Membership renewal now open online
11/30/2017
With a single annual renewal, you can continue to experience the benefits of the ADA, CDA and your local dental society. Your ongoing participation in organized dentistry allows you to leverage dedicated legislative advocacy, expertise navigating the business side of dentistry and innovative tools to save time and money in your practice.
Ban-the-box law, new leave mandate, other laws take effect Jan. 1
11/29/2017
Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 14 signed into law Assembly Bill 1008. This statewide “ban-the-box” law generally bars employers with five or more employees from asking an applicant to disclose conviction information until the employer has made a conditional offer of employment. If an employer later decides to revoke the offer based on an individual's criminal history, the employer must undertake a procedure called the “fair chance” process.
Shop for dental supplies with confidence
11/28/2017
When The Dentists Service Company launched its online shopping site for dental supplies to CDA members earlier this year, it was with a commitment to make purchasing easier and more affordable for practices of every size. The TDSC Marketplace was also designed to allow dentists and their office staff to procure supplies across categories with confidence in the source and quality of every item.
'Double' your donations this #GivingTuesday through matching funds
11/28/2017
The CDA Foundation is participating in #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28 with an effort to raise funds for CDA Cares, which provides dental services at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care. Donations made through the CDA Cares Facebook page on this global day of giving can be matched up to $50,000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Protect dental coverage for millions: Urge your representatives to extend CHIP funding
11/27/2017
California’s CHIP funding will run out next month and the state will be confronted with a huge budget gap for CHIP children’s Medi-Cal coverage, potentially as much as $1 billion dollars or more. CDA is calling on dentists to act now to protect dental and health care coverage for millions of children and pregnant women in California. Contact your senators and representative in Congress to urge them to take swift action to extend CHIP funding.
Student Loan Repayment Grant recipient to advocate for underserved
11/22/2017
For Daniel Ramirez, DDS, personally encountering barriers to care in his early years ignited a passion for health care and an appreciation for the importance of diversity within the field. Dr. Ramirez, recipient of the CDA Foundation’s 2017 Student Loan Repayment Grant, grew up with two siblings and a disabled mother whose income was more than 500 percent below the poverty level. But he says he now embraces this adversity.
What should be done about patients who want to take their crowns elsewhere?
11/21/2017
You take time to build relationships with your patients and plan long-term treatment success. But what happens when a patient has “a better idea” of what should happen midtreatment? Though many patients desire a sense of control in their dental care and want to exercise choice, the trouble happens when a patient attempts to dictate clinical decisions. TDIC has seen a recent trend in the number of patients who are requesting their restorations simply be handed over to them.
If I had a magic wand: Reflections on managing dental benefit issues
11/20/2017
Greg Alterton is approaching his 16-year anniversary with CDA. He worked in the CDA Public Policy Division for 13 of those 16 years, where he was involved in developing dental benefits legislation sponsored by CDA. He has assisted individual members directly with their dental benefit issues while in Public Policy and during the past three years with CDA Practice Support. He retires from CDA at the end of 2017.
CDA supports dental communities in natural disasters
11/16/2017
In response to recent natural disasters in California, Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, CDA has provided financial donations to help dental professionals with relief efforts. CDA donated $10,000 to assist the Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Puerto Rico with disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that struck the U.S. territory in late September. Additionally, CDA and TDIC made donations to dental associations to assist with relief efforts, including $40,000 to the Texas Dental Association in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Prepare for CDT 2018 dental code additions, revisions and deletions
11/15/2017
CDA encourages all dentists to prepare for CDT 2018 dental code additions, revisions and deletions that go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. The new year will bring 18 new procedure codes, 16 revisions and three deletions. While dental plans are required to recognize current CDT codes, it is important to keep in mind that they are not required to pay for or provide benefits for the new or revised codes. Dentists should review each dental plan’s payment and processing guidelines to determine whether benefits will be payable.
$295M settlement reached on behalf of Stericycle customers
11/14/2017
A $295 million settlement has been reached on behalf of a nationwide class of Stericycle customers, following a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of engaging in a price-increasing scheme that automatically inflated customers’ bills up to 18 percent biannually, according to a news release from Hagens Berman, the Chicago-based law firm that represented the class.
Resources for dentists as opioid crisis declared public health emergency
11/13/2017
With the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Oct. 26 declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, CDA reminds dentists, who prescribe approximately 11 percent of prescription opioids annually, of the resources available to them. CDA’s online opioid resource guide at cda.org/opioid is regularly updated with links to resources as they are published.
Member-exclusive savings add up to sizable dollars
11/10/2017
CDA members already know firsthand that their membership benefits can support them in navigating the business side of dentistry. From Practice Support resources to insurance products designed only for dentists, a full suite of tools is available to help practices be more competitive and efficient. Members also have access to programs that leverage CDA’s size and strength to save them money on dental supplies, insurance and education.
Pharmacies are rejecting prescriptions due to noncompliant forms
11/10/2017
Dentists have reported to CDA that pharmacies have rejected their prescriptions due either to forms that are out of date or are missing required elements. All prescriptions have been for controlled substances, which must be on tamper-resistant forms printed by California-approved printers and containing California-specific pre-printed elements.
Dental anesthesia safety: Say something if you see something
11/09/2017
At the recent CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry convention in San Francisco, Steve Yun, MD, provided an enlightening and practical examination of dental anesthesia and patient safety in his course Myths and Errors in Dental Anesthesia: Avoiding Office Disasters. In this interview, Yun shares his top tips for enhancing patient safety during dental anesthesia.
Follow the law when paying overtime, travel, education and more
11/08/2017
Jammed schedules, late patients, lunchtime meetings, excess overtime, early morning staff huddles, meal and rest break requirements: All can tempt practice owners to find myriad creative ways to manage employee costs. This article, part 2 of a two-part series, covers compensation for time worked; payment of overtime; meal and rest break requirements; and the requirements of paying for education and travel.
Practice management: Why is it so complicated?
11/07/2017
When I started practicing dentistry in 1979, our office took out a small ad on the back of the Pennysaver. No special offer or promotion, just a few lines about how we provided great dental care. That bit of newsprint drove 65 new patients a month to our Orange, California, office. Of course, that tactic couldn’t yield the same results today. So, what’s changed?
Members save on dental supplies through TDSC Marketplace
11/02/2017
The savings were so significant the first time Richard Barnes, DDS, and his staff compared dental supply prices on the TDSC Marketplace that they thought there had been a mistake. Barnes, a Visalia dentist with three offices, including a surgery center, compared Marketplace prices to what he regularly paid for supplies and saw a 25 percent savings. Barnes is among the growing number of CDA members purchasing dental supplies online through the TDSC Marketplace, a shopping site that offers discounts based on the buying power of the association’s large membership.
New benefits for Denti-Cal adults in 2018
11/02/2017
More than 7 million adults enrolled in Denti-Cal, California’s Medicaid dental program, will have a fully restored package of dental benefits in 2018. The adult benefit package was drastically cut in 2009 due to the state budget crisis and was partially restored in May 2014. The restoration of the adult dental benefit services is a result of legislative action taken during the 2017-18 budget process.
All employers required to e-file and e-pay with EDD in the new year
11/01/2017
Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, employers of every size will be required to register with the Employment Development Department’s e-Services for Business and file all wage reports and employment tax returns and pay all contributions for unemployment insurance premiums electronically. The electronic filing requirements of Assembly Bill 1245 are intended to increase the accuracy and security of data and improve the processing speed of returns and payments.
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