Learning to better understand patient emotions
Registration for the new fall 2015 lineup of TDIC’s Risk Management seminar, Beyond the Science: Patient Emotions in Dentistry, is now open. Beyond the Science: Patient Emotions in Dentistry presents real case studies to dentists and staff members to help them recognize when, and how, to dismiss a patient without placing them at risk; establish trust in the doctor-patient relationship to encourage treatment compliance; create office protocols to instill confidence in the dentist and staff.
What to expect when your employee is expecting
Not only must dentists stay up to date on advances in technology, they must also stay current on ever-changing employment laws. As owners or partners of practices, employee issues will always be of concern and importance to dentists. A pregnant employee usually prompts many questions and concerns in the office, for the dentist and the staff as well as the employee herself. It is best to know how to handle these situations before they arise.
CDA answers top mandatory sick leave questions
With the impending July 1 deadline for employers to begin providing mandatory sick leave to all employees, CDA Practice Support has answers to top questions you’ve been asking about how the law applies to your practice. The new law requires nearly every employer in California to provide all of its employees paid sick days each year.
Dental board proposal includes new license fee cap
The Dental Board of California is proposing an increase in the cap on dental licensure fees, along with cap increases for most other fees, as part of its sunset review. The proposed cap for initial and biennial renewal fees, recently approved by a legislative committee as a part of AB 179 (Dental Board Sunset Review), would increase to $650 as of Jan. 1, 2016, and rise to $800 in 2018.
Anthem Blue Cross announces provider fee reduction
Anthem Blue Cross has notified CDA that it is making changes to participating dentist agreements and is currently in the process of notifying impacted providers of “fee adjustments” that will go into effect Aug. 1. A CDA-sponsored law requires insurers to provide no less than 45 business days’ notice of any material change to contracts or payment plans
CDA opposes drug database bill
CDA and a coalition of more than 600 organizations helped defeat Proposition 46 in last year’s election, but a piece of the ballot measure has reappeared in the form of a new bill. CDA-opposed SB 482, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), revisits a provision included in Proposition 46 last year dealing with the state’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System  (CURES) online prescription drug database.
Volunteer registration open for CDA Cares Fresno
CDA Cares Fresno will be held on Oct. 2-3 at the Fresno Convention Center. Volunteers will help provide oral health care services at no charge to a large number of expected patients who will receive fillings, extractions, cleanings, oral health education and assistance in finding a dentist for follow-up care. Dentists and dental professionals are needed in areas throughout the clinic, including restorative, numbing, pediatric, triage and routing.
Top 5 CDA Practice Support Resources in May
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. Here are the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources this month in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.
Sick leave law compliance deadline approaching
The effective date for employers to begin providing mandatory sick leave to all employees is July 1, or on the first day of employment for new employees — whichever is later. The new law requires nearly every employer in California to allow all of its employees at least three paid sick days each year. Here is what dentists need to know.
Changes in enrollment deadline for Medicare
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the new compliance date for enrollment or opt out for dentists to the Medicare program is Jan. 1, 2016. The original deadline was June 1. Dentists are encouraged to consider June 1 as a soft compliance date to get their forms in so as not to have their status or patient benefits lapse while forms are being processed.
CDA-supported tobacco tax ballot measure filed
The Save Lives California coalition, of which CDA is a member, filed two ballot measures for the November 2016 ballot that would increase the tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack and allocate the estimated $1.5 billion in additional revenue for smoking prevention and smoking-related costs incurred by the state’s Medi-Cal program. One version is for standard cigarettes, and the other would extend the tax to electronic cigarettes if the state follows through with a current proposal to label them as tobacco products.
CDA urges response to governor's silence on Denti-Cal
CDA is disappointed that the May revision to the 2015-16 state budget released by Gov. Jerry Brown is silent on the statewide crisis in access to dental care and is urging the administration and Legislature to take action in their upcoming budget negotiations.
Role of dentists in reducing prescription drug abuse
In California, more than 1 billion dosage units of hydrocodone combination products were dispensed in the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to the state’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). What's more, approximately 100 percent of the hydrocodone use worldwide occurs in the U.S., according to Tony J. Park, PharmD, JD, who co-hosted a lecture on the topic at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim on May 2.
Dentists get dental benefits lesson at CDA workshop
Attendees of CDA’s recent Dental Benefits Workshop at the CDA headquarters in Sacramento had the opportunity to earn C.E. credits while learning how to analyze and evaluate existing dental plan contract performance in their practices.  The more than 70 people, including dentists and staff from 40 practices, who attended the April 16-17 event earned up to 12 hours of C.E. and improved their skills in analyzing and evaluating the dental benefit marketplace.
Dentists help man get smile back in time for wedding
Josh is engaged to be married this August. His fiancée Rachel was one of the main reasons he decided to take action to get his oral health under control. He got his teeth fixed thanks to the generosity of the dentists who treated him before CDA Cares by removing most of the decay as well as at the CDA Cares Sacramento clinic in March, where root canals were provided.
TDIC earns 'A' rating for 21st consecutive year
The Dentists Insurance Company has announced its 21st consecutive year earning the A.M. Best Company’s “A” rating. The A.M. Best Company rating includes comparisons to peers and industry standards as well as assessments of operating plans, philosophy and management.
Video: Tips on how to improve your dental photography
Richard Young, DDS, is an expert in dental photography. He co-directs Loma Linda University School of Dentistry's D3 esthetics program. Young also practices full time, focusing on esthetic dentistry. In this video, he provides some tips on how dentists and the dental staff can improve their dental photography.
CDA-supported tobacco tax bills move forward
Two CDA-supported bills that together would increase the tax on cigarettes and allocate the funds for various programs throughout California passed out of their respective committee hearings in the Senate and Assembly. SB 591 by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), which would increase the tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack, passed the Senate Health Committee and AB 1396 by Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), which would allocate the revenues generated by SB 591, passed out of the Assembly Health Committee.
Pharmacies rejecting dentist prescription forms
CDA reminds dentists who write controlled substance prescriptions that they must ensure their tamper-resistant forms are up-to-date. CDA has learned prescriptions are being rejected by pharmacies because the forms do not include all of the required elements. One of those required elements is that tamper-resistant forms used for controlled substance prescriptions must have the prescriber’s address preprinted on them.
CDA supports legislative efforts for soda fee
CDA is co-sponsoring a new legislative effort that would enact a statewide fee on sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda. AB 1357, authored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), would establish a 2 cent per ounce health impact fee on sugar-sweetened beverages at the distributor level. More than half of the estimated $3 billion in revenue raised by AB 1357 would be allocated to the Department of Public Health for various purposes and specifically include oral health programs.
Handling employee pregnancy and baby bonding leaves
Many dental practices, because of their small size, may not be required to provide benefits to employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the California Family Rights Act. However, there may be other laws that do apply to employee leave. We have listed the four types of leaves for baby bonding/pregnancy that dentists and their staff should be aware of as well as a description of who is eligible and the amount of leave available under each type.
CDA offers patient health history form in Spanish
Each dental office should have an implementation strategy that includes a vision of how they will offer their services to diverse populations. In California, many patients enter a dental practice with Spanish being their only language, and the dentist and staff should have resources available to effectively communicate with those patients. CDA now has available a patient health history form that has been translated in Spanish for patients of a dental practice. Dental practices can print out the form and use it in their offices.
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