HIPAA-required risk analysis can prevent malware attacks
CDA has fielded calls recently from dental practices wishing to learn more about the risk analysis required of all entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Coincidentally, in response to the rapid rise of ransomware attacks, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights in July issued new guidance for health care providers.
Lecture at CDA Presents to cover ins and outs of Denti-Cal
A retooled and refocused lecture on the Denti-Cal program will take place at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco in September. Presented by CDA’s Public Policy department and the California Department of Health Care Services, “The Ins and Outs of California’s Denti-Cal Program” will highlight the many recent improvements to Denti-Cal.
Prop. 56 campaign mobilizing grassroots supporters
CDA is gearing up for the Yes on 56 campaign to raise California’s tobacco tax and is distributing promotional campaign materials to local component dental societies, dental schools, specialty groups and ethnic societies.
Ransomware attacks may be reportable, OCR guidance clarifies
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights released new guidance to help health care providers better understand the malicious software and the steps required to help prevent, detect and respond to attacks.
Couples enjoy working side by side at CDA Cares
Among the more than 14,000 volunteers who have generously donated their time and skills to CDA Cares are couples who enjoy working side by side at the events hosted by the CDA Foundation.
Data Backup: Assessing risk tolerance
Data loss can happen to anyone, at any time. Data loss can even happen to dentists. The Dentists Insurance Company reports one Bay Area dentist lost all of his patient records when his hard drive crashed. When he attempted to restore the data by accessing his backups, he discovered his system hadn’t been backing up for two years.
Prescription drug abuse lecture at CDA Presents
A lecture will be held at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco to help dentists navigate the professional responsibilities and regulatory requirements of pain management and opioid diversion.
Understanding utilization review and audits by benefit plans
As part of a contractual commitment the dental benefit plans have with their consumers (employer groups and their employees), the plans are required to have a claims utilization review and audit process.
Provider directory compliance letters in the mail
Delta Dental has initiated the first of a three-phase mailing to participating dentists as part of the provider directory verification process required by California Senate Bill 137.
Setting strong payment and collections policies
The goal for most practice owners is to send out as few billing statements as possible. This goal correlates with setting strong payment and collections policies and making sure staff is adhering to those rules, according to CDA Practice Advisor Sarah Gargani.
Join conversations on dental benefits at CDA Presents
At the 2016 CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco, CDA will engage in conversation with representatives of the dental benefits industry about the likely future direction of dental benefits, the payment policies that challenge dental practices today and the practical approaches in the dental office to successfully administer patients’ dental benefits.
Developing a budget for a dental practice
The first step to better efficiency in a dental practice is staying on a budget. Dentists, as small-business owners, need to make sure their practices are successful and, as health care providers, need to be able to provide care to their patient base.
Employers required to e-file and e-pay with EDD under new law
Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, employers with 10 or more employees will be required to register with the Employment Development Department’s e-Services for Business and to file all wage reports and employment tax returns and pay all contributions for unemployment insurance premiums electronically. All employers will be required to register and file under this new law beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
New products to be showcased at CDA Presents
Dentists who are looking for the latest technology, products and services in dentistry will find it all on the exhibit hall floor at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco.
Top trending CDA Practice Support resources
Below are the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.
Henry Schein Dental steps up big again for CDA Cares
After donating $100,000 in supplies at the last two CDA Cares events, Henry Schein Dental and Henry Schein Cares have committed to another large donation.
Best hiring practices: The recruiting process
Let’s say a dentist needs to hire a new employee. The practice has already conducted an analysis of the position and created the job description, so what’s next? It is time to begin recruiting.
Expand dental practice through telehealth
Dentists interested in learning how to provide telehealth dental care can attend a lecture and workshop presented by Paul Glassman, DDS, MBA, at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco Sept. 8-10.
How practices can make a good first impression
When dentists are considering the new patient experience for their practice, they should think of the saying, “You only have one opportunity to make a best first impression.”
Local Dental Pilot Project application deadline nears
The deadline to apply for Local Dental Pilot Project funding under Domain 4 of the Dental Transformation Initiative has been extended to Sept. 30 as a result of a delay in the development of a budget template for the application. The California Department of Health Care Services opened its application cycle for LDPP proposals developed under the Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver June 1.
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