Dental practices should be aware of measles outbreak
As of Jan. 21, there were 59 cases of measles among California residents since the end of December 2014, according to the California Department of Public Health. Initial exposure in December at a southern California theme park occurred in 42 of those cases. A dental practice’s ATD screening procedure should include questions on patient’s potential exposure to measles.
Dentist has patient data held for ransom
One California dentist decided to share her story to warn other dentists of a relatively new hacking scheme. It is called “crypto-ransomware” and it attempts to extort money from victims by displaying an on-screen alert. These alerts often state that the computer has been locked or that all files have been encrypted, and demand that a ransom be paid to restore access.
ADA recommendations for prophylactic antibiotic use
The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has found that for patients with prosthetic joint implants, the use of prophylactic antibiotics, or antibiotics administered to prevent the risk of infection, are not recommended prior to dental procedures to prevent prosthetic joint infection (PJI). An updated ADA clinical practice guideline published in the January issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) confirms this position.
FDA approves new hydrocodone drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a hydrocodone drug known as Hysingla ER that has properties expected to reduce, but not totally prevent, abuse of the drug. Dentists should be aware that their patients might ask about the drug, which is not approved for, and should not be used for, as-needed pain relief. Taking too much Hysingla ER, whether by intentional abuse or by accident, can cause an overdose that may result in death.
Tips for negotiating service provider contracts
Sometimes dentists need assistance from outside vendors for certain services, whether it be waste hauling, marketing, website development or other types of service contracts. When using these service providers, it is important for dentists to analyze the contracts closely during the negotiation process to make sure they know exactly what they are signing up for.
Learn what's truly important to your dental team
CDA Update staff spoke with Gary Zelesky, who has been presenting motivational messages to audiences for 30 years. For the last 15 years, he has been speaking to dentistry audiences around the world, from England to Australia. Zelesky is known for including energy and humor in his presentations and will be leading four lectures at CDA Presents. CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim is expected to attract more than 25,000 attendees April 30-May 2, and one of the biggest draws is the unique lineup for lectures and workshops.
Generational divides in the dental practice
Oftentimes, a dentist will have a particular staff member or patient they just can’t seem to connect with. A certain task or treatment isn’t accepted and it can cause frustration with the dentist. While in some cases this may be a result of being confrontational and having difficulty with acceptance, it can also happen because of a generational gap.
CDA Foundation accepting Dugoni award applications
The CDA Foundation offers financial support for oral health programs and dental education statewide. In this way, funding reaches local communities where it’s needed most. Numerous grants and scholarships are available throughout the year with various deadlines and submission periods. Currently, the CDA Foundation is accepting applications for its Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award.
New radiation machine fees, forms required
As 2015 begins, there are new fees and forms dentists should be aware of regarding the use of radiation machines. Annual radiation machine registration fees went up from $79 to $93 as of Jan. 1. In addition, new forms are available from the California Department of Public Health to report the discontinuance of use and when a dentist is no longer in possession of any functional radiation machine.
Dental students important to CDA Cares' success
Dental students who volunteer at CDA Cares events work in central supply, sterilization and chairside and help operate the computers in the X-ray area, escort patients and serve as general volunteers. Nearly 800 dental students have volunteered at CDA Cares. Since 2012, CDA Cares clinics have provided $9.2 million in oral health care services to 11,901 patients.
Handling emergency Schedule II prescriptions
Following the October 2014 reclassification under federal law of hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) such as Vicodin and Norco from federal Schedule III to federal Schedule II, some dentists report pharmacies refusing to fill emergency prescriptions telephoned in for HCPs, under circumstances in which they may traditionally have been accepted. This article is intended to clarify the state of the law with regard to such HCPs and help dentists understand the requirements and limitations on oral prescriptions for a Schedule II drug.
Governor's budget proposal ignores Denti-Cal
CDA is disappointed that the 2015-16 state budget proposal released by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday does not address the statewide crisis in access to dental care. The budget proposal does not address any of the critical issues highlighted by a recent state audit of the Denti-Cal program, which found that the Denti-Cal program is failing to provide adequate access to timely care for millions of low-income children.
'Demythifying' the endo/implant controversy
This is the first part of a CDA Presents Speaker Spotlight series highlighting the various topics that will be covered at CDA Presents in Anaheim. Timothy Donley, DDS, MSD maintains a private periodontics and implantology practice in Bowling Green, Ky. and is speaking on several topics at CDA Presents in Anaheim. Donley will be part of a panel discussion about the "Endo/Implant Controversy."
Use encryption to avoid health care data breaches
The recently released 2014 California Data Breach Report, published by the Office of the Attorney General, reports that 70 percent of health care sector data breaches in 2012 and 2013 were the result of lost or stolen hardware or portable media containing unencrypted data. Dentists need to take the necessary steps to protect their patients' information.
Second year of ACA implementation underway
On Jan. 1, California and the nation began the second year of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite the fact that we are entering into year two, there is still much uncertainty regarding the overall and long-term impacts of the ACA on both the medical and dental care insurance and delivery systems.
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