Adams Dental Consulting https://adamsdentalconsulting.com Empowering Dental Practices Wed, 22 Jul 2020 18:04:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Adams Dental Consulting https://adamsdentalconsulting.com 32 32 Dental practices can apply for Provider Relief Funds through August 3 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/dental-practices-can-apply-for-provider-relief-funds-through-august-3/ https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/dental-practices-can-apply-for-provider-relief-funds-through-august-3/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 18:04:42 +0000 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/?p=906 The Department of Health and Human Services announced that dentists can apply for federal assistance through the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal. The announcement is welcome news for many practices that may have been recently ineligible to receive funding. Applications for a two percent reimbursement of annual reported patient revenue will be available until […]

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The Department of Health and Human Services announced that dentists can apply for federal assistance through the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal.

The announcement is welcome news for many practices that may have been recently ineligible to receive funding. Applications for a two percent reimbursement of annual reported patient revenue will be available until August 3.

Last month, the federal government piloted the portal through the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program to support dentists and provide relief to Medicaid, Medicaid-managed care, and CHIP providers. The COVID-19 pandemic exhausted many dental practices’ resources, resulting in lost revenue and increased expenses.

When it first launched, the initial allocation covered hospitals and other health care providers involved with the COVID-19 response. The broader rollout of the program makes room for additional funding, including Medicare and Medicaid providers caring for dental patients.

The California Dental Association remains an active voice in advocating for funding dental practices impacted by the pandemic. It is also working with the federal government to clarify some requirements and how offices can access the new allocations.

Practices with any questions, can contact cares.linkhealth.com for a program overview, FAQs, and information on how to set up a Optum ID.

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Dental practices not subject to latest COVID-19 closure orders https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/dental-practices-not-subject-to-latest-covid-19-closure-orders/ https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/dental-practices-not-subject-to-latest-covid-19-closure-orders/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 18:01:38 +0000 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/?p=903 Earlier this month, California dimmed the lights once again on business operations but held off on ordering dental offices to shut down. Gov. Gavin Newsom took additional steps on July 13 to slow the spread of the COVID-19 by closing indoor business across the state. The restriction does not touch essential health services such as […]

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Earlier this month, California dimmed the lights once again on business operations but held off on ordering dental offices to shut down.

Gov. Gavin Newsom took additional steps on July 13 to slow the spread of the COVID-19 by closing indoor business across the state. The restriction does not touch essential health services such as dental care.

Dental offices can continue to operate safely by following the guidance of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

CDPH recommends that dental offices equip their facilities with two weeks supplies of Personal Protective Equipment. Also, dental offices should follow CDA’s resource center, which includes training, checklists and other tools to help keep dental professionals and their patients safe during this uncertain time.

In early April, CDPH released guidance that directed dentists to suspend dental care if it did not rise to the level of serious urgency. The protocol of restricting dental care only for emergency procedures aligned with recommendations outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Several weeks earlier, California issued a statewide stay-at-home order. Calls by the California Dental Association for the state to also suspend non-urgent dental care followed shortly thereafter. The association strongly recommended these measures to slow the spread and protect workers and patients from COVID-19.

Under the April directive, dentists were urged to hold off on routine procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent visit. Dental offices also asked their patients to call ahead for guidance and dentists proceeded a case-by-case basis. Deferred and preventive care resumed in mid-May.

In early June, CDPH offered official guidance to dentists as they returned to their practices. The roadmap, compiled from information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state officials, explained the steps required to resume dental care during the pandemic.

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Despite economic slump over the pandemic, dental offices show signs of recovery https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/despite-economic-slump-over-the-pandemic-dental-offices-show-signs-of-recovery/ https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/despite-economic-slump-over-the-pandemic-dental-offices-show-signs-of-recovery/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:35:30 +0000 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/?p=884 Over the last five weeks since dental offices resumed preventive care in accordance with enhanced health and safety features, there’s strong evidence that dental offices are on the road to recovery. It’s quite a turnaround following a substantial reduction of practice functions that focused solely on emergencies in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Over the last five weeks since dental offices resumed preventive care in accordance with enhanced health and safety features, there’s strong evidence that dental offices are on the road to recovery.

