Despite strong lobbying from the ADA and other dental organizations, a 2.3 percent medical device excise tax is set to take effect on Jan. 1. Dentists should be aware, however, that the impact of the tax on dental practices is not entirely clear. The Internal Revenue Service has not yet published final regulations or provided guidance as to how it applies to dentistry. The tax may impact dental practices in the form of increased costs for purchasing supplies and equipment. Read more >>


CDA Presents opens registration and reserved seating
To boost the attendee experience, CDA Presents has updated its online registration and overflow seating process, as well as its course lineup that now features an international flare. “For each program, we try to construct something that is unique and different,” said Chair of the CDA Presents Board of Managers Del Brunner, DDS. Read more >>


Students appreciate having voice at House
Student delegates  representing the six dental schools across California participated in the 2012 CDA House of Delegates in Newport Beach this month. The opportunity to  have their voices heard on the issues that affect the profession as a voting delegation is something the students said they appreciate. Read more >>


New CDA president puts advocacy at forefront
Lindsey Robinson, DDS, was installed as the new CDA president  this month at the House of Delegates meeting in Newport Beach. Robinson, a graduate of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of  USC, is a pediatric dentist practicing in Grass Valley. She succeeds Immediate  Past President Dan Davidson, DMD. Read more >>


As of Nov. 28, dental practices are required to post a new notice to consumers. Business and Professions Code Section 138 requires the Dental Board of California, and other licensing boards within the state Department of Consumer Affairs, to require a licensee to post a notice that informs consumers that the licensee is regulated by the state. Read more >>


Online dues renewal for CDA members is now available. Members can renew their dues in full at cda.org/member or enroll in the electronic dues payment program (EDP) and pay in equal monthly installments automatically deducted from a designated checking account. Read more >>


Dentist impacts lives with help of Foundation
Recognizing a dedication to dentistry and a commitment to improving the oral health of Californians, the CDA Foundation recently selected its 13th Student Loan Repayment Grant recipient as Kongsab Hatlavongsa, DDS. The Student Loan Repayment Grant program exists to relieve new dentists of a portion of their debt in exchange for a three-year commitment to practice in an underserved community. Read more >>


Mobile Guide for the New Dentist launches
To assist more dentists with their career needs, the CDA Practice Support Center has launched a mobile version of the Guide for the New Dentist.  The mobile site, cda.org/newdentist, provides dentist with valuable career tips and more, right at their fingertips. Read more >>


The CDA Dental Benefits Task Force, which was approved at the 2011 CDA House of Delegates to develop a deeper understanding of the underlying pressures and trends in dental care financing, conducted several information gathering meetings this year. A summary of the task force’s work was presented to the 2012 House of Delegates on Nov. 10. Read more >>


Last chances to attend fall TDIC Risk Management courses
Two seminars remain in the lineup for the Fall 2012 Risk Management Seminar: The High Cost of Shortcuts. TDIC is offering the seminar to help dentists avoid lawsuits related to incomplete documentation or failing to fully inform patients. Read more >>


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