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2021

Face coverings, social distancing still required for fully vaccinated patients and staff in dental office

Some dentists are unclear about whether to maintain face covering and social distancing requirements in the dental office following the CDC's updated mask guidance for fully vaccinated people. Cal/OSHA has not yet updated its COVID-19 prevention guidance for dental offices. Protocols for masks and social distancing are still required. 

For many California health care workers, fully vaccinated against COVID-19 now means getting booster

California issued an order requiring approximately 2.5 million of the state’s health care workers to get the COVID-19 booster to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The state order does not include dental offices, but Santa Clara County and San Francisco have since issued booster orders for dental personnel.

Gov. Newsom signs CDA-supported bills that help dentists respond to COVID-19 pandemic and protect dentists in future public health emergencies

Dental practices that have been harmed or disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic will find support through CDA-sponsored or supported bills signed into law in recent weeks by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Altogether, the governor signed 14 bills that help dentists practice better and expand access to oral health care.

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.

Handle with care: Minimizing risk with short-term and traveling patients

A variety of situations can prompt patients who are not local to seek dental care while they are temporarily visiting or residing in your area. As the “secondary“ general dentist, you have more liability exposure than the dentist who is performing their routine dental care. Discover how to mitigate risk when you choose to treat these patients.

iCoreRx can help CDA members comply with state law requiring e-prescribing by Jan. 1 deadline

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. 

Leadership Corner: CDA President Dr. Judee Tippett-Whyte highlights financial relief options for dental practice owners

Watch Dr. Tippett-Whyte as she discusses financial relief opportunities for practice owners. She's providing details about the PPP second draw loan, CalHealthCares' extended application deadline and a new initiative aimed at securing financial relief from dental plans for dental practices during future emergencies. 

Leadership Corner: CDA President Dr. Judee Tippett-Whyte on vaccine safety, voluntary vaccine policies and infection control

Dr. Tippett-Whyte answers your questions about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, why it’s best to avoid implementing a mandatory vaccine policy among your dental staff and offers guidance on maintaining extra infection control protocols. 

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