CDA Journal puts sugar in the spotlight
The October Journal of the California Dental Association is designed to encourage dentists to consider their part in the latest movement to curb nutrition-related chronic disease. Articles discuss, among other topics, how the increase in sugar consumption in the U.S. has led to a new disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Hospitals see value in supporting oral health
Hospital systems have been critical supporters of CDA Cares since 2013. Every year, due to the lack of effective and adequately funded government safety net programs, thousands of individuals seek treatment for dental pain and infection in hospital emergency rooms, compounding an already strained system.
Delta's Medicare requirement won't apply in California
Recent contractual amendments made by Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana effective Jan. 1, 2017, state that dentists who chose to opt out of Medicare Part D in these three states will no longer be eligible to remain Delta Dental network providers. Delta Dental of California verified that it is not adopting the same policy.
Three things dentists should have for new employees
Setting expectations for employees at any business is important for overall operations. The same applies to a dental practice. Confusion and frustration can arise when dentists don’t provide an updated employee manual and proper job descriptions and establish a system for accountability.
Apply for LDPP funding by Sept. 30
The deadline to apply for Local Dental Pilot Project funding under Domain 4 of the Dental Transformation Initiative is Saturday, Sept. 30. Fifteen pilot projects will be selected to commence in January 2017.
Request a one-on-one Risk Management consult
The Dentists Insurance Company now offers policyholders the ability to schedule appointments online.
How to contract with and bill for associates
As the dental marketplace continues to change, hiring associates and having a multidentist practice is increasingly more common. CDA Practice Support frequently receives inquiries from members regarding how to correctly bill for associate dentists providing treatment in their practice.
Better hiring with license verification and background checks
For practice owners, hiring competent, qualified and properly licensed staff is a key responsibility. Should it be discovered that an employee is practicing without a license, there are serious repercussions for both the unlicensed employee and the practice owner, for example. However, sometimes the requirements as an employer are murky, and tasks associated with hiring can get pushed to the back burner.
Prop. 56 campaign blasts Big Tobacco
In the final countdown to the November election, the Yes on Prop. 56 campaign to increase California’s tobacco tax is gathering major endorsements and strongly fighting back against Big Tobacco’s dishonest advertising.
Dental anesthesia bill heads to governor
A bill (AB 2235) requiring the Dental Board of California to review the safety of pediatric dental anesthesia has been passed by the Legislature and is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. The legislation stems from last year’s tragic death of a boy who received dental treatment under general anesthesia.
Preliminary list of participating Covered California dental plans released
Covered California, California's health insurance marketplace for the federal Affordable Care Act, has released some of the participating dental plans for the 2017 benefit year. Covered California's open enrollment period for 2017 coverage begins on Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31, 2017.
'Are You in Compliance?' Use new resource to track key dates
Now, in one handy place, CDA members can find the details, deadlines and resources they need to ensure their dental practice is in compliance with upcoming laws and regulations. On the main Practice Support webpage, the new “Are You in Compliance” section lists laws and regulations that dental practices will need to comply with.
Top trending CDA Practice Support resources
Here are the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance: housekeeping schedule; reclassification of exempt employees; sample patient appreciation letters; dealing with refund demands; and Cal/OSHA training requirements.
See live photos from #cdaSF, win CDA swag!
Don’t miss the latest photos and updates as events unfold at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco. Throughout the convention, attendees are encouraged to use the #cdaSF hashtag when sharing their CDA Presents-related posts on social media. Tagged posts will then appear in the CDA Presents Social Hub.
Civil rights rule compliance required by Oct. 16
CDA has developed California-specific resources to assist dentists in meeting the Oct. 16 deadline for compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights’ final rule concerning Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.
New balance billing legislation addresses CDA concerns
AB 72 furthers consumer protections while also making it easier for physicians to resolve reimbursement problems with insurers. Under this bill, out-of-network physicians providing treatment at an in-network hospital or clinic must receive a patient’s voluntary consent to be treated for out-of-network care at least one day before the treatment.
Open lecture to use 3-D photographs to educate dentists
An open interactive seminar at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco will review oral lesions and dental therapeutics that oral care providers commonly encounter in a community practice. Presented by Samson Ng, BSc(Pharm), MSc, DMD, the seminar will use 3-D photographs to help educate dentists.
For your holiday reading: September CDA Journal
The September Journal of the California Dental Association provides four clinically relevant articles that highlight selected systemic diseases with oral signs and/or symptoms that oral health care providers may encounter throughout a dental career.
UCSF dental students to volunteer at CDA Cares Stockton
Soon after the last classes let out at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry on Friday, Oct. 14, 76 dental school students will board a bus for the 90-minute ride to Stockton, for the CDA Cares event.
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