April Journal spotlights endodontics
The April issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association reports on current advances in endodontic treatment procedures. Articles discuss the management of bacterial contamination in the root canal system, improvements in the visualization of the tooth-bone complex through cone beam computed tomography and the replacement of necrotic pulpal tissue in developing immature teeth.
ADA advances national policy to reduce opioid dependency
The ADA on March 26 adopted a new policy to combat the opioid epidemic, calling it the potential first of its kind by a major health professional organization to support mandates on opioid prescription limits and continuing education. “I call upon dentists everywhere to double down on their efforts to prevent opioids from harming our patients and their families,” said ADA President Joseph P. Crowley, DDS, in a press release. The Interim Board Policy on Opioid Prescribing addresses continuing education, dosage and duration, and prescription and drug monitoring.
Employee or independent contractor?
For many years, dental practice owners have treated associates and some registered dental hygienists as independent contractors. Practice owners need to be aware of updates to California laws that specifically pertain to independent contractors and that these laws have increased the penalties for the misclassification of workers.
Callers seek fraudulent access to sensitive practice information
Dental practices are reporting to Henry Schein Practice Solutions that they have received calls from an individual posing as a company employee who then asks for remote access to the office servers. Such calls are a type of phishing scam, whereby scammers pretend to be key personnel or set up look-alike websites and emails to fool individuals into providing sensitive information such as passwords, patient account numbers or Social Security numbers. With this information, scammers can then steal information and profit from its sale.
CDA Cares 'brings the profession closer together as a whole'
As chair of the Anaheim CDA Cares Local Arrangements Committee, John Taylor, DDS, oversees a committee that helps recruit volunteers from the dental profession and general community, raises funds and secures pharmaceuticals and local dental lab equipment before the CDA Foundation’s two-day dental clinic opens its doors April 27 at the Anaheim Convention Center. CDA spoke with Taylor about his past experiences in the clinics, preparations for CDA Cares Anaheim and the regional need for the clinic.
CDA legislation calls for more value, transparency, from dental plans
New legislation sponsored by CDA and introduced by Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) is working to increase value and transparency of dental benefit plans. Senate Bill 1008 calls for the establishment of a minimum dental loss ratio for individual, small and large group dental benefit products and requires increased transparency for consumers who purchase dental savings or dental discount products by requiring standardized disclosures of what a dental benefit plan does or does not provide.
Improve purchasing decisions by evaluating invoices
Your purchasing decisions make a significant impact on both your bottom line and how your office team allocates its time. In fact, the details revealed in just a single order can help you understand true costs, control overhead and streamline operations. The TDSC Marketplace is a new source for dental supply savings for CDA members. Here, an actual order from a current Marketplace shopper is broken down to highlight strengths and opportunities for further efficiencies.
Find meaningful involvement in your member-driven association
Pop quiz: Who is in the California Dental Association’s membership department? Answer: Everyone! In addition to staff and volunteer leadership at every level, all CDA members play a role in communicating and motivating involvement in organized dentistry. Here are three rewarding ways to get directly involved as a CDA member.
Calling the advice line for Risk Management guidance
The Dentists Insurance Company’s Risk Management Advice Line is a confidential resource designed to help guide dentists to the best course of action when dealing with potential claims from patients or employees. The advice line has helped thousands of dentists and dental professionals navigate difficult situations and establish preventive measures to stop risky situations before they start.
Unexpected opportunities: Q&A with LDPP ambassador Jared Fine, DDS
For more than 38 years, Jared Fine, DDS, MPH, was the dental health administrator for the Alameda County Public Health Department, where he built one of the most progressive and effective dental health programs in the state. After retiring from the department, Fine became an advocate for sugar-sweetened beverage taxation in Oakland. He is now the community dental ambassador for the Alameda County Local Dental Pilot Project. In this Q&A, Fine talks about that project and the role of private dentists.
Prevent billing problems — and stress — during leaves of absence
Some events in life, such as the birth of a child or certain medical procedures, can be planned or controlled. But there are times when circumstances are outside of our control, such as with injury or unexpected death. In this article, we address how your absence in the practice could result in dental claim processing issues and how having a plan of action in place can reduce complications during these times.
CDA's Sample Employee Manual updated with new and revised policies
Having an up-to-date, legally compliant manual can play a critical role in helping employers follow new employment laws and manage employees in the practice. CDA Practice Support is pleased to share that the Sample Employee Manual, a downloadable resource for members, has seen a transformation in 2018. Aside from a reorganization of the contents, the revised manual contains more than a dozen new and revised policies.
A day at the Capitol: Dental students advocate for dentistry and oral health
Students representing California dental schools traveled to Sacramento in February to meet with legislators and their staff, tour the Capitol building and learn how to advocate as part of Grassroots Advocacy Days. CDA hosts the day-long events every year to give students an opportunity to meet with their district representatives to discuss critical issues affecting dentistry.
Live-dentistry workshops, lectures featured at CDA Presents
For the first time, CDA is partnering with Nobel Biocare and Glidewell Dental to offer some innovative live-dentistry programs at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim this May. “CDA Presents has developed these formats in our continuing effort to bring new material, innovative presentation and exciting learning opportunities to our members,” said Mark J. Romanelli, DDS, CDA Presents Board of Managers chair.
CDA Journal features school-based oral health care programs
The March Journal of the California Dental Association provides readers with a collaborative approach to advancing oral health equity in pediatrics through the use of nontraditional dental clinics such as school-based oral health care programs. Articles discuss financial options for sustaining school-based oral health centers; the impact of those oral health centers on absence rates and dental pain in a K-8 school; web-based software that facilitates communication remotely between patients and oral health care providers and more.
Delta Dental settlement information available online
Dentists seeking information regarding CDA’s amended settlement agreement with Delta Dental can find all related information posted at DeltaDentalofCaliforniaSettlement.com. Under the settlement agreement, Delta Dental must pay $65 million to Premier Providers whose rates were impacted by an inflationary guard. Not every Premier Provider had his or her fees reduced by this procedure, but those who did will receive some proportionate reimbursement.
CDA Cares Anaheim is almost here — share why you care in 3 steps
Thousands of Californians receive no-cost dental treatment at CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s biannual clinic. For some of these individuals, the treatment is life-changing, but the lives of volunteers are also changed by giving others health, hope and happiness. CDA Cares comes to Anaheim April 27–28. If you volunteer for or donate to CDA Cares, you can easily share why you care with our social media toolkit.
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