As we begin another week in a time that no one could have predicted or imagined, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy and strong in spirit despite the historic changes we have all experienced.
Reflecting over the last two weeks, I am humbled and inspired by the collective response of our dental community to act swiftly and deliberately in adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am moved by the enduring strength and compassion our profession has demonstrated as we rise to meet the profound challenges impacting our everyday lives as dentists, colleagues and leaders.
To say we are living in uncertain times is an immense understatement, and there are moments when we are fearful and filled with anxiety. Yet, as human beings and health care providers we are courageous and resilient, knowing that no problem is permanent. Now is the time to prepare for what is ahead and turn these uncomfortable emotions and moments toward hope and direct our energy and efforts to resourceful and creative solutions.
You look to CDA for answers and support.
I have challenged this great organization to use this time to create and direct you to solutions. We are focusing all efforts to find ways to bring members financial relief, enhanced education, one-on-one support and the tools and resources that will provide immediate and impactful benefits and services. We are relentlessly advocating for dentistry at the local, state and federal levels and have worked around the clock to make sure our collective voice is heard. Our number one goal is helping you bridge the gaps during this unprecedented crisis and preparing you to safely return to work when the time comes and to reestablish a productive and rewarding practice. Here’s what we are doing to make that happen.
Providing and connecting you to economic relief to ease your financial burdens
- Extended 2020 membership dues payment grace period from March 31 to May 31. Contact us at 800.232.7645 if you need to extend.
- All attendee registration fees and exhibitor booth fees for CDA Presents Anaheim will be automatically refunded within 60 days, by May 19.
- Waived fees for CDA online continuing education for 90 days.
- Access to audio recordings from prior CDA Presents for no charge.
- Coming soon: Online presentations featuring some of the topics and speakers from CDA Presents Anaheim 2020 are coming soon. Details will be available in the next week and most of the courses will offer C.E. units. For an up-to-date listing of current course offerings, visit our online learning platform, Brightbox.
- Option to defer monthly CDA Friends of the Foundation donations.
- Option to defer loan payments for 90 days with CDA Endorsed Partner Bank of America.
- Extended the grace period for payment of insurance premiums to June 30.
- Credit card and insufficient-fund fees are temporarily waived for TDIC insurance policyholders.
- Fees for the current online Risk Management seminar are temporarily waived.
- TDIC policyholders who are no longer practicing full time may be eligible for a reduction in Professional Liability insurance premiums by converting to part-time status.
- Access to information about the Small Business Association’s resources, including long-term, no-interest business continuity loans.
- Member pricing on dental supplies from our affiliate company TDSC.com to support dentists treating emergency patients.
New online education and answers to questions, helping you navigate options
Current advocacy efforts, results, and what is on the horizon
- Support understanding the CARES Act and how it provides targeted relief for dentists and dental teams. A practical guide with detailed steps on how to access benefits is coming soon.
- Working with dental benefit companies and advocating that they provide relief and financial support for dentists to keep their provider networks healthy, vibrant and available to patients.
- Interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201, to support dentists’ understanding of the act’s benefits.
- Advocating that all licensees be provided an adequate extension of up to one year to complete their continuing education units for renewal, which will allow C.E. course providers time to prepare for rescheduling live courses and developing alternatives, such as live webcasts.
- Active conversations with the governor’s office, the Legislature and the dental board to ensure that graduating dental students have a pathway into the field to begin serving their communities’ dental care needs.
- Engaging and planning for proper PPE supply acquisition and protocols for patient treatment as dentists prepare to return to practice and quickly re-establish patient care.
Wellness support and paying it forward
- Supporting dentists’ ability to register with the state of California’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteers website.
- Helping dentists deliver spare supplies directly to places in their communities that are in need. Dentists may contact their local dental societies and for additional guidance or can contact CDA Public Affairs.
- The CDA Foundation donated 15,000 masks, 25,000 gloves and 2,000 gowns to a Southern California hospital to support and help protect medical professionals who are providing care during the pandemic.
Connections and perspectives to share how you are coping
Follow us and join the conversation on our social media channels, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We’re using these channels to share the latest updates with our virtual community and encourage your participation to create a safe, positive space for our members to connect with one another.
The COVID-19 pandemic and necessary social distancing have revealed our deep and profound need to belong to a community. CDA is that community representing your profession, and this is your association and membership at work. We are here for you and serving in ways we never imagined. Stay connected to your colleagues. Support and call on one another to move toward hope. Because I guarantee this crisis will end, and when it does, we will safely return to work, be stronger and spring back to normal life.
Stay safe and be well.
Richard Nagy, DDS
Santa Barbara, CA
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