New poster sets to stay ahead of labor law requirements
Many dentists manage risks in areas beyond clinical care. A telling example is the requirement for all employers to post workplace labor law notices, since failure to comply in this area alone can result in substantial fines. To assist members in the business ownership side of practice, CDA prints a full set of required posters every two years. The 2017-18 set is now available for distribution.
CDA Journal focuses on regulatory issues in dentistry
The April issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association focuses on regulatory issues in dentistry. Articles include a review of California infection control regulations for dental professionals and methods for ensuring every dental office is in compliance; a discussion of inspections of X-ray use in dental practices and common regulatory violations; and an explanation of the investigation process that can occur before a disciplinary proceeding (accusation) is filed.
Responding to dental plans' retroactive refund demands
Demands from dental plans seeking refunds of previously paid claims are common, but they’re not all alike. Most refund demands are legitimate, and state law requires health care providers who have been overpaid to refund an overpayment within 30 days of notice. These overpayments typically result from plans paying on claims when the patient had fallen out of eligibility unbeknownst to the plan when payment was made. Other overpayments may result from mistakes of the dental plan or insurer itself.
Creating office harmony to improve the patient experience
A strong relationship between the front and back office is a great value to every practice, yet it is often difficult to cultivate. How staff interacts with the patients is just as important as how staff interacts with each other. Learn how to bridge the gap between the front and back office at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim. “The Winning Team — Front and Back Office” takes place Saturday, May 6, at The Spot on the exhibit hall floor.
The CDA Foundation reminds readers that applications for the Dental Materials & Supplies Grant and nominations for the Dr. Aurthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award will close Friday, March 31. The Foundation offers financial support to dental professionals and community-based organizations that provide dental care to underserved communities. One of the ways the Foundation offers support is through its grants, awards and scholarships.
Dental students participate in Grassroots Advocacy Days
Grassroots Advocacy Days kicked off in Sacramento in mid-February with a visit from dental students from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry and the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. CDA hosts the advocacy days to give dental students and component members the opportunity to meet with legislators, tour the Capitol building and gain insights on the legislative process.
CDA updates guide to the California Dental Practice Act
“Your Guide to California Dental Practice Act Compliance” was updated in January 2017 to reflect new laws concerning adverse event reporting, scope of practice, required language in the anesthesia informed consent form, online advertising through Groupon, notice of licensure, prescriber dispensing of controlled substances and several other areas of practice.
State awards $150 million to Local Dental Pilot Projects
In February 2017, the Department of Health Care Services announced the 15 selected proposals for Local Dental Pilot Project (LDPP) funding, with awards totaling $150 million over four years. Local Dental Pilot Projects are one of the four domains of the Dental Transformation Initiative and part of California’s 1115 waiver, or Medi-Cal 2020. The DTI represents a huge $740 million investment in the Denti-Cal Program and the oral health of Californians.
CDA offers new CURES and opioid resource guide
CDA has created a new online resource guide to help dentists meet requirements and follow best practices when prescribing opioids for the treatment of patients' dental pain. This resource is CDA's latest in ongoing efforts to address and combat California's opioid epidemic and ensure members have the most up-to-date information to maintain compliance in the dental practice.
CDA achieves significant settlement in Delta legal action
After a long legal battle against Delta Dental, CDA achieved a favorable outcome on behalf of dentists regarding Delta's attempt to reduce Premier Provider reimbursement rates. In a letter to members, CDA President Clelan Ehrler, DDS, MS, outlines the successful outcome and provides a summary of settlement details.
Innovation, sustainability and growth through 27,000 members
CDA is celebrating an important milestone as membership grew to 27,000 dentists in December 2016. For all members, a community of 27,000 means greater representation through advocacy efforts to ensure diverse dentists across the state have a voice in policymaking. It means the availability of crucial practice support resources to help dentists easily manage the business and regulatory side of dentistry so they can stay focused on what they do best — providing great dental care to Californians.
New life for Kindergarten Oral Health Requirement
Students’ oral health is receiving a big push in Los Angeles schools. The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education in January unanimously approved a resolution that seeks to enforce AB 1433, known as the Kindergarten Oral Health Requirement, by recognizing February as Children’s Dental Health Month, among other actions.
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