Provider directory law in effect Friday
Effective July 1, a new law requires dental plans to comply with uniform standards and provide timely updates — including changes in 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 regarding providers participating in the plan’s provider network.
HIPAA audits to expand in 2017
In May, several thousand HIPAA-covered entities received emails from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) as the agency rolled out Phase 2 of its HIPAA Audit Program. One email asked covered entities to confirm contact information, then, if information was confirmed, covered entities received a questionnaire and were given 30 days to complete it.
Dental plans moving to direct deposit claim payments
The dental plan industry reports that more than 70 percent of dental claims received by plans are sent electronically. In California, that number is closer to 75 percent. Practice management software, and the standardization of forms for electronic transactions, have made this possible.
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.

First USC dental student completes licensure by portfolio
The first dental student at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC has completed the licensure by portfolio process. Alexandra Chamberlain, DDS, completed the school's Certification of Clinical Experiences for licensure through portfolio by passing seven clinical competency examinations.
The state Assembly has unanimously approved legislation that begins to address administrative problems in the Denti-Cal program recently highlighted in a scathing report by California’s Little Hoover Commission (LHC), an independent state oversight agency.
Lectures tailored for new dentists at CDA Presents
Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco have a number of lectures and workshops to choose from during the convention set for Sept. 8-10 at Moscone South in San Francisco. New dentists specifically have several options that are designed to provide them with valuable information as they launch their careers in dentistry.
CDA-supported bill protects practices in disability lawsuits
Recently passed legislation provides some extra protection for small businesses against claims of disabled access violations. Effective May 10, 2016, SB 269 allows small businesses a 15-day period to correct certain technical violations of disabled access design requirements.
Former Student Loan Repayment Grant recipient pays it forward
Every year, the CDA Foundation awards one new dentist with a Student Loan Repayment Grant to help repay his or her dental education loan. To date, the grant program has not only provided financial support for 16 dentists across the state, it has motivated them to give back to their communities, and Stephanie Calvillo, DDS, the 2013 Student Loan Repayment Grant recipient, is a good example of that.
CDA earns membership, ethics awards
CDA’s commitment to serving all dentists in a variety of practice settings has provided the organization with an opportunity to support more than 26,000 members across California. CDA’s growth and diversity along with resources and services that help members flourish recently garnered a number of ADA recruitment and retention awards.
New overtime rules to take effect
The U.S. Department of Labor released new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules that require employers to pay overtime to exempt employees who earn salaries less than $47,476 per year, beginning Dec. 1, 2016.
TDIC signs purchase agreement for Moda-held companies
TDIC has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to purchase three Moda-held companies — Dentists Benefits Insurance Company (DBIC), Dentists Benefits Corporation (DBC) and Northwest Dentists Insurance Company (NORDIC). The definitive agreement follows TDIC’s recent announcement of the intent to purchase the companies that provide and administer insurance products and services to more than 4,500 policyholders in seven states.
Know your numbers to ensure provider directory compliance
SB 137 requires dental plans to comply with uniform standards and provide timely updates for their provider directories and there are two numbers you need to know to ensure compliance with the new law that goes into effect July 1 — 30 and five. The goal of this legislation and resulting regulations is to provide patients with more accurate information to identify which dentists are participating with their dental plan.
Head and neck dissection workshop at CDA Presents
An inaugural dissection workshop using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to preview and identify head and neck anatomy prior to and during dissection will take place during the Sept. 8-10 CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco.
Local Dental Pilot Project application process opens
The California Department of Health Care Services has opened its application cycle for proposals for Local Dental Pilot Projects (LDPP) being developed under the Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver.
7 tips to build cohesive dental teams
Building an effective and cohesive dental team takes a concerted effort. It takes hard work, patience, courage and persistence, but if it is done right it can give a dental practice a competitive advantage, as some offices struggle to build cohesive teams.
CURES webinar recording now available
CDA recently hosted a webinar, presented by the Department of Justice, to assist member dentists with the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES 2.0) registration process and any questions they may have regarding the new system.
ADA Code of Ethics celebrates 150 years
This year, the American Dental Association’s Code of Ethics is celebrating its 150-year anniversary. As a condition of ADA membership, members voluntarily agree to abide by the principles of ethics and code of professional conduct detailed in the ADA Code of Ethics, committing themselves to high ethical standards of conduct and a “patient-first promise.”
Dentists required to post BPA notice
Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical present during the application of some composite fillings and sealants, has been added to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.
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