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.

September 16, 2019 |2019, Insurance/TDIC, News Articles

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.

September 12, 2019 |2019, Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

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.

September 11, 2019 |2019, Contracts, Dental Benefits, News Articles

Fraud targeting dentists makes claims of drug-trafficking investigation

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.

September 9, 2019 |2019, News Articles

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 9, 2019 |2019, Employment Practices, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals

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.

September 5, 2019 |2019, Insurance/TDIC, News Articles

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.”

September 3, 2019 |2019, Environment & Radiation, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

New state law prohibits discrimination based on natural hairstyle

A new state law prohibits discrimination on the basis of hair textures or protective hairstyles that are historically associated with race. Senate Bill 188, also known as the CROWN Act, was signed in July by Gov. Gavin Newsom and will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act was amended by the law to include in the definition of race “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.”

August 27, 2019 |2019, Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals

What’s covered and who pays what: It’s all in the EOB

Congratulations — the dental plan paid the claim! Or did they? Confirmation that your claim has been processed comes in two forms: payment and/or an explanation of benefits. An EOB is sent to the patient and/or dental office as a receipt of services provided. Unfortunately, dental plans do not have standardized formats for these documents, which is why it’s necessary for an office to read the EOB completely.

August 22, 2019 |2019, Billing, Dental Benefits, News Articles

‘Life-changing’ grants awarded to 38 dentists committed to Medi-Cal

Marc Bernardo, DMD, MPH, and Michelle Galeon, DMD, are among the first recipients of a new grant funded by Proposition 56, a voter-approved tobacco tax that CDA and other health care organizations sponsored in 2016. The grant program awarded $10 million in debt relief to 38 dentists (up to $300,000 each) in exchange for the dentists maintaining a 30% or more Medi-Cal patient caseload for five years.

August 19, 2019 |2019, Access to Care, Advocacy, Community, Dental Benefits, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

New safety sharps product available to dentists

A new safety sharps product, the Verena Solutions SimpleCAP, is available to dentists and can be purchased from most major suppliers. Dental practices are required by the Cal/OSHA bloodborne pathogens regulation to regularly evaluate the appropriateness of using safety sharps with the goal of reducing needlesticks and other “sharps” injuries that can cause exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

August 15, 2019 |2019, Infection Control, News Articles, Other Cal/OSHA Safety Regulations, Regulatory Compliance

Resources can help practices get ahead of amalgam separator requirement

Most dental facilities that have not installed an amalgam separator to comply with a rule published in June 2017 by the Environmental Protection Agency must install an amalgam separator by July 14, 2020. CDA Practice Support’s resource “Amalgam Separator Requirement — Q&A” was recently updated to reflect recent developments and can assist members with compliance.

August 12, 2019 |2019, Environment & Radiation, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance