Dental benefits subject tackled at CDA Presents
The dental benefits market has undergone considerable changes in recent years. These changes have been reflected in shifting payment policies by dental benefit plans. And dental practices have been challenged to adjust as well.
UCSF dental students teach medical students oral health techniques
Dental students at the UCSF School of Dentistry are now teaching medical students about oral health. This interprofessional activity is aimed at aligning the curriculum with the national guidelines set by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration to expand the oral health clinical competency of primary care clinicians.
More children brush 2min2x
The number of English- and Spanish-speaking parents who say their children brush for two minutes, twice a day has increased since the launch of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign in 2012. According to a recent report from the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, there has been a 13 percent increase — from 48 percent in 2012 to 61 percent in 2015.
Performance measurement in practices featured in CDA Journal
The April issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association features articles on performance measurement, quality measurement and quality improvement tools and mechanisms that can assist health professionals in their ongoing commitment to improve patient care, enhance professionalism and demonstrate accountability.
E-cigarette research grants awarded
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has awarded more than $2 million in first-year funding to seven research grants centered on studying the effects of electronic cigarettes on oral and craniofacial tissues. The timing of the awards is critical as research shows an increasing number of high school students, approximately 13.4 percent, are now using e-cigarettes.
Hazard communication compliance deadline near
The final deadline for compliance with the hazard communication regulation is June 1. The deadline marks the end of an almost three-year process to bring employers and product manufacturers and distributors in line with a global system of chemical labeling and classification.
CDA Cares: The gift of sharing your talents
When Richard Nagy, DDS, walked into his first CDA Cares event in Pomona just over a year ago, he was impressed by the sight of the Fairplex-turned dental clinic and knew something great was going to happen over the next two days.
Legislative deal prevents loss of dental funding
The state Legislature and governor recently agreed to a deal, supported by CDA, that will preserve $1.3 billion in federal funding for Medi-Cal. The agreement reforms the state’s managed care organization (MCO) tax to comply with federal requirements that the tax apply to all managed care health plans, not just those that serve Medi-Cal patients, in order to preserve the federal matching money the tax brings to the state.
Dealing with staff compensation for C.E. events
You’ve provided the education, a catered lunch and blocked out the time for you and your team. Now you’re wondering what else you should provide when it comes to continuing education events for employees — most likely, compensation.
Top trending CDA Practice Support resources
CDA Practice Support is designed to help dentists navigate the business side of dentistry with ease, and it is chock-full of valuable resources to help them run their practices. Below are the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.
CDA Presents to offer live-streaming C.E. courses
As one of the top dental conventions in the nation, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry is a trusted source for continuing education, and that is why the way dentists can participate is being expanded.
Deadline for Medicare registration extended
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the deadline for dentists to either enroll as a Medicare Part D "ordering/referring provider" or opt out of the Medicare program entirely. The previous deadline was June 1, but it has now been extended to Feb. 1, 2017.
Tobacco tax signatures needed; deadline approaching
CDA and the Save Lives California coalition urge dentists across the state to sign petitions to qualify a ballot measure to increase the state's tax on tobacco products by $2. The campaign now has one month remaining to collect signatures.
How to build an associate agreement
For a new dentist, the associateship is an excellent opportunity to experience patient relationships, treatment planning, case presentation, accurate record keeping, and interaction with a team without practice ownership. A written associate agreement creates a "win-win" opportunity for both the potential associate and the practice owner.
Don't forget to earn your 5 percent TDIC discount
TDIC Professional Liability policyholders whose risk management premium discount expires soon should register for their last chance to complete TDIC's current risk management seminar, Beyond the Science: Patient emotions in dentistry.
You're registered with CURES - now what?
All prescribers in California with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registrations are required to register by July 1 to access California's prescription drug monitoring program, known as CURES 2.0 (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System). Here are some common questions and answers for dentists related to the use of CURES.
CDA Cares to help struggling populations in Ventura

When most people hear Ventura County they think of an upper socioeconomic group, but there are still large, underserved populations struggling to receive proper oral health services in that area. Cuts to Medicaid and Denti-Cal have had a negative effect on that population when it comes to health care, particularly oral health care. To help combat this, the CDA Foundation is bringing its CDA Cares dental program to Ventura County on April 16 and 17 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

CDA praises historic votes to strengthen tobacco laws
CDA applauds action by the state Assembly, which approved a package of six bills that will strengthen tobacco regulations, prevent cancer and save lives. Supported by CDA and the Save Lives California coalition, the bills increase the legal smoking age in California from 18 to 21 and regulate e-cigarettes by treating them as tobacco products.
Dental schools to highlight latest research at CDA Presents
Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry can expect to experience the latest in cutting-edge techniques and technology. At the Anaheim meeting on May 12-14, those interested in hearing about current research taking place at California's dental schools will have the opportunity to hear it from the professionals doing the research themselves.
A dentist's role in reporting child, elder abuse
Abuse represents a spectrum of behavior. It is repetitive in nature and fatal abuse is often preceded by minor manifestations of maltreatment, which could be overlooked by dentists and their staff. Under California law, each person licensed by the Dental Board of California and Dental Hygiene Committee of California is a “mandated reporter” for known or suspected abuse or neglect of a child, elder or dependent adult and incidents of violence.
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