TDIC expansion plan announced
TDIC has announced it has signed a letter of intent to purchase three dentist insurance businesses from an Oregon-based company, Moda. The acquisition will allow TDIC to expand its exceptional service and products to more than 4,500 additional policyholders, further strengthening TDIC with a broader premium base.
CDA Journal features bioceramic materials in vital pulp therapy
The May issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association addresses a number of general topics including the use of bioceramic materials in vital pulp therapy, which is devised to preserve and maintain vitality of pulpally involved teeth challenged by a variety of intraoral conditions.
Disability Insurance Awareness Month a good time to consider future
May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, which makes it a good time for dentists to make sure that their futures are protected. Disability Insurance Awareness Month was named by the LIFE Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers make smart insurance decisions to safeguard their families’ financial futures.
Best hiring practices: why job descriptions matter
Between the recruiting strategy, interviewing and training, there is a lot that goes into hiring a new employee in a dental practice. However, a key piece of the process happens before any of that. Developing a good job description happens even before a position is open. Every current employee should have an updated, accurate job description for their duties in the practice.
Top trending CDA Practice Support resources
CDA Practice Support is designed to help dentists navigate the business side of dentistry with ease, and it is chock-full of valuable resources to help them run their practices. Check out the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.
Time to register for CURES
All prescribers in California with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registrations are required to register by July 1 to access California’s prescription drug monitoring program, known as CURES 2.0 (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System). Additionally, prescribers must have updated browsers to access the system.
Physical thefts threaten patient health information
More than half of the data breaches in health care settings are a result of devices being physically stolen from a practice, car, home or elsewhere. Data breaches can result in big costs for dentists who fall victim to such a breach should unencrypted patient health information be stolen.
Take action to enroll or opt out of Medicare
CDA Practice Support continues to receive many questions about the approaching deadline for  providers to opt in or out of the Medicare system. The Q-and-A below provides some basic facts about Medicare, dentistry and participating as a Medicare provider.
CDA Cares Ventura delivers $1.5 million in care
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.5 million in charitable dental services to 1,884 people during the April 16-17 event at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
New dental products to launch at CDA Presents
Dentists who are looking for the latest technology, products and services in dentistry will find it on the exhibit hall floor at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim. Approximately 575 companies will occupy the 130,000 square feet of exhibit space at CDA Presents in Anaheim and some of those companies are launching products at the convention.
CDC releases new infection control resource
Minimizing exposures to infectious agents should be a primary objective in a dental office for the sake of the staff and patients. To help provide guidance on this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a resource to further prevent infections in dental practices.
It's Oral Cancer Awareness Month
CDA reminds dentists and the public that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and encourages dental practices to spread the word about how to prevent oral cancer. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, each year in the United States, more than 21,000 men and 9,000 women are diagnosed with oral cancer. The two most common pathways by which people develop oral cancer are through tobacco and alcohol use and through exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV) — the same virus responsible for the majority of cervical cancers in women.
FDA calls for powdered exam gloves ban
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to ban the use of most powdered gloves, including powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove.
CDA is urging the state to take immediate steps to improve its Medi-Cal dental program, Denti-Cal, after the release of a highly critical report by the Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency.
Dentists must give timely practice updates
Beginning July 1, a new law will take effect requiring dental plans to comply with uniform standards and provide timely updates (practice address, license number, etc.) to their provider directories. The intent of the new law, SB 137, is to provide patients with more accurate and complete information as to which providers are participating in the plan's provider network.
HHS initiates HIPAA audits
Dental practices should not ignore any email from the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) as the agency announced that it has started the next phase of audits of HIPAA covered entities and business associates. The emails have been sent to verify contact information.
Deadline near for tobacco tax signatures
Dentists interested in signing petitions to qualify a ballot measure to increase the state's tobacco tax by $2 should contact their local components right away. CDA delivered petition forms to all local components, and those signatures must be returned to CDA by April 15.
Discrimination and harassment regulations amended
California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council adopted amendments to its Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations effective April 1. These amendments, which generally apply to employers of five or more employees, require employers to develop and distribute antidiscrimination, antiharassment and complaint investigation policies.
Pregnancy disability poster changes effective immediately
Clarifying amendments to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations are in effect on April 1. Employers are required to post two new workplace notices as part of their responsibilities under both amended regulations.
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