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Hold Dental Plans Accountable! Support SB 1008

Dental patients should know what they are buying and expect reasonable value. It’s time to give them more transparency and hold insurance companies accountable for how they are spending patient premium dollars.

These consumer protections and transparency requirements exist for all medical insurance plans, but not commercial dental benefit plans. In fact, while all medical plans must spend at least 80 percent of all premium dollars on patient care, NO minimum requirement exists for commercial dental plans. As a result, one out of four dental plans in California spends less than 50 percent of premium dollars on patient care, with some falling as low as 4 percent.

This year, CDA is sponsoring SB 1008 by Senator Nancy Skinner to better inform consumers of what value a commercial dental plan provides and to ensure adequate value from these plans. SB 1008 would:

  • Require all commercial dental benefit plans to provide their beneficiaries with a uniform summary of benefits and coverage – showing how much the plan spends on patient care along with other plan details, including its limitations, exceptions and anticipated out-of-pocket costs for the patient.
  • Enact a “dental loss ratio” (DLR) standard, requiring dental plans to spend at least 70 percent of premium revenue on patient care (as opposed to administrative overhead costs).

Take action!

Send a letter to your Senator and urge their support of SB 1008.

 

New Laws in 2018 

The new year brings about new employment laws that may very well affect your business’s daily operations — and you, as employers, must be aware of significant changes in some key areas.

For starters, an important new law requires that small employers with more than 20 employees provide new parents with up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave. Is your practice affected? 

When it comes to hiring, no employer can request an applicant’s salary history now, and most employers may not legally ask about criminal history information on job applications. 

Remember that the state minimum wage will also increase on January 1 to $10.50 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees and to $11 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees. And because we are in LA, you may also need to pay attention to local ordinances that may mandate a higher minimum wage than the state's.

For a brief look at the laws to pay attention to, visit LADS for a short summary of laws that may affect your practice.

 

Emergencies & the Workplace

September brought a host of natural disasters in California, from raging fires to power outages to earthquakes. And there are still other types of disasters that could potentially happen, including floods, mudslides, chemical spills, and even terrorist attacks.

Cal/OSHA requires all California employers to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) designating what employers and employees must do to protect themselves. If you have 10 or more employees, the plan must be in writing. Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plan verbally to employees without needing to maintain a written plan.

To obtain guidance on minimum EAP and Fire Prevention requirements, or download EAP templates for use, visit the LADS Member Resources page. (Member login required)

 

New ADA Advertising Campaign Brings More Patients to You

The ADA is launching a new advertising campaign to bring more patients to your practice. In this 3-year campaign, the ADA will be investing $6 million annually on search and digital advertising to direct consumers to make an appointment with an ADA dentist. As part of this campaign, an enhanced ADA® Find-a-Dentist™ tool will launch in April with new search fields and a consumer-friendly interface to make it easier for patients to find you to book an appointment. 

Login to My ADA to update your profile in only 5 minutes. You can add multiple addresses, office hours, and what types of payment and dental benefits you accept—the information patients look for when selecting a provider. Don’t forget to upload a photo! Profiles with photos get 11 times more clicks and show up higher in search results. The new tool also allows you to to track the number of visits to your Find-a-Dentist profile.

Having a complete profile will make you more visible to prospective patients and also eligible for a grand prize! Complete your Find-a-Dentist profile by May 1, 2017 to be entered for a chance to win a Mercedes Benz C class sedan or GLC SUV 12-month lease or $10,000 cash award!*

Login to ADA.org/MyADA to complete your profile for a chance to win!

*All active licensed members practicing in the U.S. are eligible to win. Visit ADA.org/fadrules for official rules. 

 

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