06/19/2015

Top 5 CDA Practice Support Resources in June


CDA Practice Support is designed to help dentists navigate the business side of dentistry with ease, as it is chock-full of valuable resources to help them run their practices.

Below are the top five trending CDA Practice Support resources this month in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.

Benefit Breakdown Form
In order to provide patients the best possible treatment estimate, utilize this form as an aid in verifying their dental benefits.

Sample Meal and Rest Break Policy
Implement this sample meal and rest break policy in the office to ensure your employees are complying with California law.

Informed Refusal Form
Utilize this informed refusal form along with a discussion to ensure patients are aware of the risk, benefits and alternatives to the proposed treatment. Just as patients should know the risks, benefits and alternatives of accepting a treatment recommendation, they should also know the potential consequences of refusing a proposed treatment or procedure.

Sample Notice of Privacy Practices
A HIPAA-covered entity is required to provide patients with its notice of privacy practices. The notice must include descriptions of the types of uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI) that the covered entity is permitted to make without the individual’s written authorization, including for each of the following purposes: treatment, payment and health care operations. The notice also must include a statement about the other uses and disclosures the practice may use for PHI; a statement of the individual’s rights with respect to the information; and a description of procedures followed when a patient chooses to exercise those rights.

20 Facebook Wall Post Ideas for Your Practice
At a loss on how to actively promote your practice and offer fresh information on your Facebook page? Demandforce has provided 20 ideas for you and your staff to create to keep your patients interested and engaged.

For more information about these member resources, visit cda.org/practicesupport.



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