register for the convention by Aug. 6 and those who register between Aug. 7 and Sept. 6. Read more >>
Dugoni School of Dentistry opens new campus for classes
07/23/2014
The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s new 395,000-square-foot building in San Francisco held its first classes on July 14. The seven-story building (155 Fifth Street) underwent two years of renovation to be turned into the campus that now houses all academic programs and dental clinics. Read more >>
CDA helps new dentists launch their careers
07/21/2014
To help new dentists start their careers off on the right path, CDA hosted a New Dentist Career Launch at its headquarters. The three-day program held from July 9-11 provided new dentists extensive and intense training intended to increase their understanding of the nuances of a career in dentistry and guide them toward achieving professional success. The 50 new dentists in attendance learned about topics such as reducing student loan debt, contract and lease negotiation strategies for practice start-up or acquisition and understanding their credit and personal financial resume. Read more >>
Arbitrators rule against Delta Dental's most recent motion
07/17/2014
In August 2013, CDA and several individual dentists filed a legal action against Delta Dental challenging, in part, its attempt to change Premier provider agreements. In response to this action, Delta filed a motion to dismiss the entire matter. After considering the motion, the arbitrators rejected Delta Dental's recent motion to dismiss the entire action, and found that there was sufficient evidence to allow the individual dentists to proceed on their claims that Delta's attempt to change key provisions of its participating dentist agreements violated the legal doctrine of "good faith and fair dealing." The decision will allow the arbitration to proceed. Read more >>

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