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Every month, thousands of CDA members turn to the Update for the latest information about current and developing topics in dentistry. The Update is a trusted source for news that directly affects dentists, including dental benefit plans, legislation and advocacy, patient safety and more.
The March 2020 Update features a discussion with CDA President Richard Nagy, DDS, and CDA Executive Director Peter DuBois about CDA's 150th anniversary and the future of organized dentistry. Other articles explain the screening process for aerosol transmissible disease, including the new coronavirus; how to navigate dental board C.E. audits and requirements with ease; and how to use CDA's new HIPAA training resources.
The February Update includes a feature article on the role of RDHAPs in caring for homebound, aging and special-needs patients in the expanded dental practice. Other articles discuss new rules that restrict in-office financing options for patients; common questions dentists have about enrolling in federally administered Medicare Advantage plans; and new and updated required employment notices for the dental office.
The January 2020 issue announces CDA's 150th-anniversary milestone and offers a glimpse of what's ahead for the association and its members. This issue also includes a message from Paul Reggiardo, DDS, about the CalHealthCares 2020 application cycle, which opens to dentists in January, and explains what's involved in an HR audit and how performing one can help practices get off to a compliant start in the new year.
The December 2019 Update explains new laws related to arbitration agreements, lactation accommodation, and employee training that employers will need to comply with in the new year. This issue also provides answers to common questions members have about coordination of benefits when patients have more than one dental plan for coverage and spotlights the recipient of the Foundation's 2019 Student Loan Repayment Grant.
The November 2019 Update covers two bills signed into law by Gov. Newsom that provide protections for direct-to-consumer orthodontic patients and increase transparency in network "leasing" by dental benefit plans. This issue also explains how the new law mandating use of the "ABC test" to classify workers affects practice owners and offers tips to increase scores when applying for a CalHealthCares loan repayment or practice support grant.
The October 2019 Update informs employers of a deadline extension to provide the new state-mandated sexual harassment prevention training; explains the $300K CalHealthCares practice support grant available to dentists who relocate to a high-needs area and commit to serving Medi-Cal Dental beneficiaries; and outlines precautions to take when making pay deductions for salaried employees.
The September 2019 Update spotlights the “life-changing” student loan repayment grants awarded to 38 dentists for their commitment to serving Medi-Cal Dental patients; covers new legislation requiring dentists who provide orthodontia to patients to disclose their license number and review radiographs prior to moving teeth; and explains the requirements around dentists' use of Botox.
The August 2019 Update explains the importance of reviewing the explanation of benefits for information ranging from policy limitations and exclusions to the plan’s appeal and dispute guidelines. The issue also includes tips for addressing smartphone use, side gigs and other sensitive employment topics with policies and explains how to resolve treatment disputes through CDA Peer Review.
The July 2019 Update announces the state budget deal that provides additional stability for increased Medi-Cal Dental provider rates; includes advice to dental practices to help them prepare for wildfire season; explains when not to comply with a plan's request for a post-payment chart review; and summarizes a court decision that holds the 'ABC' independent contractor test applies retroactively.
The June 2019 Update highlights The Dentists Supply Company's most recent expansion allowing members of organized dentistry in 47 states to save on purchases through TDSC.com. This issue also explains how to adopt and follow an alternative workweek in the dental practice, describes a new requirement for businesses seeking tax ID numbers, and details CDA's new online Employee Manual Generator.
The May 2019 Update features a story about several dentists and their office staff members who are beginning to make progress after the devastating wildfires in California in fall 2018. Also included are articles about dental student participation in Grassroots Advocacy Days at the state Capitol and a new CDA resource that lets members easily report issues with dental benefits plans online.
Articles in the April 2019 Update discuss CDA-sponsored legislation that protects dentists during network leasing, a CDA-supported bill that makes SDF a covered Medi-Cal benefit and a group of bills aimed at reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Also covered is a new law that delays a requirement that prescribers use new prescription forms for controlled substances.
Kerry K. Carney, DDS
Journal Editor in Chief