Welcome to the Independent Practice Network (IPN)

Independent Practice Network (IPN)

The Independent Practice Network (IPN), launched in 2014-‒2015, is designed to meet your specific needs as a member of CDHA’s growing community of independent practice dental hygienists. Membership in the network must be renewed yearly.

Our Commitment to You

Support for CDHA’s independent practitioners is a high priority for the association. Today, thanks to that commitment, close to 900 CDHA members are part of this network, almost all insurance carriers accept standard paper claims, and over 350 members submit claims electronically through CDHA-ACHDnetTM to 28 different carriers. CDHA has also worked hard to secure government contracts allowing independent practitioners to provide services and improve access to care in remote, underserviced areas, for First Nations people through the NIHB Program, as well as for seniors and other vulnerable Canadian populations.

Growing Together

As CDHA continues its efforts to advance independent practice, it is clear that formal mobilization of the group will help move us forward. By joining this exciting new network for only $75, you will receive special benefits available ONLY to members of the IPN.

The Benefits

  • Eligibility for a nine-digit Unique Identification Number (UIN)
  • Unlimited access to CDHA-ACHDnet™, enabling you to submit claims electronically, access support, and obtain a four-digit office number. All transaction costs on electronic claims submissions are included.
  • Membership in the independent practice online community listserv with close to 900 members communicating daily
  • Free professional development opportunities including:
    • Four Independent Practice Series courses. That’s 32 hours of professional development — a $796 value — absolutely FREE!
    • “Ready, Set, Go! Demystifying Claims and Codes” webinar
    • “Navigating the Labyrinth of Procedure Codes & E-Claims” webinar
  • Priority registration and discounted fees for CDHA’s independent practice workshops. This year’s topics: Interim Stabilization Therapy (IST) and Business Planning for Independent Practice
  • Discounted pricing on select SUNSTAR G•U•M / BUTLER products
  • Your voice represented by the Independent Practice Advisory Committee
  • Reduced rates ($75 discount) for practice management software from Maxident at www.hygienistmaxident.com
  • Listing on CDHA’s “Find An Independent Dental Hygienist” online practice registry.

CDHA looks forward to having you join this unique network to further promote the progress and strengthen the position of independent practitioners across Canada! To ensure your access to all of these valuable benefits after November 1, 2016, remember to include the Independent Practice Network (IPN) membership add-on option when renewing your CDHA membership.