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2019

'ABC test' is now the law, but it's not a free ticket for independent contractors

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, it will be more difficult for most employers in California to classify workers as independent contractors, rather than employees, and in some cases will make employees out of independent contractors. And although CDA secured an exemption for dentists, employee classification still isn’t clear-cut, and dentists will need to err on the side of caution when classifying their workers.

Advances in dental technologies, materials explored in CDA Journal

The May issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association spotlights novel dental technologies and materials, including 3D printing, dental resins and mechanotransduction of external root resorption in orthodontic treatment.

The Journal is an award-winning peer-reviewed scientific publication that keeps dentists up to date about scientific advances, business management strategies and new products.

Find this issue and archived issues of the Journal at cda.org/journal.

After wildfires, California dentists make progress, recall generosity

Five months after the catastrophic Camp and Woolsey wildfires tore through more than 250,000 acres in Northern and Southern California, life and work are far from routine for dentists who lost their practices or homes — or both — in the fires. But many are beginning to find some semblance of daily structure and make long-term plans with the help of their colleagues and the dental community.

Antibiotics not needed to manage most pulpal-related dental pain, ADA guideline advises

A new guideline from the American Dental Association advises against using antibiotics to manage pain and swelling for most pulpal and periapical conditions in immunocompetent adults. The guideline, published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, recommends only the use of dental treatment for pulpal and periapical conditions. The new guideline comes at a time when antibiotics are under scrutiny.

Auto-adjudication can expedite claims processing, but it can also confuse dentists

Today, many dental benefit plans use auto-adjudication to process a high number of their claims. While auto-adjudication can speed up claim processing, if an office is not aware that this type of technology is being used, the office can be confused and frustrated by processing errors as the result of manual claims submission. The following three examples illustrate how a plan might use auto-adjudication and how that process might affect dental reimbursement.

Avoid medication-related tragedies with comprehensive health History Forms

Take two of these and call me in the morning. That may have been sage advice a generation ago, but today, dispensing medication requires much more scrutiny. Americans are taking more prescription drugs than ever before, meaning health professionals, including dentists, must use extra precaution when dispensing and prescribing routine medications as part of an overall treatment plan.

Bank of America

Facilitate growth and improve your cash flow with financial services designed for dentists, including solutions for dental equipment and office start-up, debt consolidation and loans for real estate, practice acquisition and expansion. Bank of America offers CDA members reduced administration fees and flexible terms.

Becoming a California-licensed RDA

CDA Practice Support developed and published in April two new resources for practice owners who wish to help put their staff on the proper path to become a California-registered dental assistant. Both resources are in a one-page format that is easy to follow.

“Steps to Becoming a California-Registered Dental Assistant” outlines the required hours of work experience or formal training and dental board-approved courses that must be completed prior to taking the written RDA licensure examination. Final steps for completing and mailing the application are included.

Before recording, protect private patient information

Surveillance cameras in dental offices are becoming more and more common. The driving force behind them is typically security, as cameras can aid in loss control, deter theft and discourage other criminal activity. But cameras are not without their drawbacks. Prior to hitting the record button, practice owners should be aware of the laws and regulations surrounding their use. While laws vary from state to state, there are some basic guidelines.

CareCredit

Increase case acceptance with friendly patient financing options and connect to new patients who are looking to finance treatment. CareCredit offers CDA members a special rate to get started offering healthcare credit cards.

CDA Cares San Bernardino provides nearly $1.5 million in care

Thousands of patients and volunteers flocked to the National Orange Show Events Center at the CDA Foundation’s 16th CDA Cares volunteer dental clinic to receive and provide dental care at no cost. Dentists and dental professionals performed 10,412 procedures, including fillings, extractions and cleanings, providing $1.46 million in care to 1,626 people. The event took place Sept. 27-28 in San Bernardino for the first time.

CDA Foundation’s 2019 grant recipient aims to bridge gap in oral health care

From a young age, Matthew Mecheal, DDS, has been sure about two things: his passion for helping others and his love for dentistry. Through the years, he never lost sight of his goals or the values that were instilled in him many years ago. As an advocate for the underserved and this year’s recipient of the CDA Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Grant, Dr. Mecheal plans to focus on his personal objective to improve the oral health of underserved communities and minimize barriers to care.

CDA Journal highlights dental practice safety perspectives, directions

In the second of a two-issue series on dental practice safety and risk management, the September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association features articles on infection control, X-ray exposure recommendations, medication safety, The Dental Patient Safety Foundation and Kaiser Permanente dental program’s comprehensive approach to quality and safety.

Cheers to CDA members on the 2nd anniversary of TDSC's launch

CDA made a bold move when it launched The Dentists Supply Company in 2017. CDA established TDSC as a subsidiary solely focused on helping association members reduce overhead, gain control and stay competitive in a dynamic marketplace. As TDSC celebrates the second anniversary of the site’s launch to CDA’s full membership, see how the company continues to grow and reach new milestones.

Compliance essentials: Hiring and paying temporary employees

Commonly, a dental practice will hire a temporary dental assistant, hygienist or front-office staff to fill in briefly for employee sick days, when the practice’s needs have increased or for an employee’s long-term leave of absence. CDA Practice Support finds that many employers are still puzzled about the requirements when hiring, classifying and properly paying these short-term employees.

Cost, convenience and confidence drive tdsc.com shoppers

The Dentists Supply Company has now launched in 47 states, offering consistent and competitive supply pricing to tens of thousands of members of organized dentistry. More shoppers means more savings for practices of every size. And member dentists are enthusiastically sharing how low costs, online convenience and confidence in product quality are making tdsc.com their favorite way to shop.

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