Determining employee classification, status and more
Practice owners who are unfamiliar with complex labor laws or are not paying wages appropriately could be risking an unwelcome invitation to a wage and hour claim or lawsuit. It is important that employers review and understand the basic principles of wage and hour laws and follow both the federal standards and California laws that provide greater protections for employees.
Discussion on pediatric dental anesthesia legislation to continue in 2018
More discussion is in store for Senate Bill 501, the CalAOMS-sponsored legislation introduced by Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) early this year and supported by CDA to improve safety in pediatric dental anesthesia.
Planning made easy with C.E. course calendar
CDA provides an online continuing education course calendar that includes pages of course offerings for dentists who want to enhance their practice and professional development or simply need credits for license renewal.
CDA urges Congress to oppose detrimental health care amendment
CDA along with the California Medical Association and California Hospital Association sent the following letter to members of the California congressional delegation asking them to oppose the Graham Cassidy Block Grant amendment to the American Health Care Act.
Know your compliance dates
In one handy place, CDA members can find the details, deadlines and resources they need to ensure their practice complies with upcoming laws and regulations. Check out “Are You in Compliance?” on the CDA Practice Support homepage.
Sponsors contribute to CDA Cares Bakersfield
Three key sponsors have stepped up to support the next CDA Cares set for Oct. 6–7 at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield. Henry Schein Dental and Western Dental are longtime supporters of CDA Cares, contributing $50,000 pledges, a volunteer workforce and equipment and supplies for the events. Patterson Dental also stepped up with a pledge valued at $50,000 to help ensure the Bakersfield clinic is successful.
TDIC alerts CDA members about copyright infringement risk
The Dentists Insurance Company has received and is currently working to resolve several claims against its policyholders related to the unauthorized use of proprietary software code on the policyholders’ dental practice websites. The claimant asserts the policyholders have committed copyright infringement by using, without permission, copyright-protected software that provides real-time online chat capability.
Updated amalgam separator Q&A addresses tenant-landlord responsibility
Dentists who share a building with other dental practices are contacting CDA Practice Support to inquire about their obligations under the Environmental Protection Agency’s amalgam separator requirement, which took effect July 14, 2017. The amalgam separator is designed to remove mercury and other metals entering the waste stream from dental practices.
Informed consent: More than just a form
A common allegation in many professional liability claims is the lack of informed consent. Patients argue that had they known about the possibility of complications, they would have made a different decision regarding their dental treatment. One of the best ways dentists can protect themselves in these cases is by ensuring patients are armed with the facts needed to make informed decisions.
Giving back: Associations magnify dentists' community impact
The heart of dentistry is the unyielding desire to help others. A commitment to improving the oral health of all Californians is why many CDA members entered the profession, and it’s why so many dentists are passionate about giving back to their communities. Whether through volunteer efforts, advocacy or leadership, CDA can help act as a conduit for those looking to make a difference.
Volunteer completes dental school to provide services at CDA Cares
Dentistry is not the first career for Debra Peterson, DMD. She enjoyed a long career in the nursery and landscaping industries before her volunteer stints in dentistry — first for CDA Presents and then CDA Cares — inspired her to put down the landscaping tools, at least part-time, and take up new some shiny new instruments.
Effective case presentation and acceptance in the dental practice
In today’s dental market, patients have more choices than ever before. High expectations and an influx of information means competition is fierce, leading to a marked shift in how practice owners attract and retain patients. Long gone are the days when patients chose their dentist based on static provider directories, word-of-mouth or the Yellow Pages. Today, consumers are highly connected and able to research online reviews, ratings and guides prior to making a dental or health care choice.
CDA addresses questions about changes in provider contracting
Have you ever had one of those moments when you received a decision from a dental benefit plan and thought, “There ought to be a law?” Well, there isn’t a law, in many cases. All health plans must meet requirements as determined by the state agencies that regulate, license and certify them. However, the issues that matter most to providers as well as patients — what is included in the plan’s scope of benefits, for example — are not governed by state laws or regulations.
Dental students can receive up to $120K in tax-free loan repayment
The application cycle for the National Health Service Corps’ 2018 Students to Service Loan Repayment Program is now open. The S2S LRP provides up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment to dental and medical students in their final year of school, allowing them to pursue their passion for delivering care while working in rural, tribal and high-need communities throughout the nation.
Employers must use newest Form I-9 beginning Sept. 18
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on July 17 released a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Practice owners who are hiring or planning to hire employees soon may continue to use the current version of the Form I-9 or may choose to use the new version of the form through Sept. 16, but must begin using the updated Form I-9 beginning Monday, Sept. 18.
With high unemployment, Kern County welcomes volunteer dentists
Having retired in April after 49 years in private practice as a general dentist, Robert Reed, DDS, says, “I now have a lot more time to work on CDA Cares!” CDA recently spoke with Reed about his past experience with CDA Cares, preparations for CDA Cares Bakersfield and the high need for this event in Kern County.
$30M annual boost to state oral health program
Five years after CDA developed a proposal to reduce barriers to dental care in California, several of the proposal’s objectives have come to pass. Most notably was the 2015 installation of Jayanth Kumar, DDS, MPH, as state dental director. And now, thanks in part to the passage of Proposition 56, the state oral health plan that CDA and other stakeholders helped develop over the past year will receive a significant financial boost of $30 million annually.
Cannabis effects on oral health discussed in CDA Journal
The September Journal of the California Dental Association features a range of topics including the effects of cannabis on periodontal oral health, oral lichen planus flares triggered by cow’s milk and pre-eruptive resorption in a patient with DiGeorge syndrome.
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