This is a letter in response to the recent letter I received from the WDS board of directors dated April 4th 2011. The letter states that WDS is considering restructuring its dental fees effective June 15th by lowering fees for most providers because employers are demanding lower premium rates from WDS. I contend that not only is this unnecessary but that it is not in the best interest of WDS.
Our world is different and will never be the same. Faced with a 15 percent cut in reimbursement by WDS, many practices must make a choice: Accept the reduction in reimbursement or drop off as a contracted provider. Which will you choose?
Change is difficult
Good leaders, however, gather information, analyze the possibilities and then make the hard decision. The decision you make is personal; the factors that influence your decision are based upon your practice demographics, overhead and personal philosophy.
The uprising in our dental community regarding WDS is warranted. In my opinion the solutions are doomed to failure. Our best solution, I believe is our patients. We all need to be square with our patients about the upcoming risks to both of us. We all have patients who are employees, managers and decision makers with companies throughout Washington State. They need to hear from us!
Washington Dental Service was once the leader in dental prepayment promoting better dental health and relationships among patients, purchasers and dentists in a way that insured the best dental care could be offered to patients throughout the State of Washington. When WDS was created in 1954, it was the very first dental prepayment company anywhere. Who could have predicted the amazing access to care that this organization would have created for so many people over the next three or four decades.