Top trending CDA Practice Support resources

Here are the top-five trending CDA Practice Support resources in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.

Nondiscrimination Requirements under the Affordable Care Act – Section 1557 (zip flie)
Dental practices that receive payments from certain types of government programs, such as Denti-Cal, Healthy Families, Medicare or electronic health records incentive (“meaningful use”), must comply with rules adopted under the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1557 that protect individuals from discrimination in health care based on race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping. The Office of Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services enforces the rules. This resource includes an overview of the requirements, a sample interpreter/translator agreement, statement of nondiscrimination, tag lines in 15 non-English languages and grievance procedure.

Patient Request to Restrict Disclosure of Patient Health Information to a Dental Benefit or Health Care Plan
A health care provider that is a covered entity under HIPAA must comply with a patient’s request to restrict the disclosure of PHI to a health plan if two conditions are met. This new requirement supersedes a contractual requirement placed by a plan upon a health care provider to report to the plan all services rendered to a patient. This patient right was created by the 2009 HITECH amendments to HIPAA. Use this form and provide it to a patient who requests such a restriction.

Data Breach Notification Requirements
California law requires individuals be notified (use CDA’s “Sample Breach Notification Notice”) when specified personal information, including health and medical insurance information, that is stored electronically is breached. New federal law (HITECH) also requires notifications when private health information is breached. This checklist summarizes what you need to do when your patients’ information is stolen or unlawfully accessed.

Exempt Employee Sample Offer Letter
Use this sample letter when offering employment to a potential exempt employee.

Effective External Marketing Strategies Checklist
This checklist provides an outline of external marketing strategies to consider for the practice.

Access these and other resources at cda.org/practicesupport.