May 5, 2021Register for CDA Presents and you will be able to attend Harbor Dental Society's first virtual Networking Lounge May 14, 6:30pm-7:30pm (virtual doors open at 6pm) co-hosted with Monterey Bay Dental Society.
March 29, 2021How to Stay Healthy in the Dental Office During the Pandemic —Learn from the Experts! Tue, Mar 30, 2021| 6:00 PM-8:30 PMBring your entire dental team! Why Attend? Xcelable is offering Harbor members theirown mobile app with ergonomic educational videos and fitness health videos for free for the first two monthsto attendees who sign up for the March 30 CE Webinar. We have three ex
December 28, 2020Visit the website CAReliefGrant.com to review information on eligibility, prepare your business documents and get ready to apply!
November 10, 2020California Dental Practice Act: - Where's the Line? 2020 Register Here! Be sure to attend this webinar will not be recorded. Date: November 19, 2020 Time:6pm-8:15pm PST Course Fee: $49 CEU: 2core CE Provider: Harbor Dental Society Method:electronically mediated live lecture Audience:general dentists and auxiliary for licensure renewal CE Speaker: Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS T
LIVE CE Webinar: Nov 5, 2020 Annual OSHA Training & Infection Control - Safety In the Shadow of a Pandemic
September 18, 2020Annual OSHA Training & Infection Control - Safety In the Shadow of a Pandemic Register Here! Be sure to attend this webinar will not be recorded. Date: November 5, 2020 Time:6pm-9:15pm PST Course Fee: $49 for HDS/OCDS Members $79 Other Components $99 for Non-ADA Members CEU: 3core CE Provider: Harbor Dental Society Method:electronically mediated live lecture Audience:general
September 4, 2020The restoration of implants in the aesthetic zone varies significantly from implant treatment in other areas. Attend to receive key takeaways you can apply to your practice immediately.
LIVE CE Webinar Posterior Director Restorations - Contacts, Complications, Cosmetics and Occlusion Sept. 17, 2020
August 1, 2020Harbor's LIVE CE Webinar Series 2020 Posterior Director Restorations - Contacts, Complications, Cosmetics and Occlusion CE Speaker: Todd C. Snyder, DDS, AAACD CE Date: Thurs, Sept 17, 2020 Time: 6pm-8:15pm CEU: 2 core Sponsors: GC America and BISCO Register today -https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9085623429411295244 Be sure to attend as the webinar will not be re
July 24, 2020Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act & How it Changes Forgiveness for your PPP Loan FREE Webinar Recording & Financial Tools exclusively for Harbor Dental Society and OCDS Members Link to June 23, 2020 Webinar Recording with Speakers: https://eidebailly.zoom.us/rec/share/vvJqcKjw8GJJZZWdxGvgGZ5xAY31X6a81XVP__pfmRtnZSmOXGT5-AlFS_EgS6Hh Resources: PPP Forgiveness
July 20, 2020Harbor's LIVE CE Webinar Series 2020 CE Program: Today's Employment Hot Topics for Dental Practices Date: August 27, 2020 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Speaker: Anita York, Esq. 2 CE 20% This webinar is open to dentists only. Be sure to attend, this session will not be recorded. Register today -https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3304025153192981516 Today’
July 15, 2020This July 16 CE webinar reviews the California Dental Practice Act (DPA) topics and regulations that are required for re-licensure.
June 26, 2020Harbor's LIVE CE Webinar Series 2020 You don't want to miss out on these two highly sought out coursesfor your license renewal! July 9, 2020 Dental Infection Control in the Shadow of COVID-19 ?Where: GoToWebinar CE Speaker: Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, BS CEU: 2.5 core Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020 Time: 6:00 pm-8:45 pm Price
June 12, 2020We're excited to announce our first-ever LIVE virtual CE Program! "Airway Management, minimizing case failures while creating new revenues for your practice" with CE speaker Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz.
June 11, 2020Harbor Dental Society and OCDS are inviting members to a free and timely Zoom webinar on The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, How it Changes Forgiveness of your PPP Loan, Cash flow strategies after PPP, and how to work with EIDL
June 4, 2020With strong bipartisan support, the Senate passed the PPP modifications that the House passed last week. New round of guidance will be issued by the Treasury and SBA.
