Top 5 CDA Practice Support Resources in May

CDA Practice Support is designed to help dentists navigate the business side of dentistry with ease, as it is chock-full of valuable resources to help them run their practices.

Below are the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources this month in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.

Dental Benefit Plans: Medicare Provider Options

Under a final rule issued on May 19, 2014, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), dentists who treat or refer Medicare enrollees or prescribe medication to Medicare patients through the Part D Medicare drug program must either enroll in Medicare as a provider, or opt out of enrollment by Jan.1, 2016. This resource was updated in May 2015.

Employment Practices: California Paid Sick Leave Law

The effective date for employers to begin providing mandatory sick leave to all employees is July 1, 2015, or on the first day of employment for new employees – whichever is later. However, employers were supposed to display the required poster for employees by Jan. 1, 2015. A link to the poster is provided in this resource.

Practice Management: New Patient Health History Forms for Adult Patients (zip file)

The New Patient Forms for Minor Patients are provided as comprehensive resources pertaining to the gathering of information from the new patient. The forms can be implemented collectively or may be utilized in an “a la carte” fashion for the practice that may have some, but not all, of the forms already in place.

Regulatory Compliance: Fictitious Business Name

This resource is an overview of the requirements for a dental practice that uses a fictitious business name. To determine if another dental practice is using a fictitious business name, check the Dental Board of California’s license verification website.

HIPAA Business Associate Agreement

HIPAA requires a covered entity to have a business associate agreement with any entity, individual or organization that creates, receives, maintains or transmits patient health information to perform nonclinical functions, such as claims processing or information systems management, on behalf of a covered entity. A dental practice that is a covered entity must have a business associate agreement with each entity that uses its patients’ information for nonclinical functions.

For more information about these member resources, visit cda.org/practicesupport.

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The effective date for employers to begin providing mandatory sick leave to all employees is July 1, or on the first day of employment for new employees — whichever is later. The new law requires nearly every employer in California to allow all of its employees at least three paid sick days each year. Here is what dentists need to know.

CDA has mailed updated employment poster sets to local dental societies for distribution to members. Several state and federal agencies, including the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, California Employment Development Department and California Department of Industrial Relations, require employment posters to be conspicuously displayed in dental offices. To check on the mailing status of their complimentary employment poster set, dentists should contact their local dental societies.

CDA Practice Support recently received a call from a dentist about a disgruntled patient who was accusing the dentist of violating the patient’s HIPAA privacy rights because of a past-due bill. Specifically, the patient claimed that they received a letter from a collection agency and the fact that the collection agency had their information was a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).