Student research highlighted in July Journal
The July issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association features the research of students and their mentors from three California universities — the University of California Los Angeles, San Diego State University and the Western University of Health Sciences School of Dentistry. Articles discuss pediatric oral health and vulnerable populations, a pilot study that examines the results of an oral health educational intervention with caregivers, and more.
Dentists receive unprecedented $30M for student loan repayment in state budget
The 2018-19 state budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown dedicates $210 million from the Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax revenue to Denti-Cal providers, a $70 million increase from last year’s amount. And a new aspect in this year’s budget is an additional one-time allocation of $30 million toward a program that would repay student loans for dentists who commit to serving Denti-Cal beneficiaries and locate their practice in a county or region that lacks adequate providers.
CDC addresses reprocessing of dental handpieces
CDA Practice Support often receives calls from members who have questions about reprocessing dental handpieces, which as medical devices are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Recognizing the dental community’s need for clear and consistent guidance on this subject, the Centers for Disease Control recently issued a statement pointing to its current recommendations.
Phone scam targets California dental practice
In a scam reported as early as February that appears to be ongoing, criminals are posing as Pacific Gas and Electric Co. representatives who either demand immediate payment of utility bills they claim are past due or attempt to cross-sell products and services, such as solar power. Initially centered in the San Francisco Bay Area, the fraudulent calls have now reached most of the state.
Early-bird registration ensures best pricing, course availability at CDA Presents
More than 150 courses and workshops will be offered at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco Sept. 6-8, and attendees are encouraged to register early to take advantage of early-bird pricing, in effect through Aug. 9, and to secure their spot at popular events. “Facial Reconstruction to Facial Transplantation: Success Through a Team Approach” by Lawrence E. Brecht, DDS, is the San Francisco convention’s featured lecture. Read about more highlights of the San Francisco convention.
An easy approach for comparing supply prices
Searching for better prices can seem like a daunting process, even with the convenience of 24/7 shopping sites in place of brick-and-mortar stores or paper catalogs. How can you efficiently evaluate your ordering and find ways to save? Ask an expert to do it for you. CDA’s newest subsidiary, TDSC, an online source for dental supplies, has a team that will research and compare prices for members through a no-cost, no-obligation service.
Key steps to follow when responding to patient refund requests
CDA Practice Support receives many member calls about refunding payments. Most often, these are refund requests to dental plans or patients due to quality of care and billing errors. Sometimes members ask about refund requests for treatment rendered to a recently deceased family member. The starting point for any refund request is having a comprehensive financial agreement and financial policy in place for your practice.
Bill to increase dental plan transparency clears Senate with bipartisan support
CDA-sponsored Senate Bill 1008 (Skinner, D-Berkeley), which calls for more value and transparency from dental plans, is moving swiftly through the Legislature. The bill in late May passed the Senate with bipartisan support despite strong opposition from the dental plan lobby. SB 1008 supports patient choice of provider and helps level the playing field for providers and patients.
Experts help CDA members navigate the business side of dentistry
Four experienced CDA Practice Support analysts are available to assist members with matters related to dental benefit plans, employment law and human resources, regulatory compliance and practice management. These specialized experts provide one-on-one guidance by email and phone and speak on timely topics at CDA’s biannual education convention. Together they’ve developed a full library of online resources that they expand upon and update throughout the year.
New court decision makes independent contractor criteria stricter

The Supreme Court of California recently ruled that employers must ask themselves three questions as part of an “ABC” test to determine whether someone working for the company should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor. Dentists in California should be aware of the new guidelines as they are more narrow than what dentists may have been used to in the past. 

Top 8 questions asked about the Delta Dental settlement
CDA Practice Support is hearing from members who have questions about the Delta Dental settlement, which CDA secured final court approval of in late April. Provided here are members’ top questions, compiled and answered by Practice Support. Questions include “What started the legal action that led to this settlement?” and “Are there any benefits beyond the $65 million payment?”
TDSC earns widespread media coverage
TDSC, an e-commerce site that offers discounts on dental supplies for association members in California, is helping to shake up the $10 billion dental equipment market by offering dentists a higher level of control over their supplies. The site, which hit a $1 million milestone in shopper savings in May, is garnering media attention from national dental publications and regional business journals. Read what the media is saying about
Know you're covered when you volunteer
Giving back by volunteering dental services can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your professional life. There can be several scenarios in which you provide treatment at no charge — volunteering through a nonprofit organization or community health event, treating a friend or family member or delivering emergency care unexpectedly. A few insights may help you better manage potential risks in each scenario.
CDA-supported bills modify opioid prescribing, CURES requirements
At least 130 bills to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic have been introduced in U.S. Congress since January, and California is mounting its own legislative efforts to curb opioid abuse. CDA has identified 19 bills in the current session that can be classified into five main categories of opioid legislation. Among these, CDA is taking an official support position on five bills and a support if amended position on a sixth. A summary of the bills and how they may impact the way dentists practice and prescribe follows.
State dental director and CDA present at National Oral Health Conference
The five-day National Oral Health Conference is an annual meeting of health professionals who are working to improve the oral health of populations in the U.S. and around the world. The conference brings together experts in science, academia, public health, advocacy and clinical practice to explore promising programs and policies for oral health across the lifespan. This year, CDA’s work in this field was showcased in two presentations with California State Dental Director Jay Kumar, DDS, also presenting.
Bill that would regulate provider rates won't advance in 2018
Assembly Bill 3087 was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee May 25 and will not move forward in the current legislative session. As CDA first reported in April, AB 3087 would have created a new government commission of appointed members to regulate and cap commercial payment rates for health care providers. The Assembly heard the strong concerns raised by CDA and a large coalition of health care providers, including through direct member advocacy and grassroots efforts.
Pain management for adolescents discussed in June 7 ADA webinar
Because of the growing crisis from illicit and prescription opioid abuse, dentists and other practitioners treating acute pain must understand the risks and benefits of prescribing opioid analgesics such as hydrocodone and oxycodone for managing acute postoperative pain. A free webinar Thursday, June 7, at 8 a.m. PST will address concerns about managing pain when treating adolescents in the dental practice.
Support CDA Foundation programs through three unique events
This summer, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy great meals and a mix of activities among friends and peers in three distinct landscapes — all while helping to support the CDA Foundation's two flagship programs: CDA Cares, the volunteer-run dental clinic that provides dental services at no charge to Californians, and the Student Loan Repayment Grant. Read on for a brief description of each event and details on how to save your spot.
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