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FDA warns consumers against using benzocaine products

June 1, 2018

By Jennifer Garvin Silver Spring, Md.— The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued asafety announcementMay 23 warning consumers not to use teething products containing benzocaine in infants and children younger than 2 years. The announcement updates previous FDA Drug Safety Communications reporting benzocaine’s association with methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the

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FTC complaint alleges collusion among top dental suppliers

May 14, 2018

Benco Dental Supply Company, Henry Schein Inc. and Patterson Companies Inc. were named in a complaintfiled recently by the Federal Trade Commission.The FTC alleges that the three dental suppliers — the nation’s largest — violated federal a

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ADA prioritizes 7 sections of Opioid Crisis Response Act

May 1, 2018

By Jennifer Garvin Washington— In continuing efforts to keep prescription opioid pain medications from becoming a source of harm in communities, the ADA is supporting several proposals highlighted in the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. The Opioid Crisis Response Act,Senate Bill 2680, is a bipartisan legislation package containing more than 40 proposals from six Senate Committee

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Employee or independent contractor?

April 9, 2018

For many years, dental practice owners have treated associates and some registered dental hygienists as independent contractors. Practice owners need to be aware of updates to California laws that specifically pertain to independent contractors and that the

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Delta Dental Settlement Information

March 8, 2018

Dentists seeking information regarding CDA’s amended settlement agreement with Delta Dental can find all related information posted atDeltaDentalofCaliforniaSettlement.com. Under the settlement agreement, Delta Dental must pay $65

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Employers should implement new tax withholding tables for 2018

February 1, 2018

To comply with the 2017 Tax Bill signed into law in December by President Donald Trump, the IRS on Jan. 11 issued revised income tax withholding tables for employee paychecks. “Employers should implement the 2018 withholding tables as soon as pos

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New infection control standard applies to treating exposed dental pulp

January 5, 2018

An emergency regulation soon to be adopted by the Dental Board of California amends the minimum standards for infection control to require that water or other methods used for irrigation be sterile or contain recognized disinfecting or antibacterial properties when treating exposed dental pulp. All individuals licensed to practice dentistry in California will be required to follow the new infectio

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Updates to 2017-18 Required Poster Set

January 2, 2018

Updates to 2017-18 Required Poster Set Regulatory changes have occurred since the printing of the 2017-18 CDA Required Poster Set. As of December 2017, the three changes are: The California Department of Industrial Relationsupdated Wa

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CDA Foundation establishes disaster relief grant for dental professionals

December 15, 2017

The loss of life and devastating damage caused by the Northern and Southern California area wildfires is heartbreaking to say the least. Thousands have been affected as the fires ravage through their lives — destroying homes, businesses, schools and e

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Check the dates on your required poster set

December 6, 2017

As a member benefit, CDA Practice Support offers an easy-to-display poster set that contains all the latest health, safety and employee rights information practice owners need to post to comply with state and federal agency regulations. If you haven&rs

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All employers required to e-file and e-pay with EDD in the new year

December 1, 2017

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, employers of every size will be required to register with the Employment Development Department’s e-Services for Business and file all wage reports and employment tax returns and pay all contributions for unemploy

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New benefits for Denti-Cal adults in 2018

November 2, 2017

More than 7 million adults (21 years of age and older) enrolled in Denti-Cal, California’s Medicaid dental program, will have a fully restored package of dental benefits in 2018. The adult benefit package was drastically cut in 2009 due to the state

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Dental board licensure fee increases anticipated in November

October 9, 2017

With the anticipated final approval from the stateOffice of Administrative Law, initial and biennial dental licensure fees will increase with an estimated effective date of November 2017. A group of ancillary fees that is linked by law to the biennial renewal fee will increase as well. Dental licensure renewal fees were last raised in 2013, which was the first increase in 15 years. Although the

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Delta hearing scheduled for Oct. 11

October 2, 2017

A case management conference related to CDA's proposed settlement agreement with Delta Dental has been rescheduled for Oct. 11, from the previous date of Aug. 25. The hearing was scheduled to provide additional time for CDA, Delta Dental and the cour

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Rate changes ahead for Covered California

September 12, 2017

Covered California, California’s health-based marketplace, released in early August its proposed 2018 rates for the individual health plan market. The proposed 2018 rates include an average weighted rate increase of 12.5 percent for health coverage.

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MICRA provision upheld by courts

August 1, 2017

MICRA provision upheld by courts A recent court ruling has upheld a provision of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) that protects dentists and other health care providers from frivolous lawsuits. The decision is consistent w

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The National Consumer Ad Campaign Has Launched!

July 12, 2017

As of July 10, potential patients will see new digital ads urging them to schedule a dental checkup with ADA dentist. The ad campaign is the latest phase of the three-year initiative to drive new patients to ADA members. A mix of paid search, banner ads and social media posts direct patients to the Find-a-Dentist tool. If you have not updated your profile please click the link: Update your profile

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Minimum wage, paid sick leave increases take effect July 1

July 3, 2017

A number of local minimum wage increases across California will take effect July 1, 2017. Eligibility rules may vary among the locations listed below. Practice owners should review the individual city ordinances and follow posting requirements to be in compliance. Employers should update practice employee manuals and policies accordingly. Specifically, the following cities and county will incre

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Hearing date for Delta Dental settlement to be rescheduled

June 27, 2017

A San Francisco Superior Court judge has delayed dates related to CDA’s proposed settlement agreement with Delta Dental — the June 26 deadline to opt out or object to the proposed settlement and the Aug. 31 hearing on final approval. The cour

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