A spam e-mail with a virus built into it is being distributed by a fake ADA account, and CDA is warning its members not to open it. The e-mail, sent by “support@ada.org,” features a subject line that reads “Easy Practice Management.” Read more >>


First-year dentists get discount on TDIC insurance
To make the transition from dental school to the workforce easier, TDIC is offering newly licensed dentists their first year of Professional Liability insurance for just $50. Read more >>


Sterilization volunteers key to CDA Cares clinics
Volunteer dentists, dental professionals and patients can rest assured that the sterilization team will be up for the challenge of meeting the workflow demands at the CDA Cares San Jose clinic this May. Read more >>


There are abundant options when choosing a hotel for your stay during CDA Presents in Anaheim. CDA uses the Housing Bureau to secure the best hotel rates for attendees and increases the chances of CDA being able to gain additional meeting space at the Convention Center. Attendees can lock in low rates until March 15. Read more >>


There are many things new dentists must do as they venture out onto their own and begin their careers – one of the first steps in that process is putting together a valuable cover letter. A cover letter is the entry point into any potential employment and personalizing yourself in the first few sentences of the letter is vital for a dental practice setting. Read more >>


Post-recession dental economy measured
An annual health care spending report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services suggests the dental economy is growing; however, the amount spent by consumers remains flat, according to an ADA analysis. Read more >>


The state of California is currently in the process of transitioning the first phase of children enrolled in the Healthy Families Program (HFP) to the Medi-Cal program. The state was required to get approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which they received on Dec. 31, 2012, in order to transition the children before Jan. 1. Read more >>


CDA has learned that Delta Dental is planning to reduce reimbursement to its Premier Providers. We are now in contact with Delta to obtain details and clarification about this decision. It is likely these reductions will average 8 to 12 percent and may vary by region and provider. The reason for the reductions is not yet clear, but it is likely to be market pressures and a resultant effort to reduce the cost of the Premier plan for employers in order to keep it viable. The reductions will not go into effect immediately, but are intended to be implemented later this year. Read more >>


Communication key to positive online reputation
The most effective way to prevent and react to negative online reviews is to have positive communication with patients. This was the theme of the CDA-hosted webinar last week titled Bad Review? … What to Do! The one-hour, free webinar was led by TDIC Service Manager Carla Christensen. Christensen gave case examples and communication tools to handle negative online reviews. Read more >>


The CDA Dental Benefits Research Task Force heard from a dental economics expert with the ADA and learned about Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations at its January meeting. Read more >>


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