Massachusetts Dental Society takes a stand against Delta Dental
After being alerted by patients of member dentists to the receipt of inappropriate patient letters from Delta Dental, Massachusetts Dental Society President, Janis B. Moriarty, took a stand and fired off the below cease and desist letter to Dennis Leonard of Delta...
New Bill to Reform McCarran-Ferguson Act
The McCarran-Ferguson act of 1945 has long since been a shroud that has allowed insurance companies to offer outrageous reimbursements for already competitively priced services. It was definitely one of the first steps in the wrong direction that has added to the state of today’s health insurance state.
Two DSOs Land on OIG’s “High Risk” List
The OIG’s Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) was borne out of the False Claims Act of 1986 and is intended as an oversight mechanism with structured monitoring and penalties for violations lasting 5 years following any finding of fraud. Refusal to comply with the CIA results in a company being placed on the OIG’s “High Risk” list. Recently, two DSOs landed on this list.
Dentistry Now Fourth Best Job in US
We thought we’d follow up Dr. Christensen’s article on staying motivated with one more reason to keep up the good work! If you haven’t read that one yet, we highly recommend you do.
Gordon Christensen on Staying Motivated
How do you stay motivated in your career whether you’re new on the scene or a 20-year veteran? Age, money, time, or really any factors that some would hold as barriers seem to mean absolutely nothing for Dr. Gordon Christensen. Find out what keeps him going here.
Preserving Private Practice | Member Article
Few relationships in life carry the highest bonds of trust; where honesty, integrity, and partnership are paramount. A healthcare office should be a respected and safe space where life‐changing moments are shared, and choices shape our future.
Dental Service Organizations, Why Care?
There have been a number of complaints, reports, and legislative and state health board filings surrounding Dental Service Organizations, or DSO’s over the past few years. So, why is that and what about these organizations opens the door to bad practices?
DSO Complaint: Lone Peak Management
Recently, the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) filed a complaint against Lone Peak Management (DSO) acting as Smiles 4 Kids. The complaint was sent to the Washington State Department of Health and included alarming allegations.
Dr. Gordon Christensen: “I’ve Had Enough!”
Want to know about Dr. Christensen’s views on patient overtreatment, arguably dishonest ads, potential corruption in peer-reviewed article publishing, dental equipment evaluation and even public speakers and educators being paid off to sell products? Read on…
Associate Dentists Face Risks When Their Employer Closes Business Part 2
Here is Part 2 to Michael W. Davis, DDS’s article in Dentistry Today. It narrows down a few points that Associates and owning Dentists can look for to ensure that any alliance with a DSO goes smoothly and keeps integrity in line.
DSO Legislation Update
DSO Legislation and Regulations: Good and Bad DSO legislation has become a large piece of the argument against their place in Dental management. DSO's or Dental Support/Service Organizations have racked up a fairly large amount of legislation and regulations...
Practice Management: Executive Skills
Let’s talk about a couple of executive skills that are a key part of proper dental practice management; Income and Organization. Both can seem tough or impossible to figure out, but neither one has to be.