June 1, 2020Harbor Dental Society had a productive Virtual Grassroots Advocacy Day held May 21, 2020 that set the record as the first Virtual Leg Day for CDA.
May 22, 2020?The PPE kits are now available and free to all California dentists. Each order will be processed with a fixed $20 shipping and handling fee when the order is placed.
May 15, 2020The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.
May 6, 2020May 7 'Live" Webinar: Financial and Legal HR Considerations to Minimize the Impact of COVID-19 on your Dental Practice. Register today and submit questions on the registration form to get your burning questions answered by the expert panelists - CPA Art Wiederman, Employment Attorney Anita York, ADA Congressional Lobbyist Megan Mortimer and ADA President Dr. Chad Gehani.
May 4, 2020California dentists are preparing for changes when returning to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 1, 2020As an ADA member you have access to exclusive offers that may help your practice, and your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 27, 2020Live Town Hall Webinar with Q&A on "Financial Planning for Dental Practice Owners Through COVID-19"...Register today
March 16, 2020Harbor Dental Society will continue to update members as information becomes available. Thank you as valued members and staff to maintain high standards of infection prevention for the safety of patients, staff and community.
February 28, 2020CE Topic: Adhesive Dentistry – Maximizing the Placement of Anterior and Posterior Composites The use of composite resin material as a direct restorative for anterior and posterior restorations has dramatically increased in the market place. Come hear Dr. Marc Geissberger make sense of it all and to explain what to watch for in the future.
January 23, 2020Harbor Dental Society proudly announces the first-ever collaborative membership benefit for our members and auxiliary staff - Online CE for Free, 24/7! This online CE forum is offered to Harbor, San Francisco, South Alameda County, and Orange County Dental Societies members and their dental teams.These Southern and Northern CaliforniaDental Societies’ are collaborating to bring you, a
January 13, 2020Start your new year stress-free by attending Harbor and Orange County Dental Societies’ Smart Start Dental course Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 from 8am to 2pm at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach with a special focus on the 2020 Tax and Employment Laws to keep your practice in compliance and out of trouble and reduce the stress of being a practice owner. Hear from the noted experts – Dental CPA Art
January 6, 2020Eligible dentists, dental students, physicians and medical residents can apply beginning Jan. 13 for up to $300,000 in student loan repayment or a practice support grant through the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Program, known as CalHealthCares.
January 1, 2020Get paid more quickly and keep more detailed patient records with CDT 2020: Dental Procedure Codes. New and revised codes fill in the coding gaps and more precisely identify areas of the oral cavity, which leads to quicker reimbursements and more accurate record keeping. CDT 2020 is the most up-to-date coding resource and the only HIPAA-recognized code set for dentistry.
December 23, 2019This award recognizes 10 amazing dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago. Know a new dentist who inspires others in science, education and research, practice excellence, philanthropy, leadership and advocacy? Nominations are open until December 31, 2019.
ADA interim policy on ban of non-FDA approved vaping products to protect the health and safety of co
December 16, 2019The American Dental Association (ADA) today announced a new interim policy on vaping, calling for a total ban on vaping products that aren’t approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for tobacco cessation purposes.
October 15, 2019By filling your supply and equipment needs before the end of this year, you can categorize to your advantage before next year’s tax time and get your practice running at peak efficiency.
August 2, 2019New dentists — dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago as well as dental students — who register for the two-day conference in San Francisco will hear Dr. Miguel Stanley on Sept. 5 and then Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., on Sept. 6. The conference, which allows attendees to network and discuss practice issues in a small-group environment, will also include the ever-popular New Dent
June 5, 2019Dr. Sam Halabo is an accomplished national and international speaker, author, and product evaluator is the June 13 CE Program presenter focusing on "Building your practice with Implants: Enhancing, diagnosis, placement, cementation and marketing. Read More
June 1, 2019The rule applies to wastewater discharges to POTWs from offices where the practice of dentistry is performed, including large institutions such as dental schools and clinics; permanent or temporary offices; home offices; and dental offices owned and operated by federal, state, or local governments including military bases. Read More...
