Lecture at CDA Presents to cover ins and outs of Denti-Cal

A retooled and refocused lecture on the Denti-Cal program will take place at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco in September.

Presented by CDA's Public Policy department and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), "The Ins and Outs of California's Denti-Cal Program" will highlight the many recent improvements to Denti-Cal, including the new provider incentives available through participation in the Dental Transformation Initiative. The lecture will delve into the anticipated impacts of these improvements as well as additional positive efforts underway.

The course will provide a close examination of the program's policies and administrative requirements, along with proposed legislation that impacts oral health. Both new dentists and dentists currently participating in Denti-Cal will glean insights on how to successfully navigate the most common challenges Denti-Cal providers face.

Specific topic areas include:

  • The Dental Transformation Initiative, which is focused on increasing beneficiary access and utilization and provider participation.
  • Teledentistry, which seeks to improve access to and availability of services through the utilization of this alternate modality.
  • A streamlined provider application process to improve administrative efficiencies.
  • Additional important items every provider should understand about the Denti-Cal program.

Three speakers will present on their area of expertise. Adrianna Alcala-Beshara, JD, is assistant division chief of the Medi-Cal Dental Services Division at the DHCS. Brian Kennedy, DDS, is the dental consultant for the Medi-Cal Dental Services Division at the DHCS, where he has been since 1994. Nirmala J. Prabhu, DMD, has been the managing Denti-Cal consultant for Delta Dental since 2002.

The lecture, which offers 2.5 C.E. units, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

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