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Keep ahead of the compliance process with our customizable Regulatory Compliance Manual. Plus, learn about CURES and opioid pain management, review upcoming regulation deadlines and check your practice’s compliance.

2018

October 2, 2018: Mandatory checks in CURES take effect

As announced by the Department of Justice in April 2018, California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES 2.0) is ready for statewide consultation by prescribers. As of Oct. 2, 2018, prescribers must check a patient’s prescription history in CURES 2.0 before prescribing a Schedule II-IV substance, with some specific exceptions. Refer to CDA’s article on mandatory checks for information on the exception applicable to some dentists. Prescribers who have issues accessing CURES can email the DOJ or call 916.210.3187.

Aug. 30, 2018: Replace three Prop. 65 signs with single sign

Proposition 65 regulations were amended in 2016, requiring dental practices to replace multiple notices with one notice or provide the warning as part of the written informed consent. A dentist employing 10 or more employees and using one or more of the chemicals on the Proposition 65 list must provide a warning notice. CDA strongly encourages dental offices with fewer than 10 employees to post the sign or use the warning notice, because the definition of employee is broad and dentists should err on the side of caution. The new regulation is effective Aug. 30, 2018. However, dental practices may choose to comply with the new regulations now and they will be considered in compliance. The posting of the old Proposition 65 warning notices for restorative materials, nitrous oxide and bisphenol A is deemed compliant until the effective date of the new regulation. CDA has developed a Proposition 65 resources (zip) that includes frequently asked questions and Prop. 65 notices in numerous languages.

July 2018: Notice to Employees: Employment Development Department – Unemployment Insurance, State Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave (DE 1857A)

The EDD released this new, mandatory posting on July 3, 2018 although the revision date is May 2018. EDD states that, while maintaining updated publications is always encouraged, employers can continue to use the previous version of their mandatory employer notice (DE 1857A) until January 1, 2019—at which time all employers must post the updated version.

February 15, 2018: Implement New Tax Withholding Tables

On Jan. 11, 2018, the IRS issued revised tax withholding tables for employee paychecks. To comply with IRS Notice 1036, employers should implement the 2018 withholding tables as soon as possible, but no later than Feb. 15, 2018. The notice provides early release copies of the new percentage method tables for income tax withholding. To learn more about your tax responsibilities as an employer, refer to Publication 15 and recent developments at irs.gov.

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Regulatory Compliance News

Image of rapid COVID-19 test that reads Governor signs legislation permitting California dentists to apply for licensure to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the office

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 8 signed into law CDA-sponsored legislation that allows California-licensed dentists to apply for the requisite laboratory licensure to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the dental office. The new law also gives dentists permanent authority to administer FDA-approved or FDA-authorized COVID-19 and flu vaccines.

C.E. waiver extension gives California dental professionals until March 2022 to complete license renewal requirements

The Department of Consumer Affairs issued a new waiver that gives all California-licensed dental professionals whose active licenses expire in October 2021 until March 28, 2022, to meet license renewal requirements.

Q4 Practice Health Check: Reviewing benefit claims processes and code changes for 2022

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.