CDA Cares Sacramento provides $2 million in care
Hosted by the California Dental Association Foundation and CDA, the CDA Cares two-day dental clinic in Sacramento provided $2 million in charitable dental services to 2,080 people March 27-28. While the final number of procedures provided at CDA Cares is being tallied, preliminary estimates indicate nearly 2,700 tooth extractions were necessary.
See all of the #CDACares social media action
Be part of the action at the CDA Cares volunteer dental event in Sacramento by viewing on-site photos from the Cal Expo fairgrounds this weekend at the CDA Cares "Social Hub." It is estimated that more than 2,000 patients will receive oral health care at the March 27-28 clinic thanks to approximately 1,700 volunteers helping to provide fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education at the two-day event.
New products to fill exhibit hall at CDA Presents
The exhibit hall floor at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry will boast nearly 100 new dental product launches, allowing dentists to stay current on the latest trends in the industry. Listed in this story are a few of the new products that dentists and their teams will not want to miss as they browse the exhibit hall floor.
CDA wins tentative ruling in Delta Dental case
The San Francisco Superior Court judge presiding over the CDA v. Delta Dental case issued her tentative ruling at a March 18 hearing denying Delta Dental's motions attempting to have the case dismissed. While her rulings in open court are currently tentative, the judge stated that she would issue a final order soon and it would be consistent with these tentative rulings. This is positive news for CDA and CDA member Premier dentists, however, there is still a long way to go in the litigation.
Improving root canal success rates
In the fourth part of a CDA Presents Speaker Spotlight series highlighting the various topics that will be covered at CDA Presents in Anaheim, CDA Update staff spoke with Alex Fleury DDS, MS, the director of educational resources for Real World Endodontics. Fleury will be lecturing in Anaheim about "new horizons in endodontics."
What to consider when offering discount dental plans
As the Affordable Care Act continues to change the health care landscape, one option that has emerged for dentists is to make care available to patients using a discount dental plan. Discount dental plans operate much like Costco or other large membership retailers: a membership fee is charged for the ability to purchase services at a discount below the standard customary fees charged for dental care.
CDA's calls to fix Denti-Cal are heard
CDA's advocacy urging the state to fix the broken Denti-Cal program has captured the attention of lawmakers who expressed outrage in two legislative hearings about the program's failure to provide access to care due to glaring oversight issues and extremely low reimbursement rates. CDA members testified at two joint oversight hearings of the Senate Health Committee, Assembly Health Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit Committees in March.
In preparation for its Sunset Review this year, the Dental Board of California initiated a fee audit in December that examined, in detail, how much of the board's budget is spent on each board function - something that CDA strongly advocated for during discussions with the board on recent dental licensure fee increases. The completed audit revealed that the board spends significantly more on enforcement than for all other functions, predicts the board will run a $4.3 million deficit this fiscal year.
Legislation aims to promote telehealth care
After being signed into law in 2014, the virtual dental home (VDH) model of dental care would receive key funding through a recently introduced piece of legislation. AB 648, co-sponsored by CDA and authored by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-San Jose), would authorize a one-time, $4 million general fund appropriation to establish a VDH grant program. This program would fall under the leadership and direction of the state dental director for the purpose of expanding the VDH into the state’s areas of greatest need.
Create customized posters for World Oral Health Day
March 20 is World Oral Health Day, a day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of good oral hygiene for everyone old and young. This year, participants have the ability to customize their own World Oral Health Day posters to share via Facebook or Twitter with colleagues and friends worldwide.
Top 5 trending CDA Practice Support resources
CDA Practice Support is designed to help dentists navigate the business side of dentistry with ease as it is chock full of valuable resources to help them run their practices. We've compiled the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources this month in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.
CDC: Disparities in caries still exist among youth
Disparities in caries continue to persist for some race and ethnic groups in the United States, according to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report describes U.S. youth dental caries and sealant prevalence by race and Hispanic origin for 2011–2012.
New legislation sponsored by the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA) would make a number of changes pertaining to registered dental hygienists in alternative practice (RDHAPs). Among the proposed changes in AB 502, authored by Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), is eliminating the current requirement for RDHAPs to obtain a dentist’s prescription in order to continue providing services to patients after 18 months.
CDA Presents frequently asked questions
Have questions about parking, your badge, food options or access to certain courses at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim? We've got you covered in this set of CDA Presents Frequently Asked Questions.
Dental board conducting C.E. audits for license renewal
The Dental Board of California is currently in the process of auditing random dental practices to ensure that licensees are meeting the continuing education (C.E.) requirements necessary for license renewal. Over the last year, the dental board has been auditing approximately 60 dentists per month. Two issues identified during these audits are that licensees are unable to produce the appropriate certificate of completion for C.E. courses, and licensees are taking classes that are not dental-related.
Notify dental staff of sick leave law changes
CDA has included information in its new 2015 Sample Employee Manual that dentists can use to notify their employees about the changes to the paid sick leave law in California. The new law, which takes effect on July 1, requires nearly every employer in California to allow all of its employees at least three paid sick days each year.
CDA supports removing tobacco from baseball stadiums
CDA is supporting new legislation that would remove tobacco from baseball stadiums in California and increase the tax on cigarettes. According to the FDA, tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States, responsible for more than 480,000 deaths each year.
ADA, CDA ask for changes in amalgam separator rule
The ADA and CDA are advocating for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise its proposed rule, which, if adopted, would call for most dentists to install, operate and maintain amalgam separators. While the proposed rule incorporates many of the important principles required by the ADA for its support of a national standard, neither ADA nor CDA support it in its current form. Each organization submitted comments with their concerns in separate letters to the EPA in February.
CDA evaluates Supreme Court dental board ruling
CDA is currently evaluating what impact, if any, a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court could have for dental boards across the country, including California. The case involves the Federal Trade Commission and the North Carolina Dental Board, which issued cease and desist orders against nondentist teeth whitening service providers and product manufacturers, claiming that teeth whitening constitutes the practice of dentistry. In 2010, the FTC filed an administrative complaint claiming the board engaged in anticompetitive behavior.
Maximizing the early years of your dental career
A dentist coming into the workforce out of school today has a lot of decisions to make in terms of their future and business decisions. To help with this, CDA Practice Support is hosting a two-day Smart Dentist Training titled “Maximize Your First Three Years” at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3.
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