September Student Spotlight
09/06/2019
Get to know CDA’s September Student Spotlight, Nojan Jahedmanesh from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry class of 2020. Read more >>

 

Treatment templates: Convenient or careless?
09/05/2019
The day-to-day running of a practice can be hectic at times, so many dental professionals use set systems and procedures to streamline their work. After all, less time on the backend means more time on patient care. But occasionally, cutting corners can lead to unwanted risk. This is especially true when it comes to patient records. Taking shortcuts on charting, such as using preestablished templates, can cause more headaches down the road. Read more >>

 

Final EPA rule prohibits 'sewering' of pharmaceutical hazardous waste
09/03/2019
Health care facilities that produce pharmaceutical hazardous waste are required to properly manage the disposal of that waste according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Among other provisions, the EPA’s finalized rule issued in July prohibits facilities from pouring pharmaceutical hazardous waste down sink drains or toilets, a practice known as “sewering.” Read more >>

 

Experts from CDA, TDIC and TDSC on-site at ADA meeting in San Francisco
08/29/2019
CDA may not be hosting a continuing education convention this fall, but dentists and dental professionals who are attending the ADA FDI World Dental Congress Sept. 5-7 in San Francisco can still stop by the CDA, TDSC and TDIC booths to ask friendly experts all of their questions, learn how to save on dental supplies, obtain free, no-obligation insurance quotes and much more. Read more >>

 

CDA Journal highlights dental practice safety perspectives, directions
08/28/2019
In the second of a two-issue series on dental practice safety and risk management, the September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association features articles on infection control, X-ray exposure recommendations, medication safety, The Dental Patient Safety Foundation and Kaiser Permanente dental program’s comprehensive approach to quality and safety. Read more >>

 

New state law prohibits discrimination based on natural hairstyle
08/27/2019
A new state law prohibits discrimination on the basis of hair textures or protective hairstyles that are historically associated with race. Senate Bill 188, also known as the CROWN Act, was signed in July by Gov. Gavin Newsom and will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act was amended by the law to include in the definition of race “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.” Read more >>

 

An opportunity to volunteer in your own community
08/26/2019
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, CDA Cares, is coming to San Bernardino, and additional volunteers in clinical and nonclinical areas are needed to make the two-day event a success. Longtime volunteer Gary Glasband, DDS, says CDA Cares is a great opportunity for those with a skill who want to volunteer but who might not have the connections or know where to go. Read more >>

 

What’s covered and who pays what: It’s all in the EOB
08/22/2019
Congratulations — the dental plan paid the claim! Or did they? Confirmation that your claim has been processed comes in two forms: payment and/or an explanation of benefits. An EOB is sent to the patient and/or dental office as a receipt of services provided. Unfortunately, dental plans do not have standardized formats for these documents, which is why it’s necessary for an office to read the EOB completely. Read more >>

 

ADA files complaint with Federal Trade Commission against SmileDirectClub
08/20/2019
The American Dental Association has asked the Federal Trade Commission to “investigate false and misleading claims made by SmileDirectClub, LLC to entice consumers to purchase products and services.” The ADA is concerned specifically with SmileDirectClub’s marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of plastic teeth aligners, which it says do not follow the adequate safeguards required by law. Read more >>

 

'Life-changing' grants awarded to 38 dentists committed to Medi-Cal
08/19/2019
Marc Bernardo, DMD, MPH, and Michelle Galeon, DMD, are among the first recipients of a new grant funded by Proposition 56, a voter-approved tobacco tax that CDA and other health care organizations sponsored in 2016. The grant program awarded $10 million in debt relief to 38 dentists (up to $300,000 each) in exchange for the dentists maintaining a 30% or more Medi-Cal patient caseload for five years. Read more >>

 

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