A Significant Victory for ADSO
On Friday, November 21st the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) voted to withdraw proposed Rules 108.70 and 108.74 from consideration, marking a significant victory for ADSO.
This board action was strongly urged by ADSO and its dental professionals, team members and patients. Also in support of our position were a myriad of business organizations, insurers, third party groups, think tanks and legislative leaders throughout the state. Ultimately, this decision by TSBDE was in the best interest of our patients as it enables dentists to continue to contract with DSO’s.
The board did vote to reissue a modified version of Rule 108.74 for public comment. We are currently reviewing the new language but it appears to be a restatement of current rules so it is much less onerous the rules previously under consideration.
While this news is significant for ADSO members operating in Texas, we are continuing to educate policy makes about the DSO model as we prepare for the 2015 legislative session. We will continue to work to ensure that dentists in Texas have the freedom to contract with DSOs, which have helped Texas dental practices provide quality care at lower prices.
Patients Not Paperwork
The dental profession is faced with significant challenges while the United States contends with a national oral healthcare crisis. Dental support organizations offer vital assistance in the fight against oral disease, providing dentists with a single source for practice administration and development resources, training, financing, and other non-clinical services that would otherwise involve numerous vendors or hours of the practitioners’ valuable – and limited – time. Read the full white paper "Toward a Common Goal: Role of Dental Support Organizations in an Evolving Profession."Read the full white paper »
2,900 Pounds of Candy for Troops:
Paramus, NJ – In just its second year of participation, North East Dental Management and its affiliates donated over 2,900 pounds of candy to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to our dedicated troops overseas. Additionally, many practices sent hand-written letters and pictures to the troops from the children who donated their Halloween candy.
COO, Virginia Wicke commented, “We are so proud of our participating affiliated practices. The generosity and thoughtfulness of our patients is amazing."
Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. Their mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people.Learn more about North East Dental Management »
Sixty-three dentists and more than 260 staff at Midwest Dental, operating as Midwest Dental and Mountain Dental, provided more than $200,000 in free dental care to more than 600 underprivileged children on Friday, February 1, 2013 as part of the annual Give Kids a Smile day sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA).Read Midwest Dental's Story »
Less fortunate benefit from free dental services
Earlier this year, the American Dental Association confirmed through research a disturbing dental divide in the United States — almost half of all lower income Americans did not visit a dentist in the last year or more, and a little over a third admit to living with an untreated cavity.
The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) and member company Pacific Dental Services® (PDS) and its supported dentists are doing something about that grim statistic.
March 19-21, 2015, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas
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