Open enrollment for health insurance options through TDIC begins in October
CDA members might already know that The Dentists Insurance Company offers dentists-focused coverage for the dental practice, but they might not be aware that TDIC Insurance Solutions offers health coverage, including individual and family plans, small-group plans and Medicare options from trusted carriers. Open enrollment allows everybody to sign up for health care coverage taking effect Jan. 1, 2020. Read on for a description and the enrollment period for each plan option and where to find more information.
Direct-to-consumer orthodontic patient protection bill awaits governor's signature
A bill that protects patients who undergo direct-to-consumer orthodontic treatment has passed the California Legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature.
Deadline extended for sexual harassment prevention training
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a new bill extending the deadline for sexual harassment prevention training. Under SB 778, employers with five or more employees now have until Jan. 1, 2021, to complete the mandatory one- or two-hour employee trainings to be compliant.
No 'one size fits all' when it comes to dental benefit contracting
Adding or dropping a contract with a dental benefit plan is a personal business decision. There is no “one size fits all” in these types of business decisions, as what might work for one dentist might not work for another. You may be asking yourself how a dentist can make a good decision about adding or dropping a dental plan/network participation, but there is one key element in each success story.
CDA Cares draws support from new presenting sponsor
The CDA Foundation is gearing up for its 16th CDA Cares volunteer dental event with new and continued support from community members and key sponsors. The clinic will take place Sept. 27-28 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif. About 1,950 people are expected to receive oral health care services at no cost, thanks to the support of generous sponsors including Delta Dental, Western Dental, Henry Schein, Planmeca, GES, The Dentists Insurance Company and The Dentists Supply Company.
Drug trafficking scheme targeting dentists
The Dental Board of California is alerting dentists to be aware of a recent fraud scheme. Scammers, posing as board members, are telling licensees that they are under investigation for drug trafficking.
When smartphones, side gigs and odors disrupt the office
With so much emphasis on the need for employers to establish written policies mandated by federal, state and local laws, it’s easy to overlook the important day-to-day employee management policies on everything from hygiene and smoking to use of personal electronic devices. Discussed below are four areas of employee conduct and attire expectations that you might consider addressing through a workplace policy, if you don’t already have one in place.
September Student Spotlight
Get to know CDA’s September Student Spotlight, Nojan Jahedmanesh from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry class of 2020.
Treatment templates: Convenient or careless?
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.
Final EPA rule prohibits 'sewering' of pharmaceutical hazardous waste
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.”
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