CDA Journal spotlights antibiotic resistance problems
The May Journal of the California Dental Association focuses on a variety of topics including a review of literature on the complication of IC therapy, dentistry’s role in managing the antibiotic resistance problem through the appropriate use of antibiotics and an evaluation of information available on the management of traumatically intruded permanent teeth.
Dental students become advocates at state Capitol
Two dozen students from California’s six dental schools descended upon the state Capitol over two days in February and March to meet with legislators and discuss issues of pressing importance to the dental profession while gaining insights on the legislative process. These meetings form the backbone of CDA’s Grassroots Advocacy Days and all students arrived with an interest in improving legislative policy as it relates to public health.
Pound foolish: Cost as a factor in treatment decisions
All too often, patients fail to follow treatment recommendations due to expense, putting their oral health at risk. In addition, dentists sometimes make their treatment recommendations based on what a patient’s insurance plan will cover. The Dentists Insurance Company reports calls to the Risk Management Advice Line from dentists whose patients have refused care based on the cost. While budgetary limitations are certainly a reality of life, dentists are advised to proceed with caution when allowing patients to dictate care.
Dentists provide $1.6M in donated care
Charitable dental services totaling nearly $1.6 million were provided to 1,973 people at CDA Cares in San Mateo, thanks to more than 2,300 volunteers, including 930 dentists and dental professionals and hundreds of dental students and community members, who donated their time and services to the event held April 22-23.
Posting 'Notice of Privacy Practices' easier with new format
A new format for the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices is now available for download on the CDA Practice Support website. The new "layered" notice allows a dental practice to post only one page, instead of all pages, of the notice on the wall of the practice's reception area while making the entire notice available elsewhere in the reception area.
Course helps dentists respond to opioid abuse epidemic
Dentists prescribe approximately 11 percent of prescription opioids annually in the U.S. A course at CDA Presents in Anaheim will help dental professionals understand the ever-growing problem of prescription drug abuse and dentists' role in drug diversion programs, including the use of California's prescription drug monitoring program known as CURES, Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System.
CDA sponsors bill to improve quality of oral health data
Senate Bill 379 (Atkins, San Diego), co-sponsored by CDA, would amend the law to improve both the quantity and quality of the oral health data collected. The statutory updates in the bill will also facilitate the efficient collection of the data by ensuring it is reported to one entity — the Office of Oral Health within the Department of Public Health.
Get answers from Practice Support experts at CDA Presents
Addressing patients’ clinical needs is what every dentist is taught in dental school. What a dentist is not taught is how to run a small business with employees and how to navigate patients’ benefit plans. CDA Practice Support experts will be on-site at CDA Presents Anaheim, at the Member Benefits Center, to answer members’ questions about dental benefits, employment and regulatory issues. Additionally, each expert will present a free one-hour lecture at The Spot Educational Theater. Topics include the dental benefits grievance process, HIPAA compliance essentials and lesser known employment laws.
Membership made easier through friends
The California Dental Association is experiencing remarkable growth this year, expanding its reach and passing the 27,000-member mark. In addition to growing its businesses to support new advocacy, protection, practice support and networking opportunities, CDA is pursuing ways to make the everyday membership experience friendlier.
Guidance on reducing employment practices liability
At CDA Presents Anaheim, attendees will have an opportunity to take advantage of several offerings from The Dentists Insurance Company, including a TDIC Risk Management seminar on reducing employment liability. California dentists who attend the seminar will earn 3.0 Category II C.E. units and TDIC policyholders will receive a 5 percent discount* on their TDIC Professional Liability premium for two years.
CDA, CMA proposal honors will of tobacco tax voters
Two weeks before the Proposition 56 tobacco tax went into effect in California, the California Dental Association and California Medical Association teamed up to ensure the additional $2 per pack smokers began paying on April 1 would be used as voters intended the dollars to be used — to increase access to care by boosting the level of payment for health care, services and treatment.
Action needed to remain on Denti-Cal patient referral list

Each year, the Denti-Cal patient referral list is “refreshed” to help ensure it is current and accurate. Toward this goal, dentists who were added to the Denti-Cal patient referral list prior to Dec. 1, 2016, and who wish to remain on the list must complete and submit a new Medi-Cal Dental Patient Referral Service form within 35 business days of receiving the form. The form was mailed to providers on March 10.

Help raise oral cancer awareness in April
With almost 50,000 people in the U.S. estimated to be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, dentists are urged to take part in Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April to help spread information about the prevention of oral cancer and the need for early detection. The Oral Cancer Foundation and offer tips for dentists who wish to participate in or help promote Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
Innovative products to launch at CDA Presents
Dental products and services from nearly 600 companies will fill 130,000 square feet of exhibit hall space at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry this May at the Anaheim Convention Center. And many exhibiting companies will launch new products at the meeting. Dentists and their team members will want to explore the exhibit hall to take a first look at the latest technological innovations. Read here about a few of them.
Protected health information at risk, FBI warns
The FBI in a private industry notification warned health care providers that cybercriminals are actively targeting File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers "operating in ‘anonymous’ mode and associated with medical and dental facilities to access protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information in order to intimidate, harass and blackmail business owners."
Two ways to learn about Denti-Cal improvements in Anaheim
The California Department of Health Care Services will present two different programs at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry this year that highlight the incentive opportunities available through the Dental Transformation Initiative and provide insight on how to successfully navigate the most common challenges Denti-Cal providers face.
Sponsors make 'powerful' pledges to CDA Cares
More than 20,000 people to date have benefited from $16.4 million in dental services provided by CDA Cares, thanks to the support of community members like Henry Schein, Western Dental, San Mateo County and TDIC, the key sponsors of the CDA Foundation’s next Cares event set for April 22-23 at the San Mateo Event Center located on the San Francisco Peninsula.
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