The following letter was sent to all four caucuses this past week regarding the WSDA's policy on corporate ownership of dental practices. The same letter was sent to all four caucus leaders. The WSDA sent the letter at the recommendation of Brad Boswell and Vicki Christophersen, who want to ensure that all legislators are aware of our position on this issue well in advance of the legislative session. We will be following up with individual communications between key legislators and our lobbyists and grassroots dentists.
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The Washington State Department of Health and the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) are currently in the process of reviewing several rule changes which if approved could be implemented before the end of the year. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to submit written testimony relating to the proposed rules prior to the formal rules hearing. The following is a list of rules currently open for public comment:
On Friday, September 12th, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) held a public meeting to discuss ongoing business. Here are some of the current issues before the commission:
For decades, many of Washington’s dentists have expressed concern, angst, and frustration over the corporate dental practice model. These emotions have arisen over concerns about quality of care and the often clandestine nature of these entities. Many dentists, including several who have worked for corporate dental organizations as associate dentists, do not completely understand their ownership structure, business relationship with the management group, and ultimately where the buck stops. Without transparency and clarity, there are very legitimate questions about whether corporate practices operate legally in Washington state.