As part of a membership program, recruiting a new CDA member can result in $100. Under the program, members who recruit a new member to CDA get $100 within two weeks after the applicant is accepted as a CDA member — individuals who recruit five new members in a membership year will receive $500. Read more >>


To help dentists make their employees more aware of what is expected of them and prevent misunderstandings about policies, the Practice Support Center has updated its Sample Employee Manual for 2013. Available for download on cda.org/compass, the manual is exclusively for use by dental practices. The manual covers everything from confidentiality to performance evaluations to exposure control. Read more >>


CDA Presents advance registration deadline approaching
The advance registration deadline for CDA Presents Anaheim will be here soon. Dentists must register at cdapresents.com by Feb. 13 to have their materials mailed to them prior to the show. Read more >>


The CDA Dental Benefits Research Task Force heard from group practice and network management experts at its December meeting. The task force, which is identifying strategies to enhance the position of providers and patients in the dental benefits marketplace at the request of the 2011 House of Delegates, heard from Gary Pickard, director of plan relations at Pacific Dental Services; Jeffrey Parker, CEO, and Burt Arthur, CFO of Sarrell Dental Center in Alabama; and Michael Grossman, DDS, former president and CEO of First Dental Health. Read more >>


Webinar helps dentists handle negative online reviews
The CDA Practice Support Center is hosting a webinar titled Bad Review? … What to Do! on Jan. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar, led by Carla Christensen, will provide participants with information on how to handle a negative review. Read more >>


New dentists weigh career options in tough job market
New dentists today are entering a different type of job market than the dentists of a generation ago faced out of college. An ever-changing dental insurance marketplace, a rise in the corporate practice model and an economy struggling to pull out of the recession are all factors that have created a competitive job market for new dentists. Read more >>


CDA reviewing court ruling on Medi-Cal rate cuts
CDA and a coalition of health care organizations are considering legal options after a court ruling overturned injunctions that blocked the state from reducing Medi-Cal reimbursement rates by 10 percent. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the injunctions, which effectively allows the state to implement a 2011 law that cuts Medi-Cal reimbursements to dentists, physicians, pharmacists and other Medi-Cal providers. Read more >>


From the latest updates on infection control regulation to a reference guide for all things legal as it pertains to dentistry, the Practice Support Center’s website, cda.org/compass has it all.  Review the list of the Top 10 Compass Resources in 2012. Read more >>


Foundation helps fund Santa Clara community water fluoridation
The California Dental Association Foundation approved $500,000 from its restricted fluoridation funds to be used to support a new Santa Clara Valley Water District community water fluoridation system. The entire system will cost $6.6 million and the CDA Foundation, along with $1 million from The Health Trust and $900,000 from First 5 Santa Clara County, are contributing to this project. CDAF’s funds will go toward actual construction costs. Read more >>


California is continuing to move forward with the transition of 875,000 children currently enrolled in the Healthy Families Program (HFP) to the Medi-Cal program, which is expected to begin on Jan. 1. For many months, advocates were pushing for the delay of the transition, but recently, many of those advocates have sensed the inevitability of the transition. The focus of many organizations has turned to ensuring the transition goes smoothly for families and on monitoring access to care as the transition occurs. Read more >>


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