Contact

NCDS

P.O. Box 9265
100 Rio Street Suite A
Red Bluff, CA 96080

Phone: (530) 527-6764
Fax (530) 527-7911

 

Email: ncds@sunset.net

Upcoming Events

    • “Understanding Oral Pathology Through Clinical-Pathologic Correlation (CPC)” DARREN COX, DDS, MBA and “Upgrades to Your Anesthesia Belt” BERNADETTE ALVEAR FA, DDS, CAT

      Apr 28, 2017
      REGISTRATION-FORM-April 28Cox and Fa “Understanding Oral Pathology Through Clinical-Pathologic Correlation (CPC)” DARREN COX DDS,MBA Interesting cases involving the oral, maxillofacial, and head and neck regions, ranging from benign vessiculoerosive conditions of the oral mucosa to benign yet aggressive tumors of the jaw bones to malignancies involving all sites of the head and neck will be presented. Emphasis on recognition, development of a differential diagnosis, and treatment options will be covered. “Upgrades to Your Anesthesia Tool Belt” Bernadette Alvear Fa, DDS, CPT Local Anesthesia is an extremely valuable tool for dental practitioners. Many advances in dentistry are becoming more innovative and local anesthesia has benefitted from those advances. This course will provide an insight to some of the upgrades associated with local anesthesia. This course will also discuss how combination of techniques and agents provide the practitioner alternatives to what they use in practice.
    • INNOVATE or HIBERNATE, MANAGING CONFLICT and DIFFICULT PEOPLE in your dental practice, MOVING FORWARD: Leading your dental practice to new levels Steve Swafford

      Sep 22, 2017
      INNOVATE or HIBERNATE: What is the next step for your dental practice? – 2 hr Today’s most successful organizations are encouraging their co-workers to be innovative and creative in their structure and process. In this session, participants examine the benefits of taking a strategic approach to creative problem-solving, explore how to encourage innovation in the work and/or volunteer environment. Spotlighting on a real-life example from the highly-innovative company, IDEO, participants will explore the “10 Faces of IDEO Innovation” as well as their 5 Step Methodology” in a purposeful and lively process that will show how these ideas can apply to their dental practices. MANAGING CONFLICT and DIFFICULT PEOPLE IN YOUR DENTAL PRACTICE – 2 hr We’ve all experienced them at one time or another – negative people, naysayers, controllers, criticizers, micro-managers, interrupters, and mind wanderers. We interact with them daily in the office, components, and in the community. This session also includes a “conflict assessment’ and strategies on how to avert issues with patients before they cause conflict, and how to manage conflict from a positive growth perspective. MOVING FORWARD: LEADING YOUR DENTAL PRACTICE TO NEW LEVELS – 2 hr Participants have the opportunity to explore how to lead their offices to new levels using some of the concepts from author Jim Collin’s bestseller ‘Good to Great’. The session looks at Collin’s concept of leading with humility as well as choosing and involving the right team and who you need to “get on the bus”. We examine the differences in today’s employee mix and how “great’ leaders can respond to the needs of those diverse groups. REGISTRATION FORM Sept 2017 Swafford
    • ADVANCED MEDICAL/DENTAL BILLING AND CODING Christine Taxin

      Oct 13, 2017
      “A practice that under prices fees by 5% loses millions, compounded over a career.” ADVANCED BILLING AND CODING – Morning session Many practices find it a challenge to remain complaint with insurance rules and regulations. Diagnostic and procedure codes change annually, privacy issues continue to increase, and patient insurance coverage varies while practices try to determine how best to incorporate these influences and remain profitable. Join us in this interactive, informational course and be empowered to take charge of your office’s dental claim billing. Course objectives: • Establish knowledge of dental and wellness benefits and State-Federal government regulations • Learn tips for navigating dental benefits to maximize production, collection and insurance benefits • Recognize and understand how to properly utilize updated and revised dental codes • Know the importance of utilizing diagnostic codes for accessing additional insurance benefits • Learn how to establish risk assessment as a baseline of health which translates into increased coverage • Tip for updating the practice’s medical history form • Understand the S.O.A.P. format, and the legalities of documentation and narrative writing MEDICAL/DENTAL CODING – Afternoon session The benefits of medical/dental cross coding are numerous. Understanding of medical insurance is the key to getting paid! However, there is much confusion about medical billing and most teams don’t have the resources or time to figure it out. Take charge of your practice’s billing through this information hands-on workshop! Learn a step-by-step process for claim processing – from first patient contact through final payment. Gain a greater understanding of diagnostic, procedure and DME codes, and the use of modifiers. Learn how to complete the CMS-1500 Form and necessary supporting documentation. Learn a system for follow-ups and appeals, and how to avoid common missteps which cause claim denials. Course objectives: • Become proficient in interpreting different types of insurance plans • Recognize the four categories of billable procedures • Understand the authorization process and the importance of S.O.A.P. in documentation • Receive tips for working with insurance companies to obtain patient benefit information • Utilize diagnostic tools, such as I-Cat, saliva tests, medical history intake and risk assessment forms, and clinical skills • Identify how to document and submit medical necessity information • Learn how to report biopsies and oral lesions • Know how to prioritize and report medical diagnostic and procedure codes • Learn about the history, structure and formal of ICD-10 coding systemREGISTRATION FORM Oct2017 Taxin
    • “Understanding Oral Pathology Through Clinical-Pathologic Correlation (CPC)” DARREN COX, DDS, MBA and “Upgrades to Your Anesthesia Belt” BERNADETTE ALVEAR FA, DDS, CAT

      Apr 28, 2017
      REGISTRATION-FORM-April 28Cox and Fa “Understanding Oral Pathology Through Clinical-Pathologic Correlation (CPC)” DARREN COX DDS,MBA Interesting cases involving the oral, maxillofacial, and head and neck regions, ranging from benign vessiculoerosive conditions of the oral mucosa to benign yet aggressive tumors of the jaw bones to malignancies involving all sites of the head and neck will be presented. Emphasis on recognition, development of a differential diagnosis, and treatment options will be covered. “Upgrades to Your Anesthesia Tool Belt” Bernadette Alvear Fa, DDS, CPT Local Anesthesia is an extremely valuable tool for dental practitioners. Many advances in dentistry are becoming more innovative and local anesthesia has benefitted from those advances. This course will provide an insight to some of the upgrades associated with local anesthesia. This course will also discuss how combination of techniques and agents provide the practitioner alternatives to what they use in practice.
    • INNOVATE or HIBERNATE, MANAGING CONFLICT and DIFFICULT PEOPLE in your dental practice, MOVING FORWARD: Leading your dental practice to new levels Steve Swafford

      Sep 22, 2017
      INNOVATE or HIBERNATE: What is the next step for your dental practice? – 2 hr Today’s most successful organizations are encouraging their co-workers to be innovative and creative in their structure and process. In this session, participants examine the benefits of taking a strategic approach to creative problem-solving, explore how to encourage innovation in the work and/or volunteer environment. Spotlighting on a real-life example from the highly-innovative company, IDEO, participants will explore the “10 Faces of IDEO Innovation” as well as their 5 Step Methodology” in a purposeful and lively process that will show how these ideas can apply to their dental practices. MANAGING CONFLICT and DIFFICULT PEOPLE IN YOUR DENTAL PRACTICE – 2 hr We’ve all experienced them at one time or another – negative people, naysayers, controllers, criticizers, micro-managers, interrupters, and mind wanderers. We interact with them daily in the office, components, and in the community. This session also includes a “conflict assessment’ and strategies on how to avert issues with patients before they cause conflict, and how to manage conflict from a positive growth perspective. MOVING FORWARD: LEADING YOUR DENTAL PRACTICE TO NEW LEVELS – 2 hr Participants have the opportunity to explore how to lead their offices to new levels using some of the concepts from author Jim Collin’s bestseller ‘Good to Great’. The session looks at Collin’s concept of leading with humility as well as choosing and involving the right team and who you need to “get on the bus”. We examine the differences in today’s employee mix and how “great’ leaders can respond to the needs of those diverse groups. REGISTRATION FORM Sept 2017 Swafford
    • ADVANCED MEDICAL/DENTAL BILLING AND CODING Christine Taxin