May 6, 2019Harbor Leaders Visit the Capitol for CDA Leg Day to Meet with Legislators
May 2, 2019The California Dental Association is enhancing resources to support members who experience dental benefits-related issues. Through CDA Practice Support, members have access to a dedicated dental benefits plan analyst and a library of online resources that facilitate working with benefit plans. Now, an online intake process streamlines dental benefits plan issue submissions for CDA member de
May 1, 2019Compliance Alert: Effective January 1, 2019, California employers with 5 or more employees (including those located out of state) are required to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees before January 1, 2020. The minimum count of "5" employees includes seasonal and temporary hires as well as independent contractors. That includes 2 hours of sexual harassment p
April 10, 2019Both mentors and mentees can enjoy the benefits of a personal, collegial relationship, not often available through traditional means of education or other mentorships.
April 5, 2019Many recent industry mega-trends including growth in corporate dentistry, downward pressure on insurance reimbursement rates, and stiffer labor laws, to name a few, are making it challenging for private-practicing dentists to succeed without possessing business-minded focus, precision skills and strategies.
March 6, 2019Harbor Dental Society's CE Program on Restorative Dentistry is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Centre at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark, Lakewood, CA. Register to Get in the Know!
March 1, 2019CDA is seeking applicants who are familiar with the Medicare program, work in a practice with a high number of Medicare enrollees or who have experience with a range of dental benefits and economics issues. All applicants must be critical thinkers and capable of making evidence-based decisions.
March 1, 2019As of Jan. 1, 2019, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has updated its workplace discrimination and harassment notice. The notice reflects that employers with five or more employees must now provide training to all employees regarding the prevention of sexual harassment. All training must be completed by Jan. 1, 2020.
February 6, 2019The ADA is currently accepting applications for the Institute for Diversity in Leadership. For details, visitADA.org/diversityinstitute. The application deadlineis April 12, 2019. Established in 2003 by the ADA, the goal of the Institute is to provide a diverse group of dentists with education and experience so that they can set new leadership paths within the profession and their communiti
February 5, 2019Last year, More LA Smiles was launched, a UCLA-led Dental Transformation Initiative dedicated to expanding oral health access to half a million children on Medi-Cal in LA County. Now, as we kick off National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, we’re excited to share with you our program offerings, plans for 2019 and ways to get involved as we continue to roll out new program components.
January 14, 2019Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, before a prescriber issues the first prescription for a controlled substance containing an opioid, the prescriber must discuss specific information with the minor or the minor’s parent or guardian as required by Senate Bill 1109 signed into law last September.
January 14, 2019Recent, wide-spread news coverage based upon a recent research study may raise unwarranted concern about the safety of certain types of dental floss. The ADA Science Institute finds the data insufficient to support the conclusions presented in this research and associated media coverage.
January 1, 2019Gov. Jerry Brown last September signed a bill requiring California employers of five or more employees to provide expanded training on sexual harassment prevention to all of their employees by Jan. 1, 2020. Practically speaking, this means employers will need to complete the mandatory one- or two-hour trainings for employees in 2019 to be compliant by the January 2020 deadline.
December 6, 2018Harbor's Annual Meeting & Holiday Party with CE Program and 2019 Installation of Officers and Incoming President Santos Cortez, DDS at the Centre at Sycamore Plaza, 5000 Clark, Lakewood, CA 90712 4:30pm Registration 5pm - Exhibits & Photo Booth 6pm Dinner/ CE Program 8:30pm Installation
November 26, 2018The Harbor Dental Society Foundation is celebrating the holiday season with an online fundraiser to support the Children's Dental Health Clinic to help with their efforts to provide quality dental treatment and oral health education to more than 10,000 children a year in our community.
November 13, 2018Whether you recently purchased a practice with paper charts or have been maintaining your own paper chart system, you have probably considered going paperless.
September 26, 2018Get the updated CDT 2019 and Companion Kit and build an even more successful practice. This essential ADA resource helps your team code more accurately – which speeds claim processing, lessens the need for additional information requests, and reduces claim rejections
September 24, 2018Dentists eligible for payments under CDA’s settlement agreement with Delta Dental should have received allocation notices in the mail. The class action settlement administrator mailed letters to approximately 14,000 Premier providers who had their fees impacted by Delta Dental’s “inflationary adjustment percentage.” Dentists who did not have their fees reduced improperly by the inflationary adjust
September 17, 2018Approximately 1,950 people receive dental care at each CDA Cares clinic. Register to volunteer today to ensure your first-choice placement. You may also review the FAQ and orientation information.
