Millennial dentists featured in CDA Journal
05/31/2018
The June Journal of the California Dental Association paints a picture of millennial dentists — dubbed “dentennials” — through articles co-authored by the dentists themselves. Articles discuss their experiences in dentistry, the best methods for educating their generation, the four millennial personality types found in dental schools, the dental generation gap and dentennials who practice in small towns.
Disappearing act: Has your employee abandoned you?
05/30/2018
Employees miss work for myriad reasons, but what happens when an employee is a no-show and has not communicated with the employer about his or her absence? There are no telephone calls, emails or texts — the employee has made no contact of any kind with the employer. While this can be a frustrating situation, it is not a “free ticket” to terminating the employee.
TDSC.com dental supply case studies: Three CDA members' orders
05/29/2018
Through tdsc.com, a website designed to deliver group purchasing discounts on dental supplies to CDA members, shoppers are seeing 20 percent average savings compared to manufacturers’ suggested retail prices.
CDA objects to dental hygiene committee policy proposals in sunset review
05/28/2018
The Dental Hygiene Committee of California is undergoing its 2017–18 “sunset review” — an evaluation by the Legislature to assess the DHCC’s performance and determine whether it should continue to exist and, if so, whether it should be modified. In a letter to Sen. Jerry Hill, CDA recognized the DHCC’s substantial work on its 2018 sunset review package before moving on to outline its objections to five policy recommendations.
CDA Foundation annual report highlights impact of key programs
05/25/2018
The CDA Foundation has published its annual report highlighting the health, hope and happiness provided to individuals in 2017 through ongoing Foundation programs, including two student loan repayment grants, the Dental Materials and Supplies Grant and CDA Cares — the volunteer-run dental clinic held twice annually in communities throughout California.
CDA recognized by ADA for membership achievements
05/24/2018
CDA's growth and diversity helped the association to receive six recruitment and retention awards from the American Dental Association at its Annual Conference on Membership in April. Among dental societies with more than 7,500 active licensed dentists, CDA received awards for the following six achievements.
Silver diamine fluoride bill passes through first Senate committee hearing
05/23/2018
CDA-sponsored legislation, Senate Bill 1148 (Pan, D-Sacramento), which if passed would allow dentists who provide care in the Medi-Cal dental program to be reimbursed when they use silver diamine fluoride for dental caries treatment, passed out of its first committee hearing — the Senate Health Committee — in April and was due to be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee in late May.
Completion of 2017 Economic Census required
05/22/2018
CDA has learned that the U.S. Census Bureau has contacted some dental practices asking that they complete the 2017 Economic Census. Any business that receives the letter is required by law to electronically provide the requested information according to the letter’s instructions. Failure to submit information may lead to a penalty of up to $5,000.
Optimize your CDA Presents experience — download the new CDA app
05/16/2018
If you’re heading to CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry May 17-19 in Anaheim, download the new CDA app to access your course handouts, receive real-time updates, navigate the exhibit hall floor and much more — right from your mobile device. Download the free CDA app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
Shoppers and savings are quickly adding up for tdsc.com
05/15/2018
The shared strength of organized dentistry supports members in almost every aspect of their professional lives: a louder voice in government, exceptional insurance coverage due to a broad premium base and exciting conventions with hundreds of educational opportunities to serve thousands of attendees. Now, the newest benefit of membership is delivering direct benefits. The TDSC Marketplace, an online source for dental supplies, shares savings that leverage collective buying power.
Spring cleaning isn’t limited to the office: Update patient records to mitigate risks
05/10/2018
Spring is a prime time to deep clean your practice and tie up any loose ends from the previous year. It’s also a great opportunity to review your patient records and ensure all files are accurate and current. Here are some things to consider when revisiting patient charts. If you find something is missing, review the chart with your patient at their next visit.
600 companies, 70-plus dental product launches and dozens of show specials
05/09/2018
Dentists and all members of the dental team who attend CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim May 17-19 will want to leave plenty of time in their schedules to tour the convention center’s exhibit hall floor for the latest dental innovations. “Every product category is represented on the floor — from abrasives and amalgamators to handpieces and X-ray machines,” said Mark Romanelli, DDS, CDA Presents Board of Managers chair.
Understanding audit authority of third-party payers
05/08/2018
An often overlooked but very important component of contracting with a dental benefit plan is the plan’s authority to audit charts or records. State regulators require dental benefit plans to have quality management, utilization and antifraud policies and procedures in place to protect the insured. Performing these post-pay chart audits or reviews is one way plans comply with this requirement. They conduct these reviews to ensure that dental procedures reported by a dental office on behalf of an enrollee are consistent within the provisions of the dental benefits.
Recent dental school graduates can receive up to $105K for loan repayment
05/07/2018
Applications are being accepted as of May 1 for the CDA Foundation’s 2018 Student Loan Repayment Grant. Given annually since 2002, the grant program helps recent dental school graduates offset the financial burden of student loan debt while they pursue careers in public or community health. The award provides up to $35,000 per year and a maximum of $105,000 over three years to be applied toward repaying the dentists’ educational loan.
CDA Cares Anaheim clinic delivers dental care to 2,019 people
05/04/2018
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1,537,951 in charitable dental services to 2,019 people during the April 27-28 event at the Anaheim Convention Center. During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals provided more than 11,858 procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education.
CDA Presents is in Anaheim May 17-19
05/02/2018
If you’re heading to the Anaheim Convention Center for the nation’s premier dental convention, follow these tips to get the most out of the event — from finding your seat in ticketed courses to downloading the new CDA app to receiving your C.E. credits.
CDA secures final court approval of $65M Delta Dental settlement for dentists
05/01/2018

A San Francisco Superior Court judge has granted final approval of the $65 million amended settlement agreement between Delta Dental of California and the plaintiff class of Premier dentists. The comprehensive settlement is the result of a lengthy legal battle that CDA initiated in 2013 after learning of Delta Dental’s plans to reduce Premier provider rates by 8 to 12 percent. CDA brought the litigation in order to protect the rights of its members and to require Delta Dental to honor the terms of its contracts.

It's Disability Insurance Awareness Month: Protect your financial future
05/01/2018
May marks Disability Insurance Awareness Month, and as disability insurance is the most overlooked of the major insurance types according to the nonprofit Life Happens, now is an important time for dentists to ensure that their financial futures are protected. The Dentists Insurance Company encourages dental professionals to take steps to protect their earnings and their practices should a disabling event occur.
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