5 steps to take with leave of absence request
One of the most potentially challenging situations dentists can face in their practices is managing employee leaves of absence. A new mom requesting additional leave after pregnancy leave has already been exhausted. An employee presenting a doctor’s note indicating the need for an undefined period of time for a medical condition.
CURES registration deadline July 1
All prescribers in California with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration 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).
Recent settlements highlight importance of HIPAA compliance
The federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued two fines and corrective action plans against covered entities for HIPAA violations. On April 20, 2016, OCR issued a press release stating that it had issued a fine of $750,000 against Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic of North Carolina (Raleigh) for failing to have a business associate agreement in place with a service provider to which it disclosed protected health information (PHI).
Billing medical plans for dental treatment
There is an ongoing trend within health care toward integration and consolidation of health care delivery systems. This trend is reflected in provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, such as the envisioned coordination of care provided under a single entity, the “Accountable Care Organization.”
Dentists, Henry Schein employee give man second chance
Matt Scott was at the Henry Schein Dental offices in Chatsworth when the landlord for the building barged in and told the staff that he was acting on all the issues that had been brought to his attention, such as skateboarders. As he was leaving, he also said, “Don't worry, I have also called the police on the homeless guy who is sleeping out back and he is going to be arrested and his dog taken to the pound.”
ADA Foundation accepting grant applications
The ADA Foundation (ADAF) is now accepting applications for its Semi-annual Grants Program: Access to Care, which supports nonprofit organizations whose charitable activities provide access to care and dental homes to the underserved.
Top trending CDA Practice Support resources
Below are the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.
CURES webinar offers important registration tips
CDA is hosting a webinar, presented by the Department of Justice, on May 25 to assist member dentists with the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES 2.0) registration process and any questions they may have regarding the new system.
Tobacco tax initiative reaches signature goal
The Save Lives California coalition, a coalition of health care organizations including CDA, continues to move forward with a ballot measure campaign to raise the state's tobacco tax by $2 per pack. The campaign recently submitted more than enough signatures to qualify a life-saving tobacco tax initiative for the Nov. 8, 2016, statewide ballot.
CDA Presents highlights innovative courses
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry recently took place at the Anaheim Convention Center. The May 12-14 event featured more than 200 educational courses and 575 exhibitors demonstrating new techniques and innovative products and services for dentists.
Oral anesthesia drug recalled
A single lot of Sensorcaine, which is often used in the injection for local or regional anesthesia in oral surgery, has been recalled. The recall was announced by Fresenius Kabi USA after an inspection of reserve samples revealed a particulate could block administration of the drug to the patient. This could cause a delay in therapy, result in local inflammation and mechanical disruption of tissue or immune response to the particulate.
Visit the CDA Presents Social Hub
Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim can visit the Social Hub during the May 12-14 convention to follow live tweets, photos, videos and much more.
Lawmakers: Oral health must be priority
Assembly and Senate Republican leaders called on Gov. Jerry Brown to make additional funding for Denti-Cal a priority in this year's state budget. The legislative leaders have put forward a plan to increase funding for Denti-Cal "in a meaningful and responsible way." Specifically, they are pursuing a commitment of an additional $200 million, which will also pull down federal matching funds.
Community involvement rewarding, builds loyalty
With summer approaching, parents will be looking for family activities to keep children busy. This is a perfect time for dentists to host a patient appreciation event or participate in some local family-friendly events. Participating in an event can be an educational experience for those who attend. It provides an opportunity for dentists to connect with their community and let potential patients know about their practice.
CDC finds e-cigarettes most-used tobacco product among youth
Sixteen percent of high school and 5.3 percent of middle school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2015, making e-cigarettes the most commonly used tobacco product among youth for the second consecutive year, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Steps for adopting alternative workweek
Managing the ins and outs of running a business and keeping track of changing state laws can be a challenge for many small-business owners, including dentists. CDA Practice Support offers clarity to its member dentists by providing resources and addressing issues, like overtime pay and implementing an alternative workweek for employees, which can be difficult to navigate.
New law requires accurate dental plan provider directories
A law created by Senate Bill 137 goes into effect on July 1 and requires all health plans to maintain accurate provider directories. This law requires dentists contracted with dental plans to respond to a plan’s request for accurate directory information within 30 days or face payment delays, reimbursement reductions or, ultimately, termination of their participating provider agreement.
Five things CDA Presents attendees must know
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry is less than two weeks away — taking place May 12-14 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The convention is a dentist’s ticket to up-to-date clinical and technological advancements, an extensive exhibit hall, C.E. opportunities, networking and fun.
Earn C.E. at the 8th Annual Ken Sanford, DDS, Memorial Ride
The eighth annual Ken Sanford, DDS, Memorial Motorcycle & Bicycle Ride will take place June 17-19 in the heart of the Central Coast’s wine country. Whether you ride, bike or drive, you can be part of the perfect getaway in Paso Robles. Earn C.E. in the morning and spend the afternoon exploring exceptional restaurants, shops, tasting rooms, sightseeing and more.
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