July 9, 2018CDA and the California Medical Association filed a ballot measure last week for the 2020 election to enact a statewide tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to reverse legislation passed last week that enacts a 12-year moratorium on local SSB taxes. The soda industry’s maneuver, which threatened to move forward with a ballot measure this year requiring a two-thirds vote on all local taxes un
May 11, 2018The plan offers a structure for taking collective action to assess and monitor oral health status and oral health disparities, prevent oral diseases, increase access to dental services, promote best practices and advance evidence-based policies.
May 4, 2018Californians deserve to know the value of their dental benefit plans and receive the same types of protections that apply to their medical plans.
March 14, 2018Long Beach City College is hosting a two-day “Veterans Stand Down” April 11th - 12th (Wed/Thurs). Lots of different service providers will be there to help out primarily homeless veterans in need. Sign-ups are quick and simple at www.healingcaliforniacharity.org. Morning, afternoon, and full-day shifts available for both days.
March 14, 2018This CE presentation will focus on how to simplify Endo and Restorations with less stress, better outcomes.
December 18, 2017Harbor Dental Society is a Chair Sponsor to support the CDA Cares Anaheim taking place April 27-28, 2018 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Come join the Harbor Team as a Volunteer!
October 18, 2017As a direct result of the October 2017 California wildfires, the CDA Foundation has set up a Disaster Relief Grant for individuals who have been affected by this heartbreaking emergency situation.
October 17, 2017The ADA is recognizing 10 amazing dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago and are already inspiring their colleagues by making a difference in dentistry. These are dentists who demonstrate excellence and inspire others every day – both in their practices and in their communities.
October 11, 2017The Dental Board of California in August 2017 finalized and adopted a policy statement recognizing the epidemic of opioid abuse in the U.S., encouraging the dental profession and consumers throughout California to be aware of the growing epidemic and actively participate in finding solutions to this health issue. Read more
October 11, 2017The Dental Board of California in August 2017 finalized and adopted a policy statement recognizing the epidemic of opioid abuse in the U.S., encouraging the dental profession and consumers throughout California to be aware of the growing epidemic and actively participate in finding solutions to this health issue. Read more
September 15, 2017What is the “Dental Amalgam Rule?” The new EPA “Dental Rule” is about the responsible management and disposal of all amalgam waste in dental practices, with the primary focus being on the use of an approved amalgam separator that is ISO 11143:2008 certified at a separation rate of 95%. The rule was published in the Federal Register on June 14, 2017 and went into effect on July 14, 2017. New p
September 8, 2017If you are planning to hire a new employee soon...read on! A revised 1-9 form used for employment eligibility verification goes into effect September 17, 2017 which was released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Practice owners who are hiring or planning to hire employees after this date must begin using the updated Form I-9 beginning Monday, Sept. 18.
August 14, 2017Radiologic Health Branch fees are due to increase 26.76 percent Sept. 1, 2017, under the Budget Act of 2016, Chapter 23, in accordance with California Health and Safety Code section 100425.
August 1, 2017Join your colleagues at CDA Cares Bakersfield and help create heartwarming stories of health and happiness for the community members who need it most. You can make a difference to providing increased access to oral health care to the public who are underserved.
July 14, 2017Today is not only the commemoration of Bastille Day but also marks the effective date of the final rule for amalgam separators. Most dental practices have until July 14, 2020 to comply with the EPA ruling on amalgam separators that becomes effective July 14, 2017. However new practices must comply by the 2017 date.
June 15, 2017On April 22, thousands of dental professionals and community members began slipping into the San Mateo Event Center for CDA Cares, the Foundation’s biannual volunteer dental program at no charge. By the end of the two-day event, charitable dental services totaling nearly $1.6 million were provided to 1,973 people, including 12,063 procedures, such as fillings, extractions, and cleanings.
April 21, 2017Unlike prior years, posters are distributed upon request. It's a quick and easy process to request one no-cost CDA poster set for a practice you own. Simply visit www.cda.org/posterset and sign in using your current login and password
April 4, 2017The ADA has launched a new, 3-year digital consumer advertising campaign to get more patients in members’ chairs. To capitalize on this opportunity, paid search and digital ads targeting these potential patients will direct them to the new ADA® Find-a-Dentist™ tool to book an appointment.
