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Dental Practice Ownership Resolution for the Texas Dental Association’s 2017 Meeting House of Delegates

Here is resolution 92-2017-HR presented to the TDA House of Delegates last weekend:

“BACKGROUND STATMENT

Guardian Investor Services (GIS) DSO LLC, a Delaware Corporation now owns South Texas Dental as listed on the TSBDE DSO registration list.  And, the third quarter 2016 report from Guardian Life Insurance shows and confirms this ownership.

Resolved, that the Texas Dental Association supports only dentists own dental practices pursuant to Texas Occupation Code Sec.251.003. PRACTICE OF DENTISTRY (4) owns, maintains, operates an office or place of business in which the person employs or engages under any type of contract another person to practice dentistry;”

The following resolution 99-2017-RCC came out of committee and passed at the TDA House of Delegates the next day:

“BACKGROUND STATMENT

With the multitude of practice ownership models available, it is possible that non-dentist entities may pursue ownership of dental practices; therefore be it,

Resolved, that the Texas Dental Association supports the ownership of dental practices consistent with Texas Occupations Code Sec.251.003 (a) (4), PRACTICE OF DENTISTRY, that reads as follows: (a)For the purposes of this subtitle, a person practices dentistry if the person; (4) owns, maintains, or operates an office or place of business in which the person employs or engages under any type of contract another person to practice dentistry.”

The rewording helped to further clarify the resolution especially for those not familiar with Texas Occupation Codes regarding dentistry.  Thank you.

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Abby Long