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2021

California health care workers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination; unvaccinated workers must get tested regularly

California issued an order today requiring all health care workers in the state to either show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or be tested regularly. The statewide policy will take effect Monday, Aug. 9, with full compliance required by Aug. 23.

California RDHs approved to administer COVID-19 vaccine under direct supervision of dentist

The Department of Consumer Affairs on Feb. 11 approved a public health emergency waiver that allows registered dental hygienists in California to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 16 and older under the supervision of an eligible vaccine provider, such as a dentist, licensed physician or surgeon.

California’s new COVID-19 paid sick leave law expands eligibility for covered employers, employees

New federal and state paid sick leave laws related to COVID-19 that were recently passed affect small businesses, including some dental practices. Here’s what practice owners need to know about national and statewide paid sick leave laws and how they apply to their dental office.

CDA answers dentists’ most commonly asked practice management questions

Practice Support and Risk Management are receiving calls from member dentists concerned about how the pandemic is affecting daily business operations. To ensure all member concerns are addressed, CDA has compiled the most recent, commonly asked questions from member dentists about reducing employee hours and wages, managing delinquent accounts, patient dismissals and more.

CDA set to launch new online learning program; access all virtual events and continuing education courses in one place

CDA is bringing an enhanced learning experience to dentists and dental teams through a new education program launching this month. Through the online program, registrants will be able to log in to their CDA membership account and access interactive courses and virtual events all in one place, including all CDA and TDIC Risk Management courses.

CDA’s new monthly virtual events offer flexible ongoing education opportunities to dental teams

Practice owners and dental team members can now look forward to exploring new education opportunities year-round through CDA’s new virtual event series. The series lets dental teams learn, connect with peers and earn continuing education from any remote location at convenient times that fit their schedules. 

Congress is pursuing a Medicare dental benefit: Here's what to know

A significant amount of activity is underway in the U.S. Congress focused on adding dental, vision and hearing benefits to the Medicare program, and the proposals are moving quickly. This communication from CDA supplements what the ADA, media and other sources have shared to give members background and context for the current activity and clarify some common misunderstandings.

Congressional spending deal nears: Medicare dental benefit unlikely to be included

The U.S. Congress is working to finalize the details of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act, and the framework of a final deal is near. While the details of the negotiated agreement have not been made public or acted on by Congress, it appears unlikely that a Medicare dental benefit will be included in the final legislation. 

Dentists in California, nationwide increasingly join COVID-19 vaccination efforts

CDA advocacy placed California ahead of the curve for enabling dentists to vaccinate individuals against COVID-19 when the Department of Consumer Affairs granted a public health emergency waiver on Jan. 4. Other states soon followed, passing legislation or issuing waivers and governors’ executive orders that allow dentists to administer the COVID-19 vaccines.

Dentists required to comply with new information blocking rule granting patients more access to health records

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.

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