New patient form bundle now available
Proper patient communication is key for a dental practice, and that begins when the patient first becomes a patient. Communicating all of the practice’s policies and expectations is vital and that is why CDA has created a member-only New Patient Forms bundle. The bundle is a comprehensive resource pertaining to the gathering of information from the new patient. Dentists can implement the seven forms included in the bundle collectively or utilize them in an “a la carte” fashion if the practice has some, but not all, of the forms already in place.
The CDA Foundation has announced the recipients of several 2015 awards and educational scholarships. Here are the 2015 recipients of the Student Loan Repayment Grant, Webb Family Grant, Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award, Bettie Underwood RDAEF-2 Scholarship and CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award.
Red-flag behaviors for identifying embezzlement
Embezzlement is typically defined as the theft of money or property by a person trusted with those assets. It usually occurs in employment settings, and small businesses suffer more losses from fraud than larger organizations. Dentists may inadvertently put their practices at risk for fraud by trusting a single employee with sole financial responsibility or by not reviewing accounts payable and receivable. However, this vulnerability can be reduced through awareness of “red flag” behaviors and a few key accounting protections.
CURES enrollment deadline expected to be pushed back
The CURES enrollment deadline for providers will be pushed back from Jan. 1 to July 1 of 2016, if the governor signs a bill. 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 providers to enroll.
CDA provides answers to X-ray policy changes
United Concordia changed how periapical X-rays would be paid this summer and CDA Practice Support, after receiving calls from members about the changes, reached out to the company on behalf of dentists to get additional information. Here are the aspects of the new policy that CDA has learned from its correspondence with the insurance company.
Dentists should prepare for 2016 dental code changes
The ADA has released a resource that provides updated information to dentists on all of the latest dental code changes that will go into effect on Jan. 1. CDT 2016 provides accurate and up-to-date ADA dental procedure codes. Dentists who rely on old information may experience unexpected claim denials or reimbursement delays. Code changes for 2016 include 19 new codes, 12 revised codes and eight deleted codes.
How to have better collections in the dental practice
The goal for most practice owners is to send out as few billing statements as possible. This goal correlates with setting strong payment policies and adhering to those rules. However, when a patient is unable to pay at the time of service, despite the practice’s efforts to communicate the payment policies, the practice should be prepared with an alternative method. But before it gets to this point, there are steps dental practices can take to improve their collections process.
CDA blocks legislation by insurance plans
In the Legislature’s final week of its 2015 session, CDA successfully blocked problematic legislation backed by insurance plans that would have placed an unfair burden on dentists and delayed access to care for patients. After an intensive lobbying effort in the Capitol by multiple provider groups and through grassroots contact by CDA members with legislators in the final days of the session, the bill failed to pass in a vote of the full state Assembly.
Denti-Cal general anesthesia changes coming
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently released a Denti-Cal Provider Bulletin outlining the modified policy for the administration of general anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Effective Nov. 1, Denti-Cal providers will be required to submit a Treatment Authorization Request (TAR) for the provision of intravenous sedation and general anesthesia services.
Steps to take for a more efficient back office
Many offices ask the age-old question, “How did we miscalculate our budget at year’s end?” Basically, “Where did the money go?” Proper organization and tracking back office expenses can help answer these questions. CDA Practice Support has put together five suggestions to help dentists systemize their practice and prevent confusion.
Last chances to attend TDIC RM seminars
There are three remaining opportunities for dentists to attend the fall 2015 lineup of TDIC's Risk Management seminar, Beyond the Science: Patient Emotions in Dentistry. TDIC is offering the seminar to help dentists correctly identify and handle patients who exhibit dental fear. 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.
Top trending CDA Practice Support resources
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 the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.
5 social media tips for dental practices
Brad Newman, a leader in marketing and business development for dental offices, spoke to CDA Update staff during CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco about how dentists can best market themselves online using a variety of social media sites. Newman discussed how to maintain a social media conversation that is "fresh, likeable and targeted for the right audience" and shared five social media tips for dental practices.
Diagnostic code changes approaching
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has set the implementation date of the International Classification of Diseases version 10 Clinical Modification (ICD-10 CM) for Oct. 1. While the implementation of ICD-10 CM affects a limited number of dentists in California, such as oral surgeons, anesthesiologists, pathologists, etc., it is important to note that all dentists should be aware that diagnostic coding could become a requirement in the future.
New resource helps dentists stay HIPAA-compliant
An average dental practice data breach can cost a dentist anywhere from $100,000 to more than $1 million. According to the Office of Civil Rights, an average of 4,707 individuals are affected by a breach in a dental practice. To help dentists stay compliant, CDA has released a new, members-only, HIPAA Compliance CD Bundle. The bundle helps dentists design and implement a comprehensive compliance program using a step-by-step approach.
CDA urges members to sign tobacco tax petition
CDA and the Save Lives California coalition are encouraging supporters to sign an online petition urging the state Legislature to raise the state's tobacco tax and have launched a statewide digital advertising campaign to mobilize support for the effort.
Dugoni: 'Live beyond the nine-by-nine operatory'

Arthur A. Dugoni, DDS, MSD, recently spoke at the CDA student networking event at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry. During his speech, he challenged the dental students to do more than practice dentistry after they graduate. He urged them to make a difference in their profession and in their communities.

Panoramic X-ray machine recall
Panoramic Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of certain PC-1000 panoramic X-ray machines due to a potential problem with its lift motor, "which can result in severe injury to a patient or staff member." Panoramic Corporation sent certified letters to owners who are on record as having purchased one of the machines.
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