Deadline for CDA Dental Benefits Workshop extended

For those dentists who want to build their business skills and confidence, as well as improve practice profitability when dealing with dental plans, there is still time to register for CDA’s Dental Benefits Workshop.

To allow members to take advantage of this opportunity, the deadline to register for the Smart Dentist program has been extended to Nov. 15.

The Dental Benefits Workshop will provide participants the opportunity to earn C.E. credits during a two-day, in-person seminar held at the CDA headquarters in Sacramento. The CDA Practice Support Center is hosting the seminar on March 20-21, 2014.

Through this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn how to analyze and evaluate existing dental plan contract performance in their practice. They will also learn the differences between plan types and how to abate their influence, improve payment turnaround by minimizing claim denials and develop messaging for educating patients regarding their dental benefits.

Speakers include:

  • Charles Stewart, DDS, dental director of Aetna’s West dental territory;
  • Michael Perry, DDS, chair of the Practice Support Center Task Force, member of the Dental Benefits Research Task Force and founder and president of Momentum Dental Business Consulting;
  • Scott Wellwood, president of CDA Endorsed Program DentalXchange and former board president of NDEDIC; and
  • Gary Dougan, DDS, MPH, national dental director, Liberty Dental Plan

Participation is limited for this initial workshop, only two people from each practice will be accepted (one dentist and one staff member). The course will include pre- and post-webinars and surveys. The workshop costs $189 per practice, which includes breakfast, lunch and a social event. Attendees are responsible for travel and lodging costs.

Dentists who would like to participate in the Dental Benefits Workshop can apply at cda.org/compass.