WDS/Delta Special Meetings | September 6, 2017
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 have 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.
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.
- 10/20/2017 Update
- WDS will not hold annual membership meeting on November 10
- Read WDS's letter explaining their decision to postpone the meeting here
- Read attorney Emily Studebaker's response here
- Read a WDS message to its members regarding meeting postponement here
- 10/10/2017 Update
- WDS cancels membership meeting
- Read a letter requesting that the WDS Board of Directors reverse its decision and convene the annual member meeting here
- WDS declines to provide videos from special meetings
- Read the request for video recordings here
- Read the WDS response denying access to the recordings here