CODA asks accredited dental programs for details on COVID-19 response
CODA site visits rescheduled to 2021 due to COVID-19
The Commission on Dental Accreditation announced April 3 that it directed all CODA-accredited dental programs to submit a report by May 15 on their use of distance learning, enhanced activities and other educational modalities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ADA leadership answers members’ questions about minimizing risk of COVID-19 transmission
The Commission on Dental Accreditation announced April 3 that it will reschedule all postponed and remaining site visits this year, including regular/reaccreditation and special focused site visits, to 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
OCR warns of imposter posing as investigator
A panel of ADA experts answered members’ questions in a video released April 8 regarding the Association’s interim guidance for minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission while performing emergency and urgent dental care.
ADA offers free e-books on managing finances, HIPAA training April 8-14
Washington — The Office for Civil Rights released a statement April 3 warning of an individual posing as an OCR investigator. The imposter has been calling entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 in an attempt to get patient information.
New clinical dental licensure examination to launch in June
As part of its ongoing efforts to support dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADA is offering members two free e-books the week of April 8-14: “Managing Finances: Best Practices” and “The ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Training.”
Small Business Administration: Dentists can apply for both economic injury disaster and paycheck protection program loans
The Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination, or DLOSCE, is expected to launch in June, the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations announced April 2.
10 Under 10 Awards: Recognizing the ‘unsung heroes’ of the profession
Dentists can apply for both Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program 7(a) loans, the Small Business Administration told the American Dental Association on April 6.
ADA asks Treasury Department, Small Business Administration to clarify intent of interim rule
The ADA announced April 6 the recipients of its third annual 10 Under 10 Awards, which recognizes 10 new dentists who demonstrate excellence early in their careers.
JADA’s new CSA Corner highlights ACE Panel survey results on HPV vaccine
The Association continues to wait for clear guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration on the best way to help dentists considering applying for Paycheck Protection Program 7(a) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
Just the Facts
Dentists’ comfort levels and perceived roles in discussing and administering the human papillomavirus vaccine appear to vary, according to the results of an American Dental Association Clinical Evaluators Panel survey published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.
Labor Department says employers with fewer than 50 employees may be exempt from new law
COVID-19 and dental offices
ADA urges dentists to heed April 30 interim postponement recommendation
Employers with fewer than 50 employees, including dental practices, may be exempt from a provision in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that requires them to provide emergency paid sick leave and expanded medical leave to employees in certain COVID-19 circumstances, the Department of Labor said April 1.
Harvard dental student recipient of health literacy essay contest
In a statement issued April 1, the ADA issued an interim recommendation that “dentists keep their offices closed to all but urgent and emergency procedures until April 30 at the earliest.”
Code Maintenance Committee approves new codes associated with vaping, teledentistry
An essay on community water fluoridation yielded a Harvard University dental student a first-place win in the annual American Dental Association’s Health Literacy in Dentistry essay contest.
Kansas City University names Dr. Linda C. Niessen as dental school founding dean
On the heels of the ADA’s December interim policy on vaping comes a new CDT code that references counseling services about high-risk substance use including vaping.
Office of Federal Student Aid has an FAQ for student loan questions
Kansas City University announced March 30 that it named Dr. Linda C. Niessen as its founding dean of the KCU College of Dental Medicine, which is slated to open in fall 2022 on its Joplin, Missouri, campus.
ADA will share Paycheck Protection Program information as soon as it becomes available
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid has published an extensive FAQ addressing student loans, including answered questions that cover several new provisions from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
ADA releases interim guidance on minimizing COVID-19 transmission risk when treating dental emergencies
The Association is waiting for clear guidance from the Small Business Administration on the best way to help dentists considering applying for Paycheck Protection Program 7(a) loans.
ADA Member Advantage ends Chase endorsement for credit card processing
The American Dental Association has released interim guidance for dentists on how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission before, during and after treating dental emergencies.
ADA offers free e-books on professional risk, OSHA from April 1-7
ADA Member Advantage announced April 1 it ended its endorsement relationship with Chase for credit card processing.
IRS publishes Employee Retention Credit FAQ
As part of its ongoing efforts to support dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADA is offering members two free e-books the week of April 1-7: “Managing Professional Risks: Best Practices” and “The ADA Practical Guide to OSHA Training: Compliance for Dental Professionals.”
HPI poll examines impact of COVID-19 on dental practices
The Internal Revenue Service has published an FAQ on the Employee Retention Credit in regards to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
The ADA Health Policy Institute launched an ongoing biweekly poll the week of March 23 that shows 76% of dentists surveyed had closed their offices to all but emergency patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another 19% indicated their offices are closed completely.