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CDA members and California’s dental community turn to our association for timely, trusted information about current and developing issues in dentistry. The Update provides resources and guidance on topics affecting dentists, their patients and their profession, including dental benefit plans, regulatory compliance, legislation and advocacy, patient safety and practice management.

The Update is no longer printed and delivered by mail; however, you can explore our archive of issues from the past 12 months of publication. Find the latest dentistry-specific news, resources and guidance online and through our e-newsletters.

The COVID-19 delta variant: FAQ addresses transmission, vaccine effectiveness

CDA has developed an FAQ about the delta variant, including its transmissibility, how it impacts fully vaccinated individuals or individuals with natural immunity, the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines against the delta variant and the potential future need for boosters.

Resources on vaccine tracking, patient screening available in new reopening guide for dentists

CDA Practice Support has developed the California State Reopening Guide for Dental Practices to help dentists and dental teams understand their responsibilities to maintain a safe environment and communicate with patients about continued COVID-19 safety precautions in the dental office.

CDA email template, other resources help dentists communicate with patients about continued mask requirements

As California moves forward with reopening the economy and lifting the statewide mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals on June 15, dental practice owners should be prepared to communicate to patients that face coverings will still be required in the dental office.  

Employers required to follow stricter meal period practices under California Supreme Court ruling

A recent California Supreme Court ruling that requires stricter meal practices in the workplace underscores the responsibility of dental practice owners to enforce break policies that are compliant with California laws.

Offering retirement plan options can help dental practice owners promote employees’ financial wellness

With many people working to overcome financial setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, more employers have been focusing their efforts on helping employees improve their financial wellness and save for the future.

New law extends COVID tax relief to support businesses impacted by COVID-19

Practice owners will have the opportunity to take advantage of the newly extended Employee Retention Credit in 2021. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 modifies and extends the ERC, allowing employers to claim a refundable tax credit against the employer share of Social Security tax.

What practice owners need to know now that FFCRA is voluntary

As of Jan. 1, employers may voluntarily provide emergency paid sick leave or emergency paid FMLA leave under FFCRA. If an employer chooses to voluntarily offer leave, it must be used for the same purposes and subject to the same conditions as originally outlined in FFCRA.

Why dental teams should continue infection control protocols after getting the COVID-19 vaccine

CDA advises practice owners to remain vigilant with infection control protocols even after their staff has been vaccinated. A fully vaccinated staff in a dental office does not completely reduce the practice owner’s obligations to maintain workplace safety standards.

5 things dental practice owners should include on their year-end checklist

From regulatory compliance requirements to office celebrations, CDA has curated a list of things to do before the end of the year to help practice owners and dental teams focus their efforts in preparation for 2021.

Claim denials: Know your rights when filing an appeal

It is important that dentists and their teams know and understand their rights when appealing a claim denial and how the law can protect you and your patient. To minimize the frustration of dealing with a claim denial, it is important to understand how a lot of claims are processed today.

Employers now have an easier way to participate in Work Sharing Program to retain workforce

The Work Sharing program minimizes or eliminates the need for employers to lay off or furlough employees during periods when business demand is low. Under the program, employers can reduce hours and wages for individual employees, allowing those workers to receive partial unemployment benefits.

Ask an expert: When is it OK to lower my employees’ pay?

Ideally, the answer to this question is never. However, the reality is that business needs may warrant that difficult decision.