It’s quite a turnaround following a substantial reduction of practice functions that focused solely on emergencies in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The widespread closure of offices care and the shortfall of personal protective equipment led to the steepest decline in employment within the health care sectors in April. More than half a million people lost their jobs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dental industry gained a quarter-million jobs last month, which accounted for 10 percent of the net jobs added across the United States.

Did you know that nearly half of all dentists laid off their entire staff by the middle of April?

At that point, only about 13 percent of offices stayed open and remaining offices conducted business with razor-thin staffing support.

Today, it’s a whole different story. Nearly 90 percent of dental practices are open, with a large segment reporting business as usual.

Of the 10 percent that remain closed, most of them plan to reopen by the end of June.

It’s truly is an incredible comeback story! Part of the success comes from federal stimulus programs. Many dental practices signed up for the Paycheck Protection Program, increasing their chances of staying open. This assistance went to about 37 percent of dental practices and kept staff on payroll.

Hiring at dental offices is also in high gear. By mid-May, nearly 60 percent of offices had hired back their full staff; the number rose to almost 80 percent in the first week of June.

With the loosening of stay-at-home restrictions and the reopening of other businesses, consumers are also regaining their confidence and are prioritizing dental health.

A consumer poll showed that more than 80 percent of people have already gone to the dentist or plan on doing so in the next quarter.

While there’s a lot of reason to be hopeful, continued recovery is still uncertain and without a firm end date.

The dental industry is still 289,000 jobs short of pre-pandemic levels, illustrating how much work is left before a full recovery can be celebrated.

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Deadline to install amalgam separator under a month away https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/deadline-to-install-amalgam-separator-under-a-month-away/ https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/deadline-to-install-amalgam-separator-under-a-month-away/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:33:12 +0000 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/?p=881 If your dental practices are without amalgam separators, the deadline to comply is under a month away. The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule for the separator, which was published in 2017, will go into effect July 14, 2020. The rule mandates dental facilities must collect waste amalgam, screens, vacuum pump filters, and other instruments or collection […]

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If your dental practices are without amalgam separators, the deadline to comply is under a month away.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule for the separator, which was published in 2017, will go into effect July 14, 2020.

The rule mandates dental facilities must collect waste amalgam, screens, vacuum pump filters, and other instruments or collection devices. It also prohibits line cleaners that have a pH level under 6 or higher than 8.

Exemptions are extended to facilities that certify that they do not place or remove amalgam except in limited circumstances.

The EPA is concerned about the discharge of mercury from dental offices that can make its way into treated wastewater, rivers, and other bodies of water.

Amalgam separators are designed to capture mercury before discharge so it can be stored appropriately, recycled, or disposed.

The State of California has additional guidelines for proper disposal.

Practices who have not yet complied should reach out for the availability of technicians and installation appointments to meet the July 14 deadline.

Even those practices that already installed amalgam separators before 2017 must replace the device by June of 2027.

To learn more about FAQs, including answers to questions about expectations, documents, record-keeping procedures, and other requirements, visit the California Dental Association’s resources here.

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What dentists need to know about the new California state budget https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/what-dentists-need-to-know-about-the-new-california-state-budget/ https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/what-dentists-need-to-know-about-the-new-california-state-budget/#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 22:52:28 +0000 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/?p=877 After a rosy projection for a California surplus earlier this year, Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget revision revealed aggressive cost-cutting measures to offset the economic ramifications and likely deficit brought on by the COVID-19 emergency. The 2020-21 budget proposal will cut billions of dollars in spending as a $54 billion deficit looms. Every aspect of state […]

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After a rosy projection for a California surplus earlier this year, Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget revision revealed aggressive cost-cutting measures to offset the economic ramifications and likely deficit brought on by the COVID-19 emergency.

The 2020-21 budget proposal will cut billions of dollars in spending as a $54 billion deficit looms.

Every aspect of state government will be impacted, including Medi-Cal and oral health programs.

The May revision assumes unemployment rate due to the COVID-19 emergency will increase and significantly increase Medi-Cal caseloads.

Cases may peak in July to 14.5 million, which is 2 million above what was expected before the pandemic.

The adult dental program (Medi-Cal) and other optional benefits will be part of a substantial reduction, bringing funding down to 2014 levels. Many recently restored benefits are also going away for the time being.

These cuts will be triggered if the federal government fails to enact new emergency funding.

The funds are used for supplemental payments that pay for Medi-Cal programs. That means that funding for dentists, family health services, nonmedical transportation, and student loan repayments for health professionals will be cut under the standing proposal.

Physicians and dentists awarded the CalHealthCares student loan repayments last year are in contract to serve Medi-Cal patients and will not be impacted. This may not be the case in just a couple of years.

Programs that had been proposed are now withdrawn, including the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM). Expansion of Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented patients over the age of 65 are also no longer in the works.

“Given the fiscal situation of California, CDA stands ready to work with the administration and Legislature to look at sustainable ways to continue supporting critical oral health access programs such as Medi-Cal Dental and the CalHealthCares Student Loan Repayment program,” CDA President Richard Nagy, DDS said.

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State provides guidance for reopening dental offices https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/state-provides-guidance-for-reopening-dental-offices/ https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/state-provides-guidance-for-reopening-dental-offices/#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 22:50:21 +0000 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/?p=874 The dental industry in California took a small but meaningful step forward as offices up and down the state reopened their doors to more patients earlier this month. ADC client Stephanie Sandretti, DDS, spoke to The Sacramento Bee about the preparations her team is taking to welcome patients back safely. The welcome news was also […]

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The dental industry in California took a small but meaningful step forward as offices up and down the state reopened their doors to more patients earlier this month. ADC client Stephanie Sandretti, DDS, spoke to The Sacramento Bee about the preparations her team is taking to welcome patients back safely.

The welcome news was also met with a pause of caution. How safe will it be? What precautions will be taken?

Given the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, these are understandable questions we should all think about.

As California continues to lead by example, it is also providing guidance to dental offices on how to safely forge ahead and welcome patients back into the dentist chair.

In a memo, the state outlined guidance given what is currently known about transmission of the coronavirus and the implications on dental practices.

Resuming deferred and preventive dental care is extremely important, but not as critical as keeping families safe during dental visits and procedures.

According to California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, dental health care is considered a high-risk category for exposure during certain procedures, unfortunately.

To mitigate the risk, it’s important for dental offices to adhere to standard and transmission-based precautions. Greater awareness, training, and preparation are all recommended in the guidance.

Dental offices are also urged to use source control such as requiring everyone to wear facemask coverings to help address possible transmission from asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals.

Patients with active infections should not receive treatment within the office settings. It is the responsibility of each office to work with staff and develop an appropriate plan and facility for treatment in accordance with OSHA standards.

The guidelines are intended to assist dental offices in resuming clinically necessary dental care for non-COVID 19 patients previously scheduled or who are likely to develop dental emergencies if left untreated.

Here’s an overview of the general guidelines:

Locality
Dental practitioners may be subject to more stringent stay-at-home guidelines depending on their location. Local health authorities issue the orders, which must be followed.

This is why it’s important to continuously monitor developments and evaluate the status of these orders.

The California COVID-19 Statewide Case Statistics dashboard will break down data by county and is regularly updated.

Supplies
Supplies such as PPE (personal protective equipment) have become everyday vernacular during the COVID-10 pandemic. For good reason: they save lives and protect those on the front lines.

Dental offices, too, must ensure that supplies such as PPE and sanitation materials are fully stocked. At minimum, this means about a two-week’s supply of PPE for doctors and staff.

The list of supplies should include N95 respirators, face shields, goggles, surgical masks, and other equipment designed to help limit the spread of infection.

Screen and test
Before entering the building, everyone, including staff and patients, must be screened for symptoms.

Screening should occur using a telehealth platform or via consultation with the patient’s medical provider.

The assessment includes exposure to someone who’s been diagnosed (within two weeks) and the common symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and unexplained fever.

If needed, dental offices should consult with the patient’s physician for testing information. Testing must occur prior to care and should be assessed along with screening, contact history, and other criteria outlined by OSHA.

Anyone suspected or confirmed of having the illness should not enter the dental office. Staff who arrive to work feeling well and then develop signs or symptoms should be asked to go home immediately and begin to self-isolate.

Visuals
The office should be marked with visual alerts.

Signs and posters explaining what’s happening, instructions on hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and coughing etiquette must be strategically placed throughout the office.

For more information on the guidance and additional resources, you can visit the California Department of Public Health.

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Coronavirus resource page offers timely guidance to dental professionals https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/coronavirus-resource-page-offers-timely-guidance-to-dental-professionals/ https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/coronavirus-resource-page-offers-timely-guidance-to-dental-professionals/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2020 20:39:10 +0000 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/?p=808 Your success is our passion. Under normal circumstances, we would be doing everything we could to ensure that you fulfill your mission of delivering excellent care to your patients. With dental practices currently shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis, we understand you may not be able to do that. Our work, however, never stops. […]

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Your success is our passion.

Under normal circumstances, we would be doing everything we could to ensure that you fulfill your mission of delivering excellent care to your patients. With dental practices currently shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis, we understand you may not be able to do that.

Our work, however, never stops.

We are here to provide constant updated resources to help your dental office manage the challenges brought on by the coronavirus health and economic emergency.

You will find topics about billing, small business loans, human resources and marketing tips among other helpful subjects on our special website section.

It’s a tough time for everyone, and we aim to provide you with the support to get through the present and prepare for brighter days ahead.

Our COVID-19 resource page is easy to read and is updated regularly. At the top, you’ll see when it was last updated; as you scroll down, you can read about frequently asked questions.

Your concerns about Small Business Funding are being heard and we address them. Your dental office should consider applying for this funding, which comes in the form of Economic Injury Disaster Loans and the Payroll Protection Plan, also known as PPP.

Another helpful section is filled with quick tips your office can implement right now. For instance, we’ll tell you which codes should be entered in your Practice Management Software and other pertinent information regarding fees.

With so much going on around us, you can rely on us to remind you of the essential procedures and best practices that will help you bridge today’s reality into the day you begin full operations again.

We are also proud to provide an FFCRA poster, which can be emailed to employees and also used as a handy guide inside your offices once normal business starts again.

If you have questions about dental supplier loans or other guidelines for financial resources, our resources page also has you covered.

Times are difficult and your mind is preoccupied. Yet, it’s important to remain connected with your patients and community. We also share guidance on appropriate communication between your office and your client base. They want to hear from you. And as they consume media more than ever, now is an opportune time to reach out and maximize your brand’s reputation of always being there for them.

Please do not hesitate to ask us about our consulting services and other resources that will support you and your communities during this trying time.

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Organized dentistry advocates for relief for dentists https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/organized-dentistry-advocates-for-relief-for-dentists/ https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/organized-dentistry-advocates-for-relief-for-dentists/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2020 20:37:02 +0000 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/?p=805 The California Dental Association (CDA) is calling for the support of Congress during this difficult time. As you know, dentists and other dental professionals have cut back on hours, postponed procedures, and greatly scaled back the delivery of care due to the coronavirus emergency. We all understand these safety measures are essential. Together, we can […]

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The California Dental Association (CDA) is calling for the support of Congress during this difficult time.

As you know, dentists and other dental professionals have cut back on hours, postponed procedures, and greatly scaled back the delivery of care due to the coronavirus emergency.

We all understand these safety measures are essential. Together, we can help each other stay safe, healthy and plan for the future. This includes strong advocacy for relief and support for our industry; it’s needed more than ever before.

CDA is asking for support for dentists in the form of additional grants, prospective payments and long-term continuity loans to ease the pain of its members who may be affected by loss of income.

We fully support this type of advocacy and encourage our fellow dentists and other colleagues to contact their congressional representatives in an act of solidarity and self-preservation. Our collective voice can bring about the necessary resources that will protect dental practices and meet the challenges many small businesses are enduring.

The time to express your support is now as Congress deliberates on the next phase of relief to small businesses and health care providers.

Small Business Administration loans can prop up small business owners. That needs to be a major topic. Here’s what we hope will be addressed in the next round of relief negotiations:

  • Additional funding for Paycheck Protection Program loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants before these resources run out.
  • Assistance to businesses like dental offices that have less than 10 employees with Small Business Administration loans.
  • Rapid Small Business Administration loan processes that can provide relief to dental offices that have had difficulty accessing resources.
  • Federal relief to dentists and other health providers with more urgency. A model is the CARES Act, which sent immediate assistance to hospitals.

We encourage dentists to join this plea for help.

While we continue to follow the guidelines set forth by state health officials, we all look forward to brighter days ahead when dentists can continue to help families stay healthy.

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How the Stimulus Package could help dentists https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/how-the-stimulus-package-could-help-dentists/ https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/how-the-stimulus-package-could-help-dentists/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2020 22:38:59 +0000 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/?p=731 President Donald Trump on Friday, 3/27, signed the coronavirus economic stimulus package upwards of $2 trillion to help the nation during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. In the legislation, there are several components that could help dentists. As detailed by the American Dental Association, here are some of those components: Loan forgiveness for some small business loans– […]

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President Donald Trump on Friday, 3/27, signed the coronavirus economic stimulus package upwards of $2 trillion to help the nation during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis.

In the legislation, there are several components that could help dentists. As detailed by the American Dental Association, here are some of those components:

  • Loan forgiveness for some small business loans– Dentists could be eligible for loans that would cover sick leave, payroll, overhead and family leave.
  • Retirement account withdrawals– Dentists may be able to take money out of their retirement without paying penalties or taxes.
  • Student Loans– Dentists may be able to defer their student loan payments through the end of September, and interest would not build up during this time.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans– Dentists could apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans that could help pay for mortgage/rent, overhead and sick leave.
  • Small Business Administration loan payments– The SBA would pay the interest, fees and principal owed on 7(a) loans, micro loans and 504 loans for a six-month stretch.
  • Enhanced Unemployment Benefits– If you are forced to lay off employees, emergency unemployment compensation benefits in the bill would increase up to $600 a week.
  • Employee income tax breaks– Employees who have student loans and get assistance from their employer in paying those loans off won’t have to pay income tax on payment assistance (up to $5,250).

There are several other aspects of the legislation as well, for more information, click here. We will keep dentists updated as information becomes available.

Adams Dental Consulting is your partner in this and we are here to serve as a resource for guidance as we all get through these trying times. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.

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Adams Dental Consulting encourages donations to Make-A-Wish as wishes are being postponed https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/adams-dental-consulting-encourages-donations-to-make-a-wish-as-wishes-are-being-postponed/ https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/blog/adams-dental-consulting-encourages-donations-to-make-a-wish-as-wishes-are-being-postponed/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2020 22:37:16 +0000 https://adamsdentalconsulting.com/?p=728 Adams Dental Consulting is a proud sponsor of the Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada Chapter of Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish helps grant wishes to kids who have been diagnosed with serious illness across the U.S., and it is supported by donations. Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, Make-A-Wish has been forced to postpone some 70 […]

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Adams Dental Consulting is a proud sponsor of the Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada Chapter of Make-A-Wish.

Make-A-Wish helps grant wishes to kids who have been diagnosed with serious illness across the U.S., and it is supported by donations. Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, Make-A-Wish has been forced to postpone some 70 percent of wishes nationwide due to travel restrictions and social distancing requirements. The organization typically grants nearly 16,000 wishes per year.

As an honorary board member of the Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada Chapter, ADC’s President, Ashlee Adams, is encouraging anyone who is able to donate to the organization to do so. The chapter has been forced to pause 150 of its planned 200 wishes over the next several months. If you have a local chapter near you, please consider donating to that organization.

Additionally, there are ways you can still help and uplift the spirits of the children who have had their wishes put on hold. For several ways, click here.

Also, if you make any purchases on Amazon, do so through Amazon Smile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchase to a charitable organization (you can select Make-A-Wish there).

On social media, you can follow the #wishesarewaiting hashtag to see what people are doing around the country to stay informed and help.

There are many who are in need help right now, and Adams Dental Consulting is doing all it can to provide assistance to those in need.

If your dental practice would like advice on additional ways to get involved in your local communities please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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