10/15/2014

Register for 2015 Dental Benefits Workshops


Dentists who want to build their business skills and improve practice profitability when dealing with dental plans should register for CDA’s 2015 Dental Benefits Workshops.

The Dental Benefits Workshop provides participants the opportunity to earn C.E. credits during a two-day, in-person seminar where they will learn how to analyze and evaluate existing dental plan contract performance in their practices. The seminars will be held at CDA headquarters in Sacramento and in Irvine in 2015. Registration is now open at cda.org/dbw.

“This hands-on workshop will teach dentists and staff the differences between dental plan types and how to abate their influence, improve payment turnaround by minimizing claim denials and develop messaging for educating patients regarding their dental benefits,” said CDA Director of Practice Management Michael Perry, DDS, who will be one of several speakers during the workshops.

Other workshop faculty include:

  • Charles Stewart, DDS, dental director of Aetna’s West dental territory;
  • C. Michael Kendall, associate general counsel of the American Dental Association; and
  • Gary Dougan, DDS, MPH, national dental director, Liberty Dental Plan.

Previous dental benefit/plan research has revealed that dentists are extremely frustrated with the dental benefit world and consider this a great source of frustration. The research also identified that dentists’ aggravation related to claims denial, down coding, benefit exclusions and a number of other procedural matters that oftentimes could be avoided through better training and education of dental office staff responsible for filing claims. Additionally, many dentists are unaware of the nuances of the contracts they have signed with the dental plans and their rights, limitations and obligations under those contracts.

Through education and training, the Dental Benefits Workshop will attempt to relieve some of these frustration points.

Participation is limited and only two people from each practice will be accepted (one dentist and one staff member). The workshops cost $495 per practice and include breakfast and lunch both days. Attendees are responsible for travel and lodging costs.

Dentists who would like to participate in the Dental Benefits Workshop can register at cda.org/dbw.



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