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Wednesday
May112011

Dr. Rhonda Savage Explores Supplier and Patient Communication Options

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.

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Tuesday
May102011

Communicate With Your Patients - Mark L. DiRe DDS

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!

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Tuesday
May102011

Open Letter to WDS - John Barrett, DDS

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.

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Thursday
May052011

Sheep's Clothing - Tim E. Wandell, DDS

I just now realized why WDS is called a “not-for-profit” — it’s a “not-for-profit-for dentists.” Finally, the shoe has dropped, and we should all realize that WDS is just another PPO driven insurance company whose customer is big business, Boeing and others. Its insured are an incidental nuisance, and dentists merely a necessary evil.

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