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.

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

3 Simple Rules for Making a Good First Impression With Your Website
First impressions count. To attract new patients, dentists should make sure their websites reflect their personality and practice philosophy. Research shows the average reader will decide whether to stay on a website or leave within the first 10 seconds.

New Employee Recruiting Checklist
Don't hire in haste. This checklist provides a thoughtful overview of suggested steps to cover when recruiting and hiring new employees.

Establishing Fees
When filing a claim, many dentists wonder if they should use the allowable plan fee or their own "usual and customary" fees. This article offers a number of reasons why dentists should use their own fees.

Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records
CDA Regulatory Compliance Manual — Appendix 2
Dental practices are required to have a copy of this Cal/OSHA regulation (California Code of Regulations Title 8 Section 3204) available to employees. This copy is Appendix 2 of the CDA Regulatory Compliance Manual.

Medical Waste Management and Disposal Plan
CDA Regulatory Compliance Manual
Use this sample plan to describe the medical waste management and disposal procedures of the dental practice. It contains information required by the California Medical Waste Management Act, Health and Safety Code Sections 117600-118360. This resource is part of the CDA Regulatory Compliance Manual. Revised May 2015.

CDA Practice Support resources are available to CDA members and can be accessed via the orange tabs on the right side of cda.org/practicesupport.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has set the implementation date of the International Classification of Diseases version 10 Clinical Modification (ICD-10 CM) for Oct. 1. While the implementation of ICD-10 CM affects a limited number of dentists in California, such as oral surgeons, anesthesiologists, pathologists, etc., it is important to note that all dentists should be aware that diagnostic coding could become a requirement in the future.

An average dental practice data breach can cost a dentist anywhere from $100,000 to more than $1 million. According to the Office of Civil Rights, an average of 4,707 individuals are affected by a breach in a dental practice. To help dentists stay compliant, CDA has released a new, members-only, HIPAA Compliance CD Bundle. The bundle helps dentists design and implement a comprehensive compliance program using a step-by-step approach.