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2020

California Dental Association Statement on Gov. Gavin Newsom's May Budget Revision

The following is a statement from Richard Nagy, DDS, president of the California Dental Association.

Given the fiscal situation of California, CDA stands ready to work with the governor’s administration and the state Legislature to find sustainable ways to continue supporting critical oral health access programs such as the Medi-Cal Dental Program and the CalHealthCares Student Loan Repayment Program. One of the significant lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is to not overlook and underfund public health programs, as we know the cost of doing so is tremendous.

Dentists can register to help with state’s COVID-19 pandemic response

California health care providers will be challenged to meet the needs of millions of people during the COVID-19 pandemic, with active cases expected to surpass the medical capability of the state to respond within its normal workforce. Dentists, with their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and sterile surgical techniques, are invaluable to meet this need.

Labor department releases required poster, issues first guidance on coronavirus response act

The U.S. Department of Labor has released the first of periodic guidance to help employers and employees understand their obligations and protections under phase II of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which will take effect April 1. Among other provisions, phase II will require most employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide 12 weeks of protected leave to eligible employees who are unable to work because their child’s school or place of care is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Urgent Update: CDA revises recommendation - Urges California dentists to provide emergency treatment only

New information continues to surface daily about the health environment, shelter-in-place orders and how dentists should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In step with Gov. Newsom’s new statewide shelter-in-place order issued March 19, we are revising CDA’s recommendation.

Fee reduction for 2,200 endodontists, periodontists and oral surgeons across California

CDA was notified by Delta Dental of California that it will reduce fees for periodontists, endodontists and oral surgeons in its Premier provider network. Delta Dental sent letters to Premier providers to explain changes to its fee structure, which will affect approximately 2,200 specialists statewide. Originally, the fee reduction was to take place July 1, 2020, but on April 4 Delta Dental announced it will postpone the effective date to Jan. 1, 2021.

New HIPAA training resources from CDA developed specifically for dental practices

Any dental practice that is uncertain if is fully compliant with HIPAA and state privacy laws will benefit from four new HIPAA training resources available in the CDA Practice Support section of cda.org. Each resource is intended to train both the privacy officer and the security officer in a dental practice on their shared responsibilities.

Newly published AAP primer supports dental-medical collaboration

Dentists now have a new resource they can use to work with their physician colleagues to improve oral health. The American Academy of Pediatrics developed an Oral Health Prevention Primer to help pediatricians and other medical professionals identify patients with oral health needs in their practice, collaborate with oral health allies and advocate to prevent dental disease.

Health care providers exempt from new state privacy law

The California Consumer Privacy Act, which took effect Jan. 1, aims to give California consumers greater control over their personal information by imposing certain obligations on entities covered by the law. Although health care providers such as dental practices are exempt from this new law, it is important to understand that some of the law’s provisions are similar to those required by HIPAA and the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act.

Keeping office payments safe and secure

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.

New prescription forms available, not required until January 2021

Dentists are reporting to CDA that pharmacies are telling them to get new prescription forms. The new forms are now available; however, as CDA has previously reported, California law does not require that they be used until Jan. 1, 2021. The state Department of Justice has a bulletin on the transition period for using the new prescription forms containing specific serial numbers and barcodes.

Dedicated agents at TDIC Insurance Solutions provide more efficient service for policyholders

The new year and an expanded sales and service team at TDIC Insurance Solutions promise to deliver an enhanced, “more holistic” customer service experience for TDIC policyholders. In fact, policyholders who’ve called TDIC Insurance Solutions recently may have already noticed the change. Effective January, policyholders in California, Arizona, Nevada, Minnesota and North Dakota now benefit from having one dedicated agent and one dedicated account manager.

Classifying workers as independent contractors under law

Employers in California can now visit a single website to help them understand their requirements under a new law that further restricts their ability to classify their workers as independent contractors. Launched late last year by the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, the website provides employer-specific resources and FAQ summarizing AB 5 and the ABC test and more.

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