“The true beneficiary from this is going to be the patient because it does reduce the major barrier to access to care, which is cost,” Dr. Inge said. “Dentists need to evaluate their business from more than just the aspect of needing to increase their fees to address the economic crisis we are having right now. That 15% does not necessarily directly affect their bottom line — there are many other variables that influence that final number, such as how many patients you see, what services you provide, and your business practices.”
-Ron Inge, DDS, dental director and vice president of professional services for WDS.”
-From drbicuspid.com’s article on April 26, 2011, titled “Washington Dental Service to cut reimbursement fees 15%” written by Kathy Kincade, Editor in Chief
About 1985, WDS let it be known that they were creating a capitation dental plan at the request of Boeing. There was a lot of protest raised at the informational meeting by providers, but WDS continued forward and the capitation plan still exists as an option — but it only represents a small portion of the WDS book of businesses.
With WDS’s announcement of a fee reduction, the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) believes it is important for members to thoroughly evaluate the economic structure of their practices to better understand how this fee decrease will impact them. To help facilitate this analysis, the WSDA hosted two complimentary webinars.