Masking requirement continues in California health care settings.
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Update: The U.S. Supreme Court in January 2022 ruled to block President Biden's vaccinate-or-test mandate for larger employers but upheld the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule.
No later than Jan. 1, 2022, dentists will be required by state law to issue electronic prescriptions for all medications, with very few exceptions. CDA members have a new option to assist their compliance with iCoreRx e-prescribing software from CDA’s Endorsed Services partner iCoreConnect.
A new CDA Practice Health Check can help dental practices prepare for the American Dental Association’s CDT code changes for 2022. The ADA updates CDT codes annually, and failure to review the changes could lead to unnecessary claim denials and delays.
All health care providers, including dentists, will soon be required to comply with a new federal regulation that aims to enhance a patient’s right to access their health information. Under the new rule, patients will have greater and, at times, immediate access to health information.
Federal and state laws requiring employers to provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave and voluntary sick leave tax credits are set to expire Sept. 30; however, several cities and counties in California implemented their own supplemental paid leave ordinances that include small-employer obligations.
Conflicting views over mandatory vaccine policies could potentially lead to an employee quitting or getting fired and subsequently filing for unemployment. But whether an employee is still entitled to unemployment benefits if they quit or get fired for not complying with the public order varies on a case-by-case basis.
Patient safety remains a top priority for practice owners and dental teams; however, the dental office can often be a fast-paced working environment with distractions that can impede best safety practices. To better prevent mishaps, the Joint Commission requires accredited dental practices to implement a timeout before all surgical procedures.
CDA Practice Support has developed the California State Reopening Guide for Dental Practices to help dentists and dental teams understand their responsibilities to maintain a safe environment and communicate with patients about continued COVID-19 safety precautions in the dental office.
Update: The Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to withdraw the revisions to its COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards that the board approved June 3 and sent to the OAL for review. The board met again June 17 and approved new changes to the standards that took effect the same day after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order.