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Compliance essentials: Hiring and paying temporary employees

Commonly, a dental practice will hire a temporary dental assistant, hygienist or front-office staff to fill in briefly for employee sick days, when the practice’s needs have increased or for an employee’s long-term leave of absence. CDA Practice Support finds that many employers are still puzzled about the requirements when hiring, classifying and properly paying these short-term employees.

April 9, 2019 |Employment Practices, Hiring, Firing & Performance, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

State program expands provider incentives to new counties

Dentists in 26 counties have a new opportunity to participate in the Dental Transformation Initiative to help improve dental health for low-income children enrolled in the Medi-Cal Program while receiving enhanced reimbursement by meeting specific incentive metrics.

February 14, 2019 |Dental Plan Reform, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles, Patient Care

New infection control standard for procedures that expose dental pulp

When performing procedures on exposed dental pulp, water or other methods used for irrigation must be “sterile or contain recognized disinfecting or antibacterial properties,” according to a new requirement that all licensed dentists in California must follow beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

November 27, 2018 |Advocacy, Infection Control, Legislation, News Articles, Patient Care, Regulatory Compliance

New opioid laws will affect dentistry in 2019 and beyond

Many bills were introduced over the past year to combat the opioid epidemic in California, as CDA previously reported. Here is an overview of CDA-supported legislation in the areas of e-prescribing, informed consent, interstate data sharing and prescription-pad requirements, that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in September and how these bills will affect the practice of dentistry.

October 31, 2018 |Advocacy, CURES (Controlled Substance), Legislation, News Articles, Patient Care, Regulatory Compliance

Mandatory CURES consultation in effect Oct. 2

Beginning Oct. 2, all licensees authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish or dispense controlled substances in California must, with some exceptions, check a patient’s prescription history in CURES 2.0 before prescribing a Schedule II-IV substance, as CDA first reported in April. One notable exemption to mandatory CURES consultation that applies to dental care and that CDA helped secure is summarized here.

September 19, 2018 |CURES (Controlled Substance), News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Employment separation in the dental practice: How to prepare

Every employee’s employment life cycle ends eventually, whether due to resignation, retirement, termination or other reason. In the dental office, any employee who separates should do so in a structured and professional manner with minimum disruption to the patients, staff and practice. Still, depending on what triggers an employee’s departure, separation can be an awkward situation for employers to navigate. Such discomfort can be lessened if clear policies and practices are in place.

August 9, 2018 |Employment Practices, Hiring, Firing & Performance, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals

Proposition 65 notice requirement takes effect in August

No later than Aug. 30, 2018, dental practices that employ 10 or more employees must post at the entrance of the office the new Proposition 65 warning notice, unless the practice chooses instead to provide a warning with an informed consent form. The form must be signed by the patient prior to exposure to the chemicals regulated by Proposition 65.

August 8, 2018 |Environment & Radiation, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Dentists receive unprecedented $30M for student loan repayment in state budget

The 2018-19 state budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown dedicates $210 million from the Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax revenue to Denti-Cal providers, a $70 million increase from last year’s amount. This effort is the result of years of activity to improve the Medi-Cal dental program and increase access to oral health care for the state’s 13.5 million Medi-Cal enrollees.

June 27, 2018 |Access to Care, Advocacy, Dental Benefit Plans, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

Top 8 questions asked about the Delta Dental settlement

What started the legal action that led to this settlement? CDA filed the legal action in August 2013 after learning…

June 12, 2018 |Advocacy, Delta Dental, Dental Benefit Plans, News Articles

Disappearing act: Has your employee abandoned you?

Employees miss work for myriad reasons, but what happens when an employee is a no-show and has not communicated with the employer about his or her absence? There are no telephone calls, emails or texts — the employee has made no contact of any kind with the employer. While this can be a frustrating situation, it is not a “free ticket” to terminating the employee.

May 30, 2018 |Employment Practices, Hiring, Firing & Performance, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals

FTC complaint alleges collusion among top dental suppliers

Benco Dental Supply Company, Henry Schein Inc. and Patterson Companies Inc. were named in a complaint filed recently by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC alleges that the three dental suppliers — the nation’s largest — violated federal antitrust laws by conspiring to refuse to provide discounts to buying groups representing solo and small-group dental practices.

May 14, 2018 |News Articles, Practice Management

CDA secures final court approval of $65M Delta Dental settlement for dentists

A San Francisco Superior Court judge has granted final approval of the $65 million amended settlement agreement between Delta Dental…

May 1, 2018 |Advocacy, Delta Dental, Dental Benefit Plans, Dental Plan Reform, News Articles
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