Nov. 1 is National Brush Day
10/31/2014
The Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives are implementing a national oral health campaign on Nov. 1, the day after Halloween, to remind parents and kids about the importance of regular oral hygiene and brushing for two minutes, twice a day. National Brush Day promotes improving the nation’s children’s oral health by supplying parents with simple information on when to start various levels of oral hygiene with their kids.
Boost business, personal health at CDA Presents
10/31/2014
Creating a healthy workplace is an important aspect of any highly functioning dental practice. That is why CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim is going to feature several courses on how dentists and their teams can be more efficient in the way they handle business and how they manage their personal health.
Dentist 'working interviews' can be complex
10/30/2014
While working interviews may seem ideal, and many employers offer potential candidates the opportunity to work in their office and “show their stuff,” the process is more complex. Each candidate must be added to your payroll. You can provide them a check at the end of the workday, but in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor, they are each full-fledged employees and you must ensure that you are following appropriate employer obligations.
Sleep disordered breathing in dental patients
10/29/2014
Screening for sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in the dental office can have a big impact on the lives of patients — adding as much as eight to 10 years — according to Steve Carstensen, DDS, who presented a lecture at CDA Presents in San Francisco on the role dentists have in identifying symptoms and helping patients obtain a diagnosis and treatment for the condition.
CDA urges "No" vote on Proposition 46
10/28/2014
The statewide election is Tuesday, Nov. 4, and CDA needs your help in our final push to defeat Proposition 46. The ballot measure will make malpractice lawsuits against dentists and other health care providers more lucrative, significantly increasing liability insurance costs and threatening patients’ access to care. We have just one more week to go. Please turn in your vote-by-mail ballot or go to the polls next Tuesday and continue to help us inform voters about the dangers of Proposition 46.
CDA Foundation supplies grants recipients
10/24/2014
The CDA Foundation's Dental Materials and Supplies Grant supports nonprofit organizations with the supplies necessary for dental operations and oral health services. This unique program that works in partnership with Henry Schein Cares, epitomizing the combined commitment to give back to the industry and communities in which we serve. Selected organizations receive between $5,000 and $25,000 of in-kind goods per year for two years.
State recruits for new dental director position
10/20/2014
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has formally announced its search for a state dental director, posting the job description on its website. The recruitment for a state dental director comes more than 15 years after the post went unfilled due to a lack of funding and focus, and is a major achievement for the state’s oral health program and access to care planning goals.
Covered California changes dental benefits
10/17/2014
As California approaches the second full year of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), California’s Health Benefit Exchange Board, responsible for Covered California, the state’s online insurance marketplace and for the overall implementation of the ACA in California, has announced some changes to how dental benefits will be offered in 2015.
Provider reimbursement cuts announced by Anthem
10/16/2014
CDA has learned that Anthem Blue Cross has sent notices to more than 7,000 California dentists in various geographical areas announcing a “fee adjustment” in a number of regions. This “adjustment” appears to be scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Anthem is making other amendments to the Anthem Participating Dentist agreements as well, which apparently will be summarized on a CD to be enclosed with the notice.
Major sponsors make CDA Cares possible
10/16/2014
The many dentists and dental professionals volunteering at CDA Cares Pomona will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions and a limited number of full and partial dentures to around 2,000 patients on Nov. 21-22 at the Pomona Fairplex. And it couldn’t happen without the support of the many sponsors. Five major sponsors, Carestream Dental, Western Dental, Henry Schein Dental, Benco Dental and TDIC will largely support the CDA Foundation’s Pomona clinic.
Register for 2015 Dental Benefits Workshops
10/15/2014
Registration for CDA’s 2015 Dental Benefits Workshops is now open. The Dental Benefits Workshop provides dentists the opportunity to earn C.E. credits during a two-day, in-person seminar where they will learn how to analyze and evaluate existing dental plan contract performance in their practices. The seminars will be held at CDA headquarters in Sacramento and in Irvine in 2015. Registration is now open at cda.org/dbw.
CDA member elected ADA president-elect
10/13/2014
Carol Summerhays, DDS, a general dentist who practices in San Diego, has been elected president-elect of the ADA. Summerhays has held numerous ADA leadership positions and has served on various committees, including strategic planning, compensation, governance, government affairs and new dentist. She also served as CDA president in 2009, and held many positions on CDA committees and councils.
Contracts for shared dental space agreements
10/13/2014
Subleasing space in a dental practice has become a popular trend for young dentists looking to test out success rates in specific geographical areas and cut down on their expenses until they get to a point in their careers when they can build out a dental office or purchase their own practice. "Shared space" agreements can get quite complex, and in these agreements, it is important for the dentist on the lease (sublessor) and the dentist who wants to use the space for a limited period of time (sublessee) to make sure the proper written agreements and consents are in place.
Ebola, infection control guidance
10/09/2014
The ADA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide resources, including an upcoming webinar, for dentists regarding infection control and the Ebola virus. The ADA, along with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), is developing a webinar focusing on infection control procedures in the dental office. The ADA and CDA will provide members with information on the webinar as soon as it is posted.
Hydrocodone schedule change now in effect
10/08/2014
Dentists are reminded that starting Oct. 6, hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin and Norco are classified as Schedule II drugs and require Schedule II authority to prescribe. CDA reminds dentists to visit the DEA’s website to ensure their registration is up-to-date. Pharmacists will be checking the website for proper authority before filling Schedule II prescriptions. Dentists whose registration status is not updated should anticipate receiving pharmacists’ phone calls prior to filling prescriptions for Vicodin, Norco or similar products.
Vote against threat to malpractice protection
10/07/2014
CDA President James Stephens, DDS, urges members to vote no on Proposition 46 in the November 4 general election. The primary goal of Proposition 46, sponsored by trial lawyers, is to make malpractice lawsuits against dentists and other health care providers more lucrative, which will significantly increase liability insurance costs, the volume of litigation and patients' health care costs.
CDA & ADA surveying to understand dental capacity
10/06/2014
The ADA will soon send out an important survey invitation to California dentists. CDA is working with ADA’s Health Policy Institute on an analysis of the capacity of the California dental care system. As part of this study, we will conduct an online survey among dentists regarding Denti-Cal participation.
New law protects patient premium dollars
10/06/2014
CDA's advocacy efforts have resulted in Gov. Jerry Brown signing CDA's sponsored bill, AB 1962, which establishes standardized requirements for dental plans to disclose how they spend patient premium dollars, along with three other CDA-supported bills. Read a breakdown of these legislative actions.
Deadline to opt in/out as Medicare provider
10/02/2014
There are two important reasons why dentists need to pay attention to upcoming changes and understand the potential impact to dental patients and one's dental practice. First, with 35,000 licensed dentists in California and more than 5 million Californians enrolled in Medicare, simple arithmetic shows that there are 143 Medicare patients per dentist in the state. Secondly, CMS issued a recent rule requiring all physicians and eligible professionals — including dentists — who prescribe Part D-covered drugs to be enrolled in Medicare or opt out for those prescriptions to be covered under Part D by June 1, 2015.
EPA rule: dentists must cut amalgam discharge
10/01/2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released new proposed standards to cut discharges of dental amalgam to the environment under the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule would require all affected dentists to control mercury discharges to Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs). Specifically, it would require them to cut their dental amalgam discharges to a level using amalgam separators and the use of other "Best Management Practices," according to an EPA statement.
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