TDIC expands business to additional states
In the insurance industry, consistent and sustainable growth ensures a diversified premium base and financial stability to support policyholders. TDIC recently announced the purchase of three dentist-centric professional liability insurance businesses from an Oregon-based company, Moda, Inc., resulting in an extension of TDIC’s dentist-focused exceptional products and services to more than 4,500 policyholders in five additional states.
Momentum builds for CDA Cares San Mateo
Preparations for the San Mateo event have been in the works for nearly a year, with local organizers busy with behind-the-scenes details such as fundraising and garnering supplies and volunteer meals. Carliza Marcos, DDS, chair of the local arrangements committee, says that in addition to renewed interest among the army of “regulars” who donate time at CDA Cares, there’s a buzz among new volunteers who plan to experience the event for the first time.
March Journal covers management of antibiotic resistance
The March issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association features a review of the evidence behind managing infectious disease and the use of antibiotic prophylaxis by dentists, highlighting the importance of making clinical decisions on the use of antibiotics based on scientific evidence with knowledge of the most current guidelines and indications.
Thorough treatment plans build patient trust
Imagine taking your car to the shop for a minor repair — say, to replace the spark plugs or patch a tire. Now, imagine picking your car up at the end of the day to discover that your engine has been completely rebuilt — and you’re responsible for the bill. This scenario would be unlikely to occur in the auto repair industry, but it happens all too often in the dental industry, leaving broken trust, unhappy patients and disputed bills in its wake.
Online-based practices are the way of the near future
Technology is advancing quickly here in the 21st century. As a result, dentists should take steps to upgrade the technological capabilities of their practices with internet access, up-to-date software and computers or they could be left behind. Without an ability to get online, or without the most up-to-date software, some regulatory resources are impossible or difficult to use.
Nominate a candidate for public health award
California Department of Public Health is seeking nominations for the 2017 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health, which recognizes the contributions of public health and health care service professionals in improving the health status of Californians and the millions who visit the state every year.
Updated anesthesia consent form required
Under AB 2235, the pediatric anesthesia bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last September, dentists are required to obtain written informed consent from the parent or legal guardian of a minor patient prior to administration of general anesthesia or conscious sedation. As part of this requirement, the written informed consent form must contain new, specific language.
Put employee policies in place with CDA resource
Having a current employee manual should be a top priority for employers. It establishes the foundation for a successful employment relationship by defining practice values, behavioral expectations and workplace standards. An up-to-date “Sample Employee Manual” and “Practice Policy Revision Employee Acknowledgment Template” are available for CDA members.
Top speakers to lead CDA Presents lectures
Dental professionals can always count on learning from the biggest names in dentistry at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, and the speaker lineup for the Anaheim convention in May is no exception. The CDA Presents planning committee has selected speakers who will not only help dentists build and hone their skills using the latest technology, but inspire them to succeed in every aspect of their practices.
23 years of 'A' ratings for TDIC
The Dentists Insurance Company has once again earned an “A” rating from A.M. Best Company, marking the 23rd consecutive year for TDIC. The rating includes comparisons to peers and industry standards as well as assessments of operating plans, philosophy and management. Insurance professionals refer to Best's Credit Ratings as an opinion of the financial strength and creditworthiness of risk-bearing entities and investment vehicles.
Medicare Part D enrollment, opt-out deadline extension
CDA reminds dentists that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last October moved the Medicare Part D enrollment deadline from Feb. 1, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2019. Dentists should either enroll as a Medicare Part D "ordering/referring provider" or opt out of the Medicare program entirely by the January 2019 deadline.
Navigating CDA Presents now easier than ever
A recent update of the CDA mobile app will help dentists and dental team members locate lectures, workshops and other events and information relating to CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, CDA’s biannual convention that offers dental professionals around the world opportunities to earn C.E. and learn about the latest products and services.
New resources for dentists treating young children
First-time resources available to participating Denti-Cal providers resulted in increased access to care for the nearly 6 million California children enrolled in the Medicaid dental program in the first half of 2016. In 2016, the Department of Health Care Services rolled out the 1115 waiver, known as Medi-Cal 2020, which allocated $740 million to the Dental Transformation Initiative.
Applications open for grants and awards
The CDA Foundation offers financial support to dental professionals and community-based organizations across the state that provide dental care to underserved communities. The Foundation is currently accepting applications and nominations for: Dental Materials & Supplies Grant; Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award; and CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award.
App helps dental teams monitor infection prevention efforts
A new mobile app released in mid-January by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can assist dental facilities in monitoring their compliance with recommended infection control practices. The CDC DentalCheck app can be used to ensure adequate supplies and appropriate infection prevention policies are in place, such as proper training and education of staff.
CURES 1.0 not available after March 5
CURES 1.0 will be discontinued on Sunday, March 5, 2017. The departments of Consumer Affairs and Justice have announced that beginning March 6 prescribing health care practitioners will only be able to access CURES 2.0. To securely access CURES 2.0, dentists will need to update their web browsers as specified.
Requirements for maintaining dental water lines
The ordered closure in mid-December of a children’s dental clinic in Southern California reminds dental practices of the importance of cleaning and maintaining dental unit water lines for the safety of patients. CDA urges dentists to ensure they are following the Dental Board of California’s current requirements along with CDC recommendations.
Presidential order freezes amalgam separator rule
The Environmental Protection Agency’s anticipated rule requiring that dental practices install amalgam separators and implement best practices to control the discharge of mercury and other metals entering the waste stream has been delayed following the Trump administration’s freeze on all proposed or pending federal regulations.
Fast-format presentation to examine dental trends
Through a dynamic, fast-format presentation at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim this May, audience members will have an opportunity to hear a panel of industry experts share insights on emerging dental trends that are shaping how dentists practice. Moderated by Jeff J. Brucia, DDS, the panel will address the future state of practice models, financing, consumers and more in a “PechaKucha” format.
Understanding dental plan audit authority
The new Congress and administration in Washington are negotiating legislation that would considerably dismantle the Affordable Care Act as one of their first objectives. While it remains to be seen what this repeal and replacement of the ACA will look like, one aspect of the ACA that will likely survive is the idea and objective of “affordable” health care.
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