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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Aug. 4 updated its guidance for dental settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IRS has issued guidance to employers on how to report the amount of qualified emergency sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
CDA Practice Support has received several inquiries from members seeking guidance on what to do if an employee is diagnosed with the virus, is experiencing symptoms or has been exposed to the virus.
As dental teams prioritize new protocols in the office to ensure the safety and comfort among staff and patients in the COVID era, recent data shows that some patients are hesitant to return to the dentist so soon. The following tips can help with rebuilding trust and increasing your patients’ comfort levels about returning to the dentist.
As dentists and dental teams have returned to practice over the last month, some offices are noticing tension among team members that comes with getting back to patient care during a global pandemic.
Countless protections are in place to safeguard our private financial data. In the dental office, data encryption, anti-virus software and firewalls are the go-to preventative measures, not to mention the classic lock-and-key methods for securing hardware and other items of value. Unfortunately, smart thieves can, and have, found ways to outwit many of the most advanced security systems.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that revises language in the written informed consent form that dentists must provide to patients prior to administering general anesthesia and deep or moderate sedation. Although the new law does not impact the practice of dentistry, dentists should ensure that beginning Jan. 1, 2020, they are using a consent form that is compliant with the new law.
A dentist who writes controlled substance prescriptions can now review CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) for patients for whom the dentist is listed as a prescriber. This ability to review the list is useful when a dentist has misplaced a prescription pad or has had a prescription pad stolen or when a dentist suspects someone is misusing their DEA number.
At the direction of the 2018 CDA House of Delegates, CDA has been working with the Dental Board of California to better understand the scope of practice for general dentists as it relates to the use of cosmetic agents such as Botox and dermal fillers. The house directed CDA to take this action to clear up confusion that arose from the creation of the Elective Facial Cosmetic Surgery permit as it relates to the scope of cosmetic services general dentists may provide.