March 23, 2017CDA’s long legal battle against Delta Dental has resulted in a settlement with significant concessions from the dental benefit plan
March 7, 2017Under AB 2235, the pediatric anesthesia bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last September, dentists are required to obtain written informed consent from the parent or legal guardian of a minor patient prior to administration of general anesthesia or conscious sedation.
March 6, 2017The freeze is intended to allow the administration time for executive review of the regulations. Once the freeze is lifted, requirements of the new rule will take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, which was previously scheduled for Jan. 24.
March 2, 2017CURES 1.0 will be discontinued on Sunday, March 5, 2017. The departments of Consumer Affairs and Justice have announced that beginning March 6 prescribing health care practitioners will only be able to access CURES 2.0.
March 1, 2017Legislation signed in September by Gov. Brown resolves a longstanding conflict concerning whether health care providers’ use of online marketing companies to advertise health care services constitutes fee splitting or payment for referrals, both of which are prohibited under state law.
December 16, 2016The administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a final rule under the Clean Water Act to control the discharge of mercury and other metals entering the waste stream from dental practices.
November 29, 2016California dental facts sheet with stats about how many people in California go to the dentist, the number of dentists in California, and the amount of dentists who participate in Medicaid and Medicare.
November 23, 2016This online forum is a one-stop forum with hundreds of CE courses, live webinars, and useful product training –covering a wide range of clinical topics right at your fingertips. You now have learning options keep your practice on a successful path.
October 12, 2016Covered California has released some of the participating dental plans for the 2017 benefit year. Covered California's open enrollment period for 2017 coverage begins on Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31, 2017. Family dental plans are offered during the renewal period, for Covered California members, and during open enrollment for new enrollees.
August 26, 2016In November, Californians will have a vital opportunity to stand up to tobacco companies and save lives. Proposition 56 will raise the state’s tax on tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) containing nicotine, which medical experts warn are creating a major public health threat to children.
July 27, 2016Join us in Stockton and help create thousands of stories of health and happiness for community members in need. CDA Cares Stockton Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016
July 8, 2016The Secretary of State officially confirmed the tobacco tax measure for the November 2016 ballot and announced that it will be Proposition 56. To sign up in support of the campaign, please visit yesoncatobaccotax.com.
June 16, 2016Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical present during the application of some composite fillings and sealants, has been added to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Dental offices with 10 or more employees and that use composites and sealants are now required to post a new "Notice to Patients" about BPA in their practices.
April 29, 2016May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, which makes it a good time for dentists to make sure that their futures are protected. TDIC is encouraging dental professionals to consider the important role disability insurance plays in an individual's financial security.
April 18, 2016The California Dental Association Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.5 million in charitable dental services to 1,884 people during the April 16-17, 2016 event at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. In addition to providing dental services at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care, CDA Cares educates the public and policymakers about the importance of good
April 2, 2016Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.joined legislators and labor leaders to announce a landmark agreement that makes California the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide whichi is to be signed by Governor Brown on Monday, April 4, 2016.
April 1, 2016Effective April 1, 2016 employers are required to post two new workplace notices as part of their responsibilities under both amended regulations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA).
March 21, 2016The California Legislature approved two groundbreaking tobacco regulation bills that will save the lives of thousands of Californians. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign: SB 5 X2by Senator Mark Leno will classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products. This will make them subject to smoke-free laws, age restrictions and other rules governing tobacco products. SB 7 X2 by Senator Ed Hern
January 20, 2016The Department of Industrial Relations requires employers to post information advising employees of workers' compensation benefits in a conspicuous location frequented by employees where it can be easily read during the workday. In addition to minor verbiage changes, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation made substantial changes to the notice (read more)
January 20, 2016In 2015, the ADA advocated for a number of issues to improve outcomes for dentists and the patients they serve. Here are highlights of a number of those legislative wins and several key priorities for 2016.
January 13, 2016CDA Cares allows volunteer dentists, with the assistance of other health professionals and community volunteers, to provide dental services at no charge to approximately 2,000 people at each bi-annual event. Put your compassion into action at CDA Cares Ventura. Volunteer!
November 10, 2015Covered California's open enrollment period for 2016 coverage began Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31. Both adults and children can enroll in Covered California's family dental plans as an optional benefit. There is no tax penalty for consumers who elect not to enroll in the family dental plan, and no financial assistance (in the form of a tax credit) is available for purchasers of the family dental plan.
