Dentists required to comply with new information blocking rule granting patients more access to health records

All health care providers, including dentists, will soon be required to comply with a new federal regulation that aims to enhance a patient’s right to access their health information. Under the new rule, patients will have greater and, at times, immediate access to health information.

September 29, 2021 |2021, Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals, Practice Management, Privacy/HIPAA, Regulatory Compliance

Congress is pursuing a Medicare dental benefit: Here’s what to know

A significant amount of activity is underway in the U.S. Congress focused on adding dental, vision and hearing benefits to the Medicare program, and the proposals are moving quickly. This communication from CDA supplements what the ADA, media and other sources have shared to give members background and context for the current activity and clarify some common misunderstandings.

September 20, 2021 |2021, Advocacy, Dental Benefits, Health Care Reform, Legislation, News Articles

California dentists can obtain required registration to conduct in-office rapid COVID-19 tests with signing of CDA-sponsored bill

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 8 signed CDA-sponsored legislation that gives California dentists permanent authority to provide influenza and COVID-19 vaccines and obtain the required state registration to process rapid COVID-19 tests in the dental office.

September 16, 2021 |2021, Advocacy, COVID-19, Legislation, News Articles

COVID-19 Notice for San Francisco Attendees

CDA’s health and safety protocols and exposure response. 

September 11, 2021 |2021, News Articles

Saving time and staying safe with paperless documentation

Analysts who answer The Dentists Insurance Company’s Risk Management Advice Line field thousands of calls about practice challenges — many of which are related to navigating paper and digital documents.

September 2, 2021 |2021, Insurance/TDIC, News Articles, Practice Management, Regulatory Compliance

Student borrower ‘bill of rights’ takes effect in California, caps late fees and sets servicing standards

Student loan borrowers in California have new protections against lenders’ and servicers’ unfair, deceptive and predatory practices under the state’s new Student Borrower Bill of Rights. 

August 26, 2021 |2021, Advocacy, Legislation, News Articles

CalHealthCares awards $69.4 million to providers to help expand Medi-Cal access

The California Department of Health Care Services has awarded $69.4 million toward student loan repayments for 249 physicians and 41 dentists to expand health care access for Medi-Cal patients.

August 18, 2021 |2021, Access to Care, Advocacy, Community, News Articles

California Oral Health Literacy Toolkit helps dentists implement OHL during patient visits

The California Oral Health Literacy Toolkit is a new digital resource to help oral health care providers learn or review the basic principles of oral health literacy, including the importance of communicating clearly and with cultural humility and creating a welcoming environment for patients. 

August 9, 2021 |2021, News Articles, Patient Care

Certified coding, billing, other revenue cycle management services offered as new CDA member benefit

Member dentists can now benefit from certified coding, billing, eligibility verification and other support through CDA's newest Endorsed Service, Cosentus. Cosentus has been offering back-office administration services to dental and medical professionals for more than 25 years. 

July 30, 2021 |2021, Endorsed Services, Membership, News Articles

It’s that time of year: Are you prepared to be audited by a dental benefit plan?

Every July, CDA Practice Support starts hearing from members who have received notice from a dental benefit plan about a forthcoming audit. CDA's dental benefits analyst explains the post-pay audit, when dentists must participate in the audit and dentists' right to appeal the findings.

July 26, 2021 |2021, Contracts, Dental Benefits, News Articles

Up to 1,500 businesses affected in ransomware attack targeting IT software management company

Several small to mid-sized businesses have been affected by a ransomware attack targeting Kaseya VSA, a software management company used widely by managed service providers that handle IT needs for companies in the health care sector, including many dental practices.

July 19, 2021 |2021, Insurance/TDIC, News Articles

Dental board warns of impersonation scam targeting California licensees

The Dental Board of California has issued an alert about a scam targeting licensees of the California Department of Consumer Affairs boards and bureaus. A scammer, posing as an employee of the state Acupuncture Board, is reaching out to licensees in an attempt to gather their personal information.

July 14, 2021 |2021, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance