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   23 March 2018  

IN THIS NEWS BULLETIN

Board Election Update
Statement on Third-Party Billing Approved by the Board
Do the CDAs Practising in Your Office Hold Current Certification?
Venipuncture by CDAs Is Not Permitted
Submit Your Credits for the Pacific Dental Conference
CE Submission Backlog
Job Opportunity: Complaint Investigator
Call for Mentor Dentists
Launch of Online Registration
Annual General Meeting and Board Meeting
Easter Holiday Closure


Board Election Update

The following Board positions have been filled by acclamation:

Board Officers (one-year term)
•    President: Dr. Peter M. Lobb
•    Vice-President: Dr. Patricia Hunter
•    Treasurer: Dr. Douglas W. Conn

Dentist Board Members (two-year term)
•    Dentist, District 4 (Vancouver): Dr. Richard Busse
•    Dentist, Certified Specialist: Dr. Kenneth Chow
•    Dentist, District 1 (Fraser Valley): Dr. S. Masoud Saidi
(acclaimed 20 March upon withdrawal of Dr. Ruby Singh Bhullar)

Election

An election will be held on 17 May 2018 for the following positions:
•    UBC Faculty of Dentistry
•    Certified Dental Assistant

The candidates are:

UBC Faculty of Dentistry
•    Dr. Jeff Coil
•    Dr. Andrea Esteves

Certified Dental Assistant  
•    Ms. Arlene D. Cearns
•    Ms. Suzanne Judge
•    Ms. Sabina Reitzik

Election ballots will be mailed to eligible dentist faculty members at UBC Dentistry and to CDAs by 12 April 2018.

Board election


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Statement on Third-Party Billing Approved by the Board

The feedback gathered during the public consultation on CDSBC’s draft position statement on third-party billing in fall 2017 was overwhelmingly in support of the draft position statement.

The statement prohibits the addition of a mark-up where there is no value added to the work done by the laboratory. Repackaging is not seen to be a value-added activity.

Without exception, the feedback was positive. Respondents felt that it is unacceptable and unethical to charge a handling fee; that inflating fees is unfair to patients, third-party payers and colleagues; and that fines or suspensions for those found to be doing so would be appropriate.

At the February meeting, the Board directed that the draft statement on third-party billing be edited into the existing document entitled Patient-Centred Care and the Business of Dentistry. Registrants will be advised when the revised document becomes available.



Statement on third-party billing


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Do the CDAs Practising in Your Office Hold Current Certification?

We sent a list of the names of CDAs whose certification has lapsed to all practising dentists on 21 March. All registrants should be aware that any CDAs who are practising, but not currently certified, are in contravention of the Health Professions Act and the CDSBC Bylaws. Dentists are responsible for ensuring that their staff have appropriate registration.

To confirm that a CDA has current certification, check the Registrant Lookup.
Below are links to the names of CDAs whose certification is lapsed as of 21 March 2018.


View the list


 

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Venipuncture by CDAs Is Not Permitted

CDSBC has received a number of recent calls from both dentists and CDAs regarding venipuncture (phlebotomy) and whether it can be delegated to a CDA. In the context of a dental office, venipuncture is a restricted activity that can only be provided by the dentist or a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or a certified medical laboratory assistant in the employ of the dentist.

CDSBC has also been made aware of a number of short format courses offering basic venipuncture training to Allied Health Professionals. Please be aware that under the current CDSBC Bylaws, a dentist cannot delegate or authorize the provision of venipuncture for a patient to a CDA, regardless of whether they have obtained a certificate in one of these specific programs.

For further clarification, please contact Ms. Leslie Riva, Senior Manager, CDA Certification and Quality Assurance, at lriva@cdsbc.org.


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Submit Your Credits for the Pacific Dental Conference

Thank you to the registrants who visited the CDSBC booth at the Pacific Dental Conference. If you attended sessions at the conference, you should submit your continuing education (CE) credits online by logging in to your account on the CDSBC website. Although your badge may have been scanned, the PDC does not submit CE credits on your behalf. Your submissions must be accurate and truthful.

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CE Submission Backlog

Due to a high volume of submissions, the wait time for processing CE submissions is currently four to six weeks. Visit our website to learn how to submit your CE credits.

Submit CE credits

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Job Opportunity: Complaint Investigator

Are you interested in making a significant contribution to the professional regulation of dentistry and enjoy working as part of a collaborative team? The College is seeking a dentist with current practice experience to join the Complaints Team on a part-time contract. This job opportunity closes 9 April 2018.

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Current job openings

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Call for Mentor Dentists

The College is looking for dentists to help in remediation programs. If you are interested in being a mentor dentist, email Dr. Cathy McGregor, Health and Directed Education Program Head, at cmcgregor@cdsbc.org.

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Launch of Online Registration

We are pleased to announce that most dentists and certified dental assistants registering with CDSBC for the first time can now register online. Online registration applications are available for general dentists and CDA (Temporary and Practising) categories on the CDSBC website. If you know someone intending to register for the first time, refer them to the online portal.

Registration information


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Annual General Meeting and Board Meeting

CDSBC's 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 8:30 am on Friday, 15 June at the Segal Centre at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. The AGM will also be webcast and available to view across the province.

The Board meeting will be held the following day, at 8:30 am on Saturday, 16 June at the Terminal City Club, Skidmore Room, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

If you plan to attend the AGM or the board meeting in person, please RSVP by 7 June to Nancy Crosby at ncrosby@cdsbc.org to ensure adequate seating and materials. Instructions for attending the AGM via webcast will be posted closer to the date.


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 Easter Holiday Closure

Our office will be closed on Friday, 30 March and Monday, 2 April for Easter. We will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, 3 April 2018.

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This Contact News Bulletin is distributed to registrants for the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. It is one of CDSBC's official methods of notification to its registrants. Registrants are responsible for reading College publications to ensure that they are aware of current standards, policies and guidelines.