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19 July 2017
The College invites feedback on a draft statement on third party billing. The consultation period is open until
20 October 2017.
The statement was developed by the Ethics Committee in response to concerns that some patients, whose treatment involves dental laboratory work that is legitimately performed by a dental laboratory, are subsequently being billed by an intermediate company that operates as a third party. These third parties are interposed between the dentist who ordered the work and the laboratory that provided the laboratory work. They may be owned by or affiliated with the dentist who ordered the work, and may perform inspection and repackaging of product, in addition to the dispatch and receipt of product – procedures that are already part of the work performed by the dental practitioner and their staff or by the commercial dental laboratory. This activity is referred to here as “third party billing.” The statement was approved by the Board for consultation at the June Board meeting
If approved, the draft statement will be incorporated into the College’s standards and guidelines for registrants.
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The College’s Annual General Meeting on 23 June featured reports from the President, Treasurer, Public Members and Registrar/CEO about the 2016/17 year. Thank you to those who attended in person or joined via webcast. If you missed the AGM, and want to find out more about the meeting, the video is posted to our YouTube channel.
The Inquiry Committee considered this a serious matter under the
Health Professions Act, which requires publication.
Can a CDA initiate a prophy/fluoride and/or bite wing radiographs before the patient is examined by the dentist? Can a CDA perform orthodontic duties (including Invisalign) without the orthodontic module? These are the types of questions that we receive as part of our practice advice function.
Under the CDSBC Bylaws, the services a CDA can perform will depend on the type of certification held and whether the service is considered a “restricted activity.” Some services can be delegated by a dentist, while others must be authorized and supervised by a dentist. Dentists are responsible for knowing what services their staff can provide. To avoid the risk of misdelegation, refer to our reader-friendly document A Guide to CDA Services
(PDF).You can check the registration category of any CDA on our
If you have questions after reading the Guide, please contact Leslie Riva, Senior Manager: Quality Assurance and CDA Certification, at
email@example.com or 604-736-3621.
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The role of the Board is to ensure that CDSBC serves and protects the public. The Board includes 10 dentists, six members of the public appointed by the provincial government, and two CDAs, all of whom have signed an oath of office prescribed by the Minister of Health, and a conduct agreement. Full details about the College’s governance structure are available on the
governance page of the website.
The Board has approved the membership list for the 12 committees that help CDSBC meet its public protection mandate. The committees are made up of dentists, CDAs and members of the public. The committee page of the website lists the role of each committee and the names of its members. If you would like to be considered for a committee position in future, you can read more on the
volunteering page of the website.
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Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the College? The Nominations Committee is accepting nominations for the 2018 CDSBC Awards until 30 September. Award winners will be honoured at a ceremony on 8 March 2018 during the Pacific Dental Conference.
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Listening Sessions are your opportunity to speak directly with your peers and the College while providing input on key activities and policy development. They are facilitated by Dr. Chris Hacker, Director of Professional Practice, with board and committee members and senior staff acting as discussion hosts.
Listening sessions are two hours long, free of charge, and are not eligible for CE. Find out more in this
(immediately follows Vancouver & District Dental Society event)
Monday, 25 September 20174 - 6pm (refreshments served at 3:30 ) Fairmont Pacific Rim 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Register through the Vancouver & District Dental Society by emailing
(during the Thompson Okanagan Dental Society Meeting)
Thursday, 19 October 2017 6:30 – 8:30 pm (refreshments served at 6:00) Delta Grand Okanagan Resort 1310 Water St., Kelowna
If you are not registering for the TODS meeting but wish to participate in this session, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The next meeting of the CDSBC Board will be at 8:30 am on Saturday, 23 September at the Terminal City Club, “Presidents Room,” 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.
If you wish to reserve a seat and meeting package, please RSVP to Nancy Crosby, Manager of the CEO’s Office, at
email@example.com no later than 15 September 2017.
The College will be closed on Monday, 7 August for British Columbia Day. We will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, 8 August.
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