FAQs & Other Contacts

Patient Records – Requirements & Best Practices

CDA: Practice Support Center, FREE Online Resources Center: www.cda.org

A direct result of member feedback, the CDA Practice Support Center is the primary resource you need to assist with managing the business side of your practice.  And with the CDA Compass, you’re one click closer to that help.  We’ll be here with you during the natural transitions and challenges you might experience throughout your career – whatever your path. 

Practice Checklist – This is a list of licenses, forms, posters, etc., that should be available in your office.


OSHA Consultation service for employers – (800) 963-9424


Better Business Bureau for the Tri-Counties (805) 963-8647


California Department of Consumer Affairs (800) 952-5210


CPR Requirements

The Dental Board requirement for all license holders (ADHP’s and dentists) is every two years.  During the same time period as the licensee’s renewal period, the licensee must renew his/her CPR certification using criteria designed by the Board.


Local DEA Field Offices – Los Angeles – (213) 621-6942


Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)


Compliance Information
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law in August 1996. This federal law contains provisions that permit greater portability and continuity of health insurance coverage from one employer to the next. But HIPAA also contains provisions that apply to the full range of health care providers — including dentists — as well as to health insurers and clearinghouses.

Continuing Education Requirements

Minimum requirement for each renewal period is 50 hours of continuing education, including 2 hours of Infection Control, 2 hours of California Dental Law, and Basic Life Support. Licensees renewing for the first time are exempt from this requirement.  (Dental Board of California)


Sample Patient Dismissal Letter


Transferring Ownership of a Dental Practice Checklist (CDA)


USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

The USCIS announced on November 7 that a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) is available for use.  All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States.  Employers are encouraged to start using the revised form immediately.  (You can download the form from us or go to the USCIS site: www.uscis.gov.)

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