      Oct 13, 2017
      “A practice that under prices fees by 5% loses millions, compounded over a career.” ADVANCED BILLING AND CODING – Morning session Many practices find it a challenge to remain complaint with insurance rules and regulations. Diagnostic and procedure codes change annually, privacy issues continue to increase, and patient insurance coverage varies while practices try to determine how best to incorporate these influences and remain profitable. Join us in this interactive, informational course and be empowered to take charge of your office’s dental claim billing. Course objectives: • Establish knowledge of dental and wellness benefits and State-Federal government regulations • Learn tips for navigating dental benefits to maximize production, collection and insurance benefits • Recognize and understand how to properly utilize updated and revised dental codes • Know the importance of utilizing diagnostic codes for accessing additional insurance benefits • Learn how to establish risk assessment as a baseline of health which translates into increased coverage • Tip for updating the practice’s medical history form • Understand the S.O.A.P. format, and the legalities of documentation and narrative writing MEDICAL/DENTAL CODING – Afternoon session The benefits of medical/dental cross coding are numerous. Understanding of medical insurance is the key to getting paid! However, there is much confusion about medical billing and most teams don’t have the resources or time to figure it out. Take charge of your practice’s billing through this information hands-on workshop! Learn a step-by-step process for claim processing – from first patient contact through final payment. Gain a greater understanding of diagnostic, procedure and DME codes, and the use of modifiers. Learn how to complete the CMS-1500 Form and necessary supporting documentation. Learn a system for follow-ups and appeals, and how to avoid common missteps which cause claim denials. Course objectives: • Become proficient in interpreting different types of insurance plans • Recognize the four categories of billable procedures • Understand the authorization process and the importance of S.O.A.P. in documentation • Receive tips for working with insurance companies to obtain patient benefit information • Utilize diagnostic tools, such as I-Cat, saliva tests, medical history intake and risk assessment forms, and clinical skills • Identify how to document and submit medical necessity information • Learn how to report biopsies and oral lesions • Know how to prioritize and report medical diagnostic and procedure codes • Learn about the history, structure and formal of ICD-10 coding systemREGISTRATION FORM Oct2017 Taxin
    • “Understanding Oral Pathology Through Clinical-Pathologic Correlation (CPC)” DARREN COX, DDS, MBA and “Upgrades to Your Anesthesia Belt” BERNADETTE ALVEAR FA, DDS, CAT

      Apr 28, 2017
      REGISTRATION-FORM-April 28Cox and Fa “Understanding Oral Pathology Through Clinical-Pathologic Correlation (CPC)” DARREN COX DDS,MBA Interesting cases involving the oral, maxillofacial, and head and neck regions, ranging from benign vessiculoerosive conditions of the oral mucosa to benign yet aggressive tumors of the jaw bones to malignancies involving all sites of the head and neck will be presented. Emphasis on recognition, development of a differential diagnosis, and treatment options will be covered. “Upgrades to Your Anesthesia Tool Belt” Bernadette Alvear Fa, DDS, CPT Local Anesthesia is an extremely valuable tool for dental practitioners. Many advances in dentistry are becoming more innovative and local anesthesia has benefitted from those advances. This course will provide an insight to some of the upgrades associated with local anesthesia. This course will also discuss how combination of techniques and agents provide the practitioner alternatives to what they use in practice.
    • INNOVATE or HIBERNATE, MANAGING CONFLICT and DIFFICULT PEOPLE in your dental practice, MOVING FORWARD: Leading your dental practice to new levels Steve Swafford

