WSDA is committed to keeping Washington dentists updated on the status of WDS member dentists' pursuit of transparency in WDS/Delta's governance process.
WSDA Asks Attorney General to Investigate Potential Delta Antitrust Practices
Washington State Dental Association leadership has requested the Antitrust Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office to investigate whether Washington Dental Service (Delta Dental of Washington) has engaged in illegal monopsonist practices in our state.
Petition of No Confidence in Delta CEO Jim Dwyer
Delta member dentists have worked with legal counsel to develop a petition to submit to the WDS Board of Directors.
The petition states that the Delta members:
- Have lost confidence in the leadership of current CEO Jim Dwyer;
- Request the Board of Directors remove him from that position effective immediately;
- Request that the Board’s search for a successor should focus on individuals possessing expertise in operating a not-for-profit healthcare organization committed to core values of patient care, responsive governance and transparency.
Dentists Seek Insurance Commissioner Review of Delta Dental Reorganization
WDS members Drs. Cynthia Pauley, Christopher Delecki, Bernard Larson, Nathan Russell, and Todd Irwin recently filed a complaint with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner seeking a full investigation of the 2013 Delta reorganization effort.
Seattle Times Op-ed | Dr. Craig Neal
Dr. Craig Neal shares his opinion regarding recently vetoed bylaw amendments by Delta Dental's leadership in an op-ed for the Seattle Times, titled "You and your dentist may have a bone to pick with Delta Dental."
WDS/Delta Special Meetings & Results
On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, hundreds of WDS/Delta member dentists convened at the Lynnwood Convention Center for special meetings to vote upon proposed amendments to WDS/Delta's bylaws. Thousands more dentists voted by proxy form.
The numbers show that WDS/Delta member dentists gained a solid victory in their pursuit of common-sense bylaw amendments.
In fact, both slates of proposed amendments passed with more than 91% of the over 2,300 votes cast.
However, the Washington Dental Service Board of Directors reviewed the bylaw amendments approved by member dentists and, while WDS elected to implement certain amendments, many were vetoed by WDS independent directors.
Read a letter from the WDS Board regarding its decision here
WDS/Delta Bylaw Amendments: What Would They Do?
Ensure Delta's Decisions Are Patient Care-Focused
• Require that 94% of Delta revenues be directed to paying for patient care, and require any administrative costs above 6% be refunded to those purchasing coverage.
• Require that Delta, like other health insurance providers, work with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and participate in an independent review board when there is a dispute between the company and a provider over care decisions.
• Require that Delta Board of Directors formally vote on all recommendations from its Member Advisory Board regarding patient care procedures, claims processing and other issues, and make the results of those votes available to the Member Advisory Board and Delta members.
Make Delta More Responsive to Patients and Its Member Providers
• Redefine independent director to align with the instructions set forth in Internal Revenue Service Form 990.
• Eliminate the requirement that independent directors constitute the majority of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
• Remove the provision that the President and CEO is automatically a member of the board without a vote of the Delta members.
• Provide additional opportunities for Delta members to nominate individuals to serve as directors of the corporation.
• Encourage contested elections for director positions and require written ballots, with the disclosure of results to Delta members.
Give Delta Members More Visibility Into Its Operations
• Require that Delta disclose its administrative expenses by category, as well as detailed financial statements of all affiliated entities, including corporate contributions to its foundation and how these contributions are used, particularly regarding lobbying and commercial advertising.
• Require that Delta disclose the percentage of claims denied and, of those, the percentage reviewed by a licensed dentist in making the denial decision.
• Require that Delta make corporate records, including Board of Directors and all committee meetings minutes, available to Delta members for their review consistent with state law.
1.9.18 - Dentists Seek Insurance Commissioner Review of Delta Dental Reorganization
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11.6.17 - Studebaker to WDS - WDS Board Minutes Request 2
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10.30.17 - WDS to Studebaker - WDS Board Minutes Request
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10.24.17 Senator Curtis King Questions to WDS
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10.20.17 - Studebaker to WDS - WDS Board Minutes Request
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10.17.17 - WDS to Studebaker - Delay of Annual Member Meeting
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10.9.17 - Studebaker to WDS - Delay of Annual Member Meeting
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10.4.17 - WDS to Studebaker - Video Recordings Request
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9.30.17 - WDS Board Response to Petitions
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9.28.17 - Studebaker to WDS - Member Access to Video Recordings
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