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​​Contact News Bulletin

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.

19 July 2017

IN THIS NEWS BULLETIN  ​

 


Consultation Notice: Statement on Third Party Billing

AGM Video

Public Notice: Dr. Allen M. Shen

Confused About CDA Services? Check Out the Guide

Meet the 2017/18 Board

Meet the 2017/18 Committees

Call for Nominations for 2018 CDSBC Awards Committees 

Listening Sessions Coming to Vancouver and Kelowna

​​Board meeting: 23 September 

Office Closure for British Columbia Day 



Consultation Notice: Statement on Third Party Billing

​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.

More and Submit Feedback

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AGM Video

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.

AGM Video


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Public Notice: Dr. Allen M. Shen

The investigation of a complaint made by an insurance company against Dr. Allen Shen of Coquitlam raised serious ethical concerns and identified instances of inappropriate billing. His signed agreement with the College includes a one-month suspension from practice, a $10,000 fine, an ethics course for healthcare professionals, and a period of monitoring and inspection by the College. 

The Inquiry Committee considered this a serious matter under the Health Professions Act, which requires publication.

Public Notice

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Confused About CDA Services? Check Out the Guide​

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 Registrant Lookup.

If you have questions after reading the Guide, please contact Leslie Riva, Senior Manager: Quality Assurance and CDA Certification, at lriva@cdsbc.org or 604-736-3621.

 Read the Guide


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Meet the 2017/18 Board

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.​

Meet the Board​


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Meet the 2017/18 Committees

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.

Meet the Committees


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Call for Nominations for 2018 CDSBC Awards

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.

Nomination Form

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Listening Sessions Coming to Vancouver and Kelowna

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 short video.

Vancouver
(immediately follows Vancouver & District Dental Society event)

Monday, 25 September 2017
4 - 6pm (refreshments served at 3:30 )
Fairmont Pacific Rim
1038 Canada Place, Vancouver

Register through the Vancouver & District Dental Society by emailing robyn@vdds.com.

            

​​Kelowna 

(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 events@cdsbc.org.

Topics will be announced at a later date.

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Board Meeting: 23 September

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 ncrosby@cdsbc.org no later than 15 September 2017. 

 


 Office Closure for British Columbia Day

 

​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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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.