      Sep 22, 2017
      INNOVATE or HIBERNATE: What is the next step for your dental practice? – 2 hr Today’s most successful organizations are encouraging their co-workers to be innovative and creative in their structure and process. In this session, participants examine the benefits of taking a strategic approach to creative problem-solving, explore how to encourage innovation in the work and/or volunteer environment. Spotlighting on a real-life example from the highly-innovative company, IDEO, participants will explore the “10 Faces of IDEO Innovation” as well as their 5 Step Methodology” in a purposeful and lively process that will show how these ideas can apply to their dental practices. MANAGING CONFLICT and DIFFICULT PEOPLE IN YOUR DENTAL PRACTICE – 2 hr We’ve all experienced them at one time or another – negative people, naysayers, controllers, criticizers, micro-managers, interrupters, and mind wanderers. We interact with them daily in the office, components, and in the community. This session also includes a “conflict assessment’ and strategies on how to avert issues with patients before they cause conflict, and how to manage conflict from a positive growth perspective. MOVING FORWARD: LEADING YOUR DENTAL PRACTICE TO NEW LEVELS – 2 hr Participants have the opportunity to explore how to lead their offices to new levels using some of the concepts from author Jim Collin’s bestseller ‘Good to Great’. The session looks at Collin’s concept of leading with humility as well as choosing and involving the right team and who you need to “get on the bus”. We examine the differences in today’s employee mix and how “great’ leaders can respond to the needs of those diverse groups. REGISTRATION FORM Sept 2017 Swafford
    • ADVANCED MEDICAL/DENTAL BILLING AND CODING Christine Taxin

      Oct 13, 2017
      “A practice that under prices fees by 5% loses millions, compounded over a career.” ADVANCED BILLING AND CODING – Morning session Many practices find it a challenge to remain complaint with insurance rules and regulations. Diagnostic and procedure codes change annually, privacy issues continue to increase, and patient insurance coverage varies while practices try to determine how best to incorporate these influences and remain profitable. Join us in this interactive, informational course and be empowered to take charge of your office’s dental claim billing. Course objectives: • Establish knowledge of dental and wellness benefits and State-Federal government regulations • Learn tips for navigating dental benefits to maximize production, collection and insurance benefits • Recognize and understand how to properly utilize updated and revised dental codes • Know the importance of utilizing diagnostic codes for accessing additional insurance benefits • Learn how to establish risk assessment as a baseline of health which translates into increased coverage • Tip for updating the practice’s medical history form • Understand the S.O.A.P. format, and the legalities of documentation and narrative writing MEDICAL/DENTAL CODING – Afternoon session The benefits of medical/dental cross coding are numerous. Understanding of medical insurance is the key to getting paid! However, there is much confusion about medical billing and most teams don’t have the resources or time to figure it out. Take charge of your practice’s billing through this information hands-on workshop! Learn a step-by-step process for claim processing – from first patient contact through final payment. Gain a greater understanding of diagnostic, procedure and DME codes, and the use of modifiers. Learn how to complete the CMS-1500 Form and necessary supporting documentation. Learn a system for follow-ups and appeals, and how to avoid common missteps which cause claim denials. Course objectives: • Become proficient in interpreting different types of insurance plans • Recognize the four categories of billable procedures • Understand the authorization process and the importance of S.O.A.P. in documentation • Receive tips for working with insurance companies to obtain patient benefit information • Utilize diagnostic tools, such as I-Cat, saliva tests, medical history intake and risk assessment forms, and clinical skills • Identify how to document and submit medical necessity information • Learn how to report biopsies and oral lesions • Know how to prioritize and report medical diagnostic and procedure codes • Learn about the history, structure and formal of ICD-10 coding systemREGISTRATION FORM Oct2017 Taxin

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Northern California Dental Society shall be to encourage the improvement of the health of the public; to unite ethical practitioners of dentistry; to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the interests of the members of the Society and the public.

VISION STATEMENT

Strive to promote the value of membership through awareness of benefits; provide social networking events and increase support to new member dentists; improve the level of connection between the dentist and their communities and ensure that members feel like a vital part of the society.