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Legal Reference Guide for California Dentists

An overview of how to use the complete guide. What laws apply to dentistry and how they work. What CDA's attorneys can do for you.

Revised January 2018

Chapter 1 - Introduction
An overview of how to use the complete guide. What laws apply to dentistry and how they work. What CDA's attorneys can do for you.

Chapter 2 - Practice Considerations 

Chapter 3 - Dental Practice Act

Chapter 4 - Employment Law

Chapter 5 - Patient Considerations

Chapter 6 - Collections and Dental Benefit Plans

Chapter 7 - Regulatory Compliance

Appendix A - Laws and Regulations Impacting Dentistry in California
This is a table summarizing the laws and regulations applicable to California dental practices.

Appendix B - Sample Associate Agreement

Legal Disclaimer
The information provided by this sample agreement is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice, recommendations, or counseling under any circumstance and no attorney-client relationship is formed. No recipients of this sample agreement should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in the sample agreement without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice. The content of this sample agreement contains general information. Although best efforts have been made to provide quality information, there is no guarantee or warranty the content or quality of this sample agreement is accurate.

Neither the California Dental Association (CDA) nor any of its subsidiaries or its attorneys assume liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. Neither CDA nor its attorneys shall be liable for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage of any kind resulting from your use of the sample agreement or the information contained herein. Additionally, this agreement does not imply that any of its provisions are covered by your Professional Liability (PL) Carrier. Contact your PL carrier prior to entering into any associate agreement.

Reproduction, distribution, republication, and/or retransmission of material contained within this sample agreement are prohibited unless prior written permission from CDA is obtained. May 2018.

Appendix C - Checklist of Questions to Ask When Forming a Group Practice 

If you are considering the creation of, or joining, a group practice, it is essential for you to review the issues raised in “Checklist of Questions To Ask When Forming A Group Practice.” It will help you identify the issues that are important to you and help establish the expectations of each partner moving forward.

Appendix D - What Every Dentist Should Know Before Signing a Dental Provider Contract

“What Every Dentist Should Know Before Signing A Dental Provider Contract” (Appendix D) is intended as a supplement to the tailored, informational analysis of contracts offered by the ADA Contract Analysis Service. This document reviews several issues including, but not limited to, term and termination; liability; referrals; utilization review; and grievance system.