October 19, 2015The CURES enrollment deadline for providers has officially been pushed back from Jan. 1 to July 1 of 2016. The change comes after the governor signed AB 679 (Allen). The bill was amended late in the legislative session due to concern that the most recent Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) update has fallen behind schedule. The CURES 2.0 was planned to be in us
October 6, 2015Today is a special day of celebration. Harbor Dental Society (HDS) began in Long Beach, not far from here, at the Hotel Schuler on October 6, 1915. Dues were $1.00 per year, and membership consisted of TEN Long Beach dentists! From the beginning, Harbor has shown a strong commitment to improving the oral health of the communities it serves.
September 21, 2015The ADA has released a resource that provides updated information to dentists on all of the latest dental code changes that will go into effect on January 1, 2016.
August 11, 2015The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is set to launch a new computer licensing system for dentists, hygienists and assistants by year end.
July 23, 2015CDA has been aware that an imaging company in Southern California is emailing dentists to offer a "bundle deal" on CT scans for patients. Purchasing such a package may be a violation of the Dental Practice Act because it would allow a profit on a referral.
July 8, 2015The effective date for employers to begin providing mandatory sick leave to all employees has arrived (July 1), and in addition to updating policies, dentists must also distribute a new/updated employee notice by July 8, 2015.
June 12, 2015California has a new state dental director. Governor Jerry Brown announced Jayanth V.Kumar, DDS, MPH, will serve as California's new state dental director who brings more than 25 years experience to the position.
June 1, 2015California’s Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) was amended earlier this year. As a result of this amendment, there are changes dental practices need to make. Here are the facts of the MWMA changes that impact dental practices...
May 19, 2015The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the new compliance date for enrollment or opt out for dentists to the Medicare program is Jan. 1, 2016. The original deadline was June 1.
May 5, 2015Increasingly, dental plans are deferring to medical benefit carriers on certain dental procedures that can be claimed as medical procedures with patients’ medical plans. In submitting claims to medical plans, dentists need to be aware of and prepare for the adoption of new medical diagnostic codes that will be in use beginning Oct. 1.
April 29, 2015The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has determined 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water is the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. This recommendation, released April 27, 2015, updates and replaces the previous recommended range (0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter) issued in 1962.
April 27, 2015CDA Practice Support is designed to help dentists navigate the business side of dentistry with ease as it is chock-full of valuable resources to help them run their practices. The top five trending CDA Practice Support resources for this month are in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance.
April 8, 2015Hosted by the California Dental Association Foundation and CDA, the CDA Cares two-day dental clinic in Sacramento provided $2 million in charitable dental services to 2,080 people March 27-28.
March 20, 2015Harbor Dental Society member John Blake, DDS testified at the Senate and Assembly Health Committees hearing whereby he offered some of CDA's suggestions on how to fix Denti-Cal and increase reimbursement rates to allow dentists and clinics to serve more patients.
March 16, 2015CDA Practice Support is designed to help dentists navigate the business side of dentistry with ease as it is chock full of valuable resources to help them run their practices. Drum roll please! The top five trending CDA Practice Support resources this month in the categories of practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance...
March 2, 2015Summary: A requirement dentists need to keep in mind this year is the designation of their status with the Medicare program. CDA is receiving an increasing number of inquiries about what to consider when choosing your status. Conversations with the ADA and the Medicare administrator for California indicate that additional information, and reminders about the requirement, will be needed as the dead
February 6, 2015The CDA Foundation is hosting a CDA Cares volunteer dental event in Sacramento next month, and the timing of the March 27-28 clinic couldn’t be better. The recent swearing-in of a large group of new state legislators will provide CDA with an opportunity to educate policymakers about the importance of oral health and the need for an adequately funded dental safety net in California.
January 15, 2015On Tuesday, US News & World Report (1/14) unveiled its list of “The 25 Best Jobs of 2015,” with dentists topping the tally. Of dentists, US News & World Report says that the best “deftly balance patient care with turning a profit – what good is the most nurturing dentist in town if he or she never sees any patients?” The article adds, “before getting to that stage, they endure rigorous technical a
January 14, 2015As 2015 begins, there are new fees and forms dentists should be aware of regarding the use of radiation machines. Annual radiation machine registration fees went up from $79 to $93 as of Jan. 1. In addition, new forms are available from the California Department of Public Health to report the discontinuance of use and when a dentist is no longer in possession of any functional radiation machine.
