California’s protected unpaid family leave extended to employees of smallest businesses

Very small businesses, including dental practices with just five or more employees, will soon be subject to the California Family Rights Act’s requirement to provide protected unpaid family leave to their employees.

September 22, 2020 |2020, Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, Legislation, News Articles

Small health care providers settle potential violations of HIPAA ‘right to access’ provision

Two small health care providers in Virginia and Colorado have agreed to pay $10,000 and $3,500, respectively, to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s “right of access” provision.

September 21, 2020 |2020, News Articles, Privacy/HIPAA

CDA receives ‘peer recognition,’ other awards from ADA in 2020

The California Dental Association in August received recognition from the American Dental Association in three membership categories, including “most improved active member retention rate” among state associations with more than 7,500 active licensed dentists.

September 17, 2020 |2020, Membership, News Articles

Sale of flavored tobacco products in California now prohibited by law

Despite Big Tobacco’s multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to stop legislation that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in California, the Legislature passed and Gov. Gavin Newsom quickly signed Senate Bill 793 into law last Friday. 

September 3, 2020 |2020, Advocacy, Legislation, News Articles, Tobacco

How practice owners can adapt hiring practices to meet staffing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tips on how to recruit and hire new employees during the COVID era. The following strategies can help practice owners recruit talent that best fits business needs while also remaining in compliance with legal and safety regulations.

August 27, 2020 |2020, Hiring/Firing, News Articles

Is it really scaling and root planing?

CDA Practice Support is receiving calls from dentists and their staff concerning claim denials for scaling and root planing services by dental benefit plans. In this article, I review the criteria utilized by dental plans when reviewing claims for scaling and root planing and why some of the plan denials are correct based on the American Dental Association’s definition of scaling and root planing. 

August 26, 2020 |2020, Billing, Dental Benefits, News Articles

New oral health objectives added to national 10-year plan for improving health of Americans

Healthy People 2030, a 10-year national plan to promote and improve public health and prevent disease, launched Aug. 18 via webcast with experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaking on health equity, well-being and business partnerships. 

August 24, 2020 |2020, Access to Care, Advocacy, Community, News Articles, Patient Care

CDA and ADA respond to WHO recommendation: Dentistry is essential health care

A top official with the World Health Organization sought to clarify this week the agency's recent guidance advising that routine, nonessential oral health care be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 18, 2020 |2020, News Articles

Side effects of PPE: Tips to relieve physical and emotional exhaustion

Some dental professionals are facing a new set of challenges from wearing additional personal protective equipment as they adapt to providing care in the COVID-19 era. Here are some of the most common conditions to be aware of and tips to help alleviate the discomfort.

August 17, 2020 |2020, Infection Control, News Articles

CDA-supported bill prohibiting sale of flavored tobacco products passes key hurdle

The fight against Big Tobacco and its deceptive tactics and targeting practices continues with CDA joining a large coalition of health care, youth and community organizations to support legislation that would prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, in California. 

August 13, 2020 |2020, Advocacy, Legislation, News Articles, Tobacco

Dental billing service plan offered as new CDA member benefit

CDA is now offering members a more efficient way to submit and manage dental claims through its newest endorsed service, eAssist Dental Solutions.

August 12, 2020 |2020, Endorsed Services, News Articles

5 ways to prioritize mental health in the COVID-19 era

The following tips can help you reduce stress and maintain a healthy team dynamic.

August 6, 2020 |2020, Leadership and Practice Ownership, News Articles