National security agencies warn of ransomware attacks targeting health care providers

Practice owners should be cautious of the latest string of ransomware attacks targeting health care providers. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is warning providers to be aware of cybercriminals targeting the health care and public health sector for financial gain.

November 3, 2020 |2020, News Articles, Practice Management

The Dentists Supply Company joins new parent company, Henry Schein, Inc.

The Dentists Supply Company on Oct. 23  joined a new parent company, Henry Schein, and will continue to serve members of organized dentistry as TDSC.com, Powered by Henry Schein.

October 29, 2020 |2020, News Articles

FDA says manufacturer failed to comply with medical device reporting related to respirator decontamination

The manufacturer of a decontamination system used to decontaminate certain N95 respirators for health care personnel received a warning notice last week from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for “failure to comply with regulatory requirements for medical device reporting.”

October 22, 2020 |2020, COVID-19, Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

California dental benefits plans asked to issue partial premium refunds due to their ‘substantial net profits’

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara last Wednesday issued a notice to California health insurance and specialized health insurance companies, including 55 dental benefits companies, requesting that they “provide their policyholders with a partial premium refund no later than December 31, 2020.

October 14, 2020 |2020, Advocacy, Dental Benefits, News Articles

Employers now have an easier way to participate in Work Sharing Program to retain workforce

The Work Sharing program minimizes or eliminates the need for employers to lay off or furlough employees during periods when business demand is low. Under the program, employers can reduce hours and wages for individual employees, allowing those workers to receive partial unemployment benefits.

October 14, 2020 |2020, Employment Practices, News Articles, Practice Management

The Dentists Supply Company announces it will join Henry Schein Inc.

In an agreement announced today, CDA’s The Dentists Supply Company (TDSC) will join a new parent company, Henry Schein Inc., in late October. The newly formed company will continue its mission to serve state dental association members with an everyday low-price, online option for purchasing dental supplies via TDSC.com.

October 14, 2020 |2020, Dental Supplies/TDSC, Endorsed Services, News Articles

Smile Crew of California: CDA launches dental assistant career recruitment campaign

The California Dental Association has launched a new recruitment campaign, Smile Crew of California, designed to highlight the careers in dental assisting and create a pool of qualified candidates to help CDA members who are seeking to fill hundreds of dental assistant job openings. 

October 8, 2020 |2020, Membership, News Articles

New Career Center on cda.org connects employers and job seekers, builds dentistry employment pipeline

In a strategic effort to aid members in growing their careers and building their practice teams, CDA has launched a robust online career center for both employers and job seekers. While job listings have long been among the most popular sections of CDA’s website, the new platform provides more intuitive search tools along with actionable guidance.

October 8, 2020 |2020, Membership, News Articles

Business controls reduce employee theft

Being the victim of theft is bad enough, but when that theft is perpetrated by a trusted member of your dental team, it’s especially harrowing. Unfortunately, theft within dental practices is surprisingly common and it’s on the rise. One of the most common types of theft in the dental office is staff embezzlement.

October 5, 2020 |2020, Insurance/TDIC, News Articles, Practice Management

CDA Cares denture patients receive follow-up care at small clinic in Long Beach

After a two-month delay resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, 11 individuals had their smiles restored safely at a small, volunteer-run event held Sept. 26 at the Children’s Dental Health Clinic in Long Beach. The CDA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the California Dental Association, organized the event.

October 1, 2020 |2020, CDA Foundation, News Articles

Titan of dentistry, Arthur A. Dugoni, dies at 95

Friends and colleagues pay tribute to past CDA president and exemplary dental educator Arthur A. Dugoni, DDS, who died Sept. 23 at his home in Palo Alto. He was 95. 

September 30, 2020 |2020, News Articles

How practice owners can prioritize diversity and inclusion in the dental office

Several companies have vowed to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within their organizations over the last few months. These steps can help practice owners create a welcoming environment for employees of all backgrounds and keep staff engaged. 

September 28, 2020 |2020, Employment Practices, News Articles