December 29, 2014The effective date for employers to begin providing mandatory sick leave to all employees is July 1, 2015, or on the first day of employment for new employees – whichever is later. The most notable information of late is that employers must comply with displaying the required poster for employees by Jan. 1, 2015. Read more to go to link for poster.
November 25, 2014The California Dental Association Foundation’s two-day dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.66 million in charitable dental services to 1,861 people during the Nov. 21-22 event in Pomona.
November 18, 2014Walter G. Weber, DDS, was installed as the new CDA president last week at the House of Delegates meeting in San Diego. Weber, a general dentist with a private practice in Campbell, is a graduate of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Santa Clara University. He also earned a master's degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University.
October 30, 2014As California approaches the second full year of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), California’s Health Benefit Exchange Board, responsible for Covered California, the state’s online insurance marketplace and for the overall implementation of the ACA in California, has announced some changes to how dental benefits will be offered in 2015.
October 7, 2014Why vote No on Proposition 46? Prop 46 will increase health care costs, reduce access to care and jeopardize citizens' personal prescription drug information
September 24, 2014Based on the number of calls coming in to CDA’s Practice Support, there seems to be confusion among dentists about how to pay hygienists and associates who are classified as independent contractors.
September 15, 2014The California Legislature has approved a CDA-sponsored bill establishing standardized requirements for dental plans to report the amount of patient premium dollars spent directly on dental care.
August 28, 2014Hydrocodone drugs reclassified; non-Schedule II dentists must register to continue prescribing Despite concerns expressed by the ADA and other stakeholders, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has finalized a rule to classify hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin and Norco as Schedule II drugs instead of Schedule III. The reclassification, effective Oct. 6, will impact dentists with
August 25, 2014“Do you accept my insurance?” this is a question that thousands of dental offices receive from prospective patients multiple times per day throughout the country. How your dental team responds to that question can set the tone in terms of patient expectations and determine the future of the doctor- patient relationship. In recent months, the question of how dental practices should be answering
August 21, 2014The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has posted a new chart on dental medical waste disposal. While the law hasn't changed, the new chart (shown below) can help dentists who are curious about the storage time for different types of medical waste.
August 7, 2014To help member dentists on a more individual, personalized basis, CDA has launched CDA Practice Advising, an in-depth consulting service designed to help dentists practice smarter and increase their profitability.
July 30, 2014CDA has heard from several members about a scam involving calls from fraudsters claiming to be IRS agents or other law enforcement authorities. The scammers threaten victims with arrest, deportation, license revocation or business closure unless the individual pays the taxes they claim are owed.
July 17, 2014Registration for the new fall 2014 lineup of TDIC’s Risk Management seminar, Beyond the Science: Patient Emotions in Dentistry, is now open.
July 15, 2014The ballot measure that would quadruple the cap on non-economic damages under the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) has been assigned a number, Proposition 46, for the upcoming November election, while the campaign against it is gaining more powerful allies.
July 3, 2014Effective July 1, 2014, both the initial license and biennial license renewal fees will increase from $365 to $450. The fee increase was determined necessary by the Dental Board of California to correct the deficit between its revenue and expenditures.
April 2, 2014The establishment of a state dental director position to provide leadership and direction for oral health care in California, a goal CDA has actively pursued for more than two years, will soon become a reality...
April 1, 2014Effective July 1, 2014, both the initial license and biennial license renewal fees will increase from $365 to $450. The fee increase was determined necessary by the Dental Board of California to correct the deficit between its revenue and expenditures...
March 25, 2014The measure would significantly increase costs for health care consumers by billions each year, and jeopardize patient access to care all across California. From rural to underserved communities, this measure would have a devastating effect on the health care system...
March 18, 2014March 20 is World Oral Health Day, a day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of good oral hygiene for everyone old and young...
March 7, 2014Dental professionals from around the world attend CDA Presents to learn about the latest clinical and technological advances...
February 26, 2014Even with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) barely under way, Covered California, the agency charged with implementing the ACA in this state, devoted considerable time last month to planning for expanded dental benefit offerings for 2015...