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The Contact News Bulletin is distributed by email and is posted to our website when dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants need to be informed of timely and important matters.

The most recent Contact News Bulletin is below. An archive of past issues remains online for your reference.

For information about upcoming Continuing Education opportunities, visit our upcoming events page.

29 September 2017

IN THIS NEWS BULLETIN  ​

 


Consultation on Third-Party Billing (Third Notice)

President Anderson's Blog

You Are Invited to a Listening Session

Publication Notice: Dr. Davepal S. Dhillon                              

Publication Notice: Anonymous Dentist

Is Your CE Up to Date?

Board Meeting: 24 November 2017

​​Holiday Closure



Consultation on Third-Party Billing (Third Notice)

The College invites your feedback on a draft position statement on third-party billing. The consultation period is open until 20 October 2017.

The position statement was developed by the Ethics Committee in response to concerns that some dentists may be using an affiliated or related third party (that itself does not fabricate or provide dental laboratory work) as an intermediary that increases the actual lab fee to be passed on to the patient/payer.

The position statement was approved by the Board for consultation at the June Board meeting. If approved, it will be incorporated into the College's standards and guidelines for registrants.

Read more and submit feeback

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President Anderson's Blog

In his latest blog posts, President Don Anderson shares his thoughts on two topics: the decline of public trust, and the review of the CDSBC Bylaws. Here are excerpts:

Are the College’s Bylaws “Old School”?
“When we compare ourselves to the best practices among regulators in other jurisdictions, Bylaw Part 2 (College Board) that outlines board composition, size and election process appears "old school." While there is nothing wrong with "old school," it behooves us to look into what changes could make the Board function better.” Read more

The Decline of Public Trust
“I was discouraged to read that on a list of most respected professionals, dentists are now in tenth place. I remember that 40 years ago, we used to be in second place. While there are some bad apples in every profession, the vast majority are unfailing professionals. So why the downward slide in public perception and what can we do about it?” Read more

You can join the discussion on these topics by attending one of our upcoming fall listening sessions in Kelowna or Prince George (see details below).

Read previous blog posts


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You Are Invited to a Listening Session

The College is hosting a series of “listening sessions” to hear from registrants on a number of key issues, such as the decline of public trust, Bylaw Part 2 (College Board), and the business of dentistry and corporate structures.

Please join us to share your thoughts and engage with College board and committee members, and senior staff.

The next sessions are in Kelowna and Prince George:

Kelowna Listening Session

(held during Thompson Okanagan Dental Society meeting but you do not need TODS registration to attend)

Thursday, 19 October 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm (light meal at 6:00 pm)
Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, Selkirk room
1310 Water St, Kelowna

Register for the Kelowna listening session by email to events@cdsbc.org. (Registration is not necessary if you already have TODS registration.)

Prince George Listening Session

Wednesday, 15 November, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (light meal at 5:30 pm)
Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, Room 208
808 Canada Games Way, Prince George

Register for the Prince George listening session via Event Brite 

Listening sessions are not eligible for CE

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Publication Notice: Dr. Davepal S. Dhillon

Dr. Davepal S. Dhillon, a general dentist who practises in Victoria, has admitted that he failed to comply with a Memorandum of Agreement and Understanding, and that he failed to respond to requests for information and inquiries from the College. A discipline hearing had been scheduled but was cancelled when Dr. Dhillon admitted to the allegations.

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Publication Notice: Anonymous Dentist   

A dentist has signed a Memorandum of Agreement and Understanding with mentorship agreement acknowledging CDSBC's serious concerns regarding ethics, billing and recordkeeping, as well as continuing concerns with diagnosis and treatment planning, periodontal diagnosis, fixed prosthodontics and radiographic interpretation.

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Is Your CE Up to Date?

Registrants whose continuing education (CE) cycle ends on 31 December and who have not yet met the minimum requirements for renewal next year still have time. Log in at www.cdsbc.org to review your CE transcript. CE requirements are 90 credits for dentists, 75 credits for dental therapists and 36 credits for certified dental assistants.

You can submit CE credits online, by email or mail. If you are interested in online opportunities, the College offers a variety of courses.

More information is available on our website or you can email CE@cdsbc.org.

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Board Meeting: 24 November 2017

The next meeting of the CDSBC Board will be at 8:30am on Friday, 24 November, in the Skidmore room at the Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

To attend as an observer please RSVP by 16 November to Nancy Crosby, Manager of the CEO's office at ncrosby@cdsbc.org.

Upcoming board meetings

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Holiday Closure

Our office will be closed on Monday, 9 October for Thanksgiving Day and will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, 10 October 2017.

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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.