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"The Science Behind Old Wives Tales"
June 3, 2015
Speaker Dr. Lee Atkinson-McEvoy

Learn and Earn 2 CE credits:

  • Review some commonly held beliefs about health and sickness
  • Explore the evidence that supports or refutes these commonly held beliefs
  • Review basic physiology of infection and disease transmission
  • Review basic pharmacology of medications
  • Review the historical perspectives of these beli

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 Efforts to Improve Denti-Cal Heat Up 

California’s troubled Denti-Cal program has prompted two state lawmakers, Assemblyman Jim Wood, DDS, and Sen. Richard Pan, MD, to call on the state’s Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency, to review the program and make recommendations to fix it.

 San Francisco Minimum Wage Increases May 1 

The minimum wage in San Francisco increases to $12.25 per hour effective May 1, 2015. San Francisco employers must replace their current minimum wage notice with the new notice reflecting the $12.25 rate.

CDA Wins Tentative Ruling in Delta Dental Case

A judge issued tentative rulings on March 18 denying Delta Dental's motions to have the CDA v. Delta case dismissed. While her rulings in open court are currently tentative, the judge stated that she would issue a final order soon and it would be consistent with these tentative rulings.

DBC Fee Hikes for Dental License Renewal Starting January 1, 2015 

The Dental Board of California has recently published new fees for dental licensure and renewals, effective January 1, 2015. Renewal notices sent out with an expiration date of January 31, 2015 and later will have to pay the increased fee, no matter when renewal fees have been submitted to the DBC. 

Anthem - Provider reimbursement cuts announced 

CDA has learned that Anthem Blue Cross has sent notices to more than 7,000 California dentists in various geographical areas announcing a “fee adjustment” in a number of regions. This “adjustment” appears to be scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Anthem is making other amendments to the Anthem Participating Dentist agreements as well, which apparently will be summarized on a CD to be enclosed with the notice. More information is available at cda.org.

Californian Chosen President-Elect of the American Dental Association 

Carol Summerhays, DDS, a San Diego general dentist, is the new president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Summerhays was recently elected during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in San Antonio, and will assume the role of president of the ADA in November 2015. 

CA Assembly Bill 1522/Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 and San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance 

On September 10th, CA Assembly Bill 1522 (also known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014) was passed into law, and will take effect in July 2015. While this new law mandates that all employers must offer at least three paid sick days per year, San Francisco’s existing Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO) supersedes most, though not all, of the requirements of AB 1522. 

Hydrocodone Combination Drugs Reclassified Starting October 6 

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has rescheduled hydrocodone combination products, such as Vicodin and Norco, from Schedule III to Schedule II. This reclassification, effective Oct. 6, will impact dentists with a Schedule III DEA registration because they will have to reregister with the DEA for Schedule II authority to continue prescribing/refilling certain pain-relieving medications for their patients. 

CDA Launches Practice Advising Services 

To help member dentists on a more individual, personalized basis, CDA has launched CDA Practice Advising, an in-depth consulting service designed to help dentists practice smarter and increase their profitability. 

Beware of Scam Calls from Fraudulent IRS Agents 

CDA has heard from several members about a scam involving calls from fraudsters claiming to be IRS agents or other law enforcement authorities. The scammers threaten victims with arrest, deportation, license revocation or business closure unless the individual pays the taxes they claim are owed. 


San Francisco Dental Society (SFDS) is the local arm of a tripartite organization, comprised of the American Dental Association (ADA) at the national level and the California Dental Association (CDA) at the state level. SFDS members enjoy benefits at all three levels.


Upcoming Events

Baseball Night

Date: May 05, 2015
Baseball Night

Infection Control & California Dental Practice Act

Date: May 13, 2015
Infection Control & California Dental Practice Act

Professional Development Meeting

Date: May 18, 2015
Professional Development Meeting

SFDS New Dentist Seminar Series

Date: May 19, 2015
SFDS New Dentist Seminar Series

CPR Renewal

Date: May 20, 2015
CPR Renewal

Memorial Day

Date: May 25, 2015
SFDS Office Closed
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