HRSA funding opportunity announced
The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the source of multiple grants that support care to underserved populations and promote innovative and effective health care service delivery.  One of its recently announced funding opportunities, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program, has $9.2 million in available funding and anticipates awarding up to 50-60 grants specific to dentistry.
Interprofessional education and practice featured in CDA Journal
The March issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association is dedicated to interprofessional education and practice (IPEP), a profound systemic change from the traditional educational model of training professionals to be dental surgeons working in solo private practice to those who utilize disease management protocols and surgical intervention working in a variety of collaborative and multidisciplinary practice settings.
Dentists required to translate directions for dispensed drugs
Patients may request that the directions on the label of dispensed medication be translated. A new law that went into effect on Jan. 1 now requires that dentists who dispense medication oblige such requests if translated directions are available.
CDA Foundation grant, scholarship application period open
The CDA Foundation offers financial support to dental professionals and community-based organizations statewide that provide dental care to underserved communities. Grants and scholarships are available throughout the year with various deadlines and submission periods.
Registration for 2016 Dental Benefits Workshop now open
Navigating the dynamic world of dental benefits can be a challenge for some dental practices. That is why CDA is pleased to announce registration is open at for the 2016 Dental Benefits Workshop in Sacramento on June 10. The 2016 Dental Benefits Workshops offered by CDA are interactive courses focused on timely topics for which CDA receives a high volume of inquiries.
New law increases dentist obligations in legal cases
As a result of recently passed legislation, dental practices now have more of an obligation to make patient records available in legal cases. If an attorney at law or his or her representative presents a written authorization signed by an adult patient, the patient’s legal representative, a parent or guardian of a minor, or the heir or personal representative of a deceased patient, a dental practice must promptly make all of the patient’s records under its custody or control available for inspection and copying by the attorney or their representative.
Licensure renewal mailing contains incorrect information
Licensure renewal notices recently mailed by the Dental Board of California to dentists who need to renew their license provided the incorrect web address for online renewal. The new BreEZe online license renewal website is accessed at, rather than the website provided in the notice.
New dentists to chart course at CDA Presents
Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim have countless educational and informative courses to choose from during the convention May 12-14 at the Anaheim Convention Center. That is especially true for new dentists with limited experiences at CDA Presents. New dentists, who graduated from dental school within the past 10 years, now have an opportunity to chart their own courses by choosing peer-recommended lectures and workshops geared toward practice management and clinical expertise.
State updates rule on portable X-ray equipment
The California Department of Public Health recently clarified rules related to the use of portable radiograph equipment, permitting its use when the following four conditions are met. Compliance with the following provisions will be evaluated during inspections conducted by departmental personnel.
TDIC earns 'A' rating for 22nd consecutive year
The Dentists Insurance Company has announced its 22nd consecutive year earning the A.M. Best Company’s “A” rating. The A.M. Best Company rating includes comparisons to peers and industry standards as well as assessments of operating plans, philosophy and management.
CDA urges members to sign tobacco tax petition
CDA and the Save Lives California coalition are encouraging dentists across the state to take action by signing a petition to make sure the ballot measure to increase the state’s tax on tobacco products by $2 per pack qualifies for the November ballot. CDA has delivered petition forms to all local components to help collect signatures. Every signature that CDA members can collect saves vital campaign resources that the coalition will need to counter the tobacco industry.
Covered California dental enrollment exceeds 140,000
Enrollment in the family dental benefit plan product offered through Covered California, California’s health benefit marketplace created by the federal Affordable Care Act, now exceeds 144,000 enrollees according to Covered California representatives. Here is what dentists need to know.
CDA Practice Support top trending resources
CDA Practice Support is designed to help dentists navigate the business side of dentistry with ease, and it is chock-full of valuable resources to help them run their practices. Here are the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.
Dentists warned of waste management misinformation
CDA has learned from members and a state agency that  dentists have been contacted by a national waste management service company  that is providing misinformation about regulatory requirements. The calls claim that dentists must register with the  California Department of Public Health as a "hazardous waste generator," or  that dental practices must comply with "new" regulations specifically for  pharmaceutical waste.
Top industry speakers line up for CDA Presents
Dental professionals from around the world attend CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry to learn about the latest clinical and technological advances in the industry, earn C.E. and network. In the process, they hear from some of dentistry’s most captivating speakers, which will be the case at CDA Presents in Anaheim on May 12-14.
Providing sign language in dental practices
It is a question asked regularly of CDA Practice Support analysts — under what circumstances does a dental practice need to provide a sign language interpreter for a patient? The CDA Practice Support resource titled Americans with Disabilities Act and Disability Rights Laws offers valuable information about accommodations that dental practices are obligated to provide under the law.
Handle Social Security numbers and driver's licenses carefully
There are a number of reasons that dental practices collect patient Social Security numbers and copies of their driver’s licenses. Whether it is to confirm the identity of a new patient, confirm the patient’s eligibility, especially for government benefit programs, or because the practice is extending credit to the patient (allowing the patient to pay for treatment over time), dental practices should be sure to explain to their patients why the information is needed and how it will be kept safe.
Legislation provides increased research, education funding
Recent legislation signed into law significantly increases funding for dental research, education and related matters.  The legislation also provides tax code changes that will help dentists, employers and health care consumers, and will effectively address a number of critical public health issues relating to oral and overall health.
ADA hosts opioid prescribing webinar series
The ADA's Center for Dental Practice's Opioid Prescribing and Abuse Prevention webinar series is back with its first webinar: "Federal and State Policy Efforts to Prevent Prescription Opioid Diversion." This webinar will provide an overview of federal and state policies developed to reduce the transfer of prescription opioid medications from legitimate practice and patient use to illicit use contributing to public health harms.
How dentists can help manage oral effects of cancer therapies
Oral cancer is a significant global health concern, responsible for more than 600,000 new cases per year worldwide and approximately 42,000 annual incident cases in the U.S. The February issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association includes insightful articles related to oral cancer emerging technologies in early intervention, potential therapies and dental management of cancer survivors.
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