Participate in National Brush Day after Halloween
The third annual National Brush Day is set for Nov. 1 — the day after Halloween when sweet and sticky treats still linger in many mouths. The purpose of National Brush Day is to reinforce the importance of children’s oral health and promote good tooth-brushing habits by making sure kids brush for two minutes, twice a day.
Data breach notice requirements changing in January
California’s data breach notification law will undergo amendments effective Jan. 1, 2016. Specifically, new state legislation, SB 570, requires changes to the format of a breach notification notice. CDA has compiled a summary of the changes dentists should be aware of.
CDA Foundation receives $25,000 from DentaQuest
The CDA Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Grant program received a $25,000 donation from DentaQuest to help a recent dental school graduate repay educational loans in exchange for working in an underserved community. As a flagship program of the Foundation, the Student Loan Repayment Grant offers $105,000 over three years in exchange for a commitment to care for the underserved.
Be cautious of offering incentives for Facebook 'likes'
Based on guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a “like” on Facebook could be considered an endorsement. CDA recommends dentists avoid incentivizing positive endorsements so as not to be in violation of FTC regulations.
What dentists should know about the Virtual Dental Home
In recent months, several policyholders have called the TDIC Advice line asking about the virtual dental home (VDH) model and the risks associated with participating in one. The following information may be helpful for dentists who are considering practicing in such a model. The term “virtual dental home” describes a dental care model in which a dentist utilizes teledentistry by connecting electronically to specially trained allied dental team members to deliver dental care to underserved populations.
CDA's new president begins term
Ken Wallis, DDS, is CDA’s new president for 2015-16. Wallis, a general dentist with a private practice in Santa Clara, is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He succeeds Immediate Past President Walt Weber, DDS. Wallis said changes occurring in the dental profession, including the growth of new practice models, provide an opportunity for inclusiveness.
Opioid regulations, scrutiny featured in CDA Journal
In collaboration with pharmacy colleagues, authors of the November issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association present the most current information on pain management in dentistry. This issue includes timely information relative to opioid medication regulations and abuse.
Online license renewal begins early next year
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is anticipating the launch of a new computer licensing system for dentists, hygienists and assistants in January. Known as the BreEZe system, it will allow dental professionals to apply for or renew their licenses online, pay with a credit card, track the status of an application or licensing request, submit address changes and obtain proof of license status. BreEZe also enables consumers to verify a professional license and file consumer complaints.
Answers to two common dental benefit questions
CDA Practice Support receives many questions from members about dental benefits. Two of the most common questions are about patient copayments and patient discounts for prepayments. Here are answers to both.
CURES enrollment deadline moved to July 1
The CURES enrollment deadline for providers has officially been pushed back from Jan. 1 to July 1 of 2016. The change comes after the governor signed AB 679 (Allen). The bill was amended late in the legislative session due to concern that the most recent Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) update has fallen behind schedule. The CURES 2.0 was planned to be in use by July 1 of this year, yet the system is still not fully operational. The delay will give the Department of Justice (DOJ) time to finalize CURES 2.0 and for providers to enroll.
Student loan recipients give back at CDA Cares
Every year, the CDA Foundation awards one new dentist with the Student Loan Repayment Grant to help repay his or her dental educational loan. The grant, which provides up to $105,000 over three years in exchange for a commitment to care for the underserved, has not only provided financial support for 16 dentists across the state, it has motivated them to give back to their communities. Three recipients of the grant illustrated this by using their talents to give back to patients at CDA Cares in Fresno.
Coalition, CDA move forward with tobacco tax initiative
The Save Lives California coalition, which CDA is part of, has filed its final version of a ballot measure for the November 2016 election to raise the state’s tobacco tax by $2 per pack. The coalition had committed to pursuing a ballot measure if the Legislature was unable to pass legislation this summer, and with no legislative action at the end of this year’s session, the coalition is moving ahead with a ballot measure campaign.
Top CDA Practice Support resources in October
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. Here are the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources in October in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.
5 tips on what to look for in front office staff
Between developing a job description and salary, posting the job, screening resumes and setting up interviews, a lot goes into recruiting a new employee for a dental practice. For working relationships to be successful, both the employer and employee have to find the right match.  To help determine the right match, CDA Practice Support has compiled five tips for what to look for in a candidate.
New dental licensure fee cap set
The governor has signed a bill that includes an increase in the cap on dental licensure fees, along with cap increases for most other fees, as part of the Dental Board of California’s sunset review. The proposed cap for initial and biennial renewal fees was part of AB 179 and will increase to $650 as of Jan. 1, 2016, and rise to $800 in 2018.
Help with human resources is one call away
In April, Trevor Thorn, DDS, purchased his first solo practice in Sonora and within the first eight months had four of his eight employees go out on disability or maternity leave. Having little experience in handling the business side of a practice when dealing with human resources issues, Thorn picked up the phone and called CDA Practice Support to get up to speed on how to properly accommodate employees who are on disability. There are countless stories just like this of CDA members.
CDA Cares provides oral health services to 2,099 people
Hosted by the CDA Foundation and CDA, the CDA Cares volunteer dental program provided more than $1.9 million in charitable dental services to 2,099 people Oct. 2-3 in Fresno. While final numbers are still being tallied, preliminary estimates indicate nearly 2,500 tooth extractions were necessary at CDA Cares in Fresno – a sad statistic, since dental disease is preventable.
A dentist's rights in a dental benefit plan dispute
CDA receives numerous calls daily about various disputes dentists have with patients’ dental benefit carriers. While CDA will consider how these disputes might be informally resolved, ultimately, the dentist has the right to appeal the dispute back to the plan, and eventually with the plan’s regulator.
Special hearing highlights deficiencies of Denti-Cal
CDA participated in a special hearing recently to review the deficiencies of the state’s Denti-Cal program. An independent oversight committee held a meeting at the state Capitol to delve into the problems highlighted in a report that found that California’s 2014 reimbursement rates for the 25 most common Medicaid dental services were well below those in the comparable states of New York, Texas and Florida.
Local hazardous waste programs available for dentists
Dentists should be aware that many counties across the state allow small businesses to use their household hazardous waste collection programs. CDA recently updated its Household Hazardous Waste and Small Quantity Generator Programs resource that outlines the availability of local household hazardous waste programs for the disposal of hazardous waste. A household hazardous waste program is a good alternative to hazardous waste pickup, especially due to the fact that dental practices generate small quantities of the waste.
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