CDA member announces candidacy for Assembly
Jim Wood, DDS, has announced plans to run for State Assembly District 2 in 2014. Wood has been a strong voice in CDA for more than 15 years, using the legislative process to promote issues and bills important to dentistry. He has served on the CDA Government Affairs Council and Board of Trustees. He served as chair of CalDPAC from 2005-06 and 2008-12, ensuring that CDA could forge strong relationships with key members of the Legislature.
Mobile phone policy needed in dental offices
Mobile phone use during work hours can give patients the impression their dental care is not a priority, and phone use creates distractions that can increase liability. Inaccurate documentation and lack of attention to detail can occur when concentration is divided between work and mobile devices. The Dentists Insurance Company recommends banning cellphone and smartphone use while on duty, including sending or receiving personal calls, emails and text messages or using smartphone applications.
The CDA Practice Support Center is helping smart dentists get smarter with these free classes at CDA Presents. Dentists can gain C.E. on a range of valuable topics below that include everything from best practices in patient records to how to minimize the risks of social media.
The next wave of the Healthy Families Program transition to the Medi-Cal program is set to occur on April 1.  It is important to note that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is requiring the state to again seek approval before they initiate this next phase (Phase 1c). There will be seven counties involved in the transition.
Since learning of Delta Dental’s decision to cut fees an expected average of 8 to 12 percent for its Premier product, CDA has pressed Delta for more specific details about the impending fee reduction. We have compiled a list to inform members about what we currently know. CDA will continue to provide information as soon as possible to keep members informed.
A look into international restorative dentistry
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim on April 11-13 will feature an International Symposium for Dental Learning. Takashi Watanabe, DDS, a clinical professor and assistant director of continuing dental education at Meikai University School of Dentistry and president of the Japan Academy of Clinical Dentistry, will be lecturing on the restorative dentistry techniques in Japan.
A recent decision by the Olivehurst Public Utility District to discontinue fluoridation of its community water supply is a reminder that debates concerning fluoride, as well as amalgam, continue to surface in California, and that dentists need to be aware of any activity in their communities. Local dental societies and their members can make an impact with something as simple as offering opinions or suggesting their local elected officials get more information on the subject from the dental society or CDA.
The CDA Dental Benefits Research Task Force has moved into the analysis and problem-solving phase of its efforts to identify strategies to enhance the position of providers and patients in the dental benefits marketplace. Walt Weber, DDS, chair of the task force, said there are a variety of things they are looking at and made it clear the group is ratcheting up its discussions.
CDA Cares receives major donations
El Camino Hospital and Santa Clara County have donated a combined $45,000 toward the CDA Cares San Jose dental clinic. El Camino Hospital, which donated $20,000, is a nonprofit organization with hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos. The Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approved a $25,000 donation earlier this month.
CDA is conducting a member survey to gain a better understanding of the expectations and needs of CDA Presents attendees.
New dentists looking to enter the workforce have a lot to think about. One of the first things to deal with is the job hunt, specifically the interview process. Natasha Lee, DDS, course director, practice management and jurisprudence, at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and Nicholas Marongiu, DDS, chair of the New Dentist Committee, weigh in.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued final rules regarding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that included much needed clarification on federal policy related to access to dental care inside and outside of the Health Benefit Exchanges — the health and dental insurance marketplaces created by the ACA.
CDA Presents packed with innovative technology
Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim will get an inside look at dentistry on April 11-13.
CDA Presents mobile app now available
The mobile app for CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim is now available. The app offers attendees easy access to show schedules and speaker information, exhibitor and product listings, real-time alerts, event photos, and local area information.
The CDA Foundation offers financial support for oral health programs and dental education statewide and the deadline for several grants and scholarships is approaching.
In an attempt to better understand dental professionals' beliefs and attitudes regarding the adoption of Electronic Dental Records, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are asking dentists to participate in an online survey.
In a letter from CDA President Lindsey Robinson, DDS, the association is urging Delta Dental to communicate answers to providers about its impending rate reduction. Dr. Robinson’s message to members and the letter to Delta are posted here.
The Dentists Insurance Company reports an increase in web-related copyright infringement claims with 16 cases in 2012, up from two claims in 2009. TDIC analysts say dentists, or the individuals who set up dental practice websites, may not be aware of the legal requirement to secure a license for photos and other materials used online.
CDA helps dentists affected by Hurricane Sandy
In response to the tremendous damage Hurricane Sandy inflicted on the East Coast, the California Dental Association donated $30,000 each to the New Jersey Dental Association and New York State Dental Association.
March 2013
The March 2013 issue of the CDA Update features ways CDA Presents is valuable for new dentists. Specifically, six courses that new dentists will benefit from are highlighted. Spotlighting the key role that sterilization volunteers play at CDA Cares clinics, Diane E. Morgan-Arns, who served as the lead for sterilization at the CDA Cares Modesto and Sacramento clinics, and Eve Cuny, director of Environmental Health and Safety at the UOP, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry are interviewed.
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