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Treating elderly patients: Minimize risk with informed consent and updated health history

Dental professionals face a number of challenges in securing consent for oral care, but there are specific consent and documentation considerations when caring for older adults.

At-home COVID-19 rapid tests now commercially available at local pharmacies

Several national chain pharmacies are now selling over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. While these tests have value in helping to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and potential future disease outbreaks, a rapid test appropriate for use in a dental or other health care setting has yet to be approved.

State law now allows some California businesses to deduct federal pandemic loans from their state taxes

Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 29 signed legislation that will provide a $6.2 billion tax cut to businesses that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan to pay for employee salaries, group health care benefits, other debt obligations and worker-protection costs related to COVID-19.