Minimum wage, paid sick leave increases take effect July 1
06/29/2017
A number of local minimum wage increases across California will take effect July 1, 2017. Eligibility rules may vary among these locations. Practice owners should review the individual city ordinances and follow posting requirements to be in compliance. Employers should update practice employee manuals and policies accordingly. Employers in the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles are also due to comply with local leave laws beginning July 1.
The Dentists Service Company launched to support members
06/27/2017
CDA’s newest subsidiary, The Dentists Service Company, officially launched its services to CDA members this month. TDSC was established to support dentists with the business side of dentistry, specializing in practice management advising and group purchasing services. “We are thrilled that TDSC services are now available to our members,” said CDA President Clelan Ehrler, DDS, MS.
CURES fee exemption available for some dentists
06/22/2017
California prescribers who are registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to prescribe, dispense or administer controlled substances must also register to access the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, CURES. A $6 annual ($12 biennial) fee is assessed with licensure renewal in order to maintain the database.
Hearing date for Delta Dental settlement to be rescheduled
06/21/2017
A San Francisco Superior Court judge has delayed dates related to CDA’s proposed settlement agreement with Delta Dental — the June 26 deadline to opt out or object to the proposed settlement and the Aug. 31 hearing on final approval. The action will provide additional time for CDA, Delta Dental and the court to review procedures that were used to estimate the impact of the inflation adjustment percentage (INAP). Delta Dental’s INAP is the basis for the alleged underpayment to class members.
CDA engages policymakers as ACA reform efforts continue
06/21/2017
The House of Representatives’ vote May 4 to approve the American Health Care Act is the first step down a long, winding road of a possible repeal or replacement of the Affordable Care Act. CDA and other health care organizations have expressed their concerns to policymakers that the AHCA would harm Californians due to the erosion of pre-existing condition protections, decrease patient access to physicians and dentists and cause over 3 million Californians to lose health care coverage.
Selected local pilot projects to improve children's oral health
06/20/2017
Dentists in selected counties have an opportunity to participate in pilot projects that seek to improve the oral health of California children enrolled in Denti-Cal. In February 2017, the Department of Health Care Services announced the 15 selected proposals for Local Dental Pilot Project funding, with awards totaling $150 million over four years.
State budget more closely honors will of Prop. 56 voters
06/16/2017
Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature engaged in heated negotiations before passing a final budget by a constitutionally mandated deadline of June 15. A major focus of those negotiations was the use of Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenues, for which CDA and its partners engaged in an internal and external advocacy campaign.
EPA rule requiring amalgam separators takes effect July 14
06/15/2017
Following a six-month delay, the Environmental Protection Agency on June 14 published a final rule under the Clean Water Act to control the discharge of mercury and other metals entering the waste stream from dental practices. The rule regulates dental practices that place or remove amalgam.
Practices may be required to change restroom signage
06/14/2017
Effective March 1, 2017, all single-occupancy restrooms in any business establishment, place of public accommodation or government agency must be identified as "all gender" and be universally accessible. The Equal Restroom Access Act applies to toilet facilities with no more than one water closet and one urinal and with a locking mechanism controlled by the user. Employers and practice owners should change signage used for single-user restrooms to comply with the law.
New health care reimbursement option for small employers
06/13/2017
Offering health care reimbursement benefits for employees used to be commonplace; however, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, these arrangements are no longer lawful. Employers who fail to meet the insurance reform requirements and continue this practice could face penalties of up to $100 per day for each affected individual. Now, this is changing with the new Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement.
Otolaryngologist to join cadaver workshop at CDA Presents
06/12/2017
A popular workshop at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry that uses cone beam computed tomography to preview and identify head and neck anatomy prior to and during dissection will return to the San Francisco convention this fall — with an added element. Joining Homayon Asadi, DDS, and David Hatcher, DDS, as a lecturer will be Nancy Appelblatt, MD, for a new focus on temporomandibular joint dysfunction and airway-related anatomy and disorders.
Keeping politics out of the dental office
06/08/2017
The Dentists Insurance Company reports an increase in calls to the Risk Management Advice Line regarding heated political debates erupting in the office among both staff and patients. Today’s political climate is more tumultuous than ever, reaching a level of polarization that often spills into daily interactions. Individuals on all sides are emboldened to share their viewpoints. But like the holiday dinner table, a dental office is no place for political or religious discussions.
CDA: Supporting dentists from the start
06/07/2017
The transition from dental student to practicing dentist can be one of the most stressful periods in an aspiring dentist’s life. Finishing classes, preparing for exams and applying for jobs can unnerve even the most well-prepared graduate. Luckily, CDA is here to help dentists at all stages of their careers with the business side of their profession.
Risk Management analysts share top three concerns
06/06/2017
Practice owners who have questions about dismissing a patient, giving a refund or terminating an employee are not alone. The Dentists Insurance Company reports these are the top three risk management issues facing dentists today. In fact, these issues make up the majority of calls received through the Risk Management Advice Line. Following are real-life calls and recommendations offered by TDIC RM analysts.
06/05/2017
When practice owners develop their employee manuals, they should take care when establishing an introductory or probationary period policy. These policies can create misunderstandings for employees if the employer does not clearly communicate the purpose of the policy to the new employee, whether it is for performance evaluation or benefits eligibility.
Nominate a dentist for Humanitarian Award by June 30
06/02/2017
The CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award recognizes California dentists who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of outstanding unselfish leadership and contributions to fellow human beings in the field of dentistry. Nominations for the award will be accepted through June 30.  The nomination form and guidelines are available on the CDA